Thanks to these tasty, homemade ice cream recipes, you can have a frosty treat ready in a flash.
And some don’t even need an ice cream maker!
35 Best Ice Cream Recipes You’ll Ever Make
Ice cream always hits the spot when it’s hot outside. But it’s just as crave-worthy in the dead of winter.
So check out these ice cream recipes and make something sweet all year round!
From summery strawbs and blackberries to fall-fave pumpkin, I know you’ll love them all.
1. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
Turn America’s favorite cookie into a creamy dessert with this simple recipe.
All you need is half & half, sugar, cream, and Oreos. Oh, and an ice cream maker (sorry!).
You can even customize this recipe by using different cookies.
2. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Mint chocolate chip ice cream is one of my go-to flavors.
Cool and refreshing with plenty of rich and crispy chocolate chips, it’s simply divine.
One bite of this tasty treat, and you’ll never go back to store-bought ice cream again.
3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
This ice cream recipe has 2 options: make it in an ice cream maker, or use the no-churn method.
Either way, it has tons of cookie dough pieces hidden throughout the creamy goodness.
I think it’s extra special with caramel swirled in the mix too. But that’s optional.
4. Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Peanut butter ice cream is a breeze to make at home.
This recipe is loaded with delicious peanut butter flavor and topped with real peanut butter cups.
You’ll need just five pantry-staple ingredients, including milk, sugar, and peanut butter. It’s sweet, creamy, and slightly salty.
So stop eating plain peanut butter with a spoon and dig into this ice cream.
5. Blackberry Ice Cream
Summer just got a whole lot sweeter.
Blackberries are only in season for a short time in the summer. So make the most of their vibrant color and intense flavor with this ice cream recipe.
The blackberry flavor is incredible, and you can’t beat that purple hue!
6. Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate ice cream is the cream of the crop – the top dog of ice cream flavors. At least, I know plenty of people that think so!
And with this rich and indulgent recipe, you can enjoy creamy ice cream at home any day of the week.
The only this that’s missing is a few mix-ins.
So feel free to add chocolate chips, crumbled cookies, mini marshmallows, or even blueberry sauce for a nice twist.
7. Coffee Ice Cream
Coffee ice cream is like an even more scrummy version of your favorite latte. And it’s a breeze to whip up at home.
Seriously, if you’re an iced coffee fanatic, this is a must-make.
Creamy and thick, you’ll use instant coffee for flavor, so pick a brand you like. I went with espresso powder to amp up the taste, but you can use any.
Swap your afternoon Starbucks trip and have a scoop of this instead. I think you’ll really like it.
8. Butterscotch Ice Cream
Butterscotch ice cream is ultra-rich and deliciously sweet. Better yet, it doesn’t require an ice cream maker or egg tempering.
It’s made with a homemade butterscotch sauce, condensed milk, heavy cream, and vanilla.
If you love the buttery flavor of butterscotch, this is a must-try.
9. Avocado Ice Cream
If you’ve ever made dessert with avocado, you’ll know it’s super silky and loaded with healthy fats.
What’s more, it doesn’t really add any flavor. Just creamy, rich goodness!
And this recipe is no exception.
It has a velvety base and plenty of lime juice and dark chocolate. One spoonful, and you’ll be hooked!
10. Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream
Homemade vanilla ice cream is the best thing to have in your freezer.
You can enjoy it by itself, top it with sauce or fruit, or serve it with warm cobbler, butter pound cake, or a hot fudge brownie!
So make a big batch and play around with it. Swirl in some brownie bites, marshmallow fluff, or maraschino cherries.
There are no wrong answers!
11. Fudge Brownie Ice Cream
Speaking of fudge brownies: why not make them into ice cream instead of just serving it on the side?
This rich dark chocolate base is divine on its own. But when you mix in brownies and hot fudge, it quickly becomes a pure chocolate masterpiece.
One scoop and you’ll forget it’s homemade because it’s just that good.
12. Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
I love everything in that title individually. But make them into one dessert, and I’m a goner!
This ice cream is wonderfully vibrant, super creamy, and chock full of juicy blueberries.
Sprinkle in a few crushed Graham Crackers, and this might just become your new favorite dessert.
13. Rainbow Sherbet
Rainbow sherbet is like summer in a bowl.
Made with real fruit juices, you’ll adore the taste and look of this fun, colorful treat.
Orange, lime, and raspberry flavors are all sweet, tart, and ultra-fruity. And they complement each other so well.
Enjoy a bowl on its own, or add it to your favorite punch bowl recipe.
14. Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry ice cream is a sweet treat that everybody will love.
You’ll mix a ton of chopped berries into a simple vanilla base, then churn it until it’s smooth and thick.
I like soft serve, so I take it out and devour it right away. But it’ll be just as yummy after a night in the freezer.
15. Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Butter pecan ice cream is one of America’s favorite frozen desserts.
This version is homemade and even better than the local parlor. And with crunchy buttered pecans and a rich custard base, you can’t go wrong.
Creamy, crunchy, buttery, and sweet, it’s everything you want in ice cream.
16. Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream
Vegan pistachio ice cream is deliciously creamy, wonderfully nutty, and impossibly flavorful.
To get the best flavor, you’ll blend pistachios with milk to create a paste. But if you can find pistachio paste, I highly recommend it!
And don’t worry about the vodka! It’s there to keep ice crystals from forming.
17. No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream
Make this one, and this lemon ice cream will be your summer treat on repeat.
The bright and zesty flavor with the cool, refreshing base is just what you need during hot July days.
It’s easy to make and calls for just four ingredients. So serve it with lemon zest and enjoy!
18. Red Velvet Ice Cream
Cake and ice cream go hand in hand. But how about cake in ice cream?
You’ll love the taste of red velvet mixed with the tangy cream cheese ice cream. And the texture is exceptional.
This recipe will make any birthday celebration ten times better.
19. Rocky Road Ice Cream
Rocky Road ice cream is a chocolate lover’s dream come true.
The chocolate ice cream is rich and delectable. And there’s chewy, fluffy marshmallows in every bite.
Keep it nut-free if you like, but I adore the crunch they add.
20. Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream
Raspberry swirl ice cream is a wonderful combination of fruity and creamy flavors.
Fresh raspberry makes it sweet and tart with a refreshing touch. Meanwhile, the creamy vanilla ice cream is luscious and tasty.
This yummy dessert will taste great any day of the year.
21. Matcha Ice Cream
As you can imagine, you’ll need matcha powder to create this unique and flavorful dessert experience.
I get mine on Amazon and had to try a few different brands to find one I liked. But when you find one you like, you’ll want to make this recipe all the time.
It’s earthy, sweet, and to die for.
22. Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Salted caramel is a thing of beauty. And it’s extra tasty in this homemade ice cream recipe.
Sweet and creamy with a buttery, salty finish, it’s well-balanced with the most amazing texture.
And you only need four simple ingredients!
23. Brownie Batter Ice Cream
Brownie batter ice cream doesn’t just taste like brownie batter – it has real batter mixed in!
Homemade, edible brownie batter is a cinch to make, and it’s swirled into the vanilla base.
It’s a no-churn dessert, too, so it’ll be ready before you know it.
24. Peach Ice Cream
Like the blackberry recipe above, this is one for the summer! Because that’s when all the juicy peaches are ripe and ready.
So forget the pies and cobblers and make this ice cream instead.
The sunny color and sweet flavor scream summer. And if you add some crushed cookies, it’ll kind of taste pie-like.
25. S’mores Ice Cream
S’mores ice cream is a frozen and creamy version of your favorite campfire treat.
It’s absolutely packed with cookies, chocolate, and gooey marshmallows. And yes, you’ll roast those bad boys for the best, most authentic flavor.
How fun is that?
26. Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Rum raisin ice cream is a boozy treat with lots of chewy raisins.
You’ll soak the fruit in rum, so they’re super plump and beautifully sweet. Plus, there’s rum in the custard base, giving it a unique flavor.
If you don’t want to add rum, use another spirit you enjoy. Or leave it out altogether.
In that case, I’d recommend soaking the raisins in hot tea!
27. Caramelised White Chocolate and Macadamia Ice Cream
Caramelized white chocolate and macadamia ice cream is the sweet treat you never knew you needed.
If you’ve never caramelized white chocolate before, let me tell you: it’s a game-changer!
This stuff is insanely good. So be sure to make extra for snacking!
28. No-Churn Banana Ice Cream
Banana ice cream that tastes just like banana cream pie? Yes, please!
This creamy and sweet recipe is full of real bananas, and the vanilla wafer cookies give it a beautiful crispy texture.
If you love banana or banana desserts, you have to try this one.
29. Coconut Ice Cream
Coconut ice cream is one helluva tropical, creamy dessert.
With only three ingredients, this easy-to-make ice cream will transport you to an island vacay after just one mouthful.
It has tons of sweet coconut flavor and an incredibly creamy texture. All complete without an ice cream maker!
30. No-Churn Triple Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate lovers rejoice! This triple chocolate ice cream is homemade for a craving crusher any time you want.
Using cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate, and chopped chocolate, this recipe isn’t short on flavor.
It’s rich, creamy, and oh-so-indulgent.
31. Mango Ice Cream
If you love mangoes as much as I do, this is for you.
The flavor is just like a ripe, juicy mango, and the ice cream is creamy and dreamy.
Serve a scoop of this with a scoop of the coconut recipe above for the most balanced treat ever!
32. Lavender Honey Ice Cream
Lavender and honey go together like two bees in a bonnet.
It’s an herby, floral, sweet combination that you have to try to believe.
I think it’s the perfect spring dessert, and the color is gorgeous. Serve it at a dinner party, and your guests will swoon.
The author also suggests turning it into an affogato to replicate a lavender honey latte. *Swoon*
33. Eggnog Ice Cream
Eggnog ice cream is going to be a new tradition in my house.
This ultra-creamy ice cream is perfectly spiced, and a bit of rum extract gives it the flavor of a boozy cocktail without the alcohol.
34. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Dulce de leche is a rich ice cream with a deep and delicious flavor.
Using just three ingredients, this recipe will become a delightful treat. You’ll be so happy to have this on hand.
Plus, it’s an easy way to use up that heavy cream before it goes bad.
35. Pumpkin Cheesecake No Churn Ice Cream
Pumpkin cheesecake is one of my go-to desserts for the holidays. And this recipe embodies that deliciousness as a dreamy, cool ice cream.
It’s a no-churn recipe with plenty of real pumpkin puree, condensed milk, and warm spices.
The cheesecake tang comes from cream cheese and vanilla! Serve it with crushed Graham Crackers for the full effect.
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