Mocha Ice Cream Sandwich

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I’m not sure what you are doing this summer to cool off from the heat, but this is what we are doing! Mocha ice cream held together by two cinnamon spiced brownies. Good grief, I could eat this every single day. I saw this in Sift Magazine and decided to give it a try for our Friday food reads. It’s simple, sweet, no decorating, and I didn’t have to do anything to make it look cute.

I ended up making a very minor change to the brownie recipe. The original recipe had just too much cinnamon for my liking. So I cut this down to a teaspoon from a tablespoon of ground cinnamon. Just a hint of cinnamon flavor was all that I needed to go with the mocha ice cream. But if you are a cinnamon lover, then by all means, go with the tablespoon.

I made extra ice cream to have other sandwiches but I ended up just eating all the ice cream before I ever got a chance to make other cookies. When you have ice cream infused with espresso and chocolate, it doesn’t last long at my house.

Everything about this recipe was easy. Only three components and if you are thinking about skipping that caramel sauce, don’t even do it! It’s a very easy caramel to make and it is just so delicious on the sandwich. It’s going to get messy but trust me, it’s worth it. Worse case scenario, you need to eat it with a fork.

This is the first recipe I have made from Sift Magazine. If you aren’t familiar with it, you can probably find it in your local bookstore. It’s a publication by King Arthur Flour. I’m a huge fan of their products. They aren’t paying me to say this; I just love their products. And this magazine is a food photographers dream come true. Beautiful imagery and if everything works as well as this recipe, then it’s also a great source for delicious recipes.

Give it a try, we would love to hear how it worked out for you. Or even if you were inspired and decided to use the components in other desserts, let us know. Stay cool, and happy summer!


Mocha Ice Cream Sandwich

Mocha Ice Cream Sandwich


    Cinnamon Spiced Brownies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Mocha Ice Cream
  • 1 cup cold whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


    Cinnamon Spiced Brownies
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan, line it with parchment and grease the parchment.
  2. In a medium saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter and add the sugar. Stir to combine. Heat briefly just until hot throughout.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, cinnamon, and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs, continue stirring until smooth. Stir in the flour.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon the batter onto the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  6. Bake for 34 to 36 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. They should be set at the edges and just barely set in the center. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan.
  7. Mocha Ice Cream
  8. Whisk together the milk, sugar, espresso powder, and cocoa powder until sugar has dissolved. Stir in heavy cream and vanilla.
  9. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to covered container once done and freeze for 2 - 4 hours before serving.
  10. Salted Caramel Sauce
  11. Place sugar, water and salt in a 2 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook until mixture turns a rich amber color. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Once butter is absorbed stir in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. When sauce is smooth pour into a heatproof container to store, covered and refrigerated until ready to use.
  12. When ready, cut the brownies, scoop the ice cream, assemble and drizzle the caramel on top.
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27 comments… add one

  • robin rue November 1, 2017, 9:01 am

    OMG! I need to make one of these TODAY. Ice cream is my weakness and this looks phenomenal. Can’t wait to make it.

    • serena November 1, 2017, 9:47 am

      Ice cream is my weakness also. Love it!

  • Kristi McAllister November 1, 2017, 10:28 am

    Oh for the love of cupcakes! This recipe has every single thing in it that I love and it actually looks fairly easy! I do have a feeling, however, it won’t last long in my house, and I might not even want to share it if I’m being honest haha! Thank you for sharing this and your pictures are phenomenal!

    • serena November 1, 2017, 10:54 am

      HaHaHa! Love it! Thanks so much for the kind words about the photography 🙂

  • Jessica Joachim November 1, 2017, 1:12 pm

    While it may be Fall/Winter over here, this looks delicious and I think I need to make it!Thankfully, out Fall/Winters here in Florida are not that cold.

  • Terri Steffes November 1, 2017, 1:34 pm

    Typically this wouldn’t grab my attention. LIE! I love everything about this! I want to scoop up that mocha ice cream sandwich and lick it all over.

  • Katrina November 1, 2017, 7:04 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks super tasty! My mouth is watering just thinking about an ice cream sandwich right now! Yummmmmm!

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh November 1, 2017, 7:27 pm

    It was so unseasonably warm here today, and this sounds like it would have been the perfect way to cool us off! I love the sound of a mocha ice cream sandwich.

  • AnnMarie John November 2, 2017, 7:14 am

    Wow, that looks so good! I’d love to make an ice cream sandwich like this for me and the kids! It’s perfect since the weather doesn’t really get that cold here.

    • serena November 2, 2017, 9:20 pm

      It’s so great on a warm day! Enjoy!

  • Melissa Chapman November 2, 2017, 7:44 am

    I don’t think I would make my own ice cream but the brownie looks possible. I love the twist on an ice cream sandwich you have made.

    • serena November 2, 2017, 9:19 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Cara @ Street Smart Nutrition November 2, 2017, 7:55 am

    I have the biggest sweet tooth and I would love this! That caramel dripping down the sides looks so good!

    • serena November 2, 2017, 9:19 pm

      That caramel was over the top delicious on the sandwich. It was pretty messy but what the heck, sometimes you just gotta go with it 🙂

  • ashley November 2, 2017, 8:19 am

    I want this so bad! I have craving ice cream sandwiches all week! I love that you used dutch cocoa powder too 🙂 makes all the difference!

    • serena November 2, 2017, 9:18 pm

      I’m such a sucker for ice cream sandwiches. Love them!

  • Jeanine November 2, 2017, 9:12 am

    Yum this sounds amazing. I don’t care how cold it is some things, like this for example, can be eaten when ever ! Yum, my hubby would love this too!

    • serena November 2, 2017, 9:18 pm

      I love this in the heat of summer, but it’s hard to go wrong with it in the winter 😉

  • Rachel November 2, 2017, 11:23 am

    This looks so delicious I can’t even stand it. It is like the adult version of a kid classic.

    • serena November 2, 2017, 9:17 pm

      Ha! So true!

  • Cindy Ingalls November 2, 2017, 10:06 pm

    Adding cinnamon to brownies is so brilliant. I’ve always loved the flavor it provides and how it brings out the chocolate even more. Pair that with mocha and salted caramel and I’m in heaven.

  • Kimberly Croisant November 3, 2017, 6:37 am

    I do love King Arthur Unbleached Flour and use it in my baking. I haven’t heard of SIFT Magazine before but now I have, I’m going to look into it. AND…that recipe of yours, oh my…yummy!!

    • serena November 9, 2017, 8:04 am

      I love the magazine. The photography is great and the recipes that I have tried so far are delicious.

  • Heather November 3, 2017, 3:46 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ve never added cinnamon to brownies either but it’s a genius flavor addition. YUM.

    • serena November 9, 2017, 8:02 am

      It’s a great combo. Go sparingly to start with if you aren’t familiar with the flavors. Enjoy!

  • Sara November 3, 2017, 7:44 pm

    This looks way too good to be true. It can actually be made! I think I just found my newest project.

    • serena November 9, 2017, 8:02 am

      Ha! It’s a simple one! Enjoy 😉


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