Peppermint Truffle Brownie Ice Cream Dessert

Time: 30 min. prep + 40 min. baking + 12 hours freezing time
Yield: 15 servings
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up! Brownie recipe from Allrecipes

Note: If you are looking to save a little time, you can make the brownies from a mix. However, don't skip out on the truffle layer. It really takes this dessert to a whole new level. 

Chewy Brownie Layer:
3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 C canola oil
1/2 C boiling water
2 C sugar
2 eggs
1/3 C canola oil
1 1/3 C flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

Ice Cream Layer:
1 (half-gallon) Peppermint Ice Cream
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream

Truffle Layer: (Chocolate Ganache
2 C semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 C whipping cream
dash salt
1/2 t vanilla

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place 3/4 cup cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/3 cup oil into your stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Mix it on medium speed until the mixture thickens up a bit. Should only take a minute or two. 
3. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over the mixture and blend until smooth. 
4. Add 2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, and additional 1/3 cup oil and blend until smooth. 
5. Add 1 1/3 cup flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 
6. Mix until glossy and smooth. 
7. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and pour the batter into it. Smooth it out with a knife and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. You want to be sure not to overbakeThe brownies will puff up quit a bit in the center and then drop some once they have started to cool. I LOVE this recipe because the brownies are so chewy, while the edges have a wonderful crispness. Yum! Allow the brownies to cool completely. 
8. While your brownies are baking pour 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Pour 1 1/2 cups whipping cream over the top. Pop the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds, then give it a nice stir and heat for 30 seconds again. Repeat until the chocolate has melted and the ingredients are well combined. Don't panic if it starts to look really weird when you are heating it. Once the chocolate melts it will turn nice and smooth for you. For a complete tutorial on how to make this yummy truffle layer (which is really just ganache, click HERE). 
9. The melted chocolate/whipping cream mixture will thicken up as it sets. If you make it while the brownies are baking it should be ready to use once the brownies have cooled. 
10. When your brownies are cool, grab some peppermint ice cream. I let mine sit out on the counter for about 20 minutes so it was easier to work with. 
11. Scoop it onto the brownies and then spread it out. 
12. Grab a jar of marshmallow cream and scoop 12-15 spoonfuls onto the ice cream. Spread it out (the best you can!) with a knife. It's ok if it looks messy like this. 
13. Drizzle the chocolate ganache over the top of the dessert. Cover it with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 12 hours and up to 1 week. 
14. When you are ready to serve, allow it to sit on the counter for about 20 minutes before you dive in. It will cut better this way. 

Good luck! Hope you love, love, love it! 

ENJOY!

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