Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

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Making Coffee Ice Cream

Do you love coffee?  Can’t get enough of it?  Have you discovered coffee ice cream? You can make it easily with some heavy cream, vanilla extract and of course coffee.  And the best part, you can add as little or more coffee to the recipe to control how strong the flavor is.

I have seen recipes making coffee ice cream with cold coffee, but I wanted a real rich flavor of coffee in the ice cream.  Something you could turn into a shake, put a dollop in your cup of coffee enjoy with delicious coffee cake, pumpkin or apple pie.

If you have a favorite base ice cream, you could certainly change it up with this recipe as well and enjoy your own ice cream.  Make fun ice cream sandwiches.

half and half cream

Do You Have To Use Half and Half?

You can certainly swap this out for whole milk to reduce the fat content.

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Does This Ice Cream Need Egg Yolks?

You do not need egg yolks to make this recipe. Anytime you do make an ice cream with egg yolks, it should be heated on the stove and then cooled to freeze.

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What Kind of Coffee Flavor Is Used?

Some recipes will call for strongly brewed coffee. Some recipes may call for coffee flavor or instant coffee granules. If you decide to use a strong coffee, make sure it is a good coffee that you like to drink. If you are adding liquid coffee, be careful with how much water you are adding. Water can change how the ice cream freezes (It could get really hard and you would just need to thaw longer before serving)

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Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

Do you love coffee? Enjoy a little coffee ice cream that will make your heart happy. Here's a simple recipe to enjoy coffee for a dessert.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons instant espresso


  • Place all the ingredients into a bowl and stir.
  • You want to incorporate everything together until they sugar is melted into the cream mix.
  • The ice cream should have a creamy texture. Some of the espresso may not have mixed, but will when it sits.
  • Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Ensure that the ice cream maker is ready (ours has to be frozen over night)
  • Place the ice cream into the ice cream maker and start it, to begin freezing the ice cream.
  • Once the ice cream is frozen, remove from the paddle and ice cream from the ice cream maker.
  • Place the ice cream in a freezer safe container and put into the freezer.
  • Serve the ice cream when it has firmed up (at least 30 minutes)


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Taste test the ice cream after placing the espresso in the ice cream, add more espresso if desired.
You can also add pieces of espresso chocolate chips if desired.
If you don't have half and half, you can use whole milk.

mixing ice cream

Preparing The Ice Cream

Be sure that the ice cream maker is washed and ready to go the night before (or earlier in the day) If you are using one.  Place it in the freezer so that it can freeze and be ready to make ice cream when you have the mix prepared and chilled.

chilling ingredients

Can I Just Add Instant Coffee to Ice Cream?

You sure can!  You will want to get the ice cream melty and add it in.  Be sure to stir well and then freeze it a little to firm it up if it melted too much.  You might want to start by using vanilla ice cream, or chocolate chip ice cream for a more mocha coffee mix.

freezing espresso cream

Is Ice Cream Made With Coffee Beans?

You can make ice cream with coffee beans, but this recipe does not do this. This recipe uses instant espresso versus coffee beans that would have to be ground and then make coffee with them

Can You Add Chocolate Chips Into The Mix?

Absolutely. You may want to roughly chop the chips into smaller pieces. Better yet, pick up some espresso chocolate chips and chop them up for an additional coffee flavor in your ice cream.

Enjoy a little frozen coffee ice cream that is delicious & will make your heart happy. Here's a simple recipe to enjoy coffee for a dessert.

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