Easy No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream


vanilla ice creamWe love our ice-cream maker. There is nothing better than homemade ice-cream on a hot day in the summer, or as a special treat any time of year. My kids think it is fun to pick their add-ins and then get to make their very own, custom ice cream.

Because we have a non-chocolate-lover in our house, I make vanilla. A lot. Or at least, a lot more than any other flavor.

I like this no-cook version, also known as “Philly-style” ice cream because it is super easy. I am at the point where easy trumps most other things as far as cooking, or anything really. I think less stress in areas of  life that are supposed to be the fun parts is always a good idea. Right? Cooking should be easy. So make this. You will be happy that you did. And if you don’t have an ice cream maker…well…ask for one. The Christmas or Hannukah season is right around the corner…we are half way there actually. So put one on your list and you can PIN this to make later!Easy no-cook vanilla ice cream

Recipe adapted from my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker manual. The only change I made was to substitute light cream for heavy cream, and 1% milk for whole milk. 

Simple No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 5 cups

A delicious, no-cook, no-egg, recipe for a creamy and easy to make vanilla ice cream.


  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups light cream (or half & half)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed (or you can hand whisk it) to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Stir in the half & half and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight. The longer, the more creamy it will get.

Process in your ice-cream maker according to directions. (For me, that means it whirs around for 15-20 minutes.) The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours or longer. When ready to serve it, let it soften for about 10 minutes.


*the original recipe from Cuisinart had 2 cups heavy cream so I lightened it with light-cream, but you can go even more by using half and half (which is ½ light-cream and ½ whole milk). This is my base for adding chocolate chips or random candies at the end of the process. Or just add them as toppings. Vanilla is our favorite to suit EVERY taste.


Easy no-cook vanilla ice cream

2 thoughts on “Easy No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream

  1. Lucie

    Being lactose intolerance, I miss ice cream the most. I’ve seen some ice cream recipes that I’m so tempted to try… But can’t enjoy! Definitely enjoy your ice Cream!

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