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Brownie Bowl Sundaes

Brownie Bowl Sundaes

Check out this brilliant dessert hack to make your own homemade brownie bowls!

You will need:

  • DREYER’S GRAND NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Cookie Dough ice cream or SLOW CHURNED® Cookie Dough light ice cream
  • Brownie batter (made from your favorite recipe)
  • 2 muffin tins
  • Cooking spray
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Sprinkles


  1. Follow the directions for your favorite brownie recipe to make the batter.
  2. Spray cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray, and add brownie batter to each cup until they’re about two-thirds full.
  3. Spray the second muffin tin with cooking spray and place on top of the first tin of brownies.
  4. Place in the oven and bake, following your brownie recipe’s directions.
  5. After the bowls are completely cool, add a scoop of ice cream, top with chocolate sauce and sprinkles, and enjoy!

Brilliant hack for homemade brownie cups!

Recipe and Images from Dreyer’s Grande

Ninja Tips

  • Use lighter muffin tins (darker colored muffin tins may create too much heat)
  • Try filling the tins just 1/2 full if your recipe overflows too much
  • You can add the 2nd muffin tin 5-8 minutes before the brownies come out of the oven if your recipe does not respond well (as opposed to cooking with both tins the entire time)
  • Make sure they cool completely before removing from the tins
  • Smashing with the 2nd muffin tin AFTER baking typically just condenses and smashes the brownie cups flat in the tins. If you try this method – be gentle. 😉
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Note: If you have a problem with your brownie recipe or your pans and things don’t seem to work, you can always try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls below, but switch out the dough with this “brownie like” Double Chocolate Cookies recipe. They work like a charm!

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Comments (96)

  1. Rayna 12/21/2014 at 9:53 pm

    Brilliant!!!! Best idea I have seen in a long time!!

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  4. (@lgsthis2that) 10/22/2014 at 5:53 pm

    Love this idea – thanks so much for sharing!!

  5. Ann Hollon 10/15/2014 at 5:54 pm

    Have you every froze the brownies for later use

  6. Patty Purwin 10/09/2014 at 6:18 am

    After they are baked, do they freeze well, to use later?

    • Rachael 10/13/2014 at 12:51 pm

      I haven’t tried freezing them before – but will give it a shot! They might be too dry after being frozen . . .

  7. tracy 10/05/2014 at 11:54 am

    can’t wait tgive them a try.. looks yummy

  8. Mary miller 10/01/2014 at 11:02 pm

    They all look good.

  9. maggie 10/01/2014 at 7:09 pm

    tremendos, maravillososs

  10. brendolynmccormick 09/28/2014 at 3:46 pm

    The Cookie pizza looks awesome

  11. Carol Ciarlo 09/27/2014 at 7:10 am

    Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try this.

  12. christine 09/23/2014 at 4:40 pm

    think it would be easier to just make whole cupcakes and then use a spoon to take some brownie out of the middle and then fill with icecream 🙂 just too messy the other way

  13. christine 09/23/2014 at 4:35 pm


  14. J. Peters 09/09/2014 at 2:56 pm

    Tried this with fudgy brownie mix, cake-like brownie, all I got was a big mess! I baked for 27 min. A box of brownie mix should make how many? I assumed it was only 12, but maybe that was my mistake?

  15. Mary bliss 09/08/2014 at 9:15 pm

    Brownie bowls……how long to bake? Brownie mix gives times according to
    Pan sizes. No times for muffin size.
    Really need to know, thanks!

  16. christine moore 09/07/2014 at 10:31 pm

    love all you recipe’s 🙂

  17. Caitlyn 09/06/2014 at 11:26 am

    Maybe over-cook them and let them cool? Overcooked might leave them less sticky and they might come out cleaner?

  18. Karen 08/31/2014 at 7:40 am

    looks good I’m trying it today…..

  19. Shonqunette 08/16/2014 at 8:42 pm

    Im using baking cups to avoid the sticking hope that works!

  20. Sandra Roberts 08/13/2014 at 6:01 pm

    Looking very good. Will be trying them soon!!!!

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  22. linda 08/08/2014 at 3:50 pm

    my first try was also a mess. i think i’m going to try brand new muffin tins, mine are quite old. i will also try adding the 2nd tin close to the end. will let everyone know if it works..i really want it to work!

  23. RUT SANTIAGO 08/02/2014 at 5:10 pm

    Hola … quisiera tener las recetas en español … gracias

  24. Linda G 08/02/2014 at 1:58 pm

    There has got to be a trick to this. I sprayed and sprayed and SPRAYED the pans, and the cups were stuck TIGHT. There was no way they were going to come out of the pan. I’ve got a big batch of brownie chunks.

  25. Amber B 08/01/2014 at 2:48 pm

    Actually, the ninja tips say to add the 2nd tin 5-8 minutes before they’re done, which is about half way.

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  27. betty day 07/31/2014 at 4:39 pm

    Looks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…….Good

  28. sylvia 07/29/2014 at 5:12 pm

    i look forwood in trying this

  29. NounouLili 07/29/2014 at 9:55 am

    Merci pour cette astuce….recette…

    Je vais tester dès demain

  30. Tricia 07/28/2014 at 10:29 am

    What this recipe failed to include in directions was that you place second cupcake pan on top of brownies when THEY ARE HALF WAY DONE. May try it again for the 3rd time

  31. Leona 07/27/2014 at 2:46 pm

    I am getting ready to make these brownie cups

  32. Phyllis 07/26/2014 at 10:05 pm

    I went through 4 boxes and never got one that turned out right. NO bowl shape to them and I followed the directions to the letter. They stuck and made a mess.

  33. Bobby Penny 07/26/2014 at 7:40 pm

    Wow really glad I found your web site, am going to make the brownie sundaes for Birthday party.

  34. Peggy Tramontina 07/26/2014 at 4:42 pm
    I am on my 3rd box of brownie mix and each of these have been a flop. The bowls are not deep enough or the brownies are too doughy. The brownie mixes I used do not say how long to cook cupcakes so I have guessed on the length of time. Sign me a frustrated baker trying a new idea.

    • Tricia 07/28/2014 at 3:02 pm

      Place second muffin tin on brownies after they are half way done. Hope it works for you, I too tried recipe twice will attempt third time. I saw these instructions on another site. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

  35. carol wilber 07/26/2014 at 2:38 pm

    These look so good and something for kids birthday party too.

  36. CIndy 07/25/2014 at 2:07 pm

    A few minutes before the brownies finished baking, instead of using another muffin tin, we used a measuring cup that was a little smaller than the muffin cup. It worked!

    • Carrie 07/26/2014 at 7:43 am

      That’s a great idea! Seems like you’d be able to be more precise that way, too. Thanks! Did you have a problem with your brownies sticking?

  37. sandie 07/25/2014 at 7:56 am

    Did not work. I tried it 2 different times. Pam sprayed the cupcake pan and the bottom of the 2nd pan. They stuck both times. Threw it all out!!

  38. Joann @EuchreFun 07/25/2014 at 6:40 am

    What a GREAT idea!! Pinning it to use soon. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  39. lena plourde 07/25/2014 at 4:30 am

    love your recepe

  40. lena plourde 07/25/2014 at 4:29 am


  41. Sue 07/24/2014 at 4:53 pm

    The brownie bowls can not be baked the extent that is says on the box. Too much heat with pans on top and bottom. And you have to push the top pan down hard to make the wells come out good.

    • jeanneayer 09/28/2014 at 12:48 pm


  42. Rebecca 07/24/2014 at 1:35 pm

    Did not work at all. Even though I sprayed everything.

    • Lynn 07/24/2014 at 1:52 pm

      I think if u bake it with out the other pan on top then as soon as they come out of the oven then press down on it with the other pan it will work since they r warm and soft …but spray the pan before pressing it ….

      • Rejane 07/25/2014 at 3:28 am

        There’s no way you can twist the pans!!!!

  43. jenn 07/24/2014 at 12:58 pm

    How long do u bake them for

    • sam 07/24/2014 at 1:19 pm

      it said follow the directions on the box

  44. Lynn Shepard 07/24/2014 at 10:42 am


  45. Lynn Shepard 07/24/2014 at 10:40 am

    Love this

  46. Liza de guzman 07/23/2014 at 1:20 pm

    has anyone tried double decking the brownie bowl sundae in baking?

  47. Rebecca 07/23/2014 at 7:26 am

    My sister tried this twice, like Megan, she said it was a mess. She sprayed the pans, even using silicone pans the second time.

  48. Megan 07/22/2014 at 8:21 pm

    Did not work! It was an absolute hot mess. I had to forcibly scrape it out of the tin!!! Crap!!

  49. Dot Diasio 07/22/2014 at 12:42 pm

    It didn’t work! Do you have to jam the top pan down in it? Is that the trick?

    • Lisa 07/23/2014 at 2:11 am

      If the inside if the first muffin tin was sprayed with PAM* before adding the brownie mix and the underside of the second muffin tin was sprayed before setting it atop the first muffin tin, thus making the brownie mix bake into a bowl shape….this should work out nicely and not create the mess described by this reader.

    • Rachael Herrscher 07/23/2014 at 7:32 am

      A few other factors to consider (been pondering as I’ve had a few people have problems) – if you have heavy duty muffin tins you might want to consider propping them up a tiny bit more. I’m going to experiment tonight and see if I can find a solution for that.

      Also, I did use a heartier brownie mix. I’m wondering if thinner mixes could be problematic. Will hit the kitchen and let you know what I find! 🙂

      • Ioana F 07/26/2014 at 1:00 am

        My favorite brownie recipe has oil in as one of the main ingredients, so I think if I use cooking spray I might get to the same heartbreaking result as the other ones. However, when I’ll try it, I will use my greasing method that I use when making brownie. I grease it with cold butter and then top it with flour. Mine gets cooked quite fast and it rises like crazy although it’s liquidy.. Will think before hand how to adapt it to my own brownie recipe 🙂

        • Lea Faletti 08/08/2014 at 7:42 pm

          i wonder.. WONDER.. if i use muffin liners to separate the 2 pans would they come out better.. I haven’t tried to make this. and I want to then I read the comments so now i am afraid.. very afraid. sigh