20 Summer-Ready Ice Cream Recipes You Can Make at Home

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Elaine Lemm

Summer is ice cream time! Save big bucks on store-bought cartons and enjoy all your favorite flavors (plus some new creative blends) with this winning collection of frozen treats. From classic chocolate and coffee to ones infused with matcha and even maple-bacon, there's a bowl here to please every palate.

Note: Most of these recipes require an ice cream maker, but a few need only a stand mixer, plus a dish or bowl for freezing the ingredient mixture.

  • 01 of 20

    Coffee Ice Cream

    Coffee Ice Cream

    Leah Maroney

    Rich and creamy coffee ice cream made with instant espresso and sweetened condensed milk makes a sophisticated dessert for all your summer dinner parties. You can even use decaf if you crave the intense flavor of coffee without all the keep-you-up caffeine.

  • 02 of 20

    Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream

    Red White and Blue Ice Cream With Raspberry and Blueberry Jam
    Diana Rattray

    Looking for the perfect July 4th party dessert? Whip up this patriotic tri-color ice cream, which calls for mixing swirls of vibrant red raspberry sauce and chunky blueberry jam into a homemade vanilla ice cream base.

  • 03 of 20

    Classic Chocolate Ice Cream

    Chocolate Ice Cream
    Diana Rattray

    What would summer be without chocolate ice cream? Save money by making your own this summer with this foolproof recipe for a rich and creamy version that kids and adults alike will love to eat. Be sure to allow the cooked custard mixture to cool completely before churning in your ice cream maker.

  • 04 of 20

    Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

    Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

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    Impress your gourmet friends with this on-trend matcha ice cream. It's simple to prepare with heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar, and green tea powder, which you can find in Asian supermarket.

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  • 05 of 20

    Cinnamon Ice Cream

    Cinnamon Ice Cream

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    Looking for a topping that will elevate slices of apple pie and delight your most refined friends? Simply add a little ground cinnamon to softened high-quality vanilla ice cream and allow the mixture to refreeze. The result is the creamy cinnamon ice cream of your dreams.

  • 06 of 20

    Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

    Homemade Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
    Diana Rattray

    If you're a fan of Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia, you'll love this homemade version. It's made with fresh or frozen cherries and chunks of good-quality chocolate swirled into a vanilla-based custard.

  • 07 of 20

    Lavender Honey Ice Cream

    Lavender Honey Ice Cream

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    Dreamy, gorgeously purple lavender honey ice cream just begs for a fun occasion to be served. Make this elegant, creamy homemade ice cream for serving at bridal and baby showers, summer backyard parties, or impromptu dinners at home with friends.

  • 08 of 20

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream

    chocolate peanut butter cookie dough ice cream
    Diana Rattray

    Attention, peanut butter-chocolate lovers! Chunks of real peanut butter cookie dough are folded into the chocolate custard in this outstandingly rich homemade ice cream that also features mini chocolate chips and optional roasted peanuts.

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  • 09 of 20

    Coconut Ice Cream

    Coconut Ice Cream

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    Coconut milk, a traditional ingredient in Southeast Asian cuisines, is used instead of the traditional milk or cream in this delectable ice cream. Serve it for dessert after a Thai food dinner this summer or anytime you crave the nutty, tropical flavor of coconut.

  • 10 of 20

    No Churn Maple Bacon Ice Cream

    No Churn Maple Bacon Ice Cream

    Leah Maroney

    Satisfy a bacon craving and enjoy dessert at the same time with this recipe, which combines maple ice cream with candied bacon pieces. It's easy to make in your freezer (no ice cream maker required!) and is sure to delight your foodie friends and grilling buddies alike.

  • 11 of 20

    Sweet Basil Ice Cream

    Sweet Basil Ice Cream

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    Sweet basil ice cream has a fresh, herbaceous flavor, but is still sweet enough to satisfy a dessert craving. It makes a wonderful ending to a steak and potato dinner. For a pretty presentation, serve it in glass or ceramic bowls, to show off the minty green color and decorate with additional basil leaves or seasonal fresh berries.

  • 12 of 20

    Sweet Potato Ice Cream

    Sweet Potato Ice Cream
    Diana Rattray

    Enjoy the favorite flavor of nutmeg and cinnamon-spiced sweet potato pie with a genius recipe that turns sweet potatoes into a deliciously winning summertime dessert. For a pretty presentation, serve it topped with toasted coconut flakes or drizzled with butterscotch sauce.

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    Blueberry Ice Cream

    Blueberry Ice Cream

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    Blueberries are cooked down with sugar, then added to a vanilla-infused base before freezing in your ice cream maker. The fruity ice cream that results is lovely on its own and makes a wonderful topping for lemon pound cake.

  • 14 of 20

    Maple Walnut Ice Cream

    Maple Walnut Ice Cream With Maple Flakes
    Diana Rattray

    Pure maple syrup is the secret to this fantastically flavorful walnut-studded ice cream with an awesome crunchy texture. You can also swap the walnuts for pecans, if you wish.

  • 15 of 20

    Sugar-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

    Sugar-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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    Parents of cavity-prone kids or those avoiding refined sugars will appreciate this recipe for sugar-free mint chocolate ice cream that doesn't skimp on sweetness or flavor. This simple recipe uses a stand mixer and your freezer instead of an ice cream maker and is ready to enjoy in 2 to 3 hours.

  • 16 of 20

    Fresh Peach Ice Cream

    Fresh Peach Ice Cream

    Elaine Lemm

    Fresh peaches are one of the joys of summer and this ice cream is a fantastic way to celebrate and extend their luscious, ripe flavor. Enjoy it on its own, in a bowl or cone, or use it for topping slices of warm peach pie.

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  • 17 of 20

    Papaya Ice Cream

    Papaya Ice Cream

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    Only five ingredients are needed to make a papaya ice cream that's especially refreshing on hot summer days. To peel the papaya, simply cut the whole fruit in half lengthwise, scoop out and discard the black seeds at the center, and use a sharp knife to cut the edible fruit from the skin.

  • 18 of 20

    Rhubarb Ice Cream

    Rhubarb ice cream in tub
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    When rhubarb is bountiful in your garden, that's the time to make this recipe with its signature sweet-tart. You can also replace up to half of the rhubarb with ripe fresh strawberries to make a mixed ice cream.

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    Honey Pistachio Ice Cream

    Honey Pistachio Ice Cream

    Anita Schecter

    A heavenly honey-flavored custard base is studded with roasted pistachio pieces in this from-scratch ice cream that fulfills your need for a sweet and salty treat. You can add a few drops of green food coloring, if you wish, to add a tempting touch of color.

  • 20 of 20

    Blackberry Ice Cream With Sour Cream

    Blackberry Ice Cream With Sour Cream

    Diana Rattray

    Sour cream adds a pleasant tang to this delicious fresh blackberry ice cream. The simple, stovetop blackberry, sugar, and lemon juice mixture is blended and strained before being added to the cream and sour cream custard base.