Today I am excited to share with you guys this super fun dessert! This dessert has a WOW factor friends! It’s so easy to put together and families love it! This Toasted Almond and Vanilla Arancini is so quick and yummy and then the Almond Cream Cheese Brownies help compliment the Arancini perfectly!
My kids were so excited to see me pull out our Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream the other day! Everybody loves Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream, you really can’t go wrong buying it! Then when they saw me pull out the amaretti cookies they put on their aprons and were ready to help! So, my baking session turned into a fun family afternoon in the kitchen!
To get started with the toasted almond and vanilla arancini you’ll want to pick up the following ingredients. Make sure and adjust your amounts for as many Arancini balls that you want! The following amounts make 2 Ice Cream Balls!
Toasted Almond and Vanilla Arancini
- 1/2 cup Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
- 2 Tbsp Chopped Toasted Almonds
- 2 Tbsp Chopped Toasted Hazelnuts
- 1 Tbsp Crushed toasted Amaretti Cookies
*The amaretti cookies can be a little hard to find! I just ordered mine online to make it easy!
You will for sure want to get Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream! It’s the best! Breyers Natural Vanilla is America’s #1 Vanilla Ice Cream – Breyers is committed to using high quality ingredients! They make their Natural Vanilla Ice Cream with fresh cream, sugar and milk, and all Breyers vanilla is real and from sustainably farmed, Rainforest Alliance Certified vanilla beans. And to top it off Breyers now sources their milk cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.*
1. Place two (1/4 cup scoop) of Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream on a baking sheet and freezer for 10 minutes.
2. Combine almonds, hazelnuts and cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Coat the frozen scoops of Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream in the nut mixture and freeze 5 minutes before serving. (Can be made and stored in advance.)
My husband requested that I make something to pair with the amazing ice cream dessert and I remembered a recipe that a friend made earlier this year that I loved and knew would pair awesome with the Toasted Almond and Vanilla Arancini – Almond Cream Cheese Brownies! Seriously you guys, it pairs perfectly!
Almond Cream Cheese Brownies
- 3/4 cup of butter (unsalted)
- 8 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flower
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 oz cream cheese package
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup sliced almonds (approx)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature. Take out a 7×9 glass pan (or one close to this size) and grease and flour it. I really like to flower pans when making from scratch brownies! It really helps the batter not stick to the sides!
In a medium sized sauce pan on medium heat, melt the butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips together. In a separate bowl, beat 3 eggs with a mixer for 30 seconds and then add 1 1/4 cup sugar and beat for another 30 seconds or until the sugar is completely combined. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt and mix for about a minute. Add the cocoa and combine. Lastly, add the butter and melted semi-sweet chocolate chips mixture and combine.
In a separate bowl, take your cream cheese (at room temperature) and beat until soft. Add the additional egg, 1/4 cup sugar and almond extract and combine.
Take your glass pan and pour 1/2 the chocolate batter into the bottom of the pan. Then layer the cream cheese mixture on. Then pour the 2nd half the chocolate batter on top of the cream cheese batter. Lastly, top the brownie mixture with sliced almonds.
Cook at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until you can pull a toothpick out clean!
I know you’ll love this dessert! You really can’t find two desserts that compliment each other so well! Enjoy!