Creamy Peanut Butter Ice Cream

It’s starting you guys……. NYC Summer. Unfamiliar? I am referring to the hottest most humid days that make air conditioning a must-have and walking a block in the sun a chore. It also makes baking in kitchens that lack central air near impossible.  Don’t worry- I have AC in my apartment, the layout of my place just really makes it difficult to cool the kitchen. So it’s an oven in there, which means actually turning on my oven makes it hellish.

In these coming months you should expect much more puddings, no-bake cheesecakes and creamy, cool, ice cream.  Not only is it pretty much all I want to eat when it is that hot out, but I am still amazed at how easy making ice cream at home can be. I am also amazed at how cheap ice cream makers are. The one I got was under $30, works great, and doesn’t require any rock salt or anything.
Win Win!!
This particular ice cream flavor was originally supposed to be the center for some cookie sandwiches that were going to be made from these cookies. However, the cookies didn’t last an hour and most of the ice cream was devoured instantly as well. And honestly, it was so perfect on it’s own, I wouldn’t want the cookies to over-power it.  I chose to sprinkle some chocolate curls on top, but this would be great with an endless list of toppings. (Chocolate syrup, hot fudge, jam etc.) It tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup, and a sprinkle of chocolate meant I had found my favorite combination and before I knew it I was eating this in bed at 1 AM. So what?? It was that delicious.
Creamy Peanut Butter Ice Cream
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 2/3 cups half-and-half
Pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dark Chocolate Curls for topping (optional)
Puree the peanut butter, sugar, half-and-half, salt, and vanilla in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Sprinkle with chocolate curls or other topping before serving.
*Note- every Ice Cream maker is obviously different, but when I make it in mine, I always need to put it  in the freezer for an hour or so after churning for it to get to real ice cream consistency. It never gets firmer than soft-serve right out of the machine.  So if you have to do this too don’t worry!
Source: David Lebovitz
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Comments

  1. You got a picture without it melting! This looks wonderful! I am going to have to break out my ice cream maker soon!

  2. Erin- I literally had to deep freeze it, take a few pics and then back into the freezer! :)

  3. I just got an ice cream maker for Mother’s Day. I’m totally bookmarking this!! I love the chocolate curls on top. Nothing like PB & Chocolate together!

  4. Peanut butter ice cream is my favorite! Yours looks creamy and so good! Imagine all the things you can mix in!

  5. Okay, you just talked me into it. I’m finally going to get an ice cream maker. We’d have so much fun! Love the recipe and photo!!!

  6. PB ice cream is heavenly!! Thank goodness I have an ice cream maker because we need to make this asap. Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. I’m glad to see you’re getting such great use out of your ice cream maker! I certainly look forward to your future concoctions!

  8. Thanks for following me on Twitter! :) I love this recipe :) I make ice cream a lot with my ice cream maker, and I am constantly looking for new recipes. Thanks for sharing yours :) The picture is great too! You’ve done a fabulous job… My ice cream pictures are usually of puddles. LOL :D Glad to have found your blog! Will be back for more :)

  9. I bought my sister an ice cream maker for Christmas (er, and me I suppose…:0 ), and I definitely want to try this out! I love peanut butter.

  10. Mouthwatering recipe as well as your photo!!!Yummy! I can’t wait for you non baked goodies..I hope you will have amazing weekend!!

  11. Great way to cool down in this heat! Very yummy ice cream :) Thanks for sharing!

  12. 1 o’clock in the morning is the best time to devour desserts (nothing counts if it’s eaten between 12am and 3am.) :D

    This ice cream looks delicious!!

  13. That’s how I felt two weeks ago here in Georgia when our air conditioner wasn’t working! We ate all kinds of stuff that required no cooking cause it was already up to 80 when we woke up in the morning. And I’m with you – I got an ice cream maker for Christmas, and now that I know how easy it is to make at home, I’m addicted. I haven’t made any peanut butter yet though…

  14. I was just in NYC and yes it was humid!! This would have made me feel so much better at the end of the day. =)

  15. What type of ice-cream maker do you have?

  16. I have a Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker. Nothing fancy :)

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  18. OH MY GOODNESS, this is AMAZING! Very long story short, I didn’t have an ice cream maker to make this but I put it in a metal cake pan in the freezer then would have to use a hand mixer every 30 min about 3-4 times. When it was all frozen and I tasted it I realized I didn’t include sugar. So, I had to thaw it a bit, throw it all in the Blendtec to add the sugar and start the manual freezing process again. It was worth all the work. So yummy, thank you for sharing!

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