Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect summer dessert! Layers of ice cream and peanut butter are sandwiched between two rich, flourless peanut butter brownies in a easy, homemade recipe that will be the hit at any party or barbecue! They are gluten-free with an easy dairy-free option!

Overhead view of three Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches on a plate with three others around them

This post was sponsored by my friends at Crazy Richards Peanut Butter, as always, all opinions are my own! 

Happy summer everyone! I legitimately couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the warmest, sunniest season of the year than with this brownie ice cream sandwich recipe! It is insanely delicious and a total chocolate & peanut butter lover’s dream.

I’m not sure why, but store-bought frozen treats never quite cut it for me in the taste department. They never have “enough” of what I want (mix-ins, flavor, chocolate, etc).  That’s why I opt to make homemade ice cream sandwiches, ice cream, and popsicles as often as possible during the warm summer months!

Another benefit of making frozen desserts at home is that one can create frozen treats taht comply with any and all dietary restrictions! These Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches are gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free!

front view of a stack of three Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

How do you Make Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

These brownie ice cream sandwiches might seem a little involved, but they are really very easy to make and put together! However, since some of the instructions are difficult to explain with words, I am going to walk you through the process step-by-step!

Step 1. Make the Peanut Butter Brownies

We begin with making the brownies, since they need to cool completely before proceeding with the recipe! I created a flourless peanut butter brownie that is rich, fudgy and irresistibly chocolatey. The brownie layer is made with only 8 ingredients and is very simple to mix together.

The steps in the photos below show exactly what to do. First, melt the peanut butter, butter (or coconut oil), and chocolate chips together and stir until smooth. Add the eggs! Then add the dry ingredients and presto…the brownie batter is complete!

Note: I typically add chocolate chips to all my brownie recipes (because more chocolate is always better than less chocolate). However, I chose not to in this recipe because I do not like frozen chocolate chips {gasp}! If you’d like to, feel free to add some mini chips to the batter before baking!

Overhead view picture collage of the first three steps in making Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Step 2: Soften the ice cream

After the brownies are baked, measure out 3 cups of ice cream and let it sit at room temperature to soften. This will ensure that the ice cream spreads easily and evenly into the middle of this ice cream sandwich recipe!

Step 3: Line the Baking Pans and Bake

Ok folks, I have mastered the art of lining and greasing baking pans for easy treat removal. This is actually very important in this recipe, because you want to be able to remove one brownie layer, and then the entire finished product, from the baking pan without compromising the integrity of the brownie ice cream sandwiches! Check out my “how-to” below!

Note: If you do not have two identical baking pans, bake one brownie layer at a time. You will  have to wait for the first layer to cool before removing it and baking the second. And be sure to keep the second layer in the pan (and do not remove it), since it will be used as the bottom of these homemade ice cream sandwiches!

How to line a baking pan for easy removal

  1. Trace. Trace around the bottom of your baking pan on a piece of parchment paper. On two, opposite, sides of the tracing, draw in “handles” that will extend above the baking pan.
  2. Cut. Cut out the tracing with the handles, and put it in the bottom of the pan.
  3. Grease. Once the tracing is in place, grease the pan as desired. I use a canola oil spray, but you could rub the pan with coconut oil or butter if you prefer to avoid aerosols. Be sure to also grease the parchment paper.
  4. Fold. The next important step is folding the handles of the tracing over the edge of the pan so they don’t get in the way when the batter is poured in.
  5. Pour. Now pour the batter into each pan and bake! Be sure to evenly divide the batter between the two baking pans, or measure the batter and reserve half to bake the second batch if you only have one baking pan.
  6. Cool. Let the brownies cool in the baking pans. Only remove one batch of brownies from it’s baking pan (keeping it in tact). This will be the top. Leave the other batch in it’s baking pan because it will be the bottom layer, and the homemade ice cream sandwiches will be assembled in that baking pan.

Overhead view picture collage of steps 4 to 6 in making Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Step 4. Add the peanut butter layer

The next step is to pour a generous serving of Crazy Richards Creamy Peanut Butter onto the bottom layer of brownies. Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of peanut butter and spread it evenly over the bottom brownie layer.

Transfer the bottom layer covered in peanut butter to the freezer. Freeze for 15-30 minutes or until the peanut butter layer has hardened enough that it will remain in tact when the ice cream is spread on top.

Step 5. Assemble & Freeze 

Once the peanut butter is sufficiently hardened, evenly spread the softened ice cream on top of it. Then remove the parchment paper from the bottom of the top brownie layer, and gently press it into the ice cream. Be sure to press the top brownie layer into the ice cream enough that there will not be any air pockets at the top of your brownie ice cream sandwiches.

Freeze these homemade ice cream sandwiches for at least 5 hours, or overnight, before cutting and serving.

Overhead view picture collage of steps 7-9 in making Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Step 6: Remove from the Pan & Cut 

Thanks to the parchment paper liner with “handles” these brownie ice cream sandwiches should be super easy to lift out of the pan. If necessary, use a butter knife to loosen the edges a little before pulling the sandwiches out. Then transfer them to a cutting board to cut.

These homemade ice cream sandwiches are quite thick and dense, so in order to ensure easy cutting I recommend using a large, sharp knife. If you’re having trouble, dip the knife into hot/boiling water between cuts.

Step 7: Optional Drizzle

If you’d like to take make this homemade ice cream sandwich recipe look pretty, add a drizzle of a melted chocolate & peanut butter mixture, or dip one side of each sandwich into melted chocolate. I recommend doing this after cutting, because the look of the drizzle will not be compromised.

Front view of chocolate being drizzled onto Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

A note about serving size. 

For the sake of these photos I cut these brownie ice cream sandwiches into nine pieces. But they are crazy rich and extremely filling, so to serve them I cut each of those nine pieces in half once more…resulting in 18 homemade ice cream sandwiches.

They might look small, but even I have a hard time finishing one of them when cut into 18 pieces (and I am not a dessert lightweight by any means, lol). You can also cut them into 4 rows of 4, resulting in 16 pieces, if desired.

What Ice Cream Varieties to Use in this Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe? 

  • Regular Ice Cream. I used Tillamook Vanilla Ice Cream in this recipe because it’s our family’s favorite store-bought vanilla ice cream. I would’ve preferred to fill them with chocolate ice cream, but not everyone in my circle is as much of a chocolate fanatic as I am, and the vanilla balances everything out extremely well. Feel free to choose your favorite variety of ice cream, homemade or store-bought! The sky’s the limit.
  • Dairy-Free Store-bought Ice Cream. There are dozens of varieties of great dairy-free ice cream on the market today (so much different than years ago). Feel free to choose your favorite for the filling.
  • Homemade Dairy-Free Ice Cream. I recommend making one of these ice cream varieties to use in the these Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches, all of them would be fantastic!

Overhead view of the ingredients in Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches: Ingredients and Substitutions 

Here are a few notes on the ingredients used in this recipe, as well as some possible substitutions!

  • Coconut oil/Butter. I used butter in this batch of brownie ice cream sandwiches. I have also used coconut oil with great success! Ghee would be another great option as well!
  • Creamy Peanut Butter. It’s no surprise that I used Crazy Richard’s peanut butter. I love it because it only has one ingredient, Peanuts!
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips. Choose your favorite variety of chocolate chips. For my personal tastes, the darker the better. But the rest of my family prefers a little less intense chocolate flavor! Choose a variety that complies with your dietary needs (e.g. dairy-free, soy-free, etc).
  • Granulated sugar. I bake with organic cane sugar, however feel free to choose your favorite variety!
  • Ice Cream. See above for recommendations on different ice cream varieties!  If 3 cups seems like to much to you, and you’d like a thinner middle layer, feel free to decrease the amount to your liking!

Up close overhead view of three Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches on a plate


Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

This Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe is the perfect summer dessert! Layers of ice cream and peanut butter are sandwiched between two rich, flourless peanut butter brownies in a easy, homemade recipe that will be the hit at any party or barbecue! They are gluten-free with an easy dairy-free option! 
5 from 2 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 Ice Cream Sandwiches
Calories 257
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Freezing time6 hours
Total Time40 minutes




Optional drizzle:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line and grease two 8x8” square baking pans
  • In a mixing bowl, melt together butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
  • Add the eggs and stir until smooth. 
  • Add sugar, sea salt, vanilla, and cocoa powder and mix until the batter is smooth.
  • Divide mixture evenly between the two prepared 8x8” baking pans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the edges and top of the brownie looks set and feels firm to the touch.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool in the baking pans.
  • While the brownies are cooling, remove 3 cups of ice cream from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature to soften.
  • Once the brownies are completely cool, remove ONE batch of brownies from its baking pan.
  • Leave the other batch of brownies in the baking pan, pour ¼ cup peanut butter on the top of the brownies and spread until it’s evenly distributed.
  • Put the pan of brownies with peanut butter in the freezer to harden for at least 15 minutes.
  • Remove the brownies from the freezer and spread softened ice cream over the peanut butter layer.
  • Gently press the other batch of brownies on top of the ice cream layer.
  • Place the baking pan in the freezer to harden for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the brownie ice cream sandwiches from the freezer and place on a cutting board.
  • Cut the sandwiches into 9 pieces, and then cut each of those 9 pieces in half, with a large, sharp knife.
  • If desired, make topping by melting chocolate chips and peanut butter together, then drizzle as desired on the cut ice cream sandwiches.
  • Store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1ice cream sandwich | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.4g | Protein: 6.8g | Fat: 18.5g | Saturated Fat: 8.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16.3g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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front view of nine Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches lined up the three rows of three

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  1. So excited to try these. Look so yummy. Will be a fireworks watching treat for tonight. (I assume the eggs go into the brownie batter with the sugar, etc).

  2. Ok I seriously just put this on my birthday dessert wish list, because this is all my favorites in one. <3 I love how much love you always put into your food sweet Laura.

  3. I can’t get over how fudgy those flourless brownies look!! Definitely will be the next brownie recipe I make. I always eat brownies topped with vanilla ice cream anyways so this recipe is perfect 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, Laura—you have done it again! Ice-cream sandwiches are my summer kryptonite. I can’t wait to give these decadent beauties a try.