Malted Vanilla Cosmic Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

by Erin

What’s better than a cosmic brownie? Malted vanilla ice cream with chunks of cosmic brownie dispersed throughout!

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On Tuesday, my fabulous purple bangs were dyed back to brown and also had lowlights put in while I was at it. As much as I am unhappy about this transition (and feel like an imposter when I look in the mirror), I decided to make myself feel better by coming up with the theory that the brown hair will send good vibes into the world, making my experiments work better and therefore help me graduate sooner and get a job (hence the need for normal looking hair). Sure enough, the experiment that has been an extra pain lately finally worked! I call it my brown hair magic, and you cannot make fun of me because it’s working. It’s also my birthday tomorrow, so I can do what I want.

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I’m going to go ahead and tell you that this ice cream might be one of my favorite homemade versions ever. That should mean a lot since I have made ice cream flavors consisting of peanut butter cup s’mores, double cake batter truffle, and Reese’s peanut butter cup. The ice cream base is malted vanilla which is heavenly enough on its own, but then chopped up homemade cosmic brownies are thrown in along with some extra sprinkle action. The best part about making the cosmic brownies from scratch, is that I under baked them for extra fudgy gloriousness.

P.S. Tonight is the start of Beale Street Music Fest – I like to pretend it’s a weekend-long party dedicated to my birthday every year.

Malted Vanilla Cosmic Brownie Chunk Ice Cream 1

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Makes about 1-1/2 quarts


1 cup milk (I used2%)

3/4 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup vanilla malted milk powder

5 egg yolks

2 cups chopped cosmic brownies (store bought or homemade)

Rainbow chips or sprinkles (optional)


  1. Warm the milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk with a paring knife, then add the bean pod to the milk. Cover, remove from heat, and infuse for one hour. Remove the bean pod.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and malt powder. Set aside.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour some of the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
  4. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Whisk it into the malted milk mixture. Allow to cool, then cover and chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, overnight.
  5. Freeze ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. As you remove the ice cream from the machine, fold in the chopped brownies and sprinkles if using. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

Source: Adapted from The Perfect Scoop and Nutmeg Nanny.

Malted Vanilla Cosmic Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Post updated 4/25/18, picture above is the original.

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Camilla @ Culinary Adventures July 1, 2015 - 6:42 pm

This looks CRAZY delish.

Tracey May 5, 2013 - 4:30 pm

I’m on a major malted-anything kick right now so I can’t wait to try this ice cream! I wish I had the guts to do something exciting with my hair. I’ve never ever dyed it.

sally @ sallys bakingaddiction May 4, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Happy Birthday Erin! I simply adore cosmic brownies. This is such a fun way to eat them. I’ve never made them homemade before. I must try it. Hope you’re enjoying your day! xo

Laura Dembowski May 4, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Happy Birthday! This ice cream looks like a great way to celebrate! So the real question is how did you get your hair to stay purple??? I had some of my hair dyed pink twice and both times it washed out super quickly. Professionally done and all. I need your tips!

spiffycookie May 5, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Since my hair is dark I get it bleached first, then use a dye by Scruples. It fades a tiny bit with each washing, but it lats for about 3 weeks before I redyed it.

JanetFCTC May 3, 2013 - 11:03 pm

You had me with the words malted and brownie. Ok, ok, you had me with the entire title :-D

Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats May 3, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Oooohhhh this looks like a fabulous mixing for ice cream! Happy Birthday early too!

Mr. & Mrs. P May 3, 2013 - 2:11 pm

WOW!! This is out of control!!!! Perfection!!

Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection May 3, 2013 - 11:36 am

This ice cream would make any day better! That really stinks about your hair, but I’m sure good things will come from it. And if not, just make another batch of this ice cream. :)

I’ve never been to the Beale St Music Fest, but I had friends who went last year and loved it!! Have so much fun!

Zainab May 3, 2013 - 9:28 am

Happy birthday in advance! The icecream looks great. I need some of your magic over here…my experiments are not working. I’m going to pretend your brownies will make it all work :0

spiffycookie May 3, 2013 - 10:26 am

I think the ice cream alone can do magical things

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 3, 2013 - 8:39 am

Happy almost birthday! You and your imposter hair :P

This ice cream like…whoa. Crazy. Good. So good, Mmmmmmmm


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