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Recipe Club Link Up-Birthdays and Brownies

on November 26, 2014

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I am tying this from my family home, which I am very grateful for.  I wanted to join the Recipe Club this week, and while it might not be a Turkey day friendly recipe, it was very special.

A few weeks ago we got to celebrate a wonderful friends Birthday.  It was a small gathering and we were asked to bring the dessert…the Birthday Dessert!  No pressure?!

What would this guy want for his birthday, you ask?

He is ready to party

He is ready to party

After texting his wife, she said… and I quote “He likes ice cream, and cake, and Ice cream cake.”  Challenge accepted.

We immediately turned to pinterest and were not disappointed.

Our final decision.  A brownie, oreo, ice cream creation… And it was awesome!

This was the inspiration for ours.  This is also a great alternative.  There are so many ways to mix and match this recipe.

I attempted to take pics, but please forgive the not so great quality.  My lighting is bad, no matter how many windows I open.

Brownies!  Just as good on their own

Brownies! Just as good on their own

I started by making a standard pan of brownies.  Use whatever kind you like.  You will need the ingredients listed on the box.

Once those are baked and cool, Sprinkle crushed Oreos on top.  You can use however many cookies you would like depending on your love for Oreos.  (Use all the Oreos!)

Excuse the off brand cookies... But they still taste great!

Excuse the off brand cookies… But they still taste great!

Yum!

Yum!

Then put hot fudge in the microwave for a few seconds at a time until it is a pourable consistency, and spread it over the cookies.  Try and get it as close to even as you can, but it does not have to be exact.

Looking better every time

Looking better every time

Hopefully you have remembered to put your ice cream out on the counter during this process so it can soften.  If not, never fear… back to the microwave.

It sounds scary to microwave ice cream, but if you do it at increments of 15 to 30 seconds it will be fine. I promise!

The trick is to get it soft enough to spread, but not really liquidy (my own make up word).  If it gets too melted then it will be icy when it hardens.  I am still figuring out this process, so no worries.  There is grace.

I put little scoops fills of ice cream all over the brownie and then spread it out.

Don't the layers look fun

Don’t the layers look fun

Then the cake will need to go into the freezer for 3 hours to over night.  Hopefully you made enough ahead of time so that its not still soupy when it is cut.

I would recommend taking the cake out of the freezer as you are eating dinner, or at least put it in the refrigerator.  Then spread a thin layer of whipped topping on it just to make it look clean.  There are many suggestions for sprinkling more cookies, sprinkles, or drizzling chocolate to make it pretty!  I approve of these ideas 🙂

This recipe was a hit and can be mixed and matched in so many ways.  I used cookies and cream ice cream, but other great flavors would be:

Mint Chocolate Chip

Cookie dough

Chocolate

really and thing you can think of… what does not go with brownies?!?!

Not the Prettiest but it sure tasted great

Not the Prettiest but it sure tasted great

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** Helpful Hint:  If you do not pull it out early enough the brownie will still be frozen and it will be VERY difficult to cut.  My first piece was pretty ugly, and there was a huge slab of brownie stuck to the pan.  But it made for some laughs and was still very yummy!

One friend said that he was inspired to freeze brownie bites for little snacks.  He does not like sweets, but after trying a brownie icicle from the pan, he is a believer.

So maybe I did that on purpose… Who will know?! 😉

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2 responses to “Recipe Club Link Up-Birthdays and Brownies

  1. Maren says:

    You found a way to combine two of my favorites; brownies and cookies ‘n cream! What a great birthday dessert!

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