Brown Butter Brownie Ice Cream: nutty brown butter ice cream swirled with fudgy brownie pieces. One bite and you’re in ice cream heaven.

Brown Butter Brownie Ice Cream: nutty brown butter ice cream swirled with fudgy brownie pieces. One bite and you're in ice cream heaven.

Guys. I think I may have stumbled upon the best ice cream EVER. Brown Butter Brownie Ice Cream. I mean, it even sounds good on your tongue. And it tastes uh-mazing.

It starts with a brown butter ice cream base. We skip the eggs for this ‘scream so that the flavor of the brown butter really shines through. It’s ridiculously velvety and creamy. 

Brown Butter Brownie Ice Cream: nutty brown butter ice cream swirled with fudgy brownie pieces. One bite and you're in ice cream heaven.

Then, we toss in fudgy brownie pieces. They perfectly accentuate the nuttiness of the ice cream, as they soak up its flavor. And the chewy texture is a great compliment to the creamy brown butter base.

Brown Butter Brownie Ice Cream: nutty brown butter ice cream swirled with fudgy brownie pieces. One bite and you're in ice cream heaven.

I know it’s summer and all and we’re supposed to be all fruit this and light that, but I could not help myself from making this. Plus, it’s frozen, so that’s totally summery!

One of my good friends used to go by the motto that ice cream doesn’t have calories. Her reasoning was that people eat ice cream during the summer and people lose weight during the summer, so clearly the ice cream isn’t doing anything to you.

Brown Butter Brownie Ice Cream: nutty brown butter ice cream swirled with fudgy brownie pieces. One bite and you're in ice cream heaven.

Do I believe her? No. Do I want to and will I tell people that fact? Heck yes.

Brown Butter Brownie Ice Cream: nutty brown butter ice cream swirled with fudgy brownie pieces. One bite and you're in ice cream heaven.

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Brown Butter Brownie Ice Cream

Brown Butter Brownie Ice Cream: nutty brown butter ice cream swirled with fudgy brownie pieces. One bite and you're in ice cream heaven.
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x
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Ingredients

For the ice cream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the brownie bits

  • 1 box brownie mix, prepared according to package directions, cut into centimeter cubes

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the butter on medium heat, swirling occasionally. The butter will melt and foam, just keep stirring. Eventually, small brown flecks will form at the bottom of the pan and the butter will smell toasted. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Mix the milk and cream in a medium saucepan. Scoop 3 tablespoons of milk into a small bowl and mix with cornstarch. Set aside.
  3. Stir the sugar and corn syrup into the milk mixture and heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Be careful to not let the milk burn. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and simmer for an additional minute, then remove from heat and pour in brown butter.
  4. Pour everything into an electric mixer and blend on high speed until completely emulsified (hold the lid tight with a towel!). Stir in vanilla extract and blend for 30 seconds more.
  5. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours. Or, if chilling overnight, place in fridge.
  6. When you’re ready to make your ice cream, cut half of your baked brownies into small cubes (you will not need the other half of the brownies). Set aside.
  7. Churn in your ice cream maker according to instructions. Once fully churned, carefully fold in the brownie bits. Place in a freezer-safe container and allow to chill for at least two hours before serving!

Brown butter ice cream recipe adapted from The Kitchn.

47 comments

Jenna
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Love the idea of brown butter in ice cream! Sounds so delicious, with brownies in there too! Yum!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? The best flavor!

Sam @ SugarSpunRun
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LOVE brown butter, and love this recipe! I also very much agree with your friend’s reasoning, there’s no way ice cream has calories 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Absolutely not! How could it. Ha!

Karen
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I really love this recipe for ice cream. I like the recipes without the eggs and this fits my requirements. Will make it soon as it is ice cream weather!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So glad, Karen! Let me know what you think!!

Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
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Oh I’m ALL for believing that ice cream doesn’t have calories! Especially when eaten with friends on a weekend, right? This is killer girlfriend!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right?! Especially that. And when you all eat out of the same container 🙂

Liz @ Floating Kitchen
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Browned butter in ice cream = genius. And totally zero calories. That sounds right to me!

mira
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Love browned butter, but never had browned butter ice cream! Love the idea of adding brownie bites. Yeah, it doesn’t have any calories 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Uh, heck no! Ice cream for all!

Ashley | The Recipe Rebel
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This looks totally, ridiculously good!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Ashley!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)
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This ice cream has sooo much soul girl!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You bet!! 🙂

Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
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Brownies and brown butter! Count me in! (Especially since it has no calories 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I mean, it’s a win/win 🙂

Claudia | The Brick Kitchen
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WOW this looks insane! Brownie + brown butter ice cream sounds like an amazing combination, even if I can’t use your friend’s reasoning of zero calorie summer ice-cream seeing as it is very firmly winter where we are.. but I won’t be letting that stop me making it!! Loving the melty ice cream photos as well x

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Winter schminter, just will to to have no calories and you’ll be good 😉

Christina @ Bake with Christina
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That ice cream looks so scrumptious, Sarah! Pinned 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Christina!

Beeta @ Mon Petit Four
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Yum, this looks incredible, Sarah! I love the idea of mixing in fresh brownie bites into the cream. So decadent!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? It’s like two desserts in one 🙂

Mary Ann @ the beach house kitchen
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I am lovin’ recipes with brown butter lately! And ice cream with brown butter AND brownies sounds PERFECT!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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My sister just told me brown butter should be the new vanilla. I completely agree.

Medha @ Whisk & Shout
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This looks heavenly! Love the brown butter/brownie combo and your photos are gorgeous. I want that tray of ice cream and a spoon, please! Pinning 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Medha!

Annie @ Annie's Noms
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Oh wow, this really is ice cream heaven!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ain’t it tho? Thanks Annie!

sue|theviewfromgreatisland
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When are you going to open a shop? You make the best ice cream flavors!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ha! Thank you Sue. There’s something about ice cream that is just so FUN!

Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
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Holy heavenly ice cream! MARRY ME.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Haha! Thanks Steph 🙂

Meagan @ The F&B Department
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I’ve gone a little “brown butter” crazy lately with recipes and started to think that maybe I should scale back. Then I saw this, and thought “Screw that! Brown butter is the best!” I love that you added brownie chunks to the ice cream too. It’s like a heavenly brown butter sundae!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ha! It is! It should be in EVERYTHING.

Chanel
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Do you think you could substitute honey for the corn syrup? Also have you ever made gelato? I would totally make it if you posted a recipe. Heavenly. Such a fan, thanks.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Chanel! Yes, substituting honey for the corn syrup should be just fine. And no, I have never made gelato! But you’ve inspired me. I mean, I HAVE to! Thanks for commenting and happy baking!

Chanel
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I’m actually taking America’s test kitchen cooking school and just learned about corn syrup helps with the ice crystals. I’ll buy corn syrup, not sure if honey could do the same thing. Thank you!

Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
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Brown butter and brownies in ice cream? Be still my heart! This looks and sounds totally amazing!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Kelly! It is one of my new favorite recipes 🙂

Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
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Brown butter in ice cream?! You win. I’m coming over to spend summer with you.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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OK THAT WORKS FOR ME

Joanne
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Oooohhhhhkkkaaayyy well this is definitely the next ice cream I’m adding to my MUST HAVE LIST. I made peanut butter oreo last night and now I’m regretting my lack of psychic abilities, since I didn’t know this flavor even existed in the world! #regrets 😛

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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OMG, can I come over? ICE CREAM PARTAY

nicole (thespicetrain.com)
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Oh. My. Goodness. What an amazing idea, I can tell before even making it that this is the best ice cream ever!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Aww, thank you Nicole! You MUST make it. You know, just to make sure 🙂

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