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Jun012011

Brownie Crisps and Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches

You need some chocolate. You want a cookie. Maybe not too sweet, just some good, deep chocolate flavor. What? You’re out of cookies? How about a brownie? Yeah--that’ll do! Oh. Nope, fresh out of brownies. What do you do? You make these brownie crisps. You can have these in the oven in five minutes. I’ll bet you even have everything on hand! Brownie Crisps are a dark chocolaty brownie condensed into an ultra thin, crispy cookie. They’re also fast and easy. Instant gratification. Well, they do have to bake, so--roughly twenty minute gratification.

I made two batches in no time at all the other day. One with pecans, too. But I didn’t press the nuts into the batter, and they didn’t stick. Nothing like picking up a nut topped cookie, just to have the nuts roll off! Well, it was kind of funny, looking back. Rolling nuts, ha. So the moral here--if you’re adding nuts to these, press them in and hope that they stick! If they don’t, rescue them. You’ll at least have some toasted nuts to use in another recipe. Positive outlook, right?

They’re also perfect for ice cream sandwiches! When cutting the crisps after baking, I used a square biscuit cutter. They immediately struck me as the perfect size for an ice cream sandwich. They were!

I’m eating the last ice cream sandwich right now. I hid it in the back of the freezer. Shhhh. Don’t look at me like that. The kids had their share. You’d do it, too! Ha! The espresso powder in the crisps makes these a grown up friendly ice cream sandwich, as well. They’re not overly sweet, which is rather nice. They also don’t get soggy and stick to your fingers like store bought ice cream sandwiches. So no messy finger licking.

If you decide not to make these ice cream sandwiches with them, that’s ok, too. They’re addictive cookies!

I made a couple of changes in the recipe: I used less butter (6 tbsp instead of 8), and I added a bit more chocolate (1 1/2 oz instead of just 1 oz).

Brownie Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie Crisps

Adapted from Boston Tea Parties

6 tbsp butter
1 1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 tsp instant espresso powder (or instant coffee)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave for about 45 seconds and then check. Give it a bit more time, then stir--it should all melt together  by then. If not, give it about 15 more seconds at a time till all melty. Or you could do this over low heat in a saucepan.

Stir until smooth, then add the espresso powder and stir to dissolve. Stir in sugar, then the egg and vanilla. Mix well. Add the salt and flour  next, then mix until smooth.

Line a 15x10 inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the batter on the parchment using a rubber spatula. If you're going with nuts, add them now and press them lightly into the batter.

Bake for 15 minutes. When done baking, remove the pan from the oven and cut the cookies immediately. I used a square biscuit cutter, but you can use whatever you want. Use any shape cookie cutter you like. Set them on a rack right away to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container. I got about 16 per batch, but I cut them about 4 inches square. You’ll get more, of course, if you cut them smaller.

To make ice cream sandwiches, just use your favorite ice cream. I used the same biscuit cutter to cut squares of strawberry ice cream. Wrap them in plastic wrap and store in the freezer.

Brownie Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches



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Reader Comments (17)

Oh girl, these are crazy! I love the colors...they work so perfectly with your site...and who could say no to ice cream sandwiches? Not I!

YUM! Fantastic ice cream sandwiches, these look so tasty! :)

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

I actually just bought an ice cream sandwich mold the other day from Marshalls, this will have to be on of the things I make with it :-)

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Ohhhhh, me likey!!! I'm all over this after we get moved...my kitchen is currently all in boxes and this recipe is REALLY making me hate that fact!

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril in CT

Ohhh...what a great idea!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Oh geez, I definitely have to make these. They look FABULOUS

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFeast on the Cheap

uh, I want some but don't feel like making anything. because I am lazy today

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer (Savor)

These look amazing! Great summer treat!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

i have a bunch of homemade ice cream in my freezer that i really want to make into ice cream sandwiches so im so glad i saw that you posted this!

Yum yum yum! Thank god it's summer! I had no idea you could use biscuit cutters to cut ice cream- thanks for the tip!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

Wow, these look fantastic! Great recipe.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Looks fantastic! What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing, love it!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthatshowiroll

I desperately want one! On my list for when I get home. Honey, you are the best-est!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ Flamingo

These look so good. Hello I'm reading your blog from Italy

Mmmmmm you know, I never made these and ice cream sandwiches ar my baby boy's favorite! Mmm now even I am craving these. Lordy you have some great ideas here!

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

One of my favorite things about summer is gorging myself on eating my weight in ice cream sandwiches. It's embarrassing how quickly I can eat a box of them by myself. Maybe making them at home -- making these at home -- will help me learn how to slow down and savor every bite.

I love these....and crispy cookies in an ice cream sandwich are way better than soggy!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

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