No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

This homemade vanilla ice cream recipe comes together quickly, with no egg, stove time or chilling required. Just mix four ingredients together, and it’s ready to pour into your ice cream maker. Enjoy it plain, or use it as a base to create other ice cream flavors.

If you start a batch now, you could be enjoying your first taste in 20 minutes.

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

I own a whole fleet of ice cream makers – hand-crank, electric crank, compressor, ice cream ball. I even have a soft-serve ice cream machine, but my hands-down favorite is this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. It couldn’t be any easier to use. Just keep the cylinder in the freezer, and you’ll be ready to make ice cream whenever the mood hits (which is often at my house).

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

If you don’t own an ice cream maker, make this no-churn vanilla ice cream instead.

No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe for Ice Cream Maker

This recipe makes approximately 1 quart of vanilla ice cream.


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

While the ingredient list calls for whole milk, any type of dairy milk will work in this recipe – skim, 1%, 2% – just use whatever you have on hand. There’s no need to buy anything special.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • A large bowl
  • A whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • A rubber spatula
  • Measuring spoons
  • An ice cream machine
How to Make Vanilla Extract

I like to use my homemade vanilla extract in this recipe. It gives you that premium vanilla ice cream flavor.

What You Do:

Vanilla Ice Cream Base

In a large bowl, combine the milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk, until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the heavy cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream Base in Ice Cream Maker

Then, pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Vanilla Ice Cream in Ice Cream Maker

It should take around 20 minutes to reach this consistency.

If you’d like to dress up your vanilla ice cream with mix-ins, add up to 1 cup of your preferred mix-in during the last 5 minutes of churning.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Enjoy your ice cream right out of the churn for a soft-serve consistency, or transfer your ice cream to a covered freezer-safe container, and freeze it for at least 2 hours, if you prefer a hard-scoop consistency.

Scooping Vanilla Ice Cream


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Microwave Butterscotch Sauce

or whip up some of these homemade ice cream toppings, and use your vanilla ice cream to make sundaes.

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No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream (For Ice Cream Maker)

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This homemade vanilla ice cream is ready to eat in 20 minutes. No eggs, cooking or chilling required.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream


In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, sugar and vanilla, until the sugar dissolves.

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker, and churn, until it reaches the consistency of soft-serve, about 20 minutes.

Enjoy straight out of the machine for soft-serve; or transfer to a freezer-safe container; cover; and freeze for at least two hours (longer is fine), for hard-scoop.

Optional: Add up to 1 cup of mix-ins during the last 5 minutes of churning.


  • Most ice cream recipes specify whole milk, but you can use any dairy milk in this recipe with good results.
  • Mix-In Ideas: cookie crumbs, mini chocolate chips, nuts, chopped up candy bars
  • Use this vanilla ice cream as the base for creating other flavored ice creams.
  • Nutrition Facts are for ice cream made with whole milk.

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  1. Made this ice cream for the first time today, and it sure won’t be the last. It was very easy and fast to make. My husband and I both loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

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