Chunky Monkey Brownies

Chunky Monkey Brownies

The first time I enjoyed Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream was 1997.  I know the year for sure because that was the year my husband and I got married, and my husband is the one who introduced me to Ben & Jerry’s.  The first year of our marriage we lived near a convenient store and we would often (too often!) walk to the store in the evening, buy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and walk home while enjoying it.  Chunky Monkey was (and is) one of our favorite flavors, so when Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen prepared a post for me with this ice cream in mind I was so excited!

Kristan is the Queen of all things sweet and sparkly!  I’ve known Kristan for a couple years, and had the privilege of meeting up with her a couple times.  She is just as sweet, cute and glittery as all of her delicious treats!

Here’s Kristan….

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Hey guys!!  I’m Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

I’m so excited to be posting for Glory today.  She always makes the prettiest desserts ever, so this isn’t intimidating AT ALL!!

Except, the opposite.  So, yes.

You know how when you have two year old and you take them to a friend’s house with you, and they have lot’s of pretty, breakable knicknacks and you’re super duper nervous the whole time?  That’s kind of how I feel right now.

Except, with dessert.

Never mind, this is weird.

Want brownies?

Chunky Monkey Brownies

I get dessert inspiration from anything — drinks, candy bar flavors, and sometimes, my favorite ice cream.  Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey is one of my all time favorites, so I decided that Chunky Monkey Brownies needed to happen.

Do you concur?

I used boxed brownie mix, so these came together in a jiffy.  Feel free to use your favorite homemade recipe if you prefer…I do that, too.  But right now, I have a 5 month old baby, and she isn’t so patient about baking.

She actually doesn’t care about brownies AT. ALL.  (makes me wonder if we are actually related?)

Enjoy!!

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Chunky Monkey Brownies

The flavors of chocolate, banana and walnuts come together in these delicious brownies.

Yield: 1- 9"x13" pan

Ingredients:

Brownies:
2 boxes dark chocolate brownie mix, plus eggs, oil and water called for on box
2 cups chopped walnuts

Frosting:
2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
1 small box instant banana cream pudding
3 TBS milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped finely

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 metal pan with foil. Spray bottom with nonstick spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine brownie mixes, eggs, oil, and water. Stir with a wooden spoon until completely mixed. Fold in walnuts. Spread in prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes back with moist crumbs, but not raw batter. Let brownies cool completely on a wire rack.

3. Once brownies have cooled, prepare frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, milk, and pudding mix on medium speed until smooth. Set mixer to low and slowly beat in powdered sugar until just barely mixed. Add chocolate pieces and increase speed to high and beat for one minute until light and fluffy. Frost cooled brownies, cut and serve.

Chunky Monkey Brownies

Thank you Kristan for sharing these amazing brownies!  I know I will be making a batch of these very soon!

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20 Responses to “Chunky Monkey Brownies”

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    The Master Chefette — April 25, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Oh these look so delectable! Love the photography of these too!

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    Janine (sugarkissed.net) — April 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Mmmm… This banana frosting sounds like it would be awesome in my favorite brownie recipe! Luckily there’s no one in my house that’s not into brownies right now :)

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    Heather — April 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    The banana frosting sounds amazing!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — April 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    These look fantastic! I am a Ben and Jerry’s addict!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — April 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    What a fun brownie! Never thought to use pudding for a frosting.

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — April 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    what a combo! i have never heard of chunky monkey before but excited to give these a go.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    These look sooo yummy!

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    Erin — April 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    My youngest boy (who is now 8) was a very chubby baby, and we called chunky monkey up until he was 2yrs old. I think I will have to make these in honor of him ;-)

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    Alisha — April 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Chunky Monkey is my ALL TIME FAVORITE Ben & Jerry’s flavor. Sadly, I’m allergic to walnuts, so I can’t eat it. These brownies, though? I can substitute pecans and all will be right in my world.

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    Lisa — April 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    These look amazing! It has my head spinning with other Ben & Jerry ice cream/brownie flavors!! Phish Food is my favorite flavor and I would love to make Phish Food Nrownies! Thank you both for the inspiration!

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    Tahnycooks — April 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    These look so simply and amazing, a perfect combo for a quick and easy dessert. Thanks!

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    Cecilia — April 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Yum! I love brownies and this sounds like a great variaion. I so depend on you for that! Love you!

    ~Cecilia

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    DessertForTwo — April 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I want to bake these for my coworkers! They would LOVE them!

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    Dana — April 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    yum! what’s not to love about these. making these this weekend, for sure. thanks for the recipe.

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    Michele Mulk — April 28, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Make Chunky Monkey Brownie Banana Sandwiches
    Made these in my brownie pan
    when brownies cooled, sliced each individual brownie horizontally
    that slicing cut each brownie into 2 layers
    fill with icing
    the result was a brownie sandwich
    with a dollop of icing atop it
    Serving tonight at my niece’s wedding shower.

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    Melissa — April 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    How cool that your friend made these with you in mind! It’s so true we can get inspiration from anything! Would it be over the top if I garnished these with a scoop of Chunky Monkey? ;)

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    Lorie — May 14, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Yeah, I will be making that IMMEDIATELY!!!

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