10 Easy Ice Cream Recipes

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Who doesn't like ice cream? The frozen dessert industry is a huge market in the United States, and thousands of flavors are available nationwide. The specialty ice cream business is also booming, with elite ice cream parlors experimenting with new flavor combinations every season. But you don't need to buy a pint or go out to an ice cream parlor to enjoy that cold, creamy taste. With an ice cream maker, you can make dozens of tasty, easy ice cream recipes at home. Ice cream recipes are usually little more than dairy, sugar, flavorings, mix-ins, and possibly eggs.

The ice cream maker will do most of the work, and before you know it, you'll have a delectable bowl of ice cream to enjoy at home. The combinations are limitless. Whether you like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or a more unusual flavor, there are ice cream recipes that will appeal to you. Here at Ice Maker Experts, we've put together a list of ten easy ice cream recipes with a variety of flavors to choose from. Any one of these ice cream recipes can be made easily with a home ice cream maker. Read on, and find the ice cream recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

​Easy Ice Cream Recipes FAQs

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​I Need an Ice Cream Maker Before I Can Make These Ice Cream Recipes at Home. What Price Range Should I Expect?

 ​Like all home appliances, there is a big range of options with different price ranges. Top-of-the-line ice cream makers like the Lello brand can react over $700. However, you can get an ice cream maker more than capable of handling home ice cream recipes for a little over $100 from Cuisinart. If you're only interested in small-batch ice cream, Cuisinart has a smaller model for only $43.

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​What Should I Know before Making Home Ice Cream Recipes?

Your ice cream maker will do most of the work. Just follow the recipe closely and keep an eye on the time - over-churned ice cream can take on a buttery texture.

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​Can I Still Enjoy These Ice Cream Recipes If I Have Dairy Allergies or Intolerances?

​Most of these ice cream recipes will work with an alternative milk such as almond milk or coconut milk although the texture may be slightly different. Keep an eye on the mix-ins - some, like peanut butter cups, will have dairy in them and should be omitted for a dairy-free recipe.

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​Where Can I Find the Ingredients I Need to Make These Ice Cream Recipes?

Few of these ice cream recipes contain any ingredients you won't be able to find at a local large supermarket. Even milk substitutes like coconut milk will be found in the average dairy section. Bourbon-Butter-Salted Pecan, Chocolate Stout, and Coffee Liqueur Cookies and Cream may require a trip to a liquor store for the bourbon.

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​How Much Time Do I Need to Devote to Making These Ice Cream Recipes?

​You won't need to put much time at all into it! You simply mix the ingredients as instructed and load them into the ice cream maker. The ice cream maker will do all the work, but you should remain local and aware to unload the ice cream maker at the right time.

​How We Reviewed

 ​The following homemade ice cream recipes were reviewed based on the following parameters - taste, ease of preparation, and appeal to different age groups and taste profiles.

What We Reviewed

  • ​Blueberry-Lemon Zest
  • ​Chocolate Stout
  • ​Bourbon-Butter-Salted Pecan
  • ​Peaches and Cream
  • ​Peanut Butter Cup
  • ​Coffee Liqueur Cookies and Cream
  • ​Lemon Icebox Pie
  • ​Vanilla Bean
  • ​M&M Cookie Dough
  • ​Key Lime Pie


​Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream

Features

​Made with both sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk makes this one of the creamiest ice creams around. The sweetness is cut by the fresh taste of blueberries, and a little lemon zest added just before it's finished churning. This leaves you with a rich, fruity ice cream with just the right amount of subtle citrus kick. It's the kind of multi-layered, mature seasonal ice cream that will have you coming back for one scoop after another.

Recipe

  • ​2 cups coarsely chopped blueberries
  • ​2 tablespoons sugar
  • ​2 tablespoons water
  • ​1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • ​1 5-oz can evaporated milk
  • ​2 cups whole milk
  • ​2 tablespoons sugar
  • ​1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ​2 teaspoons lemon zest

Step 1:

​Boil blueberries, 2 Tbsp. sugar, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, then simmer on low for ten minutes while stirring. Cool for thirty minutes and chill for 2-3 hours.

Step 2:

​Whisk together condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole milk, 2 Tbsp sugar, vanilla extract, then cover and chill for two hours.

Step 3:

Pour step 2 mixture into the container of a 1-qt ice cream maker and follow the machine's instructions.

Step 4:

Remove container when complete and freeze for thirty minutes.

Step 5:

Stir in lemon zest and chilled blueberry mixture, then transfer to an airtight container or covered pan. Freeze 3-4 hours until firm and serve.


​ Chocolate Stout Ice Cream

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Features

Chocolate is America's favorite ice cream flavor, but if you're looking for a more mature take, you can introduce the powerful flavor of beer into your chocolate ice cream recipe. This recipe combines two kinds of chocolate flavor with heavy whipping cream for a rich taste and is ideal for adding in mix-ins of your choice like chocolate-covered pretzels for texture.

​Recipe

  • ​1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ​1 tablespoon cocoa butter
  • ​4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ​1/2 cup whole milk
  • ​1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ​pinch of salt
  • ​2 egg yolks
  • ​1 cup stout beer
  • ​1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Step 1:

Bring 1/2 cream and cocoa powder to a boil over medium heat, whisking often. Reduce the heat and simmer for thirty seconds while whisking, then remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate. When smooth, add the rest of the cream and pour into a bowl. Cover the bowl with a large mesh strainer.

Step 2:

In the same saucepan, warm the milk, sugar, and salt over medium heat. Add egg yolk to a separate bowl and slowly pour the warm milk over the eggs while whisking constantly, then pour into the saucepan.

Step 3:

Cook over medium heat, often stirring until the mixture thickens enough to stick to a spatula. Remove from the heat and pour over the mesh strainer into the chocolate. Stir in the beer and vanilla, then place the bowl in an ice bath until room temperature. Refrigerate until cold.

Step 4:

When the mixture is cold, freeze it in your ice cream maker according to instructions. If you're adding any mix-ins, add them during the last few minutes of churning, then transfer to an airtight container and chill for eight hours or overnight.


​ ​Bourbon-Butter-Salted Pecan

Features

​Old-fashioned Butter Pecan ice cream is still a favorite, but this Bourbon-Butter-Salted Pecan ice cream puts a new savory twist on it with butter-toasted pecans dusted with salt. Adding a complex note is smoky bourbon. This ice cream is a southern favorite given new life with unique add-ins and just a dash of a high-quality spirit.

​Recipe

  • ​1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • ​1 5-oz can evaporated milk
  • ​2 cups whole milk
  • ​2 tablespoons sugar
  • ​2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ​1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • ​1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • ​1/2 tablespoon butter
  • ​1/4th teaspoon kosher salt
  • ​2 tablespoons bourbon

Step 1:

​Whisk the three kinds of milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and table salt together and chill for two hours.

Step 2:

​Pour the milk mixture into the freezer container of your ice cream maker and follow the instructions of your model.

Step 3:

​Remove the container with the ice cream and freeze for thirty minutes.

Step 4:

Cook the pecans and butter in a skillet over medium heat, constantly stirring for seven to eight minutes until toasted. Spread pecans on wax paper and sprinkle with kosher salt.

Step 5:

Step 5:

​Stir pecans and bourbon into the ice cream mixture, then transfer to an airtight container or covered pan and freeze for three to four hours until firm.



Peaches and Cream

Peaches and Cream

Features

​Sometimes you want an ice cream that just tastes like summer. This peaches and cream ice cream takes fresh peaches and transforms them into a fresh-tasting, creamy ice cream using only a blender and ice cream maker. This is one of the lightest ice creams on the list, with the taste of fresh fruit in every bite.

​Recipe

  • ​2 cups diced peeled peaches
  • ​2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ​1/2 cup whole milk
  • ​1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ​1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • ​1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1:

​Mash 1/2 cup peaches with a spoon in a flat bowl.

Step 2:

​Using a blender, blend together the remaining 1 1/2 cups peaches, cream cheese, milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla.

Step 3:

​Use your ice cream maker to freeze the mixture from step two according to instructions. During the last few minutes of churning, stir in the mashed peaches from step one. Place in the freezer, whisking every 30-40 minutes to break up ice crystals during freezing.



​Peanut Butter Cup

Features

​Are you a huge peanut butter fan? If you can't get enough, this peanut butter ice cream has the added bonus of chocolate peanut butter cup candies mixed into the ice cream. This is also one of the easiest ice creams to make - there's no cooking, it's egg-free, and the peanut butter cups come pre-made and can just be unwrapped and dropped in. With only five minutes of prep, this is a great beginner's ice cream.

Recipe

  • ​1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ​1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ​1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ​1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ​Pinch of salt
  • ​1 cup chopped peanut butter cups

Step 1:

​Using a blender, combine the peanut butter, sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt. Blend until smooth, then refrigerate the mixture until cold, for at least one hour.

Step 2:

​Place the cold mixture in your ice cream machine and follow instructions on your model. During the last few minutes of churning, add the chopped peanut butter cups. Freeze until firm, optimally overnight.



Coffee Liqueur Cookies and Cream

​Coffee Liqueur Cookies and Cream

Features

​Cookies and Cream ice cream is an old favorite, combining a mildly sweet ice cream with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. This new twist adds a mature kick with the presence of coffee-flavored liqueur, which gives it a subtle coffee undertone and the slightest hint of an alcoholic kick. It's also an easy, no-cook recipe with only four steps.

​Recipe

  • ​1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • ​1 5-oz can evaporated milk
  • ​2 cups whole milk
  • ​2 tablespoons sugar
  • ​1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ​1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • ​1 cup crushed Oreos or similar cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • ​3 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur

Step 1:

​Whisk together the three kinds of milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Cover and chill for two hours.

Step 2:

Pour the milk mixture into your ice cream maker's freezer container and follow the model's instructions.

Step 3:

Remove the container with the ice cream and freeze for thirty minutes.

Step 4:

​Stir the cookies and coffee liqueur into the ice cream mixture, then transfer mixture to an airtight container or covered pan. Freeze three to four hours until firm.



Lemon Icebox Pie

Lemon Icebox Pie

Features

​Lemon icebox pie is a classic southern no-bake treat, easy to make with only a few ingredients and no baking required. This ice cream version is even easier. With only four ingredients, this ice cream is great for beginners and packs a tangy citrus flavor alongside the ice cream's comforting sweetness. This ice cream is perfectly refreshing for a hot summer's day.

​Recipe

  • ​3 to 4 lemons
  • ​2 cups half-and-half
  • ​1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • ​3/4 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers

Step 1:

​Grate zest from the lemons until you have approximately one tablespoon. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze half a cup of juice into a measuring cup.

Step 2:

​Whisk half-and-half, condensed milk, and lemon juice together. Pour the mixture into the freezer container of your ice cream mixer and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Stir in graham cracker bits and lemon zest during churning.

Step 3:

​Transfer to an airtight container and freeze two hours before serving.


 
Vanilla Bean

Features

​When people think ice cream, many of them think vanilla first. This is a twist on the classic, simple ice cream flavor. Instead of an overdose of vanilla extract like many cheap vanilla ice creams use, this ice cream uses real vanilla for a more powerful, authentic taste. You'll never think of vanilla as plain or bland again.

​Recipe

  • ​1/2 cups whole milk
  • ​1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ​1/3 cup sugar
  • ​1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ​1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
  • ​3 egg yolks
  • ​1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1:

​Using a large saucepan, combine the milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, sugar, and salt. Warm up the mixture and scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean in. Remove from the heat, cover the mixture, and let it sit for thirty minutes.

Step 2:

​In a small bowl, whisk the yolks until lightly beaten. Whisk in some warm milk mixture and then pour the whole thing back into the saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking until thickened. Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining heavy cream and vanilla extract.

Step 3:

Pour into a heatproof bowl and place in an ice bath until cool. Remove the vanilla bean and chill the mixture in the refrigerator. Freeze according to your ice cream machine's instructions.

Step 4:

​Remove from ice cream mixture and place the container in the freezer. Whisk every 30-45 minutes to break up ice crystals until it's ready to serve.


 
M&M Cookie Dough

​M&M Cookie Dough

Features

​This ice cream combines two favorite treats in one - rich chocolate chip cookie dough and crunchy chocolate M&M candies. You can use any flavor of M&M you want for more varieties. This is an ideal choice for anyone who wants an ice cream with more texture, but it does have more steps than most ice creams on the list.

Recipe

  • ​2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • ​1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ​1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ​2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ​1 cup heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • ​3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • ​1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ​1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Cookie dough ingredients

  • ​1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • ​1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ​1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ​1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ​1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ​2 tablespoons M&M candies

Step 1:

​Whisk together egg yolks, brown sugar, and salt until thick.

Step 2:

​Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until it starts to brown and get a nutty smell, for about two minutes.

Step 3:

​Immediately remove the butter before it burns and pour in the cream and milk. Pour carefully to avoid splatters.

Step 4:

Whisk some milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture to temper the eggs, then return to the saucepan.

Step 5:

​Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until thickened. It should stick to the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and whisk in vanilla and baking soda. Transfer to a heatproof bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in an ice bath until room temperature. Once cool, refrigerate for one hour.

Step 6:

​While the ice cream mixture is cooling, make the cookie dough. Combine the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until smooth, then beat in the milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour and salt until dough forms, then add the M&Ms. Divide into bite-size pieces and place on a tray. Chill until ready to use.

Step 7:

​Take the cold ice cream mixture and churn it in your ice cream maker according to instructions. Add cookie dough during the last few minutes of churning. Remove and freeze until firm, ideally overnight.


 
Key Lime Pie

Features

​The classic southern dessert is reinvented in ice cream form with this tasty ice cream combining a tart lime flavor with sweet and nutty graham crackers. This is an ideal choice for a hot summer day when you want a fresh citrus kick alongside your rich dessert. Using a natural sugar blend and reduced-fat milk, it's also the lowest-calorie ice cream on this list.

Recipe

  • ​1/2 cup granular sweetener for ice cream (tested with the WheyLow brand)
  • ​2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ​1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ​2 cups 2% reduced fat milk
  • ​1 cup half-and-half
  • ​1 egg yolk
  • ​1 teaspoon Key lime zest
  • ​1/3 cup Key lime juice
  • ​1/3 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers

Step 1:

​Whisk together sweetener, cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half while cooking over medium heat. Stir constantly for 8 to 10 minutes until mixture thickens, then remove from heat.

Step 2:

​Whisk egg yolk until slightly thickened, then gradually whisk one cup hot cream mixture into yolk. Add mixture to remaining cream mixture and whisk until smooth.

Step 3:

​Strain mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids. Cool for one hour, stirring occasionally. Place plastic wrap over mixture and chill for 8 to 24 hours.

Step 4:

​Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and prepare according to instructions. Halfway through churning, mix in Key lime zest, Key lime juice, and crushed graham crackers. Let stand at room temperature for five to ten minutes before serving.

The Verdict

​We highly recommend all ten of these ice cream recipes. Whatever your tastes, you'll find a homemade ice cream that you'll enjoy. For convenience combined with great taste, we give our nod to the Peaches and Cream ice cream. It has only three steps and six ingredients and combines a rich ice cream base with the taste of fresh summer peaches.

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