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Under 30 Minutes

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

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  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 quarts
No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Photography: Petrina Tinslay

Source: Everyday Food, June 2011


  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together condensed milk, vanilla, and Bourbon, if desired. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream on high until stiff peaks form, 3 minutes.

  2. With a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into condensed milk mixture. Pour into a 4 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch loaf pan. Freeze until firm, 6 hours.

Cook's Note

Freeze, covered, up to 1 week.

Reviews (10)

  • Andy Almueti1 14 Jul, 2015

    I really disliked the video and the directions on this website for this specific recipe. Without a mixer, I could not complete the recipe. Trying to make whipped cream without a mixer was a huge pain and I didn't get the "stiff peaks" mentioned in the video. How cold is "icy-icy cold"? Does that mean I need to stick the heavy whipping cream in the freezer for several hours? Or is it the mixing bowl that needs to be really cold?

  • Ariella Watkin Greenspan 22 Aug, 2015

    If you don't have the correct materials, don't add sour grapes to the recipe.

  • ingridtang03 25 May, 2015

    Just asking, even if bourbon is optional, if I don't add it, will it still be creamy?

  • drgdamaris 6 Jan, 2015

    Wow. So creamy, easy homemade ice cream without an ice cream machine. Great!

  • timm borg 5 Sep, 2013

    Thanks for the recipe, do you think it'll work as well with ice pops molds?
    Thank you!

  • medawson7 12 Sep, 2012

    This is the easiest and the most delicious ice cream I've ever made. I've made it four times, and I got rave reviews from my family. People can't believe there was no churning involved. I will use this recipe for the rest of my life! Thank you so much for the recipe.

    BTW, I

  • ljwaldron 19 Aug, 2012

    Definitely easy. I used rum rather than bourbon. I used my ice cream machine rather than a loaf pan, turned to frozen treat quickly It seems rather creamy to my pallet. I can't think of any way to lower the calories other than increase milk and reduce cream. I will try and see what happens. If successful, I will update the comments. It is a nice quick treat, thank you for sharing with us.

  • dalaljaber 13 Aug, 2012

    Easy and delicious

  • spbe1234 27 May, 2012

    Did not add the bourbon because of the children but this is the best no churn ice cream. just made a batch of chocolate and a batch of vanilla. next time i am going to try placing ice cream in to moles add ice cream stick freeze and dip in chocolate. sprinkles or nuts

  • treehuggersalon 25 Mar, 2012

    I've made this twice. the 1st time with no bourbon and real vanilla paste. very sweet but delicious. the second time, I added unsweetened cocoa (1/4 cup) to the whipping cream and another 1/4 cup to the condensed milk mixture. it's freezing right now but the batter (?) was delicious!

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