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Irresistible Ice Cream Recipes

We've got ice cream recipes you'll love, from easy creations made with store-bought ice cream to beautiful ice cream cakes and recipes for ice cream freezers.
Lemon-Drop Ice Cream

Lemon-Drop Ice Cream

This cool treat gets a triple dose of lemon: lemon peel, juice and puckery lemon-drop candy. It's a favorite from the recipe collection of a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Lemon-Drop Ice Cream

Ice Cream Chocolate Shell

This super-easy homemade ice cream topping doesn't harden quite as fast as that magical store-bought stuff, but it packs a lot more chocolate flavor. Plus, it's totally customizable with different flavors of chips! Store it in the pantry to zap in the microwave whenever you want to crack your spoon into something delicious.

Ice Cream Chocolate Shell

Banana Split Ice Cream Torte

A crust of crushed sugar cones holds two frosty layers: chocolate ice cream studded with chopped banana and strawberry ice cream bejeweled with pineapple.

Banana Split Ice Cream Torte

Ice Cream Waffle Sundaes

This treat, which starts with giant waffle ice cream cones, is easy to make but impressive to serve. It's a sweet ending for any special dinner.

Ice Cream Waffle Sundaes

Mocha Floats

The coffee-chocolate blend in this drink is refreshingly cool, especially when topped with scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Jana Beykirch of Pittsburg, Kansas, doubles this recipe to make a summer punch. The amounts we give will make about 10 individual floats.

Mocha Floats

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Sundaes

Quickly warm pineapple in butter and brown sugar, then spoon the softened fruit over crumbled pound cake and dulce de leche ice cream.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Sundaes

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Biggies

Our chewy, saucer-size cookie is delicious by itself, but for a warm-weather treat, it makes generous ice cream sandwiches when filled with tiny scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Biggies

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae Cake

Several states claim to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. Since the Buckeye State makes a good case, we created the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae Cake as a tribute to Ohio. Four layers of baked white cake get sandwiched in ice cream layers in favorite sundae flavors: strawberry, pineapple and chocolate-banana. A whipped topping frosting crowns the cherry-topped dessert.

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae Cake

Peach Ice Cream

A combination of pureed and chopped peaches gives this ice cream nice color and fruit flecks. Be sure to use half-and-half or light cream; if you substitute whole milk, the mixture will be icier.

Peach Ice Cream 

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches

Stirring crushed root beer barrels into sugar-cookie dough adds irresistible sparkle and spot-on float flavor—especially when you add scoops of vanilla ice cream between two cooled cookies.

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches

Choose-a-Fruit Ice Cream

Here's one recipe with three fruit versions to choose from: blackberry, raspberry or peach. For our photo, we made one of each, froze them in 15x10x1 inch pans lined with foil, then cut them into geometric shapes to stack. We topped them with purchased fruit sauce.

Choose-A-Fruit Ice Cream

Blueberry Sauce

Whip up this sweet and juicy sauce for the perfect ice cream or pie topping.

Blueberry Sauce

Make-Ahead Ice Cream Sandwich Sundaes

You can make the ice cream sandwiches up to a week before you serve them; just freeze the sandwiches in an airtight container. When it's time to eat, just take a few minutes to heat up the sauce for this treat.

Ice Cream Sandwich Sundaes

Prairie Dunes Cherry-Nut Ice Cream

This recipe comes from Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. Red maraschino cherries, cream, brown sugar, vanilla and pecans combine into a rich blend for your ice cream freezer.

Prairie Dunes Cherry-Nut Ice Cream

Triple-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Layer ice cream with a mixture of cookie crumbs, chocolate pieces and pecans to make this striped frozen dessert.

Triple-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Praline Sauce

Sweet and nutty, this rich sauce is best served warm over ice cream or yogurt.

Praline Sauce

Vanilla Cake Batter Ice Cream

You can choose from three variations on this mixture that goes in a 1 1/2 quart ice cream freezer: vanilla cake, birthday cake or chocolate cake. They all use only a handful of ingredients. Our picture (left) shows the vanilla cake batter ice cream between chocolate wafers, topped with curls of white chocolate.

Vanilla Cake Batter Ice Cream

Ice Cream Cookie Cake

We created Ice Cream Cookie Cake in honor of Indiana, the top ice cream-producing state in the Midwest. You can mix and match cookies and ice cream to make this frosty, no-bake treat that's also an easy make-ahead dessert.

Ice Cream Cookie Cake

Fresh-Fruit Ice Cream Sodas

Puree berries, peaches or mangoes to make vibrant "syrups" for swirling with ice cream and sparkling water. (Or skip the ice cream to make refreshing fresh-fruit sodas.)

Fresh-Fruit Ice Cream Sodas

Homemade Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream

The vanilla ice cream recipe uses just four ingredients for a rich homemade dessert. If you prefer chocolate, stir in 1 cup chocolate-flavored syrup before freezing. These vanilla and chocolate ice creams are the base for variations on the following slides.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe

Chocolate Ice Cream Variations

Make the chocolate ice cream that's a recipe variation of vanilla (previous slide), and add these ingredients for a fun dessert. Pictured, from front to back: Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Chocolate-Rocky Road Ice Cream.

Our variations recipe also tells you how to make Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream, Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Chocolate Toasted-Almond Ice Cream, Chocolate-Toffee Ice Cream and Chocolate-Truffle Ice Cream.

Chocolate Ice Cream Variations

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sauce

Chocolate and peanut butter were meant to go together! Spoon this sauce over ice cream, puddings or waffles for an indulgent treat.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sauce

Vanilla Ice Cream Variations

Make the basic vanilla ice cream recipe, then add these ingredients for new flavors. Pictured: Vanilla-Lemon Cream Ice Cream. Our recipe also tells you how to make seven other varieties, including Vanilla-Spiced Honey Ice Cream, Macadamia-White Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Peach Ice Cream, Dark Roast Coffee Ice Cream and Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice Cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream Variations

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe

Flamm's Peach Ice Cream

Flamm Orchards is a major peach producer in southern Illinois. The Flamm family likes to churn peach ice cream on the Fourth of July. The whole group gets involved in ice cream prep, then eating.

Flamm's Peach Ice Cream

Lemon-Drop Ice Cream

This cool treat gets a triple dose of lemon: lemon peel, juice and puckery lemon-drop candy. It's a favorite from the recipe collection of a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Lemon-Drop Ice Cream

Green Tea Ice Cream

Look for matcha, or powdered green tea, at specialty stores or online. It looks a little like eye shadow and gives this ice cream its gorgeous color and subtle tea flavor.

Green Tea Ice Cream

 

Black Walnut Ice Cream

Staff at Silver Dollar City churn dozens of ice cream flavors at Hannah's Ice Cream Factory. For a sweeter ice cream, use more sugar. Look for black walnut flavoring, which pairs with nuts to give this cool treat its flavor, in large supermarkets.

Black Walnut Ice Cream

Black-Raspberry-Chip Gelato

You can use fresh black raspberries, blackberries, red raspberries, strawberries or blueberries in this rich gelato.

Black-Raspberry-Chip Gelato

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Combine cream cheese with strawberries, whipping cream, milk, sugar and flavorings for a rich dessert that chills in your ice cream maker.

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Ice Cream

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