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Chocolate Brownie Ice-Cream Sandwiches with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Article courtesy of Woodall's Cooking on the Road with Celebrity Chef's

Makes 12 Cookies

8 Tablespoons butter, softened, plus some for greasing the pan
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 pt vanilla ice cream or any of your favorite flavors

Preheat the oven to 375ยบ F. Butter 2 cookie sheets.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over simmering water, stirring once in a while. Set aside to cool.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in another mixing bowl and whip until the mixture is smooth and well incorporated. Add the eggs and blend to combine. Stir in the chocolate and the flour mixture. Fold in the walnuts.

Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto the prepared cookie sheets. Gently flatten the top to form rounds about 2 inches in diameter.

Bake for 7 to 8 minutes until the exterior is dried but the brownies are soft to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool. Loosen the brownies from the cookie sheets and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve: spread a thick layer of ice cream on 1 brownie and top with another.

Hot Fudge Sauce

2 tablespoons of butter
2 squares (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Add the chocolate and melt, stirring occasionally, until the butter and chocolate are well blended. Remove the pan from the heat.

Quickly add the sugar and whisk to dissolve any lumps and until the mixture is smooth and shiny. Return the pan over low heat and bring to a simmer. Stir in the corn syrup and heavy cream and simmer for 7 to 9 minutes without stirring. The longer you cook it, the chewier it will become.

Pour the sauce into a bowl and stir in the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract along with any of the optional flavorings. Serve over your chocolate brownie ice cream sandwiches.