No-Churn Ice Cream

No-churn ice cream with cookie crumbs

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Freeze Time: 5 hrs
  • Servings: 12 servings

If you crave homemade ice cream but don't have an ice cream maker, this no-churn method is the way to go! You won't need another space-taking appliance on the shelf, and it is ridiculously easy. All you really need is four ingredients, plus any swirl-ins you might like. 

Plus, there is no cooking required, so it takes just a few minutes to throw together. Keep it plain vanilla or add chunks of chocolate, cookie crumbs, or chopped toasted nuts. Flavor possibilities are endless; see the recipe variations (below) for more ideas.


Steps to Make It

  1. Place a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan in the freezer and gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for no-churn ice cream.
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  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk with the vanilla extract and salt. Whisk or stir the mixture until thoroughly blended.

    Combine vanilla and sweetened condensed milk.
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  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks.

    Whipping the heavy cream.
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  4. Add about 1 cup of the whipped cream to the sweetened condensed milk mixture and stir gently until well blended.

    Making no-churn ice cream.
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  5. Pour the condensed milk mixture into the remaining whipped cream and fold with a spatula or spoon until no streaks remain.

    Fold the sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream.
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  6. Pour the ice cream mixture into the chilled loaf pan and spread it evenly. Return the pan to the freezer.

    No-churn ice cream in a loaf pan.
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  7. If desired, add any additional ingredients to the ice cream after 2 hours. Swirl to distribute the add-ins and return the pan to the freezer. Freeze for about 3 hours longer, or until very firm.

    Stir additional ingredients into the ice cream.
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  8. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let it stand for about 10 minutes to soften slightly.

    No churn ice cream frozen with chocolate.
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  9. Scoop the ice cream into dessert dishes and garnish with your favorite sauces and ice cream toppings. Enjoy!

    Serving of no-churn ice cream.
    Diana Rattray


  • How to Make Perfect Chocolate Chips for Ice Cream: Place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper on a baking sheet. Melt 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over simmering water. Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper and spread it thinly. Chill the chocolate and then use a knife to chop it into small chocolate pieces. Stir the chocolate pieces into the ice cream.

Recipe Variations

  • No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream: Whisk 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder into the sweetened condensed milk along with the vanilla and salt.
  • No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream: Dissolve 1 1/2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules in 1 tablespoon of warm water. Add the coffee mixture to the sweetened condensed milk along with the vanilla and salt.
  • No-Churn Irish Cream Ice Cream: Omit the vanilla and add 2 tablespoons of Irish cream liqueur and a dash of ground cinnamon to the sweetened condensed milk along with a pinch of salt.
  • No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream: Reduce the vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of finely grated lemon zest to the sweetened condensed milk along with a pinch of salt.