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June 28, 2007

Vanilla Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Jeremy's been talking a bit tight-lipped lately. He has somehow angered his TMJ and opening his mouth too wide or chewing anything too hard causes him to wince in pain. Poor guy! As someone who has also suffered mightily from a ticked-off TMJ, I can definitely empathize. So when he told me that he would like something that had a chocolate and mint combination for his dessert, the choice seemed obvious to me: Taffy! (Only kidding... Ice Cream!)

A few summers ago I was lucky enough to stop at a garage sale of a chap that was selling all of his ex-wife's kitchen appliances for next to nothing out of spite. He told me anything he didn't sell that day was going in the trash so I felt it was my obligation as a earth dwelling citizen to keep perfectly good kitchen equipment out of the landfill. I was able to buy a brand new Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for $7 (along with a brand new fondue pot and a tart pan)! The ice cream maker has been sitting in a dark cabinet in my kitchen ever since, just waiting for the day when it would be the rock star that I knew it could be. Yesterday was that day!

I followed the Premium Vanilla Ice Cream recipe that came it the recipe booklet (you can find it here). It is essentially a vanilla custard that's then frozen. I added a teaspoon of mint (not peppermint) extract and chopped up Andies Candies, a personal favorite of mine. The ice cream maker did not disappoint. It did a great job and my very first attempt at ice cream was a big success.

Since I spent so much time on the ice cream, I decided to use a boxed brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines Family Size Brownie Mix). I followed the "cake" style method which uses three eggs instead of two. I also added a half of cup of dark cocoa, a half a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a half a teaspoon of mint extract. I baked them in a 9x13" pan for about 20 minutes and let them cool completely.

I had this elaborate plan to create a checkerboard pattern out of the ice cream and brownie but the ice cream was so soft, I just wasn't sure how that would be possible. I ended up just putting the brownies in a big, long, Tupperware container and topping them with the ice cream.

This turned out pretty much as I had hoped it would. Yay!

Happy Half Birthday Jeremy!

Yield: I made a double recipe so I hope it will feed about 20.
Would I Make This Again? Yes! The ice cream was so yummy and fresh tasting and the brownies pretty good too. Both have a lot of room of experimentation. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


  1. Counting down the minutes until i can eat this for real... My all-time favorite dessert for my favorite person?? I already had a pre-bite and it is T.M.Joyous!


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