Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Super creamy and smooth with a little hint of vanilla, this old fashioned vanilla ice cream is the best recipe around! Pairs wonderfully with pie if you were wondering. ;)

With everyone in our house always eating ice cream I figured it was time to do another ice cream recipe. This homemade vanilla ice cream recipe is super simple to make and even better to eat!

Even my kids help me with this and it’s kind of like a science experiment for them! And one you can eat at that! Adds even more fun to this dessert. The kids are always more excited to eat something they have made. 

If you have never tried to make your own ice cream you are missing out! This a great recipe to start with. It is super simple and uber creamy and smooth. 

So you’ve made your ice cream, now let’s find more delicious recipes to put with this old fashioned ice cream! you should try our instant pot fudgy brownies, easy pecan pie, and our amazing slow cooker peach cobbler recipe. 

You can find everything you will need to make this homemade ice cream here:

All of the ingredients for homemade ice cream without eggs:

  1. Heavy cream
  2. Whole milk
  3. Sugar
  4. Vanilla extract
  5. Salt

Essentials to make this delectable old fashioned homemade ice cream:

  • Whisk 
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Ice cream machine (THIS one works great and is budget-friendly)
  • Airtight container (THESE work well and are freezer safe)


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Let’s get churning this easy homemade ice cream!

  • To start this old fashioned ice cream recipe, start by getting out a large mixing bowl and a whisk. Next, you are going to pour in the heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt (yes everything ha!) into the mixing bowl. Whisk everything together until the sugar dissolves.

  • Pour into the ice cream maker container. Layer ice and salt on the sides of the ice cream container, or follow the directions that come with your ice cream maker.

  • Place motor of the machine over the op and turn on the ice cream maker.*Since there are so many version of ice cream makers its best for you to follow the directions on time to churn since each will vary from model to model.*
  • Most machines will automatically turn off after the ice cream is thickened and done churning.

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  • Transfer to an airtight freezer container or a container so that you can place in the freezer to set up. You want it to be slightly hard to the touch.  Then scoop the old fashioned ice cream and serve it with your favorite toppings. We like to add raspberries or mini Oreo cookies.

  • Ice cream is good for up to 6 weeks in the freezer.


Toppings are what makes the sundae so if that is what you are going for, get creative! Here is some of the things we like to put on ours:

  1. Crushed up Oreo
  2. Hot fudge
  3. Melted peanut butter
  4. Crushed up graham crackers
  5. Mini marshmallows
  6. Strawberry syrup
  7.  Caramel
  8. Whip cream

And so much more! Let us know what some of your favorite toppings are. You can also serve this ice cream in a waffle cone or a waffle bowl. If you haven’t ever tried making your own cones, you need to! Try out this homemade waffle cone recipe from Ashlee Marie Let’s Make Some Awesome!

This dessert pairs wonderfully with ice cream!

Our YouTube channel has so many great recipes. Something for everyone! Each video we walk you through each recipe step by step to show you how to make it the way we do. In this YouTube video you’ll be walked through our simple, yet amazing Instant Pot apple dump cake recipe that would taste heavenly with this homemade ice cream! It’s quick and easy to make. I am talking 3 ingredients type of easy!


Pair your old fashioned homemade ice cream with these too!

Serves: 8

Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

2 hr, 10 Prep Time

2 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Pinch salt


  1. Whisk all ingredients together until sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour into the bowl of an ice cream machine.
  3. Freeze according to the ice cream maker's instructions.
  4. After the ice cream is made, transfer to an airtight container, cover tightly and freeze .
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings.


lacto vegetarian
gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
treenut free
sulfite free
sesame free
mustard free



322 cal


16 g


24 g


15 g
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26 Responses to “Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream”

  1. Oooh! I'm pinning this. We just got an iceless ice cream machine from a friend. You don;t need rocksalt or fresh ice, you just keep the canister stored in your freezer. It works like a charm! I'll suprise my husband with this tonight with a peanut butter syrup and peanut butter cup crumble. Thanks for the inspiration!
  2. I made this ice cream in my ice cream maker and even though I followed the recipe it didn't end up like ice cream. All I got was a runny mix and when frozen had ice through it. I have tried this recipe twice using a different ice cream maker each time and got the same result each time. Won't do it a third time.

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