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. Makes 12 servings.
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.
This year, I did a twist on one of my childhood favorites: Cookies ‘n Cream. Except this ice cream is BROWNIES ‘N CREAM.
Unsurprisingly, you chowed down on a cone after I photographed these beauties.
I’ve made this recipe easy on us, meaning this NO CHURN ICE CREAM doesn’t require an ice cream maker, and it’s phonemically delicious.
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)
Tools you’ll need to make no churn ice cream
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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
How to make No Churn Guinness Brownie Ice Cream
First and foremost, you bake these incredibly dense and powerfully chocolate brownies. Once baked through and cooled, cut into bite-sized pieces… and then make your no churn ice cream.
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.
Once you combine those two ingredients, stir in the brownie bites. Pour your ice cream into a 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.
And no, before you ask, you DON’T need an ice cream maker to make it! (Hence the name “no churn,” since we’re not churning it!) Isn’t that amazing?
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.
- Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day entertaining information? Check out St. Patrick’s Day Party Food for inspiration!
Frequently Asked Questions
What does no churn ice cream mean?
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.)
Why should I take extra time to bake BROWNIES before making this ICE CREAM? That seems like a lot of extra work.
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.
Why would I give beer brownie ice cream to my kid?
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.
How long does this ice cream last?
If you’ve wrapped it well in plastic wrap, it can last 2-3 weeks in the freezer without a problem.
Tips and tricks for the best homemade ice cream
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.
Looking for some more St. Patrick’s Day treats?
The following recipes would be fabulous for sharing with a crowd… or just your family, depending on your tastebuds and personal preferences.
- Irish Cream Biscuits with Boozy Chocolate Ganache
- Whiskey Skillet Brownie with No Churn Bailey’s Ice Cream
- Salted Caramel Guinness Float
- Baby Guinness Irish Coffee Jell-O Shots
- Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake
- Irish Cream Coffee Mud Pie
- Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Creamy Bailey’s Icing
This ice cream, which doesn’t require an ice cream maker, is quite simple!
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:
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.
How do YOU celebrate your children’s birthdays? (Or how do you think you will?)
How do you feel about no churn ice cream?
The photos and recipe for this No Churn Guinness Brownie Ice Cream were originally published on March 14, 2017. The text of this blog post was updated and republished on March 9, 2020.