26 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes for the Ice Cream Maker

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When summer approaches and the temperatures start going up, we really start craving homemade ice cream. That ice cream maker has been sitting in the cabinet for way too long, collecting dust, waiting for the opportunity to mix up some new and fun flavors.

» For more great dessert ideas try this No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake or Salted Caramel Apple Crisp.

3 different kinds of ice cream

Well, it’s time to get churning again! Below we’ve got a collection of some amazing ice cream maker recipes. There’s even one for olive oil ice cream, which you absolutely MUST try to believe. It’s so delicious.

The three of us here at A Food Lover’s Kitchen were debating which was our favorite.

  • Angela chose the Peach Ice Cream because it reminds her of childhood.
  • Jillian chose Cherry Mascarpone
  • I’m sticking with the Olive Oil

» Check out a preview of these ice cream flavors.

How Long Does It Take to Make Ice Cream?

In an ice cream maker, it takes around 20-45 minutes to churn ice cream. This is assuming you’ve already frozen the bowl, which alone can take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. If you’re planning to make ice cream in the next day, be sure to put yours in the freeze right now!

Once you place the ice cream mixture into the bowl and started the machine, it takes about 20 minutes for the ice cream to churn and thicken. At this point, you can add extras, like fruit or candy, and continue to churn it to thicken and harden even more.

There is a point at which it’s gotten as hard as it will get and continual churning won’t do any more good. After 40 minutes, the drum will have heated up enough that it won’t continue to freeze the ice cream.

How to Get the Best Results From Your Ice Cream Maker

  • Always ensure the bowl is thoroughly dry before freezing.
  • Keep the bowl upright in the freezer.
  • Ensure your ingredients are refrigerated before making your ice cream.
  • Use high quality, high fat ingredients.
  • Don’t over churn the ice cream.
  • Refrain from using alcohol or liquid ingredients in your recipes, this will inhibit the freezing process.

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream

The easiest way to make homemade ice cream is in an ice cream maker. There are many different types. If you don’t have one already, we recommend one that doesn’t require rock salt.

Most modern ice cream makers, like the ones from Cuisinart, only require you to pre-freeze the bowl (we just keep ours in the freeze all the time), and then you can whip up ice cream in just 20 minutes.

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(Image courtesy of Hamilton Beach)

When making ice cream in an ice cream maker like the one above, there are just four steps.

  1. Mix up your recipe (no more than 4 cups total). It’s best when the mix is chilled before pouring into the machine.
  2. Take the pre-frozen bowl out of the freezer and put it on the machine. Cover it with the plastic guard. Turn it on.
  3. Pour the mix into the bowl as it’s churning.
  4. Check it after 20 minutes. Add any extra at this stage, just before the ice cream is firm enough.

The ice cream is done when it’s firm and set. It can take up to 40 minutes for some recipes. It also varies based on how cold the ingredients were when you added them.

What Ice Cream Maker to Use

If you don’t already have one, you’re probably wondering what homemade ice cream maker to use. I recommend the Cuisinart ICE 1.5-Quart or the larger Cusinart ICE 2-Quart. I’ve used both, but I’m currently using the larger one so we have bigger batches of ice cream each time. It’s very easy to use and it doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen.

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

So many recipes start with a good vanilla ice cream base. Then you can add any fruit or additions you wish to the base. Here is a super easy and quick vanilla ice cream recipe to make in your ice cream maker.

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3/4 teaspoon high-quality vanilla
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, salt, and half the sugar. Stir the mixture constantly as you bring it just to a simmer (do not boil). Remove from heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining sugar just until combined.
  3. To temper the eggs, slowly add 1/2 cup of the milk mixture in a drizzle into the egg mixture. Do this slowly so as not to cook the eggs.
  4. Pour the entire egg mixture back into the saucepan with the milk mixture. Simmer over medium heat, about 3-5 minutes. Do not boil the mixture.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool.
  6. Pour the cooled custard mixture into a chilled bowl and refrigerate for about two hours until cold. To avoid putting the hot mixture in the refrigerator, you can chill the bowl over another bowl filled with ice for 10-15 minutes to cool it down first.
  7. When you’re ready to churn the ice cream, add the half and half and vanilla to the custard mixture. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. Churn until the ice cream is thick, per your ice cream maker’s instructions.

» Don’t have an ice cream maker? No Problem! Try this No-Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream.

22 Creative Ice Cream Recipes

Here are 22 super creative and delicious ice cream recipes you can make in your ice cream maker. These recipes were compiled from expert recipe creators. Click through to see the full recipe. If you’ve made ice cream at home before, you know that sometimes things can go wrong, even when you’ve done everything right. Here is a guide for troubleshooting any issues that might arise while making these ice creams.

Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
This Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is an ice cream lovers dream, with just the right amount of mint flavor and little bits of chocolate.
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mint chocolate chip ice cream
Peaches & Cream Ice Cream
This Peaches & Cream Ice Cream combines delicious fresh peaches with creamy vanilla ice cream to make a delightful peach dessert.
peaches and cream ice cream
Creamy Popcorn Ice Cream
Popcorn Ice Cream is one of the most unique homemade ice cream flavors you'll probably ever try. It's incredibly creamy, but with a lightly salty and sweet flavor and that buttered popcorn taste you love to snack on.
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Popcorn ice cream in a bowl with popcorn on top
Oreo Cookie Ice Cream
This Oreo Cookie Ice Cream is creamy delicious vanilla ice cream with mixed in chunks of Oreo cookies.
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Oreo cookie ice cream
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
This homemade vanilla ice cream uses a custard-style base to make a creamy deliciously scoopable homemade ice cream.
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homemade vanilla ice cream
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
This Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is a custard based ice cream made in the ice cream maker.
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Raspberry Swirl and Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
The classic combination of luscious raspberry sauce swirled into vanilla ice cream and mixed with chocolate chunks makes this custard-base ice cream a must try.
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Raspberry chocolate chunk swirl
Stroopwafel Ice Cream with Bourbon & Caramel
Stroopwafel Ice Cream comes fully loaded with hints of bourbon, a river of caramel sauce and chunks of stroopwafel throughout. If you’ve never had it before, stroopwafel is two layers of crispy cooked waffle sandwiched together with a caramel syrup in the middle. They come from the Netherlands, but can be purchased everywhere.
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Stroopwafel Ice Cream with Bourbon & Caramel
Chocolate Ice Cream with Ceylon Cinnamon
The fruity flavor of natural cocoa and dark chocolate plays against the spicy fragrant Ceylon cinnamon in a match-made-in-heaven kind of way for a wonderful homemade ice cream.
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Chocolate cinnamon ice cream
Black Sesame Ice Cream
Black sesame (kurogoma) ice cream is a popular dessert in Japanese restaurants. It has a sweet and nutty flavor that is really delicious and perfect to eat after a nice Japanese dinner.
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Black Sesame Ice Cream
Lemon Basil Cookie Crunch Ice Cream
Perfect for warm weather, this lemon basil cookie crunch ice cream is a summer dream. This lemon basil ice cream is soft, creamy and full of delicious lemon cookie chunks for a little crunch.
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Lemon Basil Cookie Crunch Ice Cream
Rose Ice Cream
This Rose Ice Cream is easy to make and combines the floral taste of rose with fresh cream. This is definitely a traditional English version based on the old-fashioned roses in the garden.
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Rose ice cream
Graham Cracker Ice Cream Recipe
Loaded with graham crackers, chocolate chips and Buncha Crunch, this graham cracker ice cream will have you wondering where it has been all of your life.
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Graham cracker ice cream
Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice Cream
If you love Hawaii and ice cream, then you are probably going to fall head over heels for this easy Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice Cream recipe. This creamy, easy ice cream has buttery macadamia nut flavor and there are chunks of chopped nuts in each bite.
See the recipe
Macadamia nut ice cream
Cherry Mascarpone Ice Cream
Embrace fresh summer cherries and rich mascarpone in this creamy ice cream that’s perfect for a treat on a hot day with its mild, fresh fruit flavor that balances with the cheese for a sweet, creamy treat.
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Cherry mascarpone ice cream
Apple Pie Ice Cream
Ice cream is not only for summer, it can be perfect for fall too! This Apple Pie Ice Cream has everything you want for the season. Tender apples, warm spices, buttery pie crust & creamy ice cream. 
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Apple Pie Ice Cream
Piña Colada Ice Cream Recipe
Turn your favorite frozen drink into tropical Piña Colada Ice Cream! Loads of coconut and pineapple will have you feeling like you are on vacation.
See the recipe
Pina colada ice cream
Hokey Pokey Ice Cream – Honeycomb Ice Cream Recipe
Have you heard of Hokey Pokey Ice Cream? This is a honeycomb ice cream recipe all the way from New Zealand. You’ll be hooked at the first lick!
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Hokey pokey ice cream
Honey-Lavender Ice Cream With Peach Compote
While this honey-lavender ice cream sounds extra fancy, it couldn’t be simpler to make. With its floral notes and optional peach compote topping, its the perfect ice cream to take you through the summer months.
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Honey lavender ice cream
The Ultimate Homemade Peach Ice Cream
Like a bowl full of summer, the Ultimate Homemade Peach Ice Cream will blow your mind with flavor. This easy homemade ice cream recipe can be made with frozen or canned peaches, giving you that summer flavor year round.
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Peach ice cream
Olive Oil Ice Cream
This olive oil ice cream has the perfect combination of quality ingredients giving an incredible delicate, smooth, silky-like texture, and an exquisite, unforgettable taste.
See the recipe
Olive oil ice cream
Chunky Elvis Ice Cream
Chunky Elvis Ice Cream, an easy homemade ice cream recipe with bananas, honey, peanut butter, and bacon! Fun summer dessert!
See the recipe
Elvis ice cream
Coconut Mango Ice Cream
Ripe mangoes make the best homemade ice cream and if you like tropical ice cream flavors, this coconut mango ice cream is for you. A delicious mango ice cream recipe made with an ice cream maker is the only way to get that fresh churned flavor.
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Coconut Mango Ice Cream
Pistachio Ice Cream
This is an easy Pistachio Ice Cream made in an ice cream maker with just 4 ingredients. Freshly ground pistachios are the star of this ice cream.
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Pistachio ice cream
Caramel Corn Ice Cream with Vanilla Goat Milk Caramel Swirl
Caramel Corn Ice Cream is a decadent Salt & Straw inspired homemade, sweet ice cream base infused with the juice of fresh corn kernels that are sautéed in brown butter and then simmered in heavy cream for a subtle sweet corn flavor. 
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Caramel corn ice cream
Cherry Almond Amaretto Crunch
If you’re an ice cream lover and an almond lover, you’re going to swoon for this amaretto ice cream with cherries and toasted almonds. Cherry Amaretto Crunch Ice Cream is creamy and lush with chewy bits and satisfying crunch.
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Cherry Almond Amaretto Crunch
Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream
This ice cream tastes like a delicious oatmeal cookie with a cold glass of milk! Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream is a copycat Ben & Jerry’s flavor that tastes better than the original!
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Cinnamon oatmeal cookie ice cream
Butter Brickle Ice Cream with Homemade Toffee
Butter Brickle Ice cream made with Homemade Toffee. Rich, buttery and creamy. The perfect dessert for summer! Cream is sweet with a hint of caramel with lot’s of crunch from the toffee bits.
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Butter brickle ice cream

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should the bowl be kept in the freezer before using for the first time?

Before use, the bowl should be placed in the freezer 24 hrs. in advance. Do not remove the bowl until ready to use.

Do the recipe ingredients need to be cold?

Even a built-in freezer model which is off and running at the flick of a switch, needs the custard, base, creams, and anything else you are going to add to be as cold as possible.

Can I make the recipe with milk instead of cream?

The best ice cream is full of flavor thanks to the richness of the ingredients and needs plenty of fat for it to churn well, this is not the time to skimp. Use full-fat milk or double cream whenever possible.

In Conclusion

There are so many fun and unique flavors that go great in ice cream. We just scratched the surface with these recipes. Let your imagination go, dust off the ice cream maker and try a few.

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23 thoughts on “26 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes for the Ice Cream Maker

  1. Bry says:

    What an amazing collection of recipes!! With summer almost here I’m bookmarking this for special days. Thanks so much!

  2. Alison says:

    I’m breaking out my ice cream maker and giving some of these amazing recipes a try! I’m starting with the Chunky Elvis Ice Cream! YUM!

  3. Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter says:

    There are so many beautiful ice cream recipes in your post! I can start dreaming of the summer now and all the beautiful flavours!

  4. Debbie Glennan says:

    Need a good vanilla. I bought the mix from Williams Sonoma and it doesn’t seem to get hard or stay hard. can you help.

    • Laura says:

      My favorite sugar substitute is Allulose or Erythritol. They are 70% as sweet as sugar, so you have to increase the volume slightly for the same sweetness. You could also use Xylitol, which is as sweet as sugar.

  5. Kristofer Van Wagner says:

    Hey Laura, I appreciate that you reminded us that it is important for us to find a balance of flavors when making homemade ice cream. My wife and I are looking to have an ice cream machine bought. I will definitely look at the recipes to ensure it is compatible with the machine.

  6. Kate says:

    Loving the ease of the Vanilla ice cream recipe, thankyou! I’ve just received a big bag of lemons so if you have any lemon ice cream recipes/ suggestions (not sorbet) please let me know!! Bonus praises for any lemon and white chocolate recipes too

  7. ripon hassan says:

    I am impressed by the lists that you have provided here.They are so yummy and delicious.Looking for more of such ideas in coming future too.

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