A classic Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae begins with a homemade brownie generously topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and velvety hot fudge.
Customize with your favorite toppings like whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles, and a cherry—the possibilities are endless!
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Last weekend we made my favorite brownies and covered them with big scoops of ice cream and my homemade chocolate fudge sauce. It's amazing how a few simple ingredients can make the perfect dessert.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Crowd pleaser - Who doesn't love hot fudge brownie sundaes?
Adaptable - You can easily change up this delicious dessert, by using a different flavor of ice cream and adding your favorite sundae toppings.
Classic Dessert - A brownie with ice cream is a traditional dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
- All-Purpose Flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder - Make sure to buy unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Salt - A touch of salt enhances the flavor of these fudgy brownies.
- Baking Powder
- Butter - Either salted or unsalted butter will work.
- Granulated Sugar - White granulated sugar sweetens up the brownies. You can also use the same amount of brown sugar, though the texture of the brownies may be slightly different.
- Vanilla Extract
- Walnuts - Walnuts add texture and crunch.
- Hot Fudge Sauce - Use this homemade sauce or pick up a jar at the grocery store.
- Vanilla Ice Cream - Vanilla ice cream complements the brownie and hot fudge sauce flavors well. Feel free to use your preferred ice cream flavor.
- Reddi-Wip - What's a brownie without Reddi-Wip? You can also use heavy whipping cream as a substitute.
- Maraschino Cherries - No sundae is complete without a cherry on top.
How to make a homemade brownie sundae
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
Step 2: Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, cornstarch, and baking powder in a medium bowl.
Step 4: With a rubber spatula, stir in the dry ingredients. Mix in chopped walnuts. Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, being careful not to over bake.
Step 5: Remove the warm brownies from the oven and let them cool completely before serving.
Brownie Sundae Assembly
Cut the brownies into nine pieces. Place a brownie on a plate with one large scoop of ice cream. Drizzle with 1 - 2 tablespoons of hot fudge sauce. Top with Reddi-Wip and a cherry.
Leftover brownies will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 days, but they are best eaten the same day.
Let the hot brownies come to room temperature before storing them. When frozen, these sundae brownies will keep for up to 3 months. To thaw, place the brownies on the kitchen counter until soft.
Yes, if you don't have time to pull together the ingredients for these fudge brownies with ice cream, you can use a store-bought mix.
A typical brownie sundae recipe usually has a brownie with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.
Both are made with vanilla ice cream, but chocolate sauce is usually thinner than hot fudge sauce.
- Sprinkle the ice cream sundae with chocolate chips to increase the chocolate flavor.
- Switch out these brownies and use one of your favorite brownie box recipes.
- Brighten up your sundae and add rainbow sprinkles.
- Try different ice cream flavors instead of vanilla.
- Blend up the moist crumbs and brownie pieces and create a brownie shake by adding a scoop of ice cream.
- For a change of pace, top the sundae with caramel sauce instead of the homemade hot fudge sauce.
- Toast the walnuts for a deeper flavor.
- Add a pinch of espresso powder to the dry ingredients of the brownies to enhance the chocolate flavor.
- Take the ice cream out of the freezer a few minutes before you prepare the sundaes so it has time to soften, making portioning easier. Or use a warm ice cream scoop to portion the ice cream quickly.
- It's better to pull the brownies out early than leaving them in too long. No one likes a dry brownie.
- Wait for them to cool. They'll be easier to remove from the pan and they will firm up a bit as they cool.
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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, cornstarch, and baking powder in a medium bowl.½ cup All Purpose Flour, ⅓ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, ½ teaspoon Salt, ¼ teaspoon Baking Powder, 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
- ½ cup Melted Butter, 1 cup Granulated Sugar, 2 Eggs, 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- With a rubber spatula, stir in the dry ingredients. Mix in chopped walnuts. Spread the brownie mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes being careful not to over bake.½ cup Chopped Walnuts
- Quality Ingredients: Start with high-quality ingredients, including good-quality cocoa powder, real butter, fresh eggs, and premium chocolate. Using fresh walnuts will also enhance the flavor and texture of your brownies.
- Proper Mixing: Be careful not to over mix the batter. Over mixing can result in dense and tough brownies. Mix the ingredients until just combined to achieve a tender and fudgy texture.
- Chop Walnuts: Don't chop the walnuts too fine. I love a bite of brownie with a big walnut included!
- Grease the Pan: To prevent the brownies from sticking to the pan, grease the baking pan generously with butter or cooking spray, and consider lining it with parchment paper for easy removal.
- Even Baking: Ensure the brownie batter is spread evenly in the baking pan to promote even baking. Use a spatula to smooth the surface for uniform thickness.
- Under bake Slightly: Brownies will continue to cook slightly after they're removed from the oven due to residual heat. To achieve a fudgy texture, consider removing them from the oven when they're slightly under baked in the center.
- Cool Completely: Allow the brownies to cool completely in the baking pan before cutting them into squares. This helps them set properly and prevents them from falling apart.