Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Wanna taste?
If you and your family eat ice cream with any regularity, I would highly recommend investing in an ice cream maker. It's not that I'm suggesting you should add more ice cream to your diet; rather, if you are going to eat ice cream, it might as well be the best quality. And, if you make your own, you can ensure that it is.

How to make your ice cream better quality than the store-bought stuff? Use organic (grass-fed, if available) dairy. Cut the sugar. You don't need any fillers or artificial colors or flavors. Just let the taste of your ingredients shine so you can truly savor this delicious treat. 

And did I mention that when you arrive at a party with homemade ice cream, people are seriously impressed: guests will treat you like you're some sort of alchemist, like you've transformed lead into gold. But—armed with an ice cream maker—the frozen dessert is actually exceedingly simple. 

For those who don't know, snickerdoodles are sugar cookies with a cinnamon sugar topping. They are simple and delicious. This ice cream tastes just like them; it is great on its own or paired with baked apples (or something along those lines).

My recipe is adapted from The Noble Pig's:

yield: a bit more than a quart
  • 1/3 cup vanilla sugar (can substitute plain sugar)
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 and 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Add sugars and spices to a mixing bowl, preferably with a spout (I use this one); mix together. 

Pour in half-and-half and whisk well, until sugars are dissolved. Whisking is a great job to assign to your kids, if they're looking to help you in the kitchen.

My son won't eat ice cream, but he loves to help make it.

Whisk in the cream and vanilla until everything is well combined. 

Swirls of spice and yumminess!

Pour in your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions to freeze. 

Mine takes about 20-23 minutes to get thick and frozen. 

It will be like soft-serve at this point. You can certainly eat it right away, but I prefer to freeze it (just spoon it into a freezer-safe container) for at least a few hours, so it's firm.

This batch is waiting in my freezer for Christmas Eve dinner. Can't wait to break it out! Happy Holidays!


  1. I cannot WAIT to try this one!

  2. Let us know what you think :-)

  3. Made this for Christmas and it was outstanding! So creamy and delicious without being too sweet. Thank you! 

  4. I'm thrilled you tried it and liked it!

  5. Shared on the linky party at

  6. Krista@Everyday Mom's MealsJanuary 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Oh yum! And I love the little ones being able to help! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week, and please come back next Sunday!

  7. I will! Thanks for stopping by :-)

  8. Also shared at Everyday Mom's meals recipe linky:

  9. I am going to take the old ice cream maker out and give this recipe a try. You are so right, this is much better than what you would buy in the market. Great photo too!

  10. Thank you, i hope you like it! Once you go homemade ice cream, you never go back ;-)

  11. I just told hubby, guess what we are making next for ice cream....SNICKERDOODLE ICE CREAM!!!! YAYAY!!!!  I am so excited you shared this with me, thank you so much:-)  It sounds AMAZING!!! Love the pic of you son, so precious:-) Hugs, Terra

  12. fullbellysistersJuly 8, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Oh, yay, I so hope you guys like it! Let me know how it turns out :-)

  13. This is too yummylicious I think I need to share on our page Baking Hot Christmas .....I think I may have to invest in an ice cream maker now.

    Beverley xoxo

  14. Thank you for sharing. And, yes, you MUST get an ice cream maker! Nothing like the homemade stuff :-)

  15. Sonali- The Foodie PhysicianDecember 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    This looks amazing! You are the ice cream masters!

  16. LOL, and you are so sweet!

  17. Oh wow! This looks so good! I love ice cream any time of the year. And, since it's been so hot lately I want it even more!


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