Vanilla Ice Cream

This vanilla ice cream only calls for 5 easy ingredients; heavy cream, milk, sugar, vanilla extract and sea salt. So creamy and delicious!

Many, MANY Mother’s Days ago my husband gave me an ice cream maker bowl/attachment for my Kitchen Aid. I’ve used it a whopping TWO times.

Vanilla Ice Cream Bowl

That was until my beautiful friend Lauren came out with her eCookbook: Everyday Ingredients Extraordinary Meals which is wall-to-wall or should I say page-to-page with mouth watering yet simple recipes. I absolutely LOVE Lauren, I haven’t actually met her… yet, but someday we will meet and I swear it will be like a slow-motion-run-into-each-others-arms sort of deal. Well at least in my head that’s how it’ll happen.

Okay, back to Lauren’s simple vanilla ice cream. By now you all know how I love the word simple. If my blog had a word counter it’d be tied with words like… quick and delicious at a million and still counting. So with Lauren’s book filled with all sorts of simple recipes… obviously it was super hard for me to pick a recipe to make first. But my eyes {and sweet-tooth} kept coming back to her vanilla ice cream. It didn’t call for making any sort of custard base… it was just cream, milk, vanilla and sugar… oh and sea salt and I do love me some sea salt.

ice cream stuff

I thought 4 ingredient ice cream? Sign me up, hand me a spoon… I’m goin’ in.


Start by measuring 3/4 cup of sugar and place it into a large bowl.

milk and heavy cream

Pour in the two cups heavy cream and the one cup whole milk.


Then add my most favorite ingredient in the whole wide world, vah-nillah!


Sprinkle in a good pinch of sea salt… I busted out the good kind for this recipe! Nothing but the best for ice cream!


Whisk until the sugar dissolves…a bout three minutes or so.


For my Kitchen Aid mixer, the bowl has been in my freezer for a looooong time now, so I just turn it on and pour the creamy-vanillay-y ice cream base mixture into the frozen bowl and let the beast do all the work. But please follow your ice cream maker’s instruction manual.

freezable container

Pour the semi-frozen ice cream into a freezer safe container… taste testing is a must at this stage. 🙂 Pop it into the freezer for 4 hours or up to overnight so the magic can happen and ice cream can be made.


I was surprised how easy it was to scoop straight-out of the freezer. I guess I was expecting it to have to sit and warm up a tad, but nope it was good to go! So I scooped myself an obnoxious portion… I was thinking I should have just eaten it straight out of the carton, but I kept it classy and used this beautiful bowl instead.

Vanilla Ice Cream Bowl

I have no words.

Just kidding, I always have words. This Vanilla Ice Cream is such a delight! I feel old just saying that… but it’s what popped into my head. I ate my Vanilla Ice Cream plain, as is. My girls topped theirs, one with toffee bits and the other with mini chocolate chips. No matter what you top this Vanilla Ice Cream with, it’s darn delicious. And crazy easy to whip up.


Looks like I’ll be adding more notches to my ice cream making belt — and every other belt I own ;).

Thanks Lauren for sending me an advanced sneak peak of your new and beautiful eCookbook! I’m so thrilled for you!

You guys stop by here and grab yourself a copy, it’ll stay on your computer, laptop or reader and you don’t have to worry about taking up any cupboard, or desk space storing it! There’s so many recipes in there I’m not sure what I’m going to make next…


Enjoy! And if you give this Vanilla Ice Cream recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: 6+ servings

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream
Only 5 ingredients and you'll have ice cream in no time!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoons good quality vanilla
  • healthy pinch of sea salt


  1. Place ice cream maker {bowl portion} into the freezer and chill according to manufactures instructions.
  2. For ice cream base, measure all ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. Stir to combine and dissolve sugar, about 3 minutes.
  4. Assemble ice cream maker and pour cream mixture into machine. Churn until frozen.
  5. Spoon ice cream into airtight container and freeze 4 hours to overnight to freeze completely.
  6. Serve as desired

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397 Total Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 94mg Sodium: 61mg Carbohydrates: 29g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 30g Protein: 4g
nutrition information may not always be accurate.

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54 Responses to “Vanilla Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Kathryn — May 10, 2013 at 8:42 am

    You can’t beat a bowl of vanilla ice cream and I love how easy this is!

  2. #
    Tieghan Gerard — May 10, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Laurens new book looks and sounds incredible!! I have to go get one for myself!!
    Nothing beats homemade ice cream and I love vanilla!

  3. #
    Aria — May 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Perfect scoops! PS. I love your bowl!

  4. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — May 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

    And this is why I must get myself an ice cream maker!

  5. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

    So excited about Lauren’s cookbook! The ice cream looks perfect and your bowl is so pretty!

  6. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I really need to get on the ice cream making train! This looks amazing!!

  7. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I need a big ole bowl of this!

  8. #
    Raymond — May 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    If it’s not bad, then experimenting with milk and cream is a wonderful thing. I use to prepare innovate new recipes in order to keep my family healthy and satisfied. I would definitely try this awesome recipe of yours. It seems perfect and not time consuming. What else I need if it works well, and everybody in my family likes it.

  9. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    You’re killing me here… I’m out of homemade ice cream! Love this so much.

  10. #
    Julia | — May 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Absolutely mouthwatering ice-cream! And I am glad now you have an excuse to use an ice cream maker attachment!

  11. #
    Jackie @ the Beeroness — May 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I pretty much only use my Kitchen Aid Ice Cream maker for posts! Is that bad? I’m glad I have it, but if I wasn’t a blogger it might never come out of the box. But I actually LOVE vanilla, which some people think is strange, but it’s probably one of my favorite flavors.

  12. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I’ve only used my ice cream attachment about 6 times and it started leaking! I am so sad, and of course the year warranty is already up!

    Everyone needs a good vanilla ice cream recipe! I love how easy this one is!

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 11th, 2013 @ 11:45 am

      That’s horrible! I’d contact them… you never know 🙂

  13. #
    Kathy — May 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I use my ice cream make all the time! But I have yet to find a vanilla ice cream recipe I really love. I’ll have to give this a try!

  14. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Nothing beats classic vanilla ice cream. Stunning, Laurie!

  15. #
    Jimmy — May 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Making ice cream is something I’ve yet to do. But I’d love too. And you make it look so easy!!

  16. #
    Steph (Poupetteinthekitchen) — May 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Looks really good 🙂 I’ve been debating whether to buy the ice cream attachment… but this might push me over the edge 😀
    by the way, this bowl is stunning!! may I ask where you got it?

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 12th, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

      Thank you Steph! Actually it was a gift from a really good friend of mine so I’m not sure 🙂 but I think Home Goods 🙂

  17. #
    skinception demefface — May 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Yes! Finally something about cautioned.

  18. #
    Lonnie Thaler — May 28, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I love vanilla ice cream! I think I will buy Lauren’s eCookbook. I’m sure my daughter will also love it. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  19. #
    Lily Sheng — July 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Just churned a batch last night, the flavor was really good, not too sweet and definitely vanilla-y. However, we thought the texture was not smooth enough, even a little on the grainy side. And I used my brand new Cuisinart Ice Cream maker… Could it be because this was not a custard based recipe? Should I just get over my fear of tempering egg yolks and just get on with it?

    • Starbuck22 replied: — July 9th, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

      Sounds like sugar granules made it grainy. Be sure to stir the mixture and fully dissolve the sugar before adding to the ice cream maker. It won’t dissolve when it’s churning.

  20. #
    Daniel Greve — June 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Good, but… fake vanilla? Hmmm…

  21. #
    Kelly — July 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Just made this tonight, and it came out so good! I just got the kitchenaid attachment yesterday, and was going to make the custard style. I came across your recipe and saved a ton of time! We ate some at the soft serve stage and it was very smooth and flavorful. I hope the texture will be nice after it has been in the freezer over night—we will see. I plan on making the custard style soon, as well. Thanks for the recipe!

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  23. #
    alishia canino — September 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Made this tonight for my family and it is so DELICIOUS and so EASY! i will make this over and over again!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 13th, 2014 @ 9:26 am

      I’m so glad!

  24. #
    Kirsten — May 10, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Just got my kitchen aid ice cream attachment for mother’s day and didn’t want the effort and time of the custard style so I googled a shortcut. This post was my first click and I went for it. I am so happy I did! It was smooth and creamy and flavorful and so much easier than cooking and chilling for 8 hours. (My husband planned ahead and had the freeze bowl frozen overnight before giving it to me so I was ready to get on with the ice cream making!) 🙂 I noticed that the recipes in the kitchen aid recipe book use 4 cups of liquid so I think I’ll try to double your recipe next time. Thanks so much!!!

  25. #
    Kuldeep — October 12, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Magnificent recipe,
    We can make a lot of recipes by using ice cream maker whether its kitchenAid or other. I have read many positive reviews of kitchenaid ice cream maker but unable to find products in India. Please provide the kitchenaid stores information in India (both online or offline).

  26. #
    saleem — April 12, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Here is list of kitchenaid stores in India.


  27. #
    Starbuck22 — July 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Just came across this recipe and loved how simple it was to make and quickly it froze. I added 1 tablespoon rum and the seeds from a vanilla bean for a little extra flavor.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 22nd, 2016 @ 10:08 am

      Ooooh I bet rum in this is fantastic! I must try it asap!

  28. #
    Lois Sworen — July 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    What an easy recipe so much easier than the cookbook that came with my KitchenAid plan on making three different ice creams for our next BBQ

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 22nd, 2016 @ 9:47 am

      That’s awesome! Thanks for leaving a review!

  29. #
    Liz — November 7, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Just made this with my KitchenAid freezer bowl, but the mixer never froze during the churning process and just got mildly thicker. Any ideas?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 7th, 2016 @ 9:28 am

      Hmmmm that’s weird. How long did you mix it for?

  30. #
    Colleen Marie — May 28, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I’ve had my KA ice cream attachment for 2 years and have never tried it. This weekend we celebrated my dads 82nd birthday so I decided to google ice cream recipes and this one looked easy so I gave it. OMG it was delicious and we all enjoyed it at the party! I’ve bookmarked it to my Favorite Recipes and can’t wait to try different variations! ❤

  31. #
    Laura Streckfuss — April 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Since this recipe doesn’t make much, and my Kitchenaid ice cream maker makes 2 quarts, can this recipe be doubled and still fit the container?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 24th, 2018 @ 2:55 pm

      Hi Laura! I would think so! I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work.

  32. #
    Carolyn — June 18, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I made this yesterday for my husband on Father’s Day. He absolutely loved it. My daughter said that as much as she loves Blue Bell ice cream, she liked this better. I plan to continue to experiment with different flavors this summer.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 27th, 2018 @ 8:57 am

      That’s so great to hear, Carolyn! Thank you for taking the time to make this recipe, I’m so happy it was a hit with your family!

  33. #
    Carolyn — June 18, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Quick question. If I am adding fruit, do I need to change the measurements?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 27th, 2018 @ 8:56 am

      I wouldn’t think so, Carolyn!

  34. #
    Ellen — July 4, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    This is so easy and just yummy! Next time I will double it for my kitchenaid ice cream attachment since it holds 2 quarts. Thank you for taking the time to post this and I can’t wait to explore more of your recipes 🙂

  35. #
    Julia Hole — September 18, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Hi! Can I use 2% instead of whole milk?

    • Jennifer Floyd replied: — October 23rd, 2018 @ 10:47 am

      I always use 2% milk and it turns out nicely. This is the only vanilla ice cream recipe I use. I’ve made it numerous times. Delicious!!!

  36. #
    Jennifer Floyd — October 23, 2018 at 10:51 am

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this recipe. It’s so good. I’m standing in my kitchen about to make some….again, but I’m going to crush up some Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins to mix in after it finishes the mixing in the ice cream maker. Yum!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 26th, 2018 @ 7:49 am

      It’s definitely a keeper! Glad you enjoy it, Jennifer!


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