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, 0 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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shannondobos User ID: 5115022 252533
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2016

"I just got an ice cream maker and tried this as my first ice cream. I am so pleased with it! This recipe is simple, and SO delicious and creamy. I'll be hesitant to try any other recipes since this one was such a winner. I can't wait to try the fruit versions suggested here, and I think I'll try switching up the extract to coconut and adding some toasted coconut as well to make a coconut ice cream."

Ice cream Fan User ID: 8891988 250304
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016 Edited Jul. 14, 2016

"Tried making this with a traditional ice cream maker and it never froze, however after freezing it in the freezer it was the perfect consistency. The thought of having only four ingredients was appealing and it looked easy, so based on the reviews I thought I would try it. Both times the mix never did set up and freeze in the ice cream maker the way it should. I let it run for 3 hours with the ice and rock salt but it wasn't freezing. Great flavor!! Will make again."

Mombo1022 User ID: 7341837 18564
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!!"

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 45596
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!"

heart4asia User ID: 4883587 43047
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

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

lvarner User ID: 35803 17736
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

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

meganshakes User ID: 4295286 39045
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!"

Xena7751 User ID: 5742608 72752
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"This was very smooth and creamy. Used for root beer floats, Yum!"

cuzpaulasaysso User ID: 7788745 18561
Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"I just made this ice cream, and then I made some more! It is so good. I baked some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies to make sandwiches with later! YUM!"

workinmomTX User ID: 742853 42861
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"For such a simple recipe, this was delicious. Very creamy and doesn't have that grainy texture that some homemade ice creams have. Instead of vanilla I used 2 tsp. of Amaretto. Will make again and again!"

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