Do you have an ice cream maker hiding in your cabinet? Well, in this post you’ll find lots of ways to put it to use this summer. I love homemade ice cream and have quite a few ice cream maker recipes for you to browse plus some fun ways to serve your frozen treats.
Recipes You Can Make in an Ice Cream Maker
What I love best about making ice cream in an ice cream machine is that you can a variety of different recipes like frozen yogurt, custard-based ice cream, and sorbets. I’ve been using my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker* for years and love how easy it is to make a batch. Don’t have a machine? You might like to check out my no-churn ice cream recipes.
Thai Tea Ice Cream | This ice cream takes a Thai iced tea and turns it into a rich and creamy ice cream. It’s so creamy and rich and I love the color from the Thai tea. I have another Thai Tea Ice Cream that uses canned Thai tea, too.
Nutella Frozen Yogurt | This two-ingredient frozen yogurt combines two of my favorite flavors – slightly tart yogurt and rich and creamy Nutella. I’ve yet to find this flavor at my local froyo place! Or, if frozen yogurt isn’t your thing, I have a regular Nutella Ice Cream recipe, too.
Avocado Ice Cream | You only need three ingredients for this recipe! Avocados have a mild flavor, but give the ice cream a rich and creamy texture without having to make a custard base.
Watermelon Sorbet | This sorbet is so refreshing and I love to serve it like real watermelon slices. It’s easy to make and is a delicious summer treat. I’ve also served in lime rinds so it looks like mini sorbet watermelons, too.
Blueberry Ice Cream | Fresh blueberries give this ice cream the most beautiful purple color and fresh summer fruit flavor. I’ve also experimented with Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream which is a tangier version.
Lemon Coconut Sorbet | This is a perfect hot-weather treat! The coconut milk gives this sorbet a nice creamy texture and the lemon keeps it light and refreshing. You can serve it bowls or in hollowed-out lemon rinds for a fun presentation.
Coconut Ice Cream | Cool and creamy coconut ice cream is a wonderful summer dessert. This recipe is so easy to make and only requires three ingredients.
Cherry Ice Cream | Cherries are in season for such a short time every summer so I always stock up and go crazy making cherry desserts like this ice cream. The sweet cream ice cream combined with the tart juicy cherries is such a great flavor combination.
Two Ingredient Strawberry Frozen Yogurt | This frozen yogurt is so easy to make, you can make a big batch and have a froyo party with friends. Set out all of your favorite frozen yogurt toppings and let everyone dress up their own.
Mango Ice Cream | I’ve never liked store-bought mango ice cream because it’s often made with artificial flavors. Once I got my ice cream maker, I made this homemade mango ice cream and I loved the fresh mango flavor. Plus, you only need three ingredients to make it.
Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt | I love the combination of fall flavors and cold and creamy ice cream. You can serve this year-round, of course, but it’s especially nice during the fall.
Fun Ways to Serve Ice Cream
Ice cream is delicious served in a regular bowl or cone, but when you serve it up in creative waffle cones or edible bowls it makes it a little more special. I love serving ice cream in fun ways for parties and summer get-togethers so here are a few of my favorite ways to serve it.
Churro Ice Cream Bowls | These churro bowls are perfect for filling with ice cream. They are sweet, crunchy, and easy to make.
Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Bowls | The only thing better than ice cream is serving it in a homemade cookie bowl! These chocolate cookie bowls are easy to make and they’re a fun treat for summer parties, potlucks, and BBQs.
Egg Waffle Ice Cream Cones| These ice cream cones, made with Hong Kong-style egg waffles (sometimes referred to as eggettes or egg puffs), are inspired by the Puffle Waffle Cones served at Cauldron Ice Cream in Santa Ana.
Doughnut Ice Cream Cones | This is a homemade version of the doughnut ice cream cones (a twist on the Slovak pastry trdelník) made famous by the café Good Food and Bakery in Prague. The good news is you don’t have to go to Prague or buy any fancy equipment to make them at home!
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