Espresso Brownie Parfaits with Amaretto Ice Cream & Salted Caramel Sauce

Espresso Brownie Parfaits with Amaretto Ice Cream & Salted Caramel Sauce

a cold Italian treat for the hot days of summertime!

It’s getting hot out there, don’t ya think? After such a beautiful spring, I’m spoiled and now the HEAT IS ON!

Just in time for the 4th of July with swimming pool parties, sea-side fun on the beach, boating excursions, or simply staying cool inside to watch the traditional Wimbleton tennis tournament (and that’s not a bad thing), here’s a solution that will have your guests drooling!

Any way you spend your 4th of July celebration, if it’s hot out there, everyone welcomes something to help cool off. A perfect solution that fits the bill are these Espresso Brownie Parfaits with Amaretto Ice Cream & Salted Caramel Sauce. Oh yea! To make it even feel colder, serve these in glasses that have been set in the freezer so they frost up really nice, just like a mug of ice cold root beer is served in!

Now if you aren’t into the additional flavor of espresso or coffee, than just leave it out.  I always let everyone know that when you’re cooking or baking anything,  make it the way that YOU and your family love it.  It’s fun to tweak recipes here and there for your own personal preferences!

So grab a big spoon and a large napkin for these parfaits and stay cool!

Espresso Brownie Parfaits with Amaretto Ice Cream & Salted Caramel Sauce

mmm…ooey, gooey caramel sauce dripping over the ice cream and brownies!

Espresso Brownie Parfaits with Amaretto Ice Cream & Salted Caramel Sauce

What You Need:

  • Nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 jumbo eggs
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 1 (19.8-ounce) box of your favorite brownie mix (even I cheat once in awhile!)
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • slivered or sliced almonds for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
  • Whisk 1/3 cup of water, oil, eggs, and 2 tablespoons espresso powder in a large bowl to blend. Add the brownie mix.
  • Stir until well blended.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Cut brownies.
  • Layer in clear glasses alternating with the ice cream and salted caramel sauce.
  • Sprinkle sliced or slivered almonds on top.


Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

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and now for the recipe for the Amaretto Ice Cream!

Amaretto Ice Cream

What You Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 6 jumbo egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons amaretto
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped toasted almonds


  • Bring cream and milk to simmer in heavy medium saucepan.
  • Whisk yolks, sugar, and corn syrup in large bowl to blend.
  • Gradually whisk in hot cream mixture.
  • Return to saucepan; stir over medium-low heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 5 minutes (do not boil).
  • Strain into medium bowl.
  • Chill until cold.
  • Whisk in amaretto.
  • Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Fold in almonds.
  • Transfer to covered container and freeze.
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Espresso Brownie Parfaits with Amaretto Ice Cream & Salted Caramel Sauceand for the grand finale:  the Salted Caramel Sauce recipe for you!

Salted Caramel Sauce

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What You Need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, crushed


  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Increase the heat and bring to a boil, without stirring.
  • Use a wet pastry brush to wash down any crystals on the side of the pan.
  • Boil until the syrup is a deep amber color, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the sugar from the heat and carefully whisk in the heavy cream.
  • The mixture will bubble.
  • Stir in the unsalted butter, and salt.
  • Transfer the caramel to a dish and cool.
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If you can’t find espresso, here’s a link to purchase Italian espresso from (I make a wee, tiny bit of pennies on your purchase, and I do mean tiny).

There’s a delicious Chocolate Party going on over on Roxana’s Home Baking that I’m adding this recipe to; stop over and check it out!

This month’s Chocolate Party features ice cream (along with chocolate). If you’d like to join in, please follow these rules:

1.) Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose. It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake; the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.
2.) Include a link back to the Chocolate party page. Optionally, add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or on your sidebar.
3.) Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.

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  1. Oh my, that combination looks incredible! The salted caramel sauce just takes it up one whole notch. Fabulous!
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  2. You’re killing me here! This is an absolutely awesome treat! I’d have this for dinner. To heck with the rest of the meal. :)
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  3. I am already DROOLING!! What a wonderful combination of flavors with the amaretto ice cream. You had me on that parfait thing! Lol….

    Roz, I am loving South Carolina ! Its so wonderful here, you are so RIGHT! and I hope some day we get a chance to meet in person. xxoo Anna
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  4. It really is getting so hot. I really wish you were my neighbor right now, because I sooooo want this!

  5. Fantastic idea to serve these lovely parfaits in frosted glasses, Roz.
    Soo very pretty, too for a party or anytime!

  6. The combo of coffee brownie and ice cream sounds so irresistible!
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  7. What beautiful and delicious parfaits…Several of them for me, please!!!!
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  8. Such incredible parfaits, Roz! Now where’s my spoon????

    PS…I’m CERTAIN our trips to Iowa will correspond one of these days! Give Kelly my love! xo
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  9. Wow, does this dessert have some of my very favorite components. I finally found a super easy scratch brownie recipe (King Arthur Flour) that doesn’t require a mixer. The ice cream has me intrigued, as I absolutely adore amaretto. Yes, it’s hot! Even on the coast of Central California, we non A/C homeowners are wilting a bit!
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  10. Holy cow, Roz….the flavors that you have going on here with chocolate are insane! Amaretto is so good on it’s own…but adding the salted caramel is an awesome idea! Your pictures are beautiful and I just want to take my finger and catch that little drip of caramel from the jar! Good stuff! : )
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  11. Gorgeous flavor combo, Roz!
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  12. Your parfait looks incredible. I cant wait to try this fabulous recipe!
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  13. Oh my….this is definitely the most perfect and delicious way to beat the heat! Each layer of this Espresso Brownie Parfaits with Amaretto Ice Cream & Salted Caramel Sauce sounds delicious. :) I’m sold on the Ameretto ice cream. I’ve been making lots of ice cream lately and can’t wait to try this one.
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  14. Oh please scoop me up a big serving of this one. I love all thos flavors but put them all together and it’s divine.

  15. Chocolate and caramel is one of my favorite combo and your parfaits sound out of this world good Roz! Thanks for joining the party this month!

  16. What a great combination of flavors, coffee, amaretto and salted caramel. I don’t think anything could get better than that. Fantastic dessert.
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  17. Oh Roz, What a great dessert. This could be dangerous!

  18. Oh this looks seriously good and seriously dangerous! I love the look of the deliciously oozy caramel!! YUM
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  19. I could eat this parfait anytime of the year. Wow, do they look good!
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  20. These parfaits look incredibly good, and the caramel sauce is making me drool. Great recipe and photos!

  21. There isn’t a better dessert than home made ice cream AND homemade sauce. I can think of so many desserts that need a drizzle with that caramel sauce. What a timesaver that you could start with a box of brownie mix. Have a grand holiday weekend.
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  22. OMG. My mouth is watering… oy, sinfully delicious!
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  23. Our family absolutely loves the taste of amaretto. I’m so happy you shared the recipe for amaretto ice cream. I can’t wait to make it. We haven’t made any homemade ice cream yet this summer. I think this needs to be our first flavor.
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  24. Salted caramel desserts are a weakness of mine! This sounds delightful and maybe I could cheat on the ice cream too and just drizzle amaretto over some good vanilla :)
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