Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Crunchy Peanut Butter and Vanilla Ice Cream Brownies



If I could have only one flower, it would be easy for me to choose. It would be the beloved sunflower. They truly make my heart go pitter patter. of us.


When I drive by a field of sunflowers, I reflect on their beauty. The sunflower plates were purchased at Wegman's a while back. I picked up the Courtly Check placemats at the MKC barn sale. In August, when the sunflowers are in bloom, they are my go to plates because I always have sunflowers in a vase.


Start with Vanilla ice cream. Store bought is fine. I swirled the ice cream with crunchy peanut butter and spread it on thin fudgy brownies. Top it with another brownie, and then freeze. 

To make the brownies, I used a boxed fudge brownie mix and followed the instructions on the box. 


Line a cookie sheet with parchment, spray with Pam, and pour brownie mixture onto cookie sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes and let cool. Cut into 4" squares, and remove using a spatula. Spread your ice cream mixture onto a brownie square and top with another brownie. Repeat until all sandwiches are complete and freeze. (I used freezer wrap)

This is a nice dessert to have on hand for summer visitors.
I served with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. You can sprinkle crushed peanuts on the whipped cream if desired.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

THello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

33 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Love sunflowers...it is almost time here to go along the back roads gathering them...
    The MC vase is gorgeous.

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  2. Debbie,
    You are totally after my heart and my "weak" spot with this tablescape ~ I L O V E Sunflowers! Being from Kansas just makes my affection for them so much better! In addition, "Mr. Ed" grows Sunflowers here on my side of the Praire for our viewing and to feed the birds that frequent our feeders! Thank you for this gorgeous tablescape!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  3. Debbie, Happy Birthday a day late!!! I love your sunflower table. My, everything goes so well with your Courtly Check! Those brownies look simply scrumptious. You and Kathleen are both tempting me with your wonderful desserts! YUM.

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  4. drool, drool, drool.....we passed a huge sunflower field on our way home from M-C Barn Sale - just so bright and cheery! Table looks superb and those brownies look delsih!

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  5. Debbie,
    You are so fortunate to have a lovely place for two to dine. The sunflowers and MK vase are gorgeous together. Beautiful square plates and perfect for a summer tablescape. The ice cream is so enticing. The Blue Bunny has a Sweet Freedom brand ice cream with half the fat and every flavor has been so delicious. My husband needs low carb so this is our solution. I used fresh fruit with the banana split flavor!

    Thanks, Pam

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  6. Very fun table! Those dishes are beautiful, and I think sunflowers are such happy flowers!

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  7. Hello Debbie, your table setting is about the prettiest thing I've seen in a very long time, and that dessert, oh my! I love the fact that it is a do ahead dessert. It is always so nice when you have guests coming . . . to have some great dishes that you can have done a day or two ahead.
    Happy Birthday! To you and to Julia, you made me think of the movie . . . I love that movie.
    Thank you for your sweet visit. You said that you were following, but I'm afraid the internet didn't pick up your click. So, if you want, please try again. I am excited about your blog and getting to know you better, your sister blogger, Connie :)

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  8. Well, Happy Birthday! We always remember Julia's birthday too. She is an icon around here. LOL Love your pretty sunflowers and the table setting. Certainly does put a smile on me. ~ Sarah

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  9. I love your sunflowers plates and coffee ice cream is my favorite as well!

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  10. Debbie, I too love sunflowers, and yours are just gorgeous. I have been known to pick ones off the roadside and bring them in to a vase. I love those square sunflower plates, and of course a brownie ice cream dessert would always be a hit at my home. Joni

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  11. Happy Birthday!! Love your sweet setting. Sunflowers make me think of my mom and I've gotten more and more fond of their smiling faces. Your post is gorgeous. The plates are wonderful! I just love how the green glasses hold their own. Gaw-juss for sure. xo marlis

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  12. I think my comment disappeared.. waah. Happy Birthday. I love your plates with the sunflowers. Your table is lovely! gaw-juss really. xo marlis

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  13. O, don;t you know Julia is whipping up some delicious dishes up there in Heaven!! :)

    Your table is lovely and that ice cream is sooo good looking.

    I got my new MC catalog and FELL IN LOVE with their new Parchment. OMGosh...so beautiful.

    Have a great rest of the week.

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  14. Debbie~ I've died and gone to sunflower heaven! I ADORE your plates and those brownies look and sound so decadently delicious! It's a good thing cyber calories don't count :)
    Happy Belated Birthday to you!

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  15. Great post, Debbie! Brownies and ice cream remind me of my childhood, my mom loved to make this. Glad our mutual birthday was a good one! xo

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  16. Hello Debbie, I was so delighted this morning when I opened my blog and there was your lovely face smiling at me from my followers list. Welcome!

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  17. Hello Debbie, so very nice to meet you. I am your newest follower. Thank you so much for visiting an d commenting on my sunflower tablescape. I must say, your table is darling. I adore sunflowers. They are so cheerful. Love your plates! Brownies and ice cream, yumm!

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  18. Oh boy I love your dishes! I would so love to have some MacKenzie Childs dinnerware! The sunflowers look sensational in the vase too! I love Sunflowers- they are full of happiness and me me smile! The brownies and ice cream look way too good!!

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  19. Hi Debbie, Happy birthday! You have set yourself a beautiful table for celebrating. I too love sunflowers and they certainly look wonderful in your vase. Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite combo in ice cream, followed by peppermint stick which is very difficult to find. I met Julia Child long ago and she was hilarious! Have a nice day! Linda

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  20. Sunflowers and owls remind me of you :) Lovely table and delicious dessert, Debbie! My husband would love that one!!

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  21. Hi, Debbie! It got down to the upper 50s overnight, and it is SO refreshing out this morning. Your table goes perfectly with our current weather: sunshiny, a mix of warm and cool, and relaxing! Sunflowers are so great, and they just turn any room into a happy place! I really like the way you paired the sunflower plates with the black & white checkered ones. VERY cool!!!! Enjoy your weekend, darlin'!

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  22. Happy belated birthday! I love your MC pieces too!!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  23. I don't know which I like best...your table setting or the dessert. Nice!

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  24. I love the sunflowers. Your table is gorgeous!

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  25. Sunflowers and black and white checks are just made for each other. The pops of green set everything off so nicely. This has such a happy feel to it.

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  26. Love your table, the plates are beautiful!
    Dessert looks good too!
    I can't pick a favorite flower, I love so many of them! The same with ice cream!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

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  27. Beautiful ttablescape. Lovely sunflower plates and so pretty paired with the checked chargers. Your ice cream dessert looks so yummy too...Christine

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  28. Beautiful plates! The ice cream looks delicious, great flavors.

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  29. Holy Cow those ice cream sandwiches sound so good. I'm not sure how I got started with it, but ever since I was younger I have loved swirling a spoon of peanut butter into my ice cream. And then add in Brownies which are a major weakness of mine and I think you may have found perfection! I may just have to make a mini version of this since I believe I have some cooked brownies in the freezer and I know I have the ice cream and peanutbutter! Your table setting is absolutely gorgeous. I love your plates. I wish I had the "dishing" knack like you and Kathleen. Thanks for coming to the Social again this year! Maybe next year I will get off my duff a little sooner and promote it a bit more so we have a better turnout. Still great stuff though!

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  30. Hmmmmm...sounds so delicious. I'm sure that there are many variations on the theme, too. Your place settings are charming and so like August with the sunflower bouquet.

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  31. Would have never thought of swirling pb into ice cream..these look so good!!

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  32. Oh my,those sound so good! Now I'm hungry!

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