Thursday, December 3, 2015

Peppermint Ice Cream & Brownie Pie

Chocolate and peppermint is one of my favorite combinations anytime of the year, but particularly around the holidays. They just pair with one another so well and get me all kinds of holly jolly and in the mood to decorate and celebrate the season with my friends. Or you know, curled up by myself watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. If you are looking for a simple and yummy dessert, this peppermint ice cream and brownie pie is divine and will wow everyone. 

It took me a little less than half an hour to make this and pop it into the freezer, I made it for a party that I was going to last week and only had about a 3 hour notice. I was skimming the aisles trying to think of what to make when I noticed the peppermint ice cream was on sale and voila, this version of my peanut butter ice cream pie was the first thing I thought of. 

It is now officially one of my favorites and I am already looking forward to making it for another gathering this weekend. Can you believe we are already in December?! I can't get over how time flies. I am not even close to being done with my shopping so having a simple dessert that I don't have to spend a lot of time on is perfect for me right now!

Peppermint and Ice Cream Brownie Pie

1 pint peppermint ice cream
2-3 cups chopped brownie pieces
oreo pie crust
chocolate sauce

When you are ready to make, set out the ice cream for about half an hour. While you are waiting for the ice cream to soften, go about chopping the brownie pieces. The first few times I made a pie with brownie pieces, I made my own brownies and chopped them up. The last two times I didn't have the available time to make my own brownies so I purchased pre made brownie bites ( you can usually find them in the bakery area of your grocery store) If you do make them yourself, if you are as big a fan of peppermint as I am, you may want to add peppermint andes or some form of peppermint to give your pie even more flavor. 

Once you have chopped the brownies and the ice cream is softened, you are ready to go.  Lay the brownie pieces into the bottom of the oreo crust, reserving some for the top of the pie. You can add chocolate sauce here if you would like. Using a spoon, scoop large amounts of the ice cream on top of the brownie pieces. Use a small spatula to smooth the ice cream and fill to edges. Sprinkle the remaining brownie pieces on top of the ice cream and finish the pie with the sauce. 

Place in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours or until frozen through.