Ok ok, I know…so indulgent. But I couldn’t help myself. I was majorly craving ice cream, I had a huge bowl of ripe cherries and a 5 year old who was asking me repeatedly for us to make cookies together…so I did what I had to do.
I really couldn’t decide what I loved more, the brownie cookies or the fresh cherry ice cream, so I combined the two and let the flavours speak for themselves. The only thing with this recipe is that it takes a bit of planning. You need to make both the ice cream and the cookies the day before because the cookies can’t be warm, and the ice cream needs to be fully set, or you will end up with a runny gooey mess…potentially equally delicious but not much of an ice cream sandwich in looks. So if looks are important to you then plan ahead…otherwise just make it at once and eat warm cookies with ice cream sauce.
Here’s how to make it.
For the cherry ice cream:
Pit 30 or so cherries and cut in halves. Put in a small sauce pan, pour 1 tbsp of granulated sugar on top and simmer on low until the cherries soften. I added a splash of almond extract for extra flavour. Cool and set aside.
Make this recipe here minus the vanilla, mix together with the cherry mixture. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours…though I prefer overnight.
For the brownie cookies:
1 cup softened butter (I use salted butter)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cocoa
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp warm water
1 cup chocolate chips (or more if you like them chocolatey)
sea salt to taste (for sprinkling)
Preheat oven at 350 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
With a paddle cream butter with sugar until pale yellow (you can do it in a stand mixer if you have one). Beat in the eggs. In a separate bowl mix the baking soda,cocoa and flour. Then add to the butter and egg mixture in three equal batches until well incorporated. Mix in chocolate chips and almonds. Spoon onto baking tray and bake for 10minutes (or a couple more) until the edges are just lightly brown or a toothpick comes out clean (since the brown edges are harder to see). Once out of the oven sprinkle with sea salt and spatula onto a cooling rack.
To make sandwiches simply place a scoop of ice cream between two brownie cookies and enjoy!