No Churn Fudge Brownie Ice Cream
Rich No Churn Fudge Brownie Ice Cream is sure to become a new favorite ice cream! Studded with homemade brownie chunks, this easy ice cream that doesn’t require an ice cream maker AND is perfect for sharing. Pro tip: You can use your favorite box mix brownies to make this no churn ice cream! Makes 12 servings.
This No Churn Guinness Brownie Ice Cream were originally published on March 14, 2017. The text of this blog post was updated in February 2020.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LADY A! We celebrated your birthday this past weekend with family and friends, and you, as always, are a joy. I am so lucky to be your mama.
So today, in celebration of YOU, I made us something sweet to enjoy together since the healthy ice cream I made for your first birthday isn’t something I can eat.
Unsurprisingly, you chowed down on a cone after I photographed these beauties and LOVED it.
Why I love this no churn ice cream recipe:
We originally made this ice cream recipe for St. Patrick’s Day and featured our Guinness Brownies recipe in it… but honestly, it is amazing for any time or occasion.
Who doesn’t love the combination of chocolate and vanilla together in one bite? This No Churn Fudge Brownie Ice Cream recipe tastes a little like my childhood favorite, Cookies and Cream. Truly, this is one of our favorite ice creams.
I made homemade brownies to go in the batter, but if that’s not your style, feel free to use a boxed mix brownie of your choosing or even a store-bought brownie to make this even more quickly.
The base of this recipe is a decadent no churn vanilla ice cream, then it’s studded with brownie pieces and frozen until perfect.
Also, I’ve made this homemade ice cream recipe easy on us, meaning this NO CHURN ICE CREAM doesn’t require an ice cream machine or egg yolks or cooking… other than baking the brownies.
You. Are. Welcome.
Other celebratory treats to enjoy with friends and family members: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches | Mini Stacked Ice Cream Birthday Cakes | Funfettini Birthday Cake Martini (for the adults, obvs)
Need sweet treat inspiration? Head on over to my Dessert Recipe Index for more ideas!
Tools you’ll need to make this recipe:
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- Glass bowls to make both the brownie batter and the ice cream base
- 9″ x 13″ rectangular cake pan to bake the brownies in. You can also use a square cake pan and bake the brownies in it, then use that to freeze the ice cream in, too.
- Hand mixer to mix the brownie batter, as well as the ice cream base
- Loaf pan for the ice cream
- Plastic wrap to cover the ice cream when it goes into the freezer
- 2 tablespoon scoop to scoop out the ice cream when ready
Let’s talk ingredients!
In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.
Here’s what you need to grab from the grocery store:
- Your favorite brownie recipe… whether they’re homemade, store-bought or from a brownie mix box
- Dark chocolate chunks — or your favorite chocolate chips! They don’t necessarily have to be dark chocolate, but that’s my favorite for this recipe.
- Heavy whipping cream — the fat in heavy whipping cream makes for an extra decadent ice cream. You cannot make this recipe with a lower fat milk, like skim milk, or a non-dairy milk like coconut milk or almond milk because they do not have the fat content to whip the way it needs to.
- Sweetened condensed milk — this is milk cooked down in a can with sugar until wonderfully sweet and creamy. It is not the same thing as evaporated milk!
For this recipe, I’ve shared how to make the Guinness Brownies that will be a part of them. However, if you’d like to use a boxed brownie mix or your other favorite type of homemade fudgy brownies, have at it!
What can I serve this ice cream with?
This homemade ice cream is awesome on its own, but if you want to make it even more decadent, try it with…
- Hot fudge sauce or a chocolate sauce
- Caramel sauce
- Homemade Strawberry Syrup
- On top of a warm brownie, like a hot fudge brownie sundae
How to make No Churn Fudge Brownie Ice Cream
First and foremost, bake those incredibly dense and powerfully chocolate brownies.
Once baked through and cooled completely, cut into bite-sized pieces… and then make your no churn ice cream.
Please note that you can use your favorite boxed mix brownie or a store-bought brownie that’s already baked!
No churn ice cream consists of two ingredients: heavy whipping cream, whipped into whipped cream using a hand or stand mixer, and sweetened condensed milk. That’s it.
Pour the heavy whipping cream into a large bowl. Use a hand or stand mixer, whip the cream. Start off slowly, then increase the speed until the cream transforms into whipped cream.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream, stirring until just combined.
Once you combine those two ingredients, stir in the brownie bits with a rubber spatula until combined.
Pour your ice cream into a freezer-safe container or metal pan–I used the same one I baked the brownies in–and pop it in the freezer overnight.
Make sure to cover it well with plastic wrap so it doesn’t get freezer burn or ice crystals in it.
In 6-12 hours or the next day, scoop your ice cream with your favorite ice cream scoop and enjoy!
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
Homemade no churn ice cream for a party? You bet!
This festive ice cream is perfect for sharing with a crowd, assuming your crowd eats dairy and likes a sweet treat.
This ice cream would be perfect to scoop out for kids and adults alike after dinner has been enjoyed.
- For the best scoops, dip your ice cream scooper into a glass of warm water before each scoop.
- Letting guests serve themselves? Keep the ice cream on ice! Which is to say, fill a large bowl with ice, and plop the ice cream container into it. Allow guests to serve themselves.
- Double the recipe if you’re expecting a large crowd! If it doesn’t all get eaten, the good news is this ice cream lasts plenty of time in the freezer for you to enjoy after the fact.
- Make the recipe in advance, too. You need to give it ample time to chill in the freezer, so make it a day before you plan to host guests.
Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day entertaining information? Check out St. Patrick’s Day Party Food for inspiration!
Frequently Asked Questions
It means you don’t need an ice cream maker to make it! Which is pretty fantastic if you don’t have a large kitchen and/or storage in your kitchen (or just don’t want yet another kitchen tool.)
Well, first and foremost, the brownies make this ice cream extra decadent because of the Guinness.
Guinness makes the brownies richer and the chocolate more intense. So it’s, like, extra chocolate brownies that are decadent and divine. And if you don’t have any Guinness on hand, you can substitute in your favorite stout beer–it’ll work like a charm!
Secondly, the brownies are integral to this ice cream. After all, this is technically No Churn Brownie Ice Cream.
That said, if you don’t have time (or just don’t want) to make brownies from scratch, you can purchase a fudge-y box mix or even grab a small pan of brownies from the store. The recipe won’t be exactly the same, but you’ll have brownies, which are an integral part of this ice cream.
When the brownies bake, the alcohol cooks off, leaving the chocolate even more rich and decadent.
If you’re concerned about it, make another brownie recipe or purchase a mix from the store to use instead.
If you’ve wrapped it well in plastic wrap, it can last 2-3 weeks in the freezer without a problem.
Other no churn ice cream recipes you might enjoy:
We all love no churn ice cream over here, and there are so many different variations you can try!
- No Churn Salted Caramel Fudge Ice Cream
- No Churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Pecans and Chocolate Chips
- Blue Moon Ice Cream
- No Churn Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream
- Bailey’s No Churn Ice Cream
- No Churn Peppermint Ice Cream
Tips and tricks for the best ice cream with brownies:
- Make the ice cream the day before you want to consume it. It needs to spend at least 6 hours in the freezer to take form.
- If you’re making the brownies in this ice cream, bake those in advance, too. You want them to cool properly, so at least have them out of the oven 1-2 hours before you pull together the ice cream.
- Have cones and bowls on hand whenever you’re ready to serve.
This No Churn Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, which doesn’t require an ice cream maker, is quite simple to make at home!
And it’s oh-so-creamy and wonderful year-round. (I’m lookin’ at you, impending summer months!)
Sound like something you want to make? Here’s how I made it:
No Churn Guinness Brownie Ice Cream
Whether you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day, a birthday or any day, rich No Churn Guinness Brownie Ice Cream is sure to become a new favorite! Studded with homemade Guinness brownie chunks, this easy ice cream that doesn't require an ice cream maker is perfect for sharing.
- ½ cup special dark cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- ½ cup Guinness, (or another stout beer)
- ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- Brownies, recipe above, cut into ½” bite-sized cubes
Make the Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 8"x8" square baking pan with parchment paper, then spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine cocoa powder with the melted butter.
- Measure the sugars and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Stir until combined.
- Crack the eggs into another bowl, and break the yolks using a fork. Pour into the chocolate and sugar mixture, mixing until combined.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
- Sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then add the Guinness. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the dark chocolate chips/chunks on top of the batter.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the edges are firm and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- When the brownies are cooked through, remove from the oven, and let cool completely.
- Cut into ½” bite-sized cubes. and set aside.
Make the Ice Cream
- Pour the heavy whipping cream into a large bowl.
- Using a hand or stand mixer, whip the cream. Start off slowly, then increase the speed until the cream transforms into whipped cream.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream, stirring until just combined.
- Sprinkle in the brownie bites, and fold into the ice cream.
- Pour into a metal baking dish (I used the baking dish that the brownies baked in, but you can use a loaf pan, too), and press plastic wrap on top of the ice cream.
- Freeze overnight.
- When frozen solid, scoop, and serve on ice cream cones or in cups, and enjoy!
Shortcut: If you don’t want to bake your own brownies, purchase a small pan from the store and cut into bite-sized pieces. Use those in this ice cream instead.
Brownie recipe adapted from my Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle
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Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 7g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
I love that you made cookies n cream ice cream with brownies!! This is totally what I’m craving for breakfast this morning… Is that wrong…? Happy belated bday little lady A!!!! 🙂
I heard that ice cream for breakfast actually makes you test better, so… ice cream for breakfast for all! And thank you, friend!
Ahhhhmylaaaaw I’m going bonkers over this ice cream! I’ve never tried guinnness in a sweet treat, but it’s one of my favorite beers so I’ve been meaning to get ON it! Loving this no-churn delight!
You’ve never tried Guinness in a sweet treat?!? Oh, Julia. You gotta give it a go because that stout just makes the chocolate that much more decadent. Enjoy this or whatever Guinness sweet treat you end up making!
I love ice cream and LOVE that this is no churn. I am afraid to have an ice cream machine in my house because I’d be continually making the addicting stuff. So, I’m going to proceed with caution. But I am going to make this fabulous recipe!
Elaine, we are clearly very similar because I don’t keep an ice cream maker in my house for the same reason! That said… now that I can make no churn ice cream, there’s no need for it, and I have to monitor myself so we don’t have ice cream daily. 😉
I love ice cream recipes and the fact that it’s no churn makes it even better! Such lovely flavor combinations too! 🙂
No churn ice cream is just the BEST! So glad that you love this flavor combination, too. 🙂
Brownies & cream? I am in love with this idea! Guinness is such a great way to add some depth to the chocolate-y flavor.
Thank you! It’s absolutely delicious! And you’re right: Guinness adds fantastic depth to that chocolatey goodness.
Now THIS is a St. Paddy’s day dessert! Looks so good!
Yes, it absolutely is! Thanks!
I’d be happy with the brownie! Add it to the easy no churn ice cream and I am in heaven!
You and me both, Dorothy! But those brownies just put this ice cream over the top. Enjoy!
Oh man. You had me at brownies!! But add ice cream and BEER in the brownies?! Wowza. Looks delicious!!
Yes, ma’am! ALL the things! Enjoy!
I really need to try this Guinness Ice cream! Looks delicious!
Now this is an ice cream I need in my life!
Brownies & cream is 10 times better than cookies & cream! This ice cream looks amazing. 🙂
AGREED, Carrie! Thank you so much!
I can’t wait fro summer when eating ice cream will be widely acceptable haha. (I eat it during winter too and usually freeze my ass off lol)