Pistachio Gelato Brownie Bars

Thin brownies surround velvety pistachio gelato in this sophisticated upgrade to the classic ice cream sandwich.

Pistachio Gelato Brownie Bars
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
18 ice cream sandwiches


  • 1 18-18.75 ounce box brownie mix

  • 1 quart pistachio gelato, softened in refrigerator 30 minutes

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon chocolate-flavor syrup

  • 1 cup chopped salted pistachios


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of two 9-inch square baking pans* with foil. Lightly grease the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions. Divide batter between prepared pans; spread into an even layer. Bake 16 to 18 minutes until edges are set and a toothpick inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs but no wet batter. Cool completely before lifting layers out of pans.

  3. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan with plastic wrap. Add one brownie layer, top facing down. Spread gelato in an even layer over the brownie and add the second brownie layer, top facing up. Gently press together. Freeze at least 2 hours. Invert onto a cutting board. Remove plastic wrap.

  4. Using a serrated knife, cut into 18 (3 x 1 1/2-inch) bars. Brush tops of bars with chocolate syrup. Press chocolate-coated side into pistachios. Wrap each bar with plastic wrap and return to freezer at least 1 hour. Store frozen up to 2 weeks.


If you only have one 9-inch square baking pan, bake half of the brownie batter at a time. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
16g Fat
36g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0.8mg 4%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 142mg 3%
Folate, total 14.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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