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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brittle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Guys, I may be in trouble…or at least me waistline might be! I’ve just discovered how to make my absolute favorite ice cream flavor, Macadamia Nut Brittle, right at home and have used it to create these yummy little ice cream sandwiches I’d hope you’d want to try over and over again.

A few years ago, simply by accident, I picked up this flavor of ice cream and I absolutely loved the way the macadamias added this irresistible sweet nuttiness and the brittle provided a crunchy, caramelly goodness that I found myself digging for and it was all enveloped so perfectly in this luscious vanilla ice cream.

But alas, all good things must come to an end, and a few years ago I discovered that I could no longer find my dreamy dessert on the shelves no matter how hard I tried as it had sadly been discontinued and I finally succumbed to the idea of never having it again.

Luckily, we were reunited once again whilst studying abroad in Spain, where once a month I would happily treat myself to a pint wishing that there were someway to pack it in my suitcase when I left.

But now I don’t have to get on a plane to eat it and neither will you because it’s something that can be whipped together with just a few basic ingredients!

So as you can see I really love this stuff and am so thrilled to be able to share these ice cream cookie sandwiches for you all to enjoy. The fun part about these is that you can use whatever type of cookie you love most – I chose white chocolate chip because white chocolate and macadamia nuts are a classic combination – and you’ll be enjoying these in no time. So don’t let the frigid cold temperatures stop you from having you ice cream and eating it too, because I definitely haven’t! Enjoy πŸ˜‰

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White Chocolate Macadamia Brittle Ice Cream Sandwiches


Macadamia Nut Brittle Ice Cream

Recipe adapted from Macadamia Nut Brittle

  • 1 cup unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/8 cupΒ granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tspΒ light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tspΒ water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pint softened vanilla ice cream

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe credit: Cookies and Cups

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • Β½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1Β½ Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Β½ tsp baking powder
  • 2Β½ cups flour
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips


Macadamia Nut Brittle Ice Cream

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β° F. Spread nuts on a baking tray and toast for 5 minutes. Cool and then coarsely chop. Set aside.
  2. Take vanilla ice cream out of the freezer to begin softening.
  3. Place the sugar,Β corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. After a few minutes cover the pan with aluminum foil and continue to boil over low heat for about 5 more minutes checking that the sugar isn’t turning too brown every minute, or so.
  4. Remove the foil and add the butter, stirring with a wooden spoon until the butter is melted.
  5. Cook over medium heat until the sugar just begins turning golden brown (or until a candy thermometer registers 300Β° F).
  6. Turn off heat and immediately stir in the salt, baking soda, and nuts.
  7. Meanwhile, coat a sheet pan with vegetable oil or spray and spread the nut mixture as thin as possible with a metal spatula.
  8. Cut the brittle into tiny pieces and fold into softened ice cream.
  9. Place ice cream and nut mixture back into the freezer to harden once again.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix butter and both sugars for with a stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla with mixer on low speed. Turn mixer back up and beat mixture until smooth.
  4. Turn off mixture and add salt, baking soda, baking powder and flour, turning the mixture back on and mixing until just combined.
  5. Turn off and fold in white chocolate chunks.
  6. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, place balls of cookie dough about an inch apart on prepared baking sheet and using another piece of parchment paper, smash the dough until its flat.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes and transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  8. Once cookies are completely cool, assemble the ice cream cookies by scooping ice cream onto the backside of one cookie and placing another cookie on top.
  9. Allow to refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.

I’ll be bringing these to Fiesta Friday #57!! Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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  • Inspiration Indulgence
    February 27, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Omg…looks so good!!!

  • Dimple@shivaaydelights
    February 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm


  • Amanda
    February 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Sweet mother of YUMMY!!!! I absolutely have to try this…. it combines some of my favorite ingredients πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing and happy FF!

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      February 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Hah! Thank you!! πŸ˜€ These were some of my fav flavors too, so I had lots of fun making them. Please let me know if you do give them a go.

  • Nancy
    February 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    LOVE this combination! Looks like a delectable treat. πŸ™‚

  • Kat Cameron
    February 27, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I’m assuming these were better than the ones we had at Melt!

  • Ginger
    February 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    That’s my idea of a sandwich! Delicious!!

  • varinaj
    February 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    wow. now my waistline is also in trouble. not sure how i feel about that.

  • Loretta
    February 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Just looking at the gorgeous cookies and imagining the sinful taste has me in trouble already. Definitely trying them out πŸ™‚

  • apuginthekitchen
    February 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Wow delicious, the ice cream really does sound amazing. So good that you discovered to make it. I need to think about my favorite flavor that I can’t find anymore, Hagen Daz Pralines and Cream, I love that ice cream and can’t find it anymore.

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      February 28, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thank you!! I have been so sad ever since discovering it was discontinued, but thought that it can’t be too difficult to make at home. I love that blogging has pushed me to try new things and as a result I now can eat this ice cream all the time. I definitely say try making some Pralines and Cream at home! πŸ˜‰

  • lapetitepaniere
    February 28, 2015 at 12:53 am

    It looks amazing πŸ™‚

  • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake
    February 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Yeah you’re definitely in trouble!! These look absolutely amazing oh my gosh!

  • Julie is HostessAtHeart
    February 28, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Oh my, I think you have caused trouble for many of us! This looks amazingly decadent and delicious!

  • Amanda | What's Cooking
    February 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Holy…..mother…these look so good. Wow. This is a serious dessert. And so fresh and tasty. Wow. Beautiful. Keep me away!

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  • nancyc
    March 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    These cookies sound super-yummy!

  • chefjulianna
    March 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Mmmm! You have left me speechless! :/

  • Johanne Lamarche
    March 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    So good they will make me dream of summer while buried in another ice storm!

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      March 1, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      We’re not too far away from summer! But, yes, I think these will be a great way to help battle the winter blues πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  • Sadia Mohamed
    March 2, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Oh woow! This looks sinfully good.

  • Hari Qhuang
    March 6, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Oh, this is bloody brilliant!
    We can experiment with different flavors of ice cream with it too! XD

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      March 9, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Thank you! And absolutely πŸ˜€ That’s why I love these so much. You can use whatever cookies or ice cream that you’d like and I’m sure that they’ll still taste really delicious.

  • J. Hermann
    June 23, 2018 at 1:41 am

    White chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and vanilla ice cream with toffee bits are one of my wife’s favorites, so I made these for our anniversary. 😊. They were great, and were enjoyed immensely! I had extra macadamia nut pieces that I added to the cookies, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It’s perfect for anyone who loves these flavors. I could eat the brittle every day…

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      October 21, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      That is amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Anniversary!!


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