Celebrate one sweet birthday with these Brownie Bowls for Ice Cream. No special equipment needed – they’re made in a cupcake pan!
Last Saturday was my daughter Vida’s first birthday. Time really does fly as fast as everybody says it does. It certainly seems like it was just yesterday that I was announcing her birth. It’s been a year of watching her grow like a weed, listening to her sweet baby giggle, and (thankfully!) quite a bit of sleep.
I know a lot of people say that a first birthday party is really about the parents. About them surviving that first year. Truthfully, I don’t feel like we’ve had to “survive” at all. We’ll be the first to tell you that we completely lucked out – V is a happy-go-lucky kid who is rarely upset except when we try to feed her bananas. So this first birthday party was really about celebrating how awesome the past year has been.
However, if I made one small gesture of celebrating Jeff and I alongside our daughter, it was making two birthday desserts – one for her and one for us. Vida’s favorite food so far seems to be carrots, so we made her a carrot cake (she delicately ate a few fingers of frosting and called it good).
I love carrot cake and all, but why settle for just cake? My favorite desserts will ALWAYS be brownies and ice cream. Preferably together. I rarely make brownies because if they’re in the house, I’ll just eat them all in a shockingly short period of time. But a first birthday is time to really celebrate, so these Brownie Bowls for Ice Cream were created.
Brownie Bowls for Ice Cream are the perfect portion:
Not only do these Brownie Bowls for Ice Cream taste delicious, but I like how they’re the perfect portion. Particularly for small children. The brownies are about half the size of a cupcake, and you fill them with one small scoop of ice cream. It’s great for a kid’s birthday party, because the kids can have a little dessert, but not be completely hopped up on sugar for the rest of the day.
Make the bowls using a One Bowl Brownie Recipe:
That’s right – you can make 10 brownie bowls while only getting 1 mixing bowl dirty! I used a very basic brownie batter recipe to create these bowls. Simply start with melted butter, and then stir in sugar and cocoa powder until they dissolve into the butter.
Whisk in the eggs and vanilla, and then add the flour and salt. Fold in mini chocolate chips at the end, and you’re ready to bake!
How To Make Brownie Bowls with Cupcake Pans
You’ll need a 12-cup muffin or cupcake pan for this recipe, as you’ll be making 10 brownie bowls. I found that spraying the muffin pan liberally with nonstick cooking or baking spray was crucial to being able to remove the brownies easily once they were done baking.
A medium cookie scoop helped me divide the brownie batter evenly between 10 cups. I started out by adding a scoop to each cup, and then gradually topped off each cup with the remaining batter until they were all pretty evenly filled.
Top with Ice Cream and Sprinkles!
Life’s special moments are always a little sweeter with Hudsonville Ice Cream. This Michigan-based creamery has been perfecting their ice cream for more than 90 years. With over 50 flavors to choose from, it was admittedly a little hard to choose a flavor to put in my brownie bowls.
But Vida’s big, happy personality reminds me of bright colors. She’s not a pastel girl. She’s a bright little kid with a cheerful attitude. And I thought Hudsonville’s Blue Moon ice cream was the perfect scoop to share with family to celebrate her one year on Earth. It worked great with these brownie cups, and is also amazing served alongside chocolate or vanilla birthday cake.
What is Blue Moon Ice Cream?
GREAT QUESTION. If you’re not from the Midwest, Blue Moon ice cream might be quite a mystery to you. In fact, even though it’s a Midwest original, it’s kind of a mystery to everybody here, too! As the ice cream carton states, it has a “one-of-a-kind flavor.” But what IS that flavor exactly?
If you ask me, I think it tastes a lot like almond extract with a bit of fruitiness as well. The exact recipe is a mystery to most of us, and different ice cream makers have slightly different versions. Jeff considers himself a Blue Moon aficionado, and he says Hudsonville’s is the best.
Hudsonville Ice Cream has been making birthdays sweeter since 1926. Hudsonville can be found in most grocery stores in Michigan and throughout the Midwest. Check the Scoop Locator on Hudsonville’s website so you can be sure to find which store near you carries Blue Moon, and their other delicious flavors.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Ice cream, for filling bowls
- Sprinkles, for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 10 cups of a 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
- In medium bowl, whisk butter, sugar and cocoa powder until well combined. Add eggs one at a time, whisking to combine after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
- Add flour and salt; stir until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Divide batter into prepared muffin cups.
- Transfer to oven and bake 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cups comes out mostly clean. Remove pan from oven and leave brownies in pan.
- As soon as brownies are removed from oven, press the bottom of a small measuring cup or shot glass into each brownie to make an indentation.
- Transfer pan to cooling rack and allow brownie bowls to cool completely before removing from pan. When brownies are cooled completely, run a small offset spatula or knife around outside of each brownie cup to loosen, then remove cups from pan.
- To serve, fill each brownie bowl with a small scoop of ice cream and top with sprinkles.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is for brownie bowls only. Does include ice cream or sprinkles.
More great sweet treats:
- Mini Ice Cream Pies – perfect for a summer celebration!
- Ice Cream Cake Recipe – this one was made for the 4th of July, but is easily adaptable to any celebration!
- Apple Rose Tart – a showstopper for the fall.
- Honey Frozen Yogurt Pie – a frozen beauty!
- Irish Cream Brownies – bookmark these for St. Patrick’s Day!
- S’mores Cupcakes – kids LOVE these!
- Orange Bundt Cake with Blackberry Icing – celebrate a spring birthday.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake from Life, Love and Sugar
- Strawberry Funfetti Cake from A Latte Food
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hudsonville Ice Cream. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.