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Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

A traditional cooked custard base is the key to this creamy ice cream with rich vanilla flavor. "It is a family favorite that has been handed down and enjoyed for generations," writes Mary Thompson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Whenever we serve it, we get lots of requests for the recipe."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon and reaches at least 160°. Remove from the heat; cool quickly by setting pan in ice and stirring the mixture.
  • 2. Cover and refrigerate overnight or freeze immediately. When ready to freeze, pour custard and vanilla into the cylinder of an ice cream freezer. Freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. Yield: about 1-1/2 quarts.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 303 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

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workinmomTX User ID: 742853 250086
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"This vanilla ice cream is a keeper! It is creamy and rich with the eggs. I added a little vanilla bean with the extract and it has a real vanilla taste."

chambright1 User ID: 7861964 202747
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"I followed the directions and it has been processing in the ice cream maker for over 2 hours and hasn't frozen yet. I know it's not the freezer because we have used it many times. Not happy with this recipe."

nanny-bags User ID: 1907672 55585
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

"This was the first recipe I tried with my new ice cream maker and it was delicious - nice flavour and texture. Being that my 13 year-old was assisting me, we added chopped Crispy Crunch bar (similar to Butterfinger) - delicious! The sky's the limit for add-in's!"

amandacorson User ID: 3400065 29152
Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"this was absolutely delicious."

waddington6 User ID: 5905925 55251
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"This is the best Ice Cream recipe ever! I will never use another recipe. My family adds a whole bag of Oreos and OH MY is it amazing!!"

karisue10 User ID: 5714911 29148
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Delicious! I added 2/3 cup of toffee chips during the last minute of the freezing process and it was out of this world good!"

dylan's mama User ID: 4441033 47974
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"I love this easy recipe. I added some instant coffee crystals, almond flavoring and substituted stevia for most of the sugar--it turned out delicious! I think it would be even better with some fudge or brownie bits added and toasted almonds. But, those additions would not be anything without the fantastic base recipe of vanilla ice cream. Thank you, Mary!"

dhyde User ID: 460984 202746
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"Delicious: smooth, creamy and very tasty..."

Cassiegirl21 User ID: 3633628 22293
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"I made this today and LOVED LOVED LOVED it. I will not search for another recipe again! I did not add sugar, instead after cooling the cream, half and half, salt and sugar, I added the vanilla and 1.5 TBSP NuNaturals Stevia powder. It was wonderful!!! this is the best home made ice cream I've ever had. Can't say enough how much I love it."

tchrnow User ID: 1338032 17655
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2009

"I make this ice cream every 4th of July and it has never failed me. It is delicious!!! Better than Breyers or Edi's. To lighten it slightly without giving up creaminess, I don't use the whipping cream; I use all half and half."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.