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Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge on a square white plate

Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge

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Kick your ice cream dessert up a notch or two with this Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce! I topped my favorite fudgy brownie with a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream followed by a generous drizzle of hot fudge!

Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge on a square white plate

Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge

When I was in college, I was introduced to the Hot Fudge Brownie Delight at Dairy Queen, a brownie topped with ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry. My sorority sisters still tease me that I never ordered my own, but instead just asked for a bite. Sometimes two. Sometimes more. When this month’s Chocolate Party ingredient was ice cream, I knew I had to recreate this memory.

Use any brownie recipe you’d like, even a box mix will do in a pinch. A premium vanilla ice cream is also a legitimate shortcut, but please try this incredible hot fudge sauce. Liquid Nirvana with chocolate, butter, cream and vanilla. This Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge is terrific.

Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge in the background

Homemade Hot Fudge Sundae

I made my very favorite fudgy brownie recipe and popped them in the fridge for easy cutting. I had David Lebovitz’s homemade vanilla ice cream in the freezer, so I placed a scoop on top of each brownie, then drizzled with this most decadent fudge sauce. A plump Bing cherry topped each sundae…and then the kitchen grew quiet. There were even some groans of contentment. This is destined to become a summer tradition.

The whole family adored this dessert. Nick even gave it 3 thumbs up. I was not a bit surprised.

Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge pouring over the ice cream


Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge

Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge

A brownie topped with ice cream and hot fudge for a perfect sundae!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield 9 servings


For Brownies:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For Fudge Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

To assemble:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Fresh cherries


  1. To make brownies: Preheat oven to 350º. Line 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick foil or foil sprayed with cooking spray, leaving a 1-inch overhang on two sides. Set aside.
  2. Place butter and chocolate in microwave safe bowl and microwave gently until butter and chocolate are melted (30 seconds x 3, stirring in between sessions). Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir sugar into chocolate till combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Fold in flour and salt. Bake about 40-45 minutes or till tester inserted in the middle of brownies comes out with only a few moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. While brownies are baking, make hot fudge sauce.
  5. In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat and swirl it around in pan to coat sides. Add corn syrup and chocolate and stir until chocolate melts. Add sugars, cream and salt and continue to cook over medium till mixture comes to a boil.
  6. Using a candy thermometer, boil gently for 7 to 9 minutes, without stirring, until sauce is thickened and candy thermometer reaches 220-224º. Remove from heat.
  7. Pour sauce into heatproof bowl or 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Whisk in vanilla. Set aside to cool for few minutes before serving.
  8. Sauce keeps for 2 weeks. Cool sauce completely before covering and chilling.

To assemble:

  1. Cut brownies into 9 squares and place one square on a plate. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, then drizzle with fudge sauce. Garnish with a cherry if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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47 comments on “Brownie Sundae with Homemade Hot Fudge”

  1. Hi Lizzie, I have been wanting to make this simple brownie sundae combination with the homemade hot fudge for the longest time, but now I’m really craving after seeing yours so inviting and yummylicious!
    Have a great week, ahead!

  2. WOW!!! That does look very special!
    I read through the ingredients for your fudge sauce and I am sure it would be a winner, the brown sugar and vanilla would lift it to another level.

  3. I don’t know what I’m obsessing over more, the THICK brownies or the fudge sauce!

  4. This looks so good! Of course, you know that! I must try this fudge sauce on… oh so many things!

  5. I love hot fudge brownie sundaes and yours looks sooo decadent and delicious Liz! That hot fudge sauce sounds amazing! It would go perfect on so many desserts and I could eat it by the spoonful 🙂

  6. Mmmmm, what an incredible brownie sundae Liz! My favorite sundae flavor combo! What a fun party this is! I’m going to Ames next week for a brief summer visit after I wrap up with summer school. Too bad I always miss it when you’re there!


  7. Your Sundae looks fabulous – to me there is nothing better than a warm brownie with a scoop of ice cream on top. Add some of that sauce and I’ll be your best friend !

  8. I am drooling like crazy and just want to attack these brownies. Mmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Woohoo! I certainly need some of that! How about a chocolate spa party together??

  10. That chocolate sauce looks so thick and delicious!!! Nothing better than a wonderful brownie sundae!!

  11. Now that’s a decadent dessert, loving the home made vanilla ice cream, and the fudge sauce. I can certainly see why the kitchen would fall silent for this one.

  12. That is one incredible sundae! Please pass me a spoon so I can dig in :).

  13. Oh YUM Lizzy! This looks so rich and decadent!! The two seem to go together like a match made in heaven!

  14. Liz, This brownie sundae looks like my kind of treat. I imagine it’s my raging hormones at work, but I have been craving chocolate for days now. And it isn’t like I’ve deprived myself either! I’m thinking I need to make brownies and fudge sauce now. Thanks a lot – lol!!

  15. I’d call this a serious dessert! I’m sure every part of it is amazing:@)

  16. Oh good lord, that looks insanely good Liz! A tall glass of milk with this sound so good right now. Delicious and looks ah-mazing!

  17. We used to have these for birthdays and I couldn’t wait for the next one to come around. I can eat it anytime now but I still wait for birthdays – except for today. I won’t be able to keep this out of my mind.

  18. Definitely trying the homemade fudge sauce!

  19. Absolutely mouthwatering! You make the most delectable chocolate treats, Liz!

  20. Oooh I love this tasty classic homemade spin on the DQ sundae! YUM!

  21. Look at you blogging twice in one day… I finally caught up with you. Now hand over some hot fudge sauce.. I’ll eat it straight out of the jar. 🙂

  22. Oh Liz…this looks fabulous! I wish I had gone the brownie route on this challenge! I love Dairy Queen…but your version of this brownie sundae looks so much better. Right down to the fresh cherry on top! : )

  23. Hot fudge brownie sundaes are one of my favorite “special” desserts. My mom always makes sure to have all of the ingredients to indulge when I come home. Not sure if this is more for me or her. Yours are lovely!

  24. Yum, brownie sundaes are the best! Yours are so pretty, and I love that you used REAL cherries! 🙂

  25. A cold scoop of ice cream on tp of a warm brownie with hot fudge IS in my top 5 favorite desserts! This looks stellar.

  26. Omm. The Zen of Brownie Sundaes with David Leibovitz vanilla ice cream topped with your hot fudge recipe has hit me full force with a craving! And a fond remembrance for visiting my grandmother in Colorado and the rare treat of a visit to DQ =)

  27. Lizzy,
    Your Sunday looks delicious and I love bing cherries. I totally understand why your family loved this dessert.

  28. I have never been to a Dairy Queen and I feel my teenage years may have missed something. I love the chocolate fudge sauce on this brownie. What a comforting dessert xx

  29. The brownie queen does it again! I love brownie sundaes!

  30. That fudge sauce is going to the top of my list of things to make. I always love your posts, Liz. Those cherries look so perfect!

  31. Liz this is one of my favorite treats brownies with ice-cream and hot fudge sauce. Your sauce does look dang good, I will have to try it out ASAP. Fantastic job and thanks for the sweet comment on my blog 🙂

  32. This is my kind of dessert!! 😀

  33. G’day and yum! TRUE!
    Love the photo will the pouring chocolate sauce too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Foodie Friends Friday Party too!

  34. What a decadent and irresistible treat!

  35. Liz,
    You had me at Sundae. What a gorgeous and delicious recipe!

  36. Everyone gets excited about hot fudge sundaes! Last Friday we had our neighbors for dinner. Well, you and I must be on the same wave length, but I mentioned we had homemade hot fudge for after dinner and I think everyone wanted to skip dinner and head straight for dessert. I didn’t do brownies but I did serve Chocolate World Peace cookies on the side. Looks great!

  37. Oh Liz, that hot fudge drizzle had me craving some like crazy!!!
    Thanks for sharing and thanks for joining us again this month

  38. absolutely delicious!!!!

  39. I’ve been craving brownies like crazy and now seeing these! They look so incredibly good, better than anything I had been thinking about. Love your luxurious chocolate sauce too.

  40. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious. I especially would love having a jar of the hot fudge sauce. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life at: to check out some of my family favorite recipes.
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  41. I think this beats the Dairy Queen Delights by a mile! By just the pictures I’d give this 4 thumbs up.

  42. When I first saw the photo of your sundae, Liz, my eyes bugged out of my head like those characters in old school cartoons. I need this SO BADLY right now!

  43. I’m planning to make a batch of vanilla ice cream for my brownie but got lazy – too hot in our side of the world right now *sigh* Gorgeous presentation , Lizzy !

  44. Brownie+Hot Fudge + Ice Cream – must feel like in heaven after this delicious combination. Would love to try this out.

  45. Decadent! I bet this was winner with your hubby!

  46. –A party inside one’s mouth. YEssssssssssssssss.

    WOW. I want to make that chocolate to give away during the holidays.

    Thanks, Liz Xxxx

  47. In college (1973) we would frequent JB Bigboy’s at 2 AM and order Hot Fudge Brownie Cake. I’ve been eating versions of this yummy dessert for years. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

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