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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

    Enjoy homemade vanilla ice cream without cooking the eggs. Just the way is it supposed to be made. This easy treat is slow churned in an ice cream maker for the creamiest ice cream in town!

    This easy, no-cook ice cream recipe is has never let’s me down. Make it the day before or early in the morning to allow time to harden in the freezer. 

    Classic Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

    I love making homemade ice cream. It is simple to make and so much easier now that I have the Kitchen Aid ice cream bowl attachment! We love using this classic vanilla base as the start of a lot of our ice creams.

    Adapt it your way

    The best part is that you can add just about any mix-in of fruits or flavors we want. Want some chocolate chips? Done! Want some fresh fruit? Okay! Want to add some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Can do!

    Use mint or lemon or even bubble gum flavors to have some fun.

    Vanilla ice cream cones

    Did you know that vanilla ice cream is the most popular flavor? It’s true! 

    Most people that I have talked to have their favorite way of enjoying their favorite flavor – by cup, sugar cone, cake cone or waffle cone. With or without syrups or sprinkles. And even what day of the week they enjoy it – most ice cream sales are on Sunday (go figure!)

    Short history of ice cream

    A scoop of vanilla ice cream with sprinkles and a cherry on top with a wooden spoon

    A similar version of “ice cream” was enjoyed by ancient Romans, and it’s believed that Marco Polo brought an early version of ice cream from China back to Europe. So, people for eons have been enjoying some sort of sweet, frozen dessert. 

    Vanilla Flavors

    For my ice cream base, I like to see actual vanilla beans in the mixture, the real ones. They are the real deal and make a big difference in taste!

    If you cannot get a hand on vanilla pods, choose high quality Vanilla Bean Paste. This stuff isn’t cheap, but it’s better than basic extract. You can also experiment with different vanilla profiles. Have you ever had Mexican Vanilla? It truly does have a different taste to it.

    Turn the basic scoop into a sundae treat with adding chocolate, sprinkles and a cherry on top!

    Vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles and a cherry on top

    Doesn’t everything taste better with sprinkles and a cherry? 

    Now go grab the kids and their favorite ice cream toppers. Make one batch and divide it into different flavors, so everyone can enjoy their favorite ice cream flavor tonight!

    Ice Cream Toppings

    This Classic Vanilla Base is being used in my Peaches and Cream Ice Cream recipe, my Cherry Garcia Ice Cream recipe and my Strawberry Banana Ice Cream. Have fun and enjoy this easy recipe. 

    vanilla ice cream recipe
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    Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

    Enjoy homemade vanilla ice cream without cooking the eggs.This easy treat is slow churned in an ice cream maker for the creamiest ice cream in town!
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes
    Course Ice Cream
    Cuisine American
    Servings 2 pints
    Calories 158 kcal


    • 2 eggs
    • ¾ cup powdered sugar
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 2 pods Vanilla Beans or 1 tblsp vanilla paste


    • Pour the heavy cream into a small cooking pot and heat it, until it starts steaming. Do not let it come to a boil.
      Slit open the vanilla beans, scrape the insides into the heavy cream, and add the empty pods as well. Let the cream infuse like this for 10 minutes.
      Put it aside to cool.
      If you use vanilla paste, skip this step.
    • Separate the eggs and put the yolks in a bowl. Whisk the egg yolks until light and fluffy – approximately 2 mins with a hand mixer.
    • Whisk in ¾ cup powdered sugar a 1/4 at a time until completely blended.
    • Take the vanilla beans out of the cooled heavy cream. Whisk in the cream and 1 cup whole milk. ( If using vanilla paste, add it now)
    • Transfer the ice cream mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturers instructions and churn the ice cream.
      If you are adding any mix-ins, now is the time to do it.
    • When the ice cream is done it should be doubled in volume. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for at least 6 hours.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 24mg | Sugar: 11g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


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    Author: Susan Queck

    A few of my blogger friends have some great suggestions for ice cream toppers :

    Classic Vanilla Ice Cream Collage

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    15 thoughts on “Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream”

    1. I have made this twice & my family LOVES it! My husband was in the DQ business & even he thinks it is GREAT! I added some heath pieces once and peanut butter cups the next. I can’t wait to make more!

    2. I have a question. How safe is this recipe using eggs without cooking? I’m sure it tastes great like all your other recipes. But when I hear eggs and no cooking I get a little nervous

      1. If you’re not comfortable with the uncooked eggs, you can use egg beaters in a carton or Egglands Best – both are pasteurized and won’t have to worry about it. I’ve never had any issues and feed it to my family all the time. Enjoy!

      1. In all my years making ice cream this way, I’ve never gotten sick. If you are worried about it, use eggs that are pasteurized like Eggland’s Best or use egg substitute in a carton. Hope that helps.

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