Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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There is nothing better then homemade ice cream. Your family will request this recipe every summer!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Process: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Process: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 256 calories, 19g fat (12g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients; stir until the sugar is dissolved. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions. Yield: 1-1/2 quarts.
Editor's Note: For raspberry or strawberry ice cream, substitute 2 cups fresh or frozen berries for 1 cup of half-and-half. Puree berries in a blender or food processor; stir into the other ingredients before freezing.
Originally published as Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream in Country Woman July/August 1995

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Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"Made as a fast, super Easy ice cream for a Chocolate Cake I made for my hubby's birthday!!! Everyone loved it & couldn't believe how SUPER SIMPLE it was & the ingredients couldn't be any simpler!!! Soooo much better than store bought!! YUM!!"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"This ice cream disappeared fast when I made it over Memorial Day. Love the smooth creaminess of it! We added M&M's for the kids and they loved it!"

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"love this recipe. super easy and very good!!"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"This recipe is very easy to put together and makes a nice smooth, creamy ice cream. Quite delish!"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"I made this for the Fourth of July and used it for root beer floats. It was a huge hit! My husband, who doesn't like homemade ice cream, really liked it. I agree with the reviewer who said it tastes like the soft-serve from McDonald's. Super creamy and very easy to scoop after sitting in the freezer for five hours. I'll definitely be making this again!"

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