Irresistible Ice Cream Recipes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whip up this sweet and juicy sauce for the perfect ice cream or pie topping.
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.
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.
Triple-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
Layer ice cream with a mixture of cookie crumbs, chocolate pieces and pecans to make this striped frozen dessert.
Sweet and nutty, this rich sauce is best served warm over ice cream or yogurt.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.