Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake
This Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake is out of this world! If you aren’t quite ready for Christmas yet, this cake recipe will definitely put you in the mood for Christmas desserts. Particularly peppermint desserts.
The ice cream is perfectly creamy and pepperminty. The peppermint crunch pieces add the right amount of crunch to the ice cream. And the texture of the chewy brownie is the perfect contrast to the creamy ice cream. Plus, the ice cream requires no ice cream machine. Rock on!
Truthfully, I’m not quite sure that I’m totally ready for Christmas. It just doesn’t *feel* like it yet. I mean, lets be real. It was 70 degrees in Atlanta on Sunday – 70! That’s just not right for November. And to me, Christmas means cold weather and hot chocolate. But in terms of the Christmas spirit, I’m getting there.
Sunday night I went with a group of friends from my small group to see the Rockettes Christmas show. I’d never been before, so I was pretty stoked. Plus, who doesn’t love a girls night out?
It was a lot of fun and the show was great. But to be honest, I expected a little more of the Rockettes and little less Rockettes-dressed-as-teddy-bears-and-santas, but whatever. It was still a great show. And it got me thinking about Christmas, which is good. I’d like to try and get some shopping done early (totally won’t happen).
Sunday was also the day they handed out the Operation Christmas Child boxes at our church. I absolutely love filling those boxes and thinking about the kids that will receive them. Did you know you can pay for the shipping online and then they’ll send you an email to let you know where in the world your boxes end up? Last year ours went to Madagascar, India and Belize. How awesome is that?! And our small group is signed up to sort boxes at the OCC facility in December. I can’t wait!
So with that, I’m getting even more in the spirit by sharing my first Christmas-y dessert. There’s only a couple months out of the year where we get them and I love all the flavors, so bring it on I say!
This ice cream cake might be my favorite one ever! After the hubs had a piece, he turned to me and said, “That’s the best one.” It was nice and simple, matter of fact and to the point. 🙂
The peppermint flavor is just perfect. Is it possible that I’d forgotten just how good peppermint is? Well if so, this cake reminded me. Seriously delish!
As I said before, the ice cream is nice and creamy and the Andes peppermint pieces add the perfect amount of pepperminty crunch. It’s a peppermint explosion in your mouth!
The ice cream requires no-machine, which I LOVE! And you’d never even know it. I can’t tell you how many times friends have been surprised when they’ve had ice cream I made this way and would never have even known. It’s so good and easy! You just mix everything together in a mixer and it’s ready to go.
It’s also a great ice cream mix for layering a cake like this. Prior to freezing, it’s thick and will hold up well when stacking with the brownies.
I usually use a brownie mix to make this even easier to make, but you could easily use your favorite brownie recipe. And when you add the brownie layers and chocolate sauce to the ice cream, it’s officially over-the-top good. Chocolate and peppermint are meant to live happily ever after, don’t you think?
What exactly are the layers, you ask?
Peppermint Ice Cream
Peppermint Ice Cream
Additional peppermint pieces on top
More chocolate sauce!
Plus, you can add whipped cream like I did if you want. It kind of looks like snow mounds surrounding the peppermint Christmas land…or something 🙂
The recipe and method is very similar to my Snickers Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake, which so many people have had success with and love, so don’t be intimidated. It really is one of the easiest things to make and it looks so great and festive!
I can’t get enough of this cake right now. Since my birthday is coming up (Christmas to be exact), we might see this cake again in our house before the holidays are over! Yum!
Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake
- Yield: 12-14 Slices
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients required on box
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/8 cup milk
- 2 tsp peppermint extract
- 8 oz Cool Whip (OR 1 recipe of homemade whipped cream)
- one 10 oz bag Andes peppermint crunch
- 5 drops of red food color
- 1/2 cup chocolate sundae syrup (plus a little more for drizzling)
- Additional Cool Whip/whipped cream for piping, if desired
ASSEMBLING IT ALL:
An 8-inch springform pan is best for this recipe so that you can easily remove the cake once it’s been assembled. If you do not have a springform pan, line your pan with clear wrap before adding your parchment paper and cake board. You can use the clear warp to lift your cake out of the pan once it’s assembled and frozen.
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