Truly the BEST recipe for Cream Cheese Ice Cream made with cream cheese, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream. This can be made completely in a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, no ice cream machine needed! A delicious ice cream recipe that is super rich and creamy. Gluten-free!
A simple recipe for Cream Cheese Ice Cream – creamy, cold, and requires no ice cream maker! Just what the doctor ordered on hot summer days.
Homemade ice cream can be finicky, it can curdle, scald, or be too icy.
Then there’s the whole ice cream machine thing.
You have to freeze the base way in advance in order for it to get cold enough and sometimes even if the base is cold, the machine still doesn’t get the ice cream frozen fast enough resulting in super dense or worse, over-churned ice cream.
For all these reasons I’ve been really intrigued by this very popular no-churn method.
Essentially you combine sweetened condensed milk with whipped cream and freeze.
So super easy!
But when I made it I also found the result to be so super sweet.
To combat the one-dimensional sweetness I added a Jeni’s trick–softened cream cheese.
At first, just a little, but the more I added, the richer, creamier, and more complex the ice cream became until before I knew it, I had added the entire eight-ounce block—without a hint of regret I might add.
Indulgent and tangy this ice cream scoops up in big, milky scoops and is full of luxurious vanilla flavor.
how to make cheese ice cream
The lovely thing about no-churn ice cream is there’s no egg yolks which means, no cooking! No churning, no cooking, this ice cream is just too easy.
The only thing to keep in mind is you still have to give it time to freeze. So make sure to start this recipe at least 6 hours before serving, or even better, overnight.
The first step is to make the cream mixture. Beat the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy—the cream and milk get added in a minute.
Once the cream cheese is whipped and airy, add the vanilla, sweetened condensed milk and salt and beat until combined. Scrape this into a large bowl.
Next, whip the cream until it is big, buoyant peaks. Fold the cream into the cream cheese custard in two batches.
Transfer to a freezer-safe container. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of custard and freeze. That’s it!
The classic vanilla is excellent on its own or topped with sundae essentials like chocolate sauce and M&M’s but I also easily turned this basic ice cream into two other flavors for our Friends Who Fete ice cream social last weekend.
The first got a boozy swirl of blueberries and mezcal and the second got a one-two punch of Mexican Hot Chocolate Sauce and crispy churro bites. But really, the options are endless.
You could also swap the cream cheese for goat cheese for a rich, tangy treat.
Other easy mix-ins could be basic childhood favorites like Oreo cookies or chocolate chips or more sophisticated types might like brandied cherries or chopped chocolate truffles or what about both of those at the same time.
Oo. La. La.
more summer dessert recipes to try!
- Easy 3-Ingredient Sour Cream Fruit Dip
- Ricotta Flan
- Coconut Tres Leches Cake
- Strawberry Tamales with Horchata Sauce
- 12 S’mores Combinations That Will Blow Your Mind
- Key Lime Pie with Sour Cream Topping
- Salted Cookies and Cream Paletas
because who doesn’t love ice cream?
Seriously though, this creamy cream cheese ice cream is so good and so easy, it’s pretty impossible not to love. Try the recipe, and let me know how you like it, OK? Share a photo and tag me on Instagram @holajalapeno and #holajalapeno so that we can see your scoops or leave me a comment below (don’t forget to leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating) ! Also, don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter, lots of good stuff there too!
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