I have turned into a cliché pregnant woman, and I did not see this coming.  I have always tried not to be one of those who uses pregnancy as an excuse for everything, like saying you are “eating for two” so you eat with reckless abandon when you really only need 300 more calories per day than normal.  I try never to send Ben out to stores or restaurants to satisfy sudden cravings, since they usually pass quickly enough on their own.  But last week was different.  We had had desserts in the house and everything was fine, and suddenly one night I found myself without dessert and a chocolate craving so bad, I decided to break my own rule just this once.  I sent Ben to the store in search of some ice cream and he was happy to oblige.

You must understand how dire the circumstances were – I literally have not bought ice cream from the store since getting my ice cream maker three years ago.  I gave him some flavor suggestions but figured he knows me well enough to know what I like.  He came back with cookie dough.  Now, I love homemade double cookie dough ice cream but store bought cookie dough is totally not worth the calories in my book.  I was frustrated.  I might have cried (though I’ll admit that several other upsetting things happened that day and this was the last straw, so to speak).  Thankfully he did pick up some good quality milk chocolate as well because I had mentioned that I wanted to make this ice cream again soon.  So as it turns out, I did get my super chocolatey ice cream and satisfy my craving – just a day late, but this ice cream more than made up for it.


For the brownies:
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1¼ cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
½ cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

For the ice cream:
8 oz. milk chocolate (at least 30% cacao solids), finely chopped
1½ cups heavy cream
1½ cups whole milk
¾ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
4 large egg yolks


  • 01

    To make the brownies, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.  Lightly grease the foil with nonstick spray.  Add the butter to a small saucepan and melt.  Whisk in the chopped chocolate and stir just until melted.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Stir in the flour and salt.  Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.  Smooth the batter into the prepared baking dish.  Bake for 30 minutes, until the center feels just set.  Remove from the oven and let cool completely.  Cut into small bits to be mixed into the ice cream.  (Only half of the brownies are needed for the ice cream.  The remainder can be eaten whole or frozen for later use.)

  • 02

    To make the ice cream, combine the milk chocolate and heavy cream in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.  Remove from the heat and set a mesh sieve over the top of the bowl.

  • 03

    In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and salt.  Heat until the sugar is dissolved.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks.  When the milk mixture is warm, slowly add to the bowl with the beaten egg yolks, whisking constantly.  Return the mixture to the saucepan and continue to heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens just slightly and coats the back of a spoon (170-175˚ F on an instant-read thermometer).  Remove from the heat and pour the custard through the strainer into the milk chocolate mixture.

  • 04

    Cover and chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator.  Freeze the batter in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Once frozen, fold in the brownie bits with a spatula.  Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.


  • this is, hands down, my favorite ice cream so far from TPS. the toasted coconut is a close second but the brownie bits in here take it to another level entirely. i can’t see how this ice cream wouldn’t make up for store-bought cookie dough!

  • I need an ice cream maker! This sounds delicious!!

  • This ice cream looks crazy good! I too, love my ice cream maker and am always trying new recipes. This one will definitely be added to my list!

  • Oh my! This ice cream will be the death of me, haha. It looks so tasty! Great photo too. Mmm.

  • Yummy and even a homemade brownies! Sounds rich, just the way I like chocolate ice cream!

  • You are killing me Annie! I haven’t had any milk products or chocolate for six weeks because I’m nursing and my daughter’s little tummy can’t seem to handle it. This is the epitome of what I am craving right now! This is going at the top of my list of what to make once I can have it again. Yum!

  • Hilary

    Annie- I have been there with you. I’m pregnant now as well and have been marginally good about not caving to my (absurdly unhealthy) cravings. But when I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I actually cried when my husband had eaten leftover pizza that I had been craving all day long. I feel your pain! :) The ice cream looks amazing.

  • Wow, milk chocolate ice cream sounds absolutely incredible. You poor thing, needing chocolate and having none around! That sounds like an emergency to me! ;)

  • I’m glad your craving was satisfied :) This ice cream looks delicious — more inspiration to finally buy an ice cream maker. Wish I had more room in my freezer for the bowl.

  • looks delicious!

  • Ahh heaven! Sounds similar to a Ben & Jerry’s flavor. So good.

  • Yum! I could go for a scoop of that on a waffle cone right about now. Glad you satisfied your craving, even if it was a day late. :)

  • Oh, this looks amazing. I could eat this for breakfast! That’s ok, right?

  • Ah another ice cream recipe I have to bookmark. I stole the ice cream maker my parents had in the basement when they moved out of the house I grew up in, but I haven’t taken the dive to make my own ice cream yet. So many choices!

  • Holly

    Now I’m going to have to stop at the store on my way home to pick up chocolate so I can make this. It sounds so good I want it now.

  • I’m so happy to find another way to incorporate brownies into my diet! This looks amazing!

  • bergamot

    This looks really delicious. What a treat!!

  • Stephanie

    Yum this looks delicious! I saw in your equipment that you use a KA ice cream maker attachment, would you recommend this to someone who has never made ice cream before? I have a KA mixer and have been debating getting the attachment or a cuisniart ice cream maker. I want to get one soon so I can start making some of your recipes! :)

  • AC

    Too funny. While pregnant, I was once brought to tears by the lack of horseradish on a sandwich. Terrified my coworkers. :)

  • Mmm, what a great photo Annie – You’ve got me craving ice cream at 9AM! :) Thanks for sharing this delicious spring/summer treat.

  • It’s so fun to start collecting ice cream recipes now that the weather is turning around. This looks delicious, anything with the words “Brownie” and “Ice Cream” make my mouth water!

  • My husband will love this ice cream. When ever we go out for ice cream he always get one called Brownies Over the Moon. I will have to surprise him with this homemade brownie ice cream, which I am certain will be much better than anything we can get at the ice cream shop :)

  • Annie

    Yes, definitely recommend it. Neither is easier or more difficult to use. In my opinion, if you have a KA mixer the KA attachment makes the most sense because it takes up less space than adding a whole new appliance to your kitchen.

  • Alli Province

    Are you kidding me? I am definitely sharing your pregnancy cravings. This looks amazing!!

  • I said I wasn’t going to be one of those pregnant women that ate for two either. But when I kept getting bigger no matter what I did, I figured I might as well enjoy it while I had a good excuse! The day before I had my son I had TWO helping of banana pudding!

  • Laurel

    Looks scrumptious. You are my favorite food blogger photographer. I’ve come close to licking my computer screen an embarrassing amount of times!

    Have you ever heard of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream? It’s famous in central Ohio and I think the complex flavors are right up your alley (i.e. Salty Caramel, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Pistachio & Honey). You’d love it!

  • Ah, yes. Ice cream with brownie bites is one of my faves. Love your story about sending Ben out and then him coming home with a disappointing flavor despite knowing your favorite choices. My Ben would do the same thing! Who has the pregnancy brain? Oh, men… :)

  • OMG!!

  • Jennifer

    I’m a new subscriber to the site after finding your cupcake recipes! This looks divine! I too need an ice cream maker! I may just have to go purchase one over the weekend!

  • Stephanie

    Great! Thanks for the info! I’m excited to start making some ice cream :)

  • Wow, that looks that’ll satisfy any craving. Holy yum. And you’ll luck out with extra 550 kcals during Puerparium/Lactation AND a toddler, and I’m betting you have a bunch of delicious recipes already!

  • Ashley

    These look AMAZING! Can’t wait to try them! I have found some fantastic recipes on your blog, thanks for sharing! By the way, my husband and I are former Btown residents:) Go Hoosiers!!
    I am also awarding you the Stylish Blogger Award! Please link back to my blog for the rules and the blog award image!

  • I tried SO hard not to be one of ‘those’ pregnant woman too. But chocolate got me. Each night I HAD to have some dark chocolate, or I would feel like life was going to end. Oh, a little extra drama came with my pregnancy too ;) Glad you’re indulging a bit, enjoy! This looks INCREDIBLE!

  • thanks for the recipe. I don’t have a good chocolate one, and adding brownies to anything is never a bad thing.

  • Annie I love this chocolate Ice cream look amazing! gloria

  • jen

    i’ve had a cuisenart ice cream maker for almost 2 years now, and i’ve never once made homemade ice cream. i’m sorry. now that i have confessed and repented, THIS will be my first!! it looks amazing.

    one question…i notice on most, if not all, food blogs the blogger talks about using good quality chocolate, but i can’t seem to find anyone who says what brand that might be! can you educate me, pretty please?! i’m sure to an extent it’s personal preference, but since i like your food, i bet i’d like your chocolate, too! i grew up in the fort wayne area (kendallville, to be exact!), and our local store had hershey’s cocoa powder and baker’s unsweet and semi-sweet baking chocolate. that’s it. now i live where ever the army sends us, and that generally means small towns with limited variety. i would like to order some online, but would really love a jumping off point so i don’t waste a ton of money on crappy chocolate. thanks :)

  • Annie

    Jen, the good chocolate is usually in an area meant for eating candy, not the baking aisle. I tend to buy Godiva or Lindt for milk or white chocolate. Our Kroger stores carry it and they truly are the worst stores ever as far as stock variety so if they have it, I’m betting your store does too. I hope that helps! If I were ordering online, my favorite brand is definitely Callebaut. Valhorna is also good.

  • Lauren

    This was sooo incredible! I had to pull the spoon out of my husband’s hand so he wouldn’t eat the whole batch in one sitting. The chocolate ice cream is so amazing on it’s own or would be a great base for any other add ins. YUM!

  • Ac

    Cooks illustrated also recommends ghiradelli (sp?) bittersweet and that’s not too hard to find usually. in chip/chunk form.

  • Rebecca N

    I made this last night for girls wine club and it was absolutely wonderful! There was even a little left for my husband, who loved it too!

  • Krista

    I made this for my daughter’s 1st birthday party. It was a huge hit, especially with my 2 yr old! I’ve added The Perfect Scoop to my wishlist.

  • christie

    this is so creamy and indulgent! I put some in a 2c Pyrex container and froze it last week, and tonight when I got it out, it was still super creamy and so amazing…thanks for sharing!

  • Alison Smith

    I live in New Zealand and love your recipes! However, I can’t seem to find unsweetened chocolate anywhere!!! Does it have to be unsweetened or will regular ‘eating’ chocolate work okay?

  • Annie

    You could use dark chocolate instead but you will probably want to decrease the sugar a bit. Or, you could just use a different brownie recipe that uses a type of chocolate you have access to. Either way is fine!

  • Rebecca

    Scharffen Berger brand chocolate is amazing to cook/bake with. I love the “Bittersweet” bars for baking chocolate cakes and brownies. It’s kind of pricey ($4 per bar here in the midwest) but it’s worth it for a special occasion desssert. Ghiradelli 60% chocolate chips are also very nice for baking and they are a bit cheaper and easier to find. You really want to try to use the best quality chocolate you can afford (not hersheys or bakers brands) when you are making something where chocolate is the star flavor. It will take your desserts to the next level.

  • Nicole

    I made this ice cream yesterday. It’s the second ice cream i have made and it was a huge hit! I say was because it’s pretty much all gone already! The ice cream is creamy and delicious all on its own, but i definitely enjoy the texture and extra boost of chocolate the brownie bits provide. I’m definitely keeping this as my go to milk chocolate ice cream recipe. I think next time i’ll keep the brownies separate and serve it with the brownie on the side. Thanks for an easy delicious recipe!

  • Riley

    For the icecream, could you use dark chocolate instead of milk?

  • annieseats

    I have a different chocolate ice cream recipe using dark chocolate that you might want to use instead (just search “chocolate ice cream”).

  • Ashley

    Saw this yesterday from your post and HAD to have some. Yay for pregnancy cravings! (My husband just rolls his eyes and mumbles that I use that excuse for everything) I was sad when I looked in the freezer to see if my ice cream bowl was pre-frozen and noticed that my husband had put the bowl away! On my MUST do list for tomorrow when the bowl is frozen and ready to go! Thanks for reposting this! I can’t wait to make it!

  • I made this yesterday — my first-ever attempt at making ice cream after receiving my new ice cream maker the day before. While it took longer to get totally frozen in the freezer than I expected, I imagine it was my impatience in chilling the custard before churning it that caused the slow freezing. However, every time I tasted the custard, which was often…it was like chocolate heaven. I can’t wait to eat a proper scoop.

  • Jennie

    Umm….so started with the brownies…and that was as far as we got. My mom said three times they were the best brownies she’s ever had….and I agree. Have to make this again-so I can make the ice cream! Half a pan of these brownies was just too hard to hold on to!

  • My Dad surprised me with an ice-cream machine yesterday and there happens to be left-over brownies at home… its a sign!
    Only thing is I can’t decide which should be the first flavour to make, your peanut butter ice cream or this one?!
    Can’t wait to give all you beutiful ice-cream recipes a go, now I have no excuse!