40 Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Ideas

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Need some easy homemade ice cream recipe ideas? You’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find 40 absolutely delicious handmade ice cream recipes that are sure to help you beat the heat this summer.

These easy homemade ice cream recipes are great any time of the year, but there’s just something special about a delicious scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day. Try one of the recipes below, you’ll see what I mean. What’s the best way to get through those brutal summer days? Well, ice cream, of course!


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Expert Tips for Making Handmade Ice Cream

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  • What sugar is best for ice cream?: Most homemade recipes call for simple table sugar. While other sugars can be used, the exact amount of alternative sugar may differ significantly.
  • Dairy free substitute: Most of the recipes outside of the dairy free section can be instantly made dairy free simply by swapping out the milk or heavy cream for a non-dairy substitute.
  • Ice cream too hard?: This is most likely caused by adding too much sugar. Make sure to follow the sugar contents closely, as too little sugar will result in watery ice cream.
  • What kind of milk?: Generally speaking, a milk with a higher fat content makes for creamier ice cream.

Easy Ice Cream Ideas

This is a collection of a bunch of easy homemade ice cream recipe ideas, featuring both classic and unorthodox flavors alike!

A glass bowl of white ice cream with hazelnuts on it
Hazelnut Ice Cream
This Hazelnut Ice Cream turned out so delicious, I doubt that I’ll be buying much ice cream anymore.
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Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream
A simple three ingredient recipe that requires no fancy equipment. What's not to love?
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
This chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is loaded with eggless cookie dough chunks. Incredibly delicious
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Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream
When you combine cold cookies with ice cream, you have a merit-badge worth dessert.
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A white bowl filled with green cotton candy ice cream with swirly straws stuck into it
Cotton Candy Ice Cream
You won’t believe how easy you can whip up some of this at home with just 4 simple ingredients!
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Two glass bowls filled with irish cream ice cream garnished with mint leaves
Irish Cream Ice Cream
This recipe is super easy and oh so good!
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Two glasses with waffle cones containing cinamon doughnut ice cream
Cinamon Doughnut Ice Cream
The doughnut flavour really carried through well and the ice cream itself was deliciously creamy.
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A cone of two scoops of teal ice cream lying on a table
Mermaid Ice Cream
Colorful swirls of easy homemade ice cream filled with sprinkles that is perfect for a mermaid party…or just a hot summer afternoon treat!
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A small bowl of vanilla ice cream with a spoon next to it on the table
Vanilla Ice Cream
A true classic, this homemade vanilla ice cream is simply decadent
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A glass bowl filled with root beer ice cream. A glass of root beer is next to the bowl.
Rootbeer Ice Cream
It's like a rootbeer float, but minus the float!
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A closeup of a waffle cone with dark chocolate ice cream
Dark Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream
This ice cream isn’t hard to make, but it does take a couple of steps. The results are well worth it, though!
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A glass of vanilla fudge ice cream on a pink cloth
Vanilla Fudge Swirl Ice Cream
For those of us that can't decide between chocolate and vanilla, this recipe combines both beautifully.
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Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream
You’re gonna fall in love with this Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream. It tastes just like a Wendy’s Frosty and has a scoop of brownie mix churned into it! AMAZING!!
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A glass filled with espresso chocolate chip ice cream. An ice cream scooper with a scoop of said ice cream sits in front of it.
Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
A beautiful combination of coffee and ice cream, this recipe is sure to please.
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Oreo Ice Cream Recipes

These all have one thing in common: Oreos! Nothing beats a refreshing bowl of homemade Oreo ice cream on a hot summer day, and these recipes are some of the best.

A white ramican holds several scoops of oreo ice cream, garnished with a whole oreo
The Best Oreo Ice Cream
Oreo Ice Cream that you can make right at home without any special tools or machines? Sign me up! This recipe for homemade Oreo Ice Cream is absolutely delicious and so easy to make!
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A plate with an oreo ice cream treat on it
Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars
This is Oreo crust and ice cream dreamland. The fudge really ties the whole recipe together.
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One scoop of cookies and cream ice cream sits on top of a cone made of crushed oreos
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
Homemade Cookies And Cream Ice cream is an easy, simple and incredibly delicious summer dessert. Everyone will scream for ice cream when you whip up a batch of this cool and creamy treat!
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Several cups filled with peanut butter and oreo ice cream
Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream
This No Churn Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream is SO easy — just FIVE ingredients and a few minutes prep. It’s a no bake dessert you can easily customize to your tastes!
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Golden Oreo Ice Cream
An easy, golden-oreo ice cream treat perfect for a hot summer day!
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Cookies and Cream Nice Cream
This rich, creamy, and amazingly tasty cookies n cream nice cream is an easy frozen dessert that the whole family will love! Soft-serve consistency banana nice cream combines with deliciously crunchy, creamy chunks of Oreo cookies to make the best healthy-ish ice cream there is!
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No Churn Oreo Ice Cream
Looking for an easy and delicious summer dessert?  This creamy No Churn Oreo Ice Cream is sure to be a family favorite!
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Oreo Ice Cream Bars
With a creamy Oreo ice cream topped with a thin chocolate shell, these No Churn Oreo Ice Cream Bars are an excellent summer dessert!
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Homemade Peach Ice Cream & Other Fruit Ice Cream

Is there a more decadent combination than fresh fruit and fresh homemade ice cream? Take a look at these recipes that all include fruit, including some homemade peach ice cream recipes for those that want to try a lovely combination.

A bowl of fresh peach ice cream
Fresh Peach Ice Cream
A wonderfully creamy ice cream loaded with fresh peaches and natural peach juice.
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Mango Ice Cream
This Mango Ice Cream is deliciously creamy and can be made with or without an ice cream maker with fresh mango and coconut cream. Healthy ice cream better for your than any store-bought ice cream and makes the perfect frozen treat for summer.
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A bowl of strawberry and banana ice cream
Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
I love adding fresh fruit to vanilla ice cream. This strawberry banana ice cream recipe is a perfect way to use up some fresh, seasonal fruit.
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Peach and Cream Ice Cream
Vanilla bean ice cream with ribbons of peach puree. This peaches and cream ice cream is a fabulous treat for a summer afternoon.
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Orange Ice Cream
This Orange Ice Cream tastes just like that favorite summer time treat, a creamsicle. Making ice cream without an ice cream maker is so easy.
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Blueberry Ice Cream
Made with fresh blueberries and sweet coconut, this blueberry ice cream recipe will knock your socks off!  Super simple to make, this homemade blueberry ice cream is perfect in a cone, a dish and fantastic with cake and pie, too!
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A bowl with several scoops of peach cobbler ice cream
Peach Cobbler Ice Cream
Easy peach cobbler flavored ice cream, no ice cream machine required.
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Strawberry Ice Cream
This strawberry ice cream recipe is as good as it gets. Egg yolks, cream, and vanilla bean are the base of this decadent dessert!
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an overhead shot of a bowl filled with grilled peach ice cream
Grilled Peach and Mascarpone Ice Cream
This grilled peach and mascarpone ice cream is the most delicious way to enjoy a warm summer night. With fresh juicy peaches, rich creamy mascarpone, and a hint of honey every bite is perfection.
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Apricot Ice Cream
This apricot ice cream is sure to be your new favorite summer dessert! Pick up some fresh apricots and then turn them into a decadent frozen treat!
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Dairy Free Homemade Ice Cream

These dairy free homemade ice cream recipes are dedicated to those that omit dairy from their diet. Ice cream doesn’t need dairy to be delicious, and these recipes are solid proof!

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream
DElicious vegan vanilla ice cream is no churn and easy to make. Made with just 5 ingredients, this recipe is sure to blow your mind.
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A small glass jar holds a waffle cone that holds a scoop of rocky road ice cream
Vegan Rocky Road Ice Cream
Super chocolatey, delicious rich and creamy, perfect dairy free ice cream. This vegan rocky road ice cream is a huge hit for adults and kids alike!
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Vegan Salted Caramel Ice Cream
This Vegan Salted Caramel Ice Cream is sweet, creamy, delicious and made with homemade caramel sauce, coconut cream and crunchy almonds. It’s easy to make and ready in no time with or without an ice cream maker, making it the perfect easy sweet treat for summer!
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Two waffle cones both with a scoop of pistachio ice cream
Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream
This no churn vegan pistachio ice cream needs just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep. Full of flavor and perfect year round!
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A bowl of yellowish ice cream with chocolate chips in it
Almond Milk Ice Cream
The BEST homemade almond milk ice cream recipe – chocolate chip cookie dough flavor! See how easy it is to make sugar-free almond milk ice cream, with simple ingredients.
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A mason jar holds a cone with a single scoop of cookie dough ice cream
Vegan Cookie Dough Ice Cream
This absolutely amazing vegan cookie dough ice cream needs just 12 ingredients and can be prepared in just 20 minutes.
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A small bowl of chocolate ice cream
Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream
This Chocolate Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipe will tempt your taste buds before you even get it into the freezer. With just five minutes of prep, you can have homemade ice cream in no time. 
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Several cookie dough ice cream sandwiches
Vegan Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches
These vegan cookie dough ice cream sandwiches are made completely with edible cookie dough and ready in under two hours!
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