Keeping Promises

Posted: August 17, 2011 at 7:00 am

Things got a bit heavy in here yesterday. I think its time to lighten up the mood a bit. Put a smile on and talk about something that gets you all warm and gooey inside. Maybe do a little What I Ate Wednesday action.

Peas and Crayons

Maybe deliver on that brownie recipe I promised you way back when on Monday before things got all dramatic.

On Monday I promised you a brownie recipe to make your heart melt. So you shall get a brownie recipe to make your heart melt, my friend. Just make sure you don’t spend too much time swooning because then your heart won’t be the only thing melting. Your brownies will, too. And we don’t want that now. That would be wasteful. I don’t know what would happen to our relationship if you wasted brownies, coffee, and ice cream all in one fell swoop. I prefer not to find out either. So just make these and eat them all promptly. Which, I don’t think that will be too much of a challenge because…hello?!?! They’re brownies, coffee, and ice cream all in one!

Are you confused yet? Ice cream? Where’s the ice cream?! Don’t worry. I shall help you. It’s what friends do. You see that fudgy layer?

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That…my friends…is magic in the form of . I received some coupons to try two pints of Starbucks ice cream free for review. Coffee and I are *likethis* so, of course, I chose two coffee based flavors – Java Chocolate Chip and Mocha Frappuccino.


No doubt, my first taste test came in the unadulterated state of a small bowl.


Good. No…not just good. Impressive. Striking. Bold. Magnificent. Both flavors packed a definitive coffee punch in the form of one of my favorite foods. I could have just eaten my way through both pints with Peter. Not a bad idea…but then they would disappear too quickly. I needed to up the ante. I needed to allow my coffee and ice cream love to mingle with yet another beloved of mine – brownies. And so was born Easy Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Brownies. The title may be a mouthful, but it’s a mouthful you want to take.

Easy Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Brownies

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  • your favorite brownie recipe
  • 2 TBSP instant coffee
  • 1 cup (I chose the Mocha Frappuccino flavor)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 TBSP cold milk
  • small box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup crushed toffee pieces

I find that everyone has a favorite brownie recipe or a boxed mix they love. Let’s not mess with your tried and true preference. Just add in the 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder to your brownie batter and bake as normal. Cool brownies completely.

Add the , milk, and box of chocolate pudding mix to a bowl. Stir until evenly combined. Spoon mixture over the brownies.

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Sprinkle toffee bits evenly over the top and gently press into the ice cream / pudding mixture. Place back in the freezer for at least 2 hours to harden.

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Cut into large brownies because no puny portions will do with these bad boys. Admit it…we’re all drawn to the bad boy from time to time. You’ll be drawn to these too. Dark. Mysterious. Bold. Smooth. Knock you off your feet and keep you up all night.

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From the sugar and caffeine, people! I was still talking about brownies! Where are your minds going? Sheesh. I gotta keep a close eye on you.

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And not only for still daydreaming about Ryan Reynolds a week later. I have to make sure you don’t steal any of my brownies. Make your own. I promise they’re easy. I promise they’re worth it. And I always keep my promises.

  • Favorite thing to order from Starbucks? I want to get my hands on a Coconut Mocha Frappuccino after Julie mentioned it a couple nights ago!
  • Brownies – fudgy, cakey, or not at all? Must. Be. FUDGY!!!

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Starbucks and received coupons and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. All my opinions, as always, are 100% honest.

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60 Comments to “Keeping Promises”
  1. nicole says:

    I NEVER would have thought to use ice cream in brownies! Brownies have to be fudgy for me, so I LOVE your recipe ! 🙂

  2. Okay that looks awesome – and I totally wanted to participate in this review panel, but obvoiusly couldn’t because of no dairy. Boo.

  3. Khushboo says:

    Oh lord, why would you do this to me whilst I am at work! Suddenly the apple & peanut butter I was about to eat isn’t as appealing! These are genius, all my favorite things in one, and can so easily be remixed with different ice cream flavors/ chocolate pieces (in place of toffee)!

  4. Coco says:

    Fudgy brownies, without nuts. In fact, the Starbucks brownies are pretty good ….

  5. Mac says:

    Those brownies do look phenomenal! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. oh.

    you really did up the ante here! and they must must must be fudgy. otherwise they’re not brownies in my book!

  7. Great recipe! how creative. Brownies MUST be fudgie…i think thats a requirement! I love Vivano smoothies at starbucks 🙂

  8. Oh, my word!!!
    Those look like heaven on a plate. Coffee and chocolate. I am SO there.

    Favorite thing to order from Starbucks is an Iced Non Fat Awake Tea Latte or a Chai Latte…SO good.

  9. Alexandra says:

    Yum! What a fantastically idea!! I bet those were delish 🙂

  10. What a delicious idea! I was just watching a cooking show (not sure which, it was on a PBS channel) and a chef made french toast by dipping it in melted ice cream. Then he put caramelized bananas on top–oh my! I am liking this trend. 🙂

  11. These look so delicious – I’ve never had coffee in my chocolate baked goods before but heard it really adds to the flavor! My favorite drink (this week) is their iced coffee with sugar free caramel and soymilk.

  12. Amy Lauren says:

    Those look delish! I might have to try them sometime, although my husband isn’t a coffee fan so I guess more for me, huh? Never thought of using ice cream in brownies either…

  13. Kelly says:

    Looks great Tina! Ice cream in brownies…never would have thought about doing that. I am so unadventerous when it comes to baking.

  14. HELLO YUMMY BROWNIES!! How in the world did you come up with adding ice cream to brownies?! They sound delicious!! 🙂

  15. Oh holy yum :). Those look and sound fantastic! That mocha coconut frappuccino is so delicious! I love to get hazelnut lattes with skim milk.

    • Tina says:

      Now I simply must get one since you rave about it too. Perhaps to kill some time at the airport tomorrow. 😉

  16. I’m probably going to be in the minority here but, I can’t stand Starbucks coffee! Ah, I know, the horror! haha
    I love their espresso drinks but the regular coffee to me always tastes burnt! My fav thing recently is definitely the coconut mocha frap. Delicious! And fudgy all the way with the brownies!

  17. Oh, I’m so with you- MUST BE FUDGEY!

    I remember my first experience with coffee ice cream. I was about 17 and thought it sounded nasty. But I worked at Baskin Robbins (true story) and decided to give it a try. To my surprise, AMAZING! But now I kind of wish I never would have tried it because now I know how delicious it truly is… trouble! 🙂

  18. Haley Q says:

    Well this is a brilliant idea. I would never think to incorporate ice cream into a baked good. Fudgey brownies are the only edible brownies, these look soo amazing!

  19. Wow, Tina, those look ah-mazing! And I was cracking up from your writing, you are too cute and funny!

  20. These look amazing! I am obsessed with coffee ice cream so I’m sure I would be obsessed with these too!


    I have got to try these!

  22. I think I almost just shed a tear. I want one in my belly now!

  23. I had a dream last night that I made brownies!!! Clearly, this is a sign that I need to make THESE brownie! 🙂

  24. LOVE coffee flavored ice cream! these brownies look fantastic, too! loooove dense, fudgy brownies for sure 😀

  25. You’re bringing these to HLS and giving me one right? 😉

    Love me some Sbux — my go to lately is a Venti Non-fat Decaf Iced 4-pump Vanilla Latte =)

  26. peacebeme says:

    My brownies must be really dense (not cakey)…I think that’s what you mean by fudgey…?

    I used to think Ryan Reynolds was too young-looking. Then I saw him on The View last week and fell in love! 😉

  27. Oh my goodness. These sound absolutely delicious! Glad to see your smiling face today!

  28. Those look amazing!

    I’ve only been to Starbucks a handful of times, so I haven’t developed any favorites. I like herbal teas, though, so that’s probably what I would go for.

  29. jobo says:

    YUM! I want a brownie AND ice cream like whoa, right now. So tasty!!

  30. yum! Thanks so much for showing both sides of your journey with food Tina. I really appreciate how you keep it real!

  31. Oh my gosh… all of my favorite things in one recipe! these look soo good!

  32. Can you believe I’ve never ever ordered anything at Starbucks???? I’ve only been in one once – the original in Seattle just ’cause.

  33. Bari says:

    Oh my werd! those look amazing – super yum!!! I’m totally saving this post for later 😉

    My fav Starbucks order is a venti nonfat latte (iced or hot depends on the season) with 2 splenda and some chocolate and vanilla powder sprinkled on top.

    Dang, now I need to go to Starbucks!

  34. Fudgy brownies!!

    I actually hate sbux coffee, but if I end up there I’ll order their Zen green tea!

  35. Julie says:

    Um…YUM! Must try these soon!

  36. Two things.
    One – I didnt know Starbucks made ice cream. That is awesome.
    Two – those brownies sound AMAZING! Im bookmarking this so I dont forget to make them.

  37. These look absolutely to die for! I must make them!
    You are so right about Starbucks’ coffee flavors. The Java Chip is my favorite. Favorite.
    My favorite thing to order there is either the java chip frap or the mocha chip frap. Tasty delicious. Even in the winter.

  38. Oh. My. Gosh.
    These look absolutely amazing! I will definitely be making these. Thanks for sharing, Tina!

    PS – Remember those Nutella Cheesecake Brownies I made over a month ago that you wanted the recipe for? I’m posting the recipe next week while I’m away on vacation so keep an eye out! 😀

  39. Those look and sound delicious! When its in season, my favorite Starbucks treat is a skinny pumpkin spice frappe… my new found love is a white chocolate coconut frappe… YUM!!!

    • Tina says:

      Okay you have just taken that mocha coconut frapp that I want to try to a whole new level. White choc coconut?! Oh me oh my!

  40. Rebecca says:

    I’m not a huge fan of coffee, but I feel like you could do this with other ice cream flavors as well… 🙂
    I don’t think I’ve ever been in a Starbucks, actually… Plenty of Caribous (there’s one basically across the street from my house), but not sure about Sbux.

    I’m okay with brownies being either fudgey or cakey, but I think I prefer fudgey. 🙂

  41. Melissa says:

    Brownies and ice cream are meant for each other. But add in coffee? Oh dear . . . swooning! Can’t wait to try this out. I’m a toffee sucker, too, so you’ve hit the quad-fecta?? Is that even a thing? Either way, you’ve got it!

  42. Maren says:

    those brownies look killer!

  43. Kiah says:

    That looks SO GOOD! But, I have to say, my favorite picture is of you holding the two ice cream containers. You look so excited! haha 🙂

  44. Oh my gosh, those look amazing! Do you think they would still work without the coffee? My BF is a coffee hater so if I made them with it I would be eating the whole pan by myself. And that’s never good. 🙂

    • Tina says:

      I think so. I think you could do regular brownies and then a chocolate or other form of ice cream. You could even do any flavor pudding mixed with any flavor ice cream and any candy/cookie topping. I bet something like a vanilla pudding with cookies and cream ice cream and extra crumbled cookies on top would be AMAZING!

  45. That’s an awsome idea!!! I can’t wait to try this!

  46. Just to leave with a clear mind – I never ever ever ever…waste ice cream! Coffee ice cream is just to close to my heart to be wasted. As much as I love it, I seem to “highly sensitive” to caffine 🙁

  47. Cynthia says:

    Lately my favorite drink from Starbucks has been an iced hazelnut latte. Yummy!

  48. Sam says:

    how did i not know that starbucks had icecream?!? oh goodness, must find some soon 🙂

    Sam @ fitness food & faith

  49. I LOVE coffee, ice cream, and brownies- I am all over this 🙂

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