Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

If you’re looking for homemade ice cream recipes you’ve come to the right place. We’re showing you how to make ice cream, talking about ice cream recipe ingredients, and how to make ice cream at home. All of our ice cream recipes have been tested in an ice cream maker, and all of them are simple to make.

We love making homemade ice cream. No need to buy an ice cream mix, we’re showing how easy it is to make homemade ice cream and giving you all the details on making ice cream at home. Making homemade ice cream is simple, and fun.

There are a lot of ice cream flavors to make, including ice cream with nuts, fruit, chocolate, etc.

top down view of a metal loaf pan filled with ice cream swirled with toffee sauce and crushed cookies.


For a frozen treat to be qualified as ice cream, the mixture used to make the ice cream must be no less than 10% milkfat. The higher the fat, the creamier the texture.

Sorbet isn’t technically ice cream. Sorbet is its own category, we’re considering it loosely related to ice cream. Plus, we really wanted to share sorbet recipes. You can make sorbet in and Ice Cream Maker.

There are several types of ice cream but we’re going to cover the ice cream recipes that we make from at home.

Custard Based – Traditionally, many ice cream recipes begin with an egg custard. Custard based ice cream uses a combination of milk, cream, eggs, and sugar, and is first cooked then frozen.

Philadelphia Style – Philadelphia style ice cream is simply ice cream made without eggs. It can be made in an ice cream maker, or without, using a few simple steps.

Both types of homemade ice cream recipes work well as homemade ice cream recipe for ice cream maker.

We’ve also got a tutorial on how to make ice cream in a bag.


Most homemade ice cream recipes have a base ice cream recipes with similar ice cream ingredients. Here are some common ice cream ingredients.

Egg Yolks – These create the base for our ice cream custard. We’ll gently heat the egg yolks to pasteurize them, but you can also purchase pasteurized eggs if you prefer. Not all homemade ice cream recipes use egg yolk, just the custard based ones.

Granulated Sugar – Any good ice cream will have a good amount of sugar in it, both for sweetness and texture. Don’t skimp on the sugar.

Whole Milk – A mix of both heavy cream and whole milk creates the perfect ice cream texture.

Sweetened Condensed Milk – If your making a homemade ice cream recipe that doesn’t call for egg yolks, there’s a chance it calls for sweetened condensed milk. Using this thickened, sweetened milk is a shortcut that replaces the traditional custard used in churned homemade ice cream recipes.

Heavy Cream – A mix of both heavy cream and whole milk is what gives us the perfect creamy texture.

Vanilla Extract – Vanilla is a must for a delicious cake batter ice cream. Use a good quality, pure vanilla extract for best flavor.

Add Ins – Depending on the homemade ice cream you’re making, you can add in different ingredients.

Sea Salt – A small amount of salt goes a long way in enhancing the other ingredients. Salt is always optional, but we love adding it in recipes that use nuts or nut butters.


A super simple custard base homemade ice cream recipe that you can make, and add in what you like when learning to how to make homemade ice cream:


4 large egg yolks
½ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ cups whole milk
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Chill the ice cream bowl for at least 24 hours or until solid. You should not hear any water sloshing around when you shake the bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and granulated sugar until smooth and pale yellow in color.

Add the milk to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the milk to a simmer and then remove from the heat. Be sure not to boil.

Add about ½ cup of the hot milk to the egg and sugar mixture and whisk constantly until combined.
Then, add the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining hot milk.

Heat the saucepan on low. Stirring constantly, heat until the base has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. This should take a few minutes.

Strain the mixture into a bowl to remove any pieces of egg that may have cooked.

Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract and stir to combine.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap making sure to have the plastic wrap touching the surface of the ice cream base. This will help keep it from forming a skin while chilling. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Churn the ice cream mixture in the bowl of your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions (mine took about 20 minutes), until it is thick and the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.

In the last two minutes, add your add-ins and flavors, and churn until they are evenly distributed.

Spoon the ice cream into a shallow container or a loaf pan. Press plastic wrap or wax paper to the surface of the ice cream. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or until solid. Let sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

An easy homemade ice cream recipe that doesn’t use eggs:


14 oz sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream


Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Place in the freezer.

Combine sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and salt in a large mixing bowl; set aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, similar to making whipped cream.

Gently fold the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk mixture.

Pour into the prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least 6 hours or overnight.

Have any questions about how to make ice cream? Leave them in the comments section below.


Here’s a collection of our favorite ice cream maker recipes.

two sugar cones topped with a scoop of walnut ice cream, propped up in a glass dish. Text overlay at bottom of image states Black Walnut Ice Cream Recipe

To start off our list of favorite homemade ice cream maker recipes, we’re sharing this homemade Black Walnut Ice Cream.

It’s a rich, creamy, French-style churned ice cream featuring the bold, nutty flavor of a special ingredient, wild black walnuts, but you can use regular walnuts if you like.

This homemade ice cream is super simple to make at home, and it’s full of yummy flavors.

Four scoops of homemade pumpkin pie ice cream in a glass dessert dish. Text overlay says, Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Delicious and seasonal, Pumpkin Pie Ice cream is a traditional, French-style, churned ice cream recipe that’s perfect for fall so we couldn’t leave it out of our list of favorite homemade ice cream recipes for ice cream maker.

Creamy, silky, pumpkin pie ice cream is swirled with crisp gingersnap cookies to make this recipe extra special.

a glass ice cream dish filled with almond ice cream., with text overlay

This traditionally churned, French style, Toasted Almond Ice cream recipe features a rich, creamy base flavored with toasted almonds, and a crunchy texture from even more toasted almonds.

It’s one of our favorite homemade ice cream maker recipes.

photo collage of mississippi mud ice cream photos with text overlay.

And speaking of favorite homemade ice cream recipes, Mississippi Mud Ice Cream holds all of the deliciousness you’d expect from a Mississippi Mud pie, including cookies, chocolate, coffee, and cream.

This Philadelphia style churned ice cream recipe is egg-free and easy to make. This is a great homemade ice cream recipe to start with when learning how to make ice cream.

Two Glasses with cones of pistachio ice cream in them.

Next up on our list of favorite homemade ice cream maker recipes is Pistachio Ice Cream. It’s a traditional ice cream flavor that comes with lots of nostalgia.

This French style pistachio ice cream is made with a creamy custard base, chopped nuts, and has the perfect amount of sweetness. This was one of the first recipes I used when I was learning how to make ice cream.

More Homemade Ice Cream Recipes:

Here are more homemade ice cream recipe for ice cream maker, that are great ice cream recipes to start with when learning how to make ice cream.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream is an ultra-creamy homemade ice cream with a rich, buttery vanilla flavor. Pieces of real cake and rainbow sprinkles make it a super fun ice cream too.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream – You can’t go wrong with a smooth, creamy, peanut butter ice cream. It’s insanely good on it’s own but next level with some chocolate sauce.

Melon Ice Cream – A flavor that you aren’t likely to find in a grocery store, Melon Ice cream is a fruity, fresh, and delicious gourmet ice cream flavor that you can make at home.

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream – Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream is a favorite seasonal treat! Make your own pumpkin spice ice cream easily, in your ice cream maker, whenever you’re in the mood for it.

Black Raspberry Ice Cream – Black raspberry ice cream is a sweet, fruity ice cream flavor that so many people love. This French style churned ice cream recipe uses an egg custard base to create a rich, creamy, delicious black raspberry treat.

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream – Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream is a favorite seasonal treat! Make your own pumpkin spice ice cream easily, in your ice cream maker, whenever you’re in the mood for it.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream – Of all the strawberry shortcake ice cream recipes we tested, this one is the absolute best! This Philadelphia style churned Strawberry Shortcake ice cream is creamy and sweet with the perfect amount of crunchy cookie add-ins.

Banoffee Pie Ice Cream – The perfect flavors of sweet bananas and buttery toffee combined to create Banoffee pie ice cream.

French Silk Ice Cream – A rich chocolate ice cream with a French style custard base is swirled with a fluffy vanilla mousse to create this delicious homemade French silk ice cream This French silk ice cream is naturally gluten-free and nut-free.

Java Chip Ice Cream – Fresh espresso and dark chocolate chunks flavor this Java Chip Ice Cream recipe. This is a Philadelphia style, churned ice cream that is creamy, rich, sweet, and just like an ice cream version of your favorite coffee shop treat.

Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream – Fresh, homemade and simple to make, this cherry vanilla ice cream is creamy, sweet, and perfectly with the addition of cherries. Tested to ensure perfection, you’ll love making sundaes or cones with this sweet treat.

Sprinkles Ice Cream – This Sprinkles Ice Cream is a Philadelphia style, churned ice cream. This means that it requires no eggs and no cooking, and is super creamy and delicious.

Marshmallow Ice Cream – Marshmallow Ice Cream is a traditional French-style churned ice cream with a creamy custard base packed with warm vanilla flavor and toasted mini marshmallows.

Sweet Cream Ice Cream – Sweet Cream Ice Cream is a delicious and simple Philadelphia style churned ice cream that you can make at home with four simple ingredients.

If you have any questions about these homemade ice cream recipes, please leave a comment below.


When learning how to make ice cream, because ice cream makers can vary from model to model, it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s directions when making ice cream in an ice cream maker.

For example, the process for making Ninja Creami Recipes is very different from other ice cream makers.


Depending on whether or not you freeze the bowl, homemade ice cream can take anywhere from 6-24 hours to make and be ready to serve.

Most ice cream maker instructions suggest that you freeze the bowl for a minimum of 2 hours before using. Some require you to freeze the bowl overnight. If you’re using an electric ice cream maker, the ice cream maker will churn the ice cream for you.

The bulk of the time is needed after churning, when you freeze the homemade ice cream.

You’ll churn for 30-40 minutes, and then freeze it for at least 4 hours, and preferably overnight, to get the right consistency.

You can use a no churn ice cream recipe but we recommend getting an ice cream maker when learning how to make ice cream. They are super fun and they do the churning for you.


Cold Ice Cream Maker Bowl – Make sure the ice cream bowl is clean and dry before freezing.

Use quality ingredients – When making homemade ice cream, you’ll want to make sure you are using high quality ingredients for the best outcome.

Chill out – If possible, always start with chilled ingredients. This is important for homemade no-churn ice cream recipes and ice cream maker recipes.

Don’t skimp on the fat – High fat milks and creams are essential when making homemade ice cream. Opting for a low-fat option often leads to icy ice creams and inconsistency in the texture.

Don’t go crazy with the add-ins – If you’re adding in additional ingredients, pick one or two and make sure they are chopped into small pieces.

Don’t skimp on the sugar – Sugar not only adds sweetness to homemade ice creams, it also helps with the texture. Sugar is essential for the creamy texture in ice cream.


Unopened store bought ice cream lasts 2-3 months. Homemade Ice Cream stays good for 2-3 weeks, depending on the ice cream flavor.

When in doubt, if it looks bad or icy, throw it out. Make sure to label your homemade ice cream with the date that you churned it, so you can keep track of how long it’s been in the freezer.


Ice cream stays good for 2-3 months if unopened. Once it’s open, it lasts for 3-4 weeks.

When in doubt, if it looks bad or icy, throw it out.


There are a couple of methods for scooping hard homemade ice cream. First, you can allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before scooping. You can also use a heated ice cream scooper. We prefer to set a metal ice cream scooper in hot water for 5 minutes, dry the ice cream scoop, and use it to scoop ice cream.

What’s your favorite homemade ice cream recipe? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Hello! Thank you for your ice cream resources! Is it possible to make custard-based ice creams without an ice cream maker? It seems like the answer is no, but I don’t understand why. Would it be possible if you agitated the mixture every 10 minutes for a few hours or does it really have to be constant?

    Also, what is the lowest amount of sugar you can use without messing up the texture? Jenni’s makes this bitter dark chocolate one I really like and would seek to replicate.

    I don’t have space to store an ice cream maker. I am an ice cream adorer who would like to find a way to make slightly-healthier-than-store-brand ice cream at home, and maybe save a little money (Jenni’s is $9/pint here) but I am having trouble finding resources because of all the extremists trying to make “low-carb” “sugar-free” or “healthy” ice cream. But I do want to match or beat store-brand on nutrition, so the sw. condensed milk versions won’t cut it- they’re 1.6x more calories per volume. Your advise is valued!

    1. You certainly can make a custard based ice cream without an ice cream maker. Simple stir it/agitate it every 20-30 minutes or so. It won’t be the same, but it will still have a nice texture.

      Sugar plays an important role in the texture and flavor. You could cut the sugar by half, and see how you like the texture, and go from there.

      The Ice Cream From Scratch Team

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