Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
9 Hours 25 Mins
Makes about 1 qt.

Cream Cheese Ice Cream is decribed by one reader as a summer version of cream cheese frosting. Yum! We'll have another scoop of this thick and luscious ice cream.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat, and whisk in cream cheese and vanilla bean paste until cheese is melted. Cool completely (about 1 hour), stirring occasionally. Place plastic wrap directly on mixture (to prevent a film from forming), and chill 8 to 24 hours.

Step 2

Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.) Transfer ice cream to an airtight container. Freeze 4 hours before serving.

Chef's Notes

Total time does not include freezing.

Ratings & Reviews

SouthLAGal's Review

January 19, 2014
Based on one of the reviews, and the fact that I do not care for ice cream with a strong cream cheese flavor, I used only 4 oz. of cream cheese. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I made a blackberry compote for a complementary topping. It requires some planning ahead, but it is so worth the wait! Delicious!

September 21, 2016
Maybe your friend didn't read through the recipe thoroughly. If the cream was hot and the room temperature cream cheese was cubed and softened, the cheese should have melted. Have you tried it again? You can always puree it in the blender to get it smooth before you freeze it.

jfaircloth's Review

June 04, 2013
I made this ice cream recipe last year for the Fourth of July. It was SO GOOD!!!!! I served it with red velvet cake and blueberries just like the website. The ice cream is a lot of work but so worth it!! I will definitely make it again this year. The great thing about this ice cream is that it could be served with anything that taste good with cream cheese....which is basically everything!! You will love this ice cream!!!!

VirginiaMS's Review

July 04, 2012

PaulaJager's Review

July 01, 2012
I am making the cobbler for the 4th but wanted to get a head start and made the ice cream ahead. I changed the recipe slightly since I love my basic vanilla recipe. I used 4 cups of heavy raw cream in place of the half and half and doubled the egg yolks. The rest of the ingredients were the same. I never cook my ice cream mixture because the heat would destroy the enzymes in the raw cream so the prep time including the freezing in my electric white mountain took less than an hour. It is delicious--a summer version of cream cheese frosting! I hope it lasts till the 4th. . .

Brenanas7's Review

December 30, 2013
A friend and I made this recipe and to our disgust it tasted only of cold, lumpy cream cheese. We followed all directions very precisely and only used quality ingredients, but it still tasted like semi-melted cream cheese. WARNING: NEVER MAKE THIS RECIPE YOU CAN SAVE TIME BY FREEZING A BLOCK OF CREAM CHEESE FOR THE SAME RESULT IN FLAVOR AND TEXTURE. Thank you for your time. We look forward to reviewing more ice-cream recipes on this website.