• Summer brownie treats

    I, perhaps not surprisingly, feel brownies are the perfect treat for any season. However, the cool, dense, fudginess of a refrigerated brownie, or the classic brownie and ice cream combo can be particularly delightful enjoyed during a warm summer evening. Here are a few ideas for enjoying brownies this summer:

    Chilled brownies. Store your brownies in the refrigerator or freezer. Not only will you extend their freshness, but they are deliciously dense and chewy when cold.

    Brownie Ice-Cream Sandwich. Split a chilled brownie in half, top one half with a large scoop of slightly softened ice cream, top with the other half, press the two halves together, wrap tightly in plastic and place in the freezer

    Brownie Ice Cream Topping. Crumble brownies on top of a bowl of your favorite ice cream. Pretend you are a famous ice cream entrepreneur and get creative with the combos you put together!

    Brownie Strawberry “Shortcake”. A chocolate twist on a summer classic. Split a chilled brownie in half. Place one half in a bowl and top with sliced strawberries and whipped cream. Place the second half on top and cover that with strawberries and whipped cream. Also great with bananas!

    Fruit and Brownie Kabobs. Cut chilled brownies into bite-size pieces (or cut and then chill). Alternate the brownie pieces with chunks of fruit on a skewer (3 pieces of each) and serve with various toppings, such as hot fudge or melted chocolate, whipped cream, melted caramel, and nuts. Make a smaller version that can be nibbled on the go, with just one piece of brownie and one piece of fruit on a toothpick.

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