Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with these cute heart-shaped Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches? These creamy little sandwiches, with their strawberry ice cream filling smooshed between two thin chocolate brownie layers, offer classic flavors of a chocolate covered strawberry with a frozen twist. Everyone who enjoys one of these chocolate strawberry frozen treats will be in love as their heart melts. Oh, how I love the cheesy frozen heart/ melted heart puns going through my head right now. 😉
As you may already know, I’m a mama of 3 little ladies. If you’d like to know more about them, check out my ABOUT ME page. They love all things frozen and sweet, popsicles, frozen yogurt, ice cream. You name it, they like it. I came up with the idea for these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches when, couple weeks ago, we were getting ready for a tea party. I had just made some delicious little Brownie Teacakes and as I was cutting the brownies into pieces, BooBaw asked me for some “Ice Cweem, pweeeese?” Light bulb moment! Oh, how fun would it be to put ice cream between these brownies? That’s just what we did. The brownies I’d just made were more cake-like so they could hold up to the ice cream and I had baked them in a half-size baking sheet so they were much thinner than a regular brownie. We happened to have strawberry ice cream which paired perfectly with the chocolate brownies and gave it a chocolate covered strawberry flavor.
The brownie recipe for this is so easy and tastes great. It’s straight-up homemade and you probably already have most of the ingredients. I posted the brownie recipe a couple weeks ago. It can be found here. Just follow the directions to make and bake it. Cool the brownies completely then cut around the edges of the pan to help it release. You can flip it out on a cutting board or cooling rack or cut it in half and dish it out one piece at a time.
I also used a layer of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan when I baked the brownies for this recipe to ensure the brownie comes out clean and in one piece.
I prepped the ice cream middle while the brownie was baking. I took the half gallon carton and cut the box off. Then I sliced the ice cream into 3/4 to 1 inch thick slices and place them in on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. I put another layer of waxed paper over the top and lightly press the slices together. Becuase it was softened when I started, it was necessary to put it back in the freezer to harden. I didn’t I would end up with a sweet strawberry n’ cream mess.
Once the brownie sheet was cool, I flipped it out of the pan onto a cutting board. Then cut it in half (one-half for the top and one-half for the bottom). With the top sides down, I placed the layer of ice cream on top of one side. Then turned the second side of brownie on top of the ice cream to make the sandwich. When you make yours, make sure to put the good (top) side of the brownie so it shows on both sides of the sandwich. Lastly, I firmly pressed the top layer down to help the ice cream stick to both brownie pieces.
Doesn’t it look sooo delicious already? AND we haven’t even gotten to the “cute” part.
Here’s the cute part. To make this treat extra special and perfect for Valentine’s, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the sandwiches. My girls loved that we cut some of ours into heart shapes. It took a little longer for the fun, festive touch BUT for us, it was worth it. My cookie cutter wasn’t high enough to go all the way through the sandwich so I used it as a template. I marked the heart shape using the cookie cutter than used a pairing knife to finish cutting through the whole sandwich.
That’s it! Aren’t they so fun? Would your family like these? My girls absolutely loved them (and us adults did too)! I’ve always felt a treat tastes a little better when you can eat it with your fingers. 😉
If you’re not feeling the festive heart shape you can always use a chef’s knife and cut the ice cream sandwiches into a more traditional square or rectangle shapes. They’re not as cute in my opinion but just as tasty.
I’m not going to lie… I had to taste both, heart-shaped and not, and am happy to report they were just as yummy. 😉
What sweet treat will you be enjoying this Valentine’s? Do you have a Valentine’s Day dessert tradition?
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