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The other night, we tried a new restaurant and when it came to ordering dessert, I went with a trio of mini-ice cream sandwiches.  The ice cream center was sea salt caramel (one of my favorites) and it was snuggled between two chocolate cookies rolled in chopped peanuts.  The combination was perfect and though I didn’t have any peanuts on hand at home, I decided to make my own, slightly larger version, with a boxed brownie mix I had in my pantry and a pint of sea salt caramel gelato that stays constant in the side panel of the freezer.  A pint of sea salt caramel gelato that has chocolate covered caramel truffles mixed in.  It really cannot get any more decadent than that.

Ingredients:

  • Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 vegetable oil
  • Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato

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Instructions:

1.     Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees (or as your brownie mix calls for).  Prepare the pan and bake the brownies as called for on the back of the box.  Since the box I used called for a small pan in order to make the brownies nice and thick, I opted to spread the batter out over a larger rectangular pan instead (13×9), in order to make them thinner and easier to create the perfect bookends for my ice cream sandwich.

2.     When the brownies are cooked (about 28 minutes for this boxed mix in a 13×9 pan), cover and place the pan directly into the freezer for at least one hour.

3.     Remove the brownies and slice into even squares or rectangles.  Scoop a generous amount of sea salt caramel gelato onto the center of one of the brownies and top with a second brownie.  Press down gently and, with a spoon, scrape the edges of the ice cream sandwiches so that the gelato fills the whole brownie from corner to corner and the finished product looks clean.

4.     When prepared, store in an airtight container and place in the freezer for at least one hour.  Serve and enjoy!

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{You can certainly bake a batch of brownies from scratch if you have the time or the desire and/or find another ice cream flavor of your choice, but this was a pretty convenient and delicious option, and I highly doubt that you will want to swap this flavor for another one once you taste it paired with the rich, chocolate brownie.}

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Happy Monday!