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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.
Well, it’s time to get churning again! Below we’ve got a collection of some amazing homemade ice cream recipes for the ice cream maker. There’s even one for olive oil ice cream, which you absolutely MUST try to believe. It’s so delicious.
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.
When making ice cream in an ice cream maker like the one above, there are just four steps.
Mix up your recipe (no more than 4 cups total). It’s best when the mix is chilled before pouring into the machine.
Take the pre-frozen bowl out of the freezer and put it on the machine. Cover it with the plastic guard. Turn it on.
Pour the mix into the bowl as it’s churning.
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.
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.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining sugar just until combined.
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.
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.
Remove the pot from the heat and let cool.
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.
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.
Here are 47 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This recipe features creamy vanilla bean custard that is swirled with a fresh cherry compote and spun in a home ice cream maker. It's one of our all time favorite ice cream recipes and one of Summer's best cold treats!
Dark chocolate frozen custard flavored with mint with a marshmallow creme swirl and chocolate cookie crumbs. Inspired by a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor, this Chocolate Mint Marshmallow Ice Cream hits all the right notes!
This Homemade Crème Brûlée Ice Cream transforms the French Classic dessert into this tasty treat. Using a vanilla bean custard base, the ice cream is mixed with crunchy caramel pieces that give it the signature taste of the burnt caramel we all know and love from a traditional crème brûlée dessert.
This easy vanilla ice cream recipe is a classic custard base infused with fresh vanilla beans, vanilla extract and a splash of bourbon. It's our simple, go-to recipe made in our handy-dandy ice cream maker.
This gooey butter cake ice cream has a brown butter and cream cheese base with chunks of pound cake! The flavor is inspired by one of our favorite ice creams at the legendary Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams!
Put those fresh summer cherries to use for this Homemade Cherry Garcia Ice Cream! This recipe has instructions to make it with an ice cream maker or as no churn ice cream, both ways make a creamy dreamy copycat of a classic!
Enjoy a refreshing summer treat with this Homemade Raspberry Rhubarb Ice Cream! This colorful and creamy recipe is made with fresh rhubarb, juicy raspberries and real cream, creating a sweet and tart flavor unlike any other.
Start with a great base! All of our ice cream recipes have one thing in common, this ice cream base. It’s the start of all great ice creams. Once you’ve got this recipe down, all you have to do is add whatever flavoring you like to change it up in 100s of different ways.
Chill the ice cream mixture over another bowl filled with ice for 10-15 minutes to cool it down. Just get a second bowl that’s similar size or larger than the one your mixture is in. Fill it with ice and set the bowl with the custard over it. When it’s cooled down a bit, refrigerate it for at least two hours, until it’s cold.
Don’t be afraid to try something new! We had such fun testing out the creamy popcorn ice cream. While there was some trial and error we ended up with a fun new flavor that is really addicting.
Don’t forget to put your churn bowl in the freezer 24 hours in advance. For most ice cream makers, you have to put the bowl in the freezer at least a day in advance to make sure it is cold enough.
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.
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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Laura is a home cook who loves making new recipes and finding new favorite things to eat, whether at home or abroad. She also runs a popular travel blog and spends a lot of her time traveling for food.
22 thoughts on “47 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes for the Ice Cream Maker”
Here I am going to haul out my ice cream maker to make some ice cream! Butter Brickle is first on my list!
What an amazing collection of recipes!! With summer almost here I’m bookmarking this for special days. Thanks so much!
All of these ice cream recipes look to good! How is anyone meant to pick??
I love making homemade ice cream!! Great ideas, thank you!
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!
There are so many beautiful ice cream recipes in your post! I can start dreaming of the summer now and all the beautiful flavours!
Nice Collection. Thanks, Pinned.
Great selection – thanks for sharing this round up.
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.
Hi Debbie. I’ve added a basic vanilla recipe to this post for you! Cheers
Can ice cream recipe be doubled
Yes, you can double the recipe as long as it fits in your ice cream maker. Be sure to check the volume recommendations.
What do you recommend as a sugar substitue?
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.
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.
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
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.
Hello! Any recommendation for lactose intolerant ice cream lovers?
I’ve made it using Lactaid milk (whole not 2%) I used no cream
Great recipes Laura.Do you have a Gypsy tart ice cream recipe to share.