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Easy Ice Cream Recipe

Easy Ice Cream Recipe

You don't need an ice cream maker for this easy ice cream recipe. Make a batch at home with just a few simple ingredients and a quart jar!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Shaking and Freezing Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 859 kcal
Author Debra Maslowski


  • 2 cups heavy cream (also known as whipping cream)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped fruit (or fruit puree)


  1. Begin making this easy ice cream recipe by pouring the cream into a jar.
  2. Place the lid on, making sure it is very tight. Shake it! Keep shaking it! Shake it some more! Eventually, the cream will thicken and essentially become whipped cream.
  3. Carefully open the jar and add your fruit and sugar. How much? That's up to you and what you use. Peaches are in season here now, so I used a half a cup of chopped and mashed peaches plus a Tablespoon of raw sugar. If you use an alternative sweetener, like stevia, you'll probably need a lot less. Start with a small amount and taste it before adding more.
  4. Cover it again and pop it into the freezer. It'll take a few hours to freeze, but you'll end up with a great tasting ice cream!


This easy ice cream recipe is the full-fat version because lower fat milk doesn't work the same. I'll provide some alternatives later in the article, but we strongly recommend following the recipe.

When the fat mixes with air, it helps create small pockets in the ice cream. It makes the texture smoother. In fact, a scoop of ice cream is about half air.[1]

Nutrition Facts
Easy Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving (12 ounces)
Calories 859 Calories from Fat 792
% Daily Value*
Fat 88g135%
Saturated Fat 55g275%
Cholesterol 326mg109%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 252mg7%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 3624IU72%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 155mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.