Two great desserts featured – first, some very simple cookie + candy brownie bars and second, some even easier miniature ice cream sandwich cookie cakes. Both are perfect for a summer party!
It’s FRIDAY!! And not just only any old Friday, but a Friday of a long weekend! Happy, happy Memorial Day to everyone this coming Monday – I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! And I’d be remiss to not say how grateful I am for all those that served our country! What great men and women to sacrifice so that we can all enjoy our freedoms.
I hope you all have lots of great plans for this weekend and are able to enjoy some good food! 🙂
In case you haven’t planned any desserts to bring to a weekend celebration, you are in luck. I’ve got two desserts that take mere minutes to whip up and are each less than 5 ingredients. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Plus they are festive, fun, and look pretty. All nice bonuses of course.
So these brownies start with a mix. If you’re a long time blog reader, you know I swear by the good ole brownie mix. In the literally hundreds of brownie recipes I’ve tried (okay probably not quite a hundred) I have never found one that I like as much as a good quality pre-made mix. The husband agrees and so we are seriously stocked up on brownie mixes.
I recently tried a new brownie mix that has a hot fudge packet you mix into the batter. Life changing people. If you can find that brownie mix, use it for these and you will understand what I mean by life changing!
Okay, so brownie mix + ingredients called for: check! Then some chocolate sandwich cookies – just about 12 and you are good. Chop ’em up and stir them in the brownie mix.
And finally comes the best part – the M&M‘s. They add so much color to these brownies making them perfect for a party or any kind of celebration. Plus they get all melty when baked and add a nice smooth chocolate texture to the brownies while still having that good crunchy shell. So, so good.
- 1 box brownie mix + ingredients called for
- 12 chocolate sandwich cookies
- 2/3 cup M&M's separated
Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and then lightly spray the paper with nonstick spray. This will help in easy removal of the brownies.
Preheat the oven according to brownie mix instructions.
In a large bowl, prepare the brownies according to the brownie mix instructions.
Coarsely chop or crush the Oreos. You can crush or chop them as large or as fine as you like. I like some bigger chunks in these brownies.
Mix the chopped oreos and 1/3 cup of the M&M's into the batter.
The batter will be thick! Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup of M&M's evenly over the top of the brownies.
Bake according to the directions for an 8 x 8 pan. Ever so slightly under-baking these brownies makes them ultra fudgy and keeps the cookies softer throughout the batch.
Okay, next up are these cute miniature cookie cakes! And these require only three ingredients. It doesn’t get much easier for the cute that follows!:
Some time last year, I discovered Twix Ice Cream Bars AND Snickers Ice Cream Bars in the dessert freezer aisle at Wal-Mart and had to get them. Those two flavors of Ice Cream Bars were a favorite treat of mine growing up! Next to those ice cream bars, I saw these M&M Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches for the first time ever and was intrigued. So, I got a box. They were gone 2 days later. The husband inhaled four of them and I had the last two. 🙂 They are delicious – the cookies are soft but never get soggy (seriously, it’s magical) and the ice cream is super creamy.
Okay so moral of the story – I think you’ll love them. And second moral – they are so great in this miniature cake!
Definitely feel free to make your own frosting here, but in the goal of a super quick and easy dessert to share with you all, I opted for the pre-made frosting from a tub. I did a pretty thick layer, but you scale the frosting to how much (or little) you like.
Once the cookie is frosted, press another one on top. AND you’re halfway done already.
With a spatula, spread the whipped topping evenly around and on top of the ice cream cakes. In case you are wondering if frosting can work instead, you can try it. I tried to frost these with frosting and it was pretty difficult. It didn’t stick very well and looked messy to me.
However, you may be more talented in the decorating, so if you want to try frosting then I say go for it! And alternatively, you could also do your own whipped topping to go around these cakes.
The freezing after these is essential to get that whipped topping to freeze to the consistency of the ice cream sandwiches. PLEASE NOTE however that these are best made pretty close to serving time. Otherwise the whipped topping tends to get a little icy and tastes a bit off after being in the freezer too long.
- 1 M package &M sandwich cookies found with dessert freezer treats
- 1/2 cup prepared vanilla or cream cheese frosting
- 1 ounces container frozen whipped topping thawed, 8
- Sprinkles optional
Unwrap the sandwich cookies. Place three down on a parchment-lined pan.
Spread the tops of each sandwich cookie evenly with the frosting (Disperse the 1/2 cup evenly among the three sandwiches). Scale the amount up or down to personal taste preferences - I like a thick frosting layer!
Place the remaining three sandwich cookies on top of the frosting and press down to secure. Scrape away any of the frosting that oozes out off.
Using a spatula, spread the completely thawed whipped topping around and on top of the cakes in an even layer. The container should cover all three cakes so long as it isn't applied too thick. If it is pretty thick, you may need extra
Top with sprinkles if desired.
Cover the pan without touching the cakes and place in the freezer to harden up for 20-30 minutes.
These are best served the same day you make them otherwise they tend to get a bit soggy.