Cool Off with These Homemade Ice Cream, Sorbet, Sherbet, and Gelato Recipes
Your ice cream maker will earn its keep when you churn up these creamy, icy treats.
While we believe ice cream can be enjoyed 365 days a year, it feels extra right come summer. There's nothing like cooling off with a double (or triple) scoop in a cone topped with hot fudge sauce, sprinkles, and a cherry on top. Here, we're serving up all kinds of flavors that range from traditional churning methods to no-churn, delicious dairy delights and vegan recipes, as well as sorbet, sherbet, and gelato iterations. You'll find classic ice cream recipes for old-fashioned scoops like vanilla, chocolate, cookies and cream, and coffee, as well as seasonal spins such as pumpkin and peach ice cream. It's time to put your ice cream maker to good use.
If you need to follow a dairy-free diet, know that you can still enjoy ice cream. We have recipes including vegan ice cream made from a coconut milk base (as opposed to the usual heavy cream, whole milk, or condensed milk). Plus, all of our sorbet recipes—which run the gamut from Meyer lemon to mixed berries to grapefruit—are dairy-free and are made just with a few ingredients (usually puréed fruit, sugar, and lemon juice).
Along the way, our recipes will teach you how to prevent ice crystals from forming when churning ice cream and achieve a smooth, luscious texture. If you're short on time, we also have quick ice cream recipes that come together in less than one hour and chill in a flash.
On a hot day, grab an ice cream scoop, your favorite toppings, and prepare a delicious bowl (or cone!) of ice cream, sorbet, sherbet, or gelato using these sweet recipes. Make them ahead so that you can enjoy them at the drop of a hat on a beautiful summer day.
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
Kids and kids at heart will love this black and white ice cream that has chocolate sandwich cookies folded into the cream mixture and sprinkled on top as a garnish.
No-Churn Mint-Chip Ice Cream
Martha's Strawberry Ice Cream
Peach Ice Cream
Rose-Geranium-and-Cardamom Ice Cream
How elegant is this ice cream? It calls for steeping rose-geranium leaves and cardamom pods in a combination of heavy cream and whole milk before the dairy is strained and churned.
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Mango-Olive Oil Sorbet
Meyer Lemon Gelato
Vegan Avocado Ice Cream
Chai Ice Cream
Sweet, spice, and everything nice, this ice cream recipe gets its chai flavor by infusing milk with black tea and an assortment of whole spices—black peppers, coriander seeds, allspices, cloves, and cardamom pods.
Ultra-refreshing and totally vegan, this four-ingredient citrus sorbet is made with a combination of fresh grapefruit and lemon juice, sugar, and Campari, which is an Italian apertif that contributes a bright orange hue.
Whether you choose a cup or a cone, this three-ingredient peach sorbet couldn't be easier to make or more delicious to eat.
Strawberry Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
Quick Vanilla Ice Cream
This rich and fragrant vanilla-seed-flecked ice cream begins with a cooked custard base of egg yolks and cream.
Coffee Ice Cream
Use any combination of blueberries, currants, or red, black, or white raspberries to give this sorbet its varied, vivid colors.
Strawberry Aperol Sorbet
Cucumber, Celery, and Gin Sorbet
The herbaceous freshness of cucumber, celery, and gin tastes like summer on a spoon.
Banana-Caramel Ice Cream
The secret to the intense banana flavor of this banana-caramel ice cream is starting with very overripe fruit. Ribbons of salty, chewy, ever-so-slightly bitter caramel wind their way through every sweet and creamy spoonful.
Rose Raspberry Sorbet
Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet
Banana-Rum-Raisin Ice Cream
A soak in rum syrup gives a kick to golden raisins. Whipped cream folded into a base of sweetened condensed milk gives this ice cream a smooth texture, no ice-cream maker required!
This smooth gelato is a coconut triple threat, incorporating grated coconut, cream of coconut, and sweetened angel-flake coconut, too.
No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
Orange Ice Cream
Fresh orange zest infuses the simple custard base for a subtle citrus flavor. We especially like this ice cream in a cream soda float or drizzled with hot fudge sauce.