Summer time is the perfect time for easy ice
cream recipes. It is a way to cool off and enjoy a treat under a
shady tree. Whether it is homemade ice cream recipes in a machine or
a different method, we have the ideas and the recipes.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Easy Ice Cream Recipes
Homemade Recipes in a Machine
Vanilla Ice Cream
2/3 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups milk
1 3/4 cups cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a saucepan stir together eggs, sugar and milk. Cook on low heat .
Stir constantly for 8-10 minutes until mixture starts to thicken.
Set off stove and allow to cool. In separate bowl, stir cream and
vanilla together. Pour into cooled milk mixture. Chill several
hours. Then run through ice cream machine.
To make a Chocolate Recipe, stir in ¼ cup cocoa powder with
the sugar and milk mixture. Cook and follow recipe above.
Strawberry Ice Cream
1 quart fresh strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups cream
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Wash strawberries and remove stems. Stir ½ cup sugar and
strawberries together then set aside while preparing remaining
recipe. In saucepan stir together eggs, cream, milk, ¼ cup sugar and
vanilla. Cook on low heat. Stir constantly about 6-8 minutes until
mixture starts to thicken. Add strawberries to cream mixture and
stir together. Chill in fridge several hours then run through ice
Peppermint Ice Cream
An easy ice cream recipe that includes a little peppermint candy
2 Cups whipping cream
½ Cup sugar
½ teaspoon Vanilla
½ teaspoon Peppermint extract
Red food coloring
Crushed peppermint sticks about 3 Tablespoons
Combine ingredients together and pour into ice cream machine or use
the roll a can method. (below).
In saucepan, combine eggs, milk, sugar and salt. Cook and stir
constantly until mixture reaches 160 degrees on a candy thermometer.
It will coat a metal spoon. Set aside and allow to cool. Then stir
in cream, vanilla, peppermint extract and food coloring. Chill for 2
hours. Stir in chocolate chips. Fill ice cream freezer cylinder 2/3
full; freeze according to directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture
until ready to freeze.
Easy Ice Cream Recipes
14 oz. Can sweetened condensed milk
4 Cups half and half or light cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients together then pour into ice cream machine.
Roll in a Can Method
Don't have an ice cream machine? Try the roll a can method.
Place a 1 lb. can inside a 3 lb.can. (or a coffee size can)
Fill 1 lb. Can or Tupperware with tight fitting lid with ice
cream ingredients. (use any of the recipes above.)
Layer crushed ice and rock salt around the small 1 lb. Can.
Cover both cans with their plastic lids. Tape shut if you'd
like to make sure it remains sealed.
Get several people to help or at least two helpers. Sit in a
circle on the floor and roll the can back and forth for about 15
minutes or until ice cream thickens.
Science behind homemade ice cream.
The salt lowers the freezing point of the ice. Meaning your ice
cream freezes gradually. The mixture of the salt and ice helps
freeze your ice cream quickly. (But it will still take 10-20 minutes
to be ready) You will start to see condensation on the outside
of your can, this will show you that it is working!
Baggie Easy Ice Cream Recipes
These are a lot of fun and super easy ice cream recipes kids can
have fun putting together. The technique is different then the
rolling a can method only because you are squeezing the bag and
tossing it around but the science behind it is still the same. You
might want to get your winter gloves out for this activity- it gets
Individual Baggie Vanilla Ice cream recipes
½ cup half and half, milk or cream
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 sandwich size Ziploc baggie
1 gallon size Ziploc baggie
3 cups crushed ice
½ cup rock salt
Add cream, sugar and vanilla into small baggie and zip closed. In
larger baggie add ice and rock salt. Place smaller ice cream filled
bag inside larger rock salt baggie. Seal bag closed. Double check to
make sure both are sealed tight. Squeeze, toss, wiggle, play catch
with the bag until mixture thickens about 10-15 minutes. Eat with a
Chocolate baggie ice cream recipe add ¼ teaspoon cocoa powder
or 1 tablespoon chocolate drink mix powder.
Malted milk flavor add 1 tablespoon malted milk powder.
Frozen Yogurt in a bag
2 containers plain or vanilla yogurt
1 cup mashed fruit, strawberries or peaches work great
Add ingredients in a Ziploc bag and squeeze together to combine.
Freeze several hours.(Or use the method above) When ready to eat
snip a corner off a bag and squeeze out or eat with a spoon. Here's
another recipe for making frozen yogurt. Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in one easy to read format.
Ice Cream Recipes for Kids
Ice Cream S'mores
Easy ice cream recipes that are a twist on the traditional s'more.
Break graham crackers in half to make squares. Top each cracker with
a scoop of ice cream and a spoonful of marshmallow crème. Top with
another graham cracker square. Wrap up in plastic wrap and freeze
Ice Cream Balls
Ice cream, flavor of choice
Crushed nuts, cookies or candies
Crush nuts, cookies or candies that you would like to roll ice cream
balls in. Place crumbs in a bowl. Set out a sheet of waxed paper on
top of a cookie sheet. Allow ice cream to sit out a few minutes and
become soft. With plastic gloves or clean fingers take a scoop of
ice cream out and roll into a ball with your hands. Set ball into
crumbs and roll around to coat. Set on waxed paper cookie sheet. Set
in freezer. Freeze several hours.
Homemade Sandwich Recipes
Ice cream of choice
Two flat cookies
Crushed nuts, cookies or candies, optional
Place a scoop of ice cream between two flat cookies. Press together.
Roll outside edges with crushed nuts, cookies or candies, if
desired. Wrap up in waxed paper and store in the freezer several
hours. You can change the look and flavor very simply with this easy
ice cream recipe by changing the ice cream flavor or use a variety
of crushed cookies and candies.
Ice Cream Social
Invite friends, neighbors or family and have an ice cream social.
Include several flavors of ice cream or have each person bring their
own favorite flavor. Have available at the party chocolate, caramel,
strawberry syrup and fresh fruit such as chopped pineapple, sliced
strawberries and cherries. This can be a great event when the
weather is hot outside and no one wants to cook.
These easy ice cream recipes can be as simple as you would like them
to be. Prepare or buy a graham cracker crust. You can use plain
graham crackers or a different variety of cookie crumb crust. Allow
ice cream to soften by leaving out several minutes. Spread ice cream
into pie shell. Top with chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, drizzle
chocolate sauce over the top or leave as is. Refreeze several hours.
Follow the directions for ice cream pie above but make them in mini
pie plates or mini tart dishes.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie Recipe
Graham cracker crust
Vanilla ice cream
Peanut butter sauce (From below)
Chocolate sauce, optional
Prepare graham cracker crust and fill with softened vanilla ice
cream. Drizzle peanut butter sauce over top of ice cream. Sprinkle
with chopped peanuts and drizzle with chocolate sauce or leave as
is. Refreeze several hours.
Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Pie Recipe
½ Cup Pink lemonade, prepared or use plain lemonade if
2 cups vanilla ice cream
8 ounces cool whip or whipped cream
Graham cracker crust
Sliced strawberries, optional
Stir vanilla ice cream and pink lemonade together. Add in whipped
cream and stir until smooth. Pour into pie crust and freeze. Top
with fresh sliced strawberries.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie
Make this easy ice cream recipe in a pie dish or a casserole dish.
No pie crust needed.
½ gallon of mint chocolate chip ice cream
Oreo Cookies or other sandwich cookies
Soften ice cream by leaving out for a few minutes. In 9x12 cake pan
crumble Oreo cookies over bottom. Place ice cream on top. Arrange
Oreo cookies along side of pan for decoration. Drizzle top with
Hershey's syrup and refreeze.
In saucepan, combine first four ingredients. Cook and stir until
sugar is dissolved and smooth, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and
stir in peanut butter until smooth. Cool and serve on top ice cream
and sprinkle peanuts on top.
Ice Cream Fudge Sauce
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
In saucepan add sugar, cocoa, salt, butter and water together. Stir
constantly on medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to
cook and stir about 1 minute. Set aside and add ¼ teaspoon vanilla.
Cool off slightly and serve warm with ice cream.