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Homemade Coffee Ice Cream – A Small-Batch Recipe for Coffee Lovers

Preview: This Homemade Coffee Ice Cream recipe is a simple, uncooked recipe that makes about 1 qt. of coffee-flavored ice cream.

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream is a simple, uncooked recipe for ice cream flavored with instant espresso. The recipe is written for a small quart-size ice cream freezer like the Donvier, but you can use any of the smaller electric ice cream freezers.

I can not get enough of this ice cream. The flavors are pure and rich: Cream, coffee, and sweetness. What could be better?

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream served in dessert goblets

How to use a small ice cream maker for this recipe:

Any small electric ice cream freezer will work. The one shown in the pictures below is a hand-crank model (Donvier). It makes ice cream as good as an electric model.

empty Donvier freezer after it has been chilled
Store the inner liner in your freezer or place it in your freezer for a minimum of 12 hours.
paddle inside empty ice cream freezer
Insert the paddle and pour it into a chilled ice cream mixture.
Donvier Ice Cream Freezer--ready to go
Put the lid on and turn the paddle.
Freezer of freshly churned ice cream
Keep turning until frozen.
packing ice cream into loaf pan before putting into the freezer.
Pour into a chilled loaf pan lined with plastic wrap

Isn’t a hand-crank ice cream machine a lot of trouble?

You only need to give the ice cream a couple of turns every 3 or 4 minutes in the beginning.  As the ice cream gets hard, you’ll need to turn it less and less–like once in 10 minutes.

Typically, I start my ice cream and then proceed with another task in the kitchen, stopping once in a while to give it a turn. I’ve even carried it to my laundry room or upstairs to my desk where I turn it periodically while working.

Moreover, it’s a great job for children. They really can’t mess it up.

NOTE: Hand-crank ice cream machines like the Donvier have become scarce. If you have one in good working condition, hang on to it. Otherwise, this recipe works just as well in an electric ice cream maker.

Coffee Ice Cream served with a cookie

Coffee is my favorite homemade ice cream flavor.  However, if you don’t share my passion, leave the coffee out for a tasty vanilla ice cream. Add a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract. It’s also delicious with chopped fresh fruit, chocolate chips, or chopped Oreo cookies.

Adapted from the Sweet Cream Base recipe published in Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book.

Coffee Ice Cream

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Yield: 1.25 quart

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream - A Small Batch Recipe

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream is uncooked and flavored with instant espresso. This will make a little more than a quart. Slightly adapted from the Sweet Cream Base recipe published in Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup 2% or whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy or whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso
  • 1 tablespoon vodka (to keep it from freezing too hard)


  1. Blend eggs and sugar in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk in salt, milk, cream, and instant espresso. Chill overnight if you have time. If not, go to the next step.
  3. Add vodka, if using. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze.


If left in the freezer over 24 hrs, ice cream may become hard and difficult to dip. Let it sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften.

If you need or want to avoid raw eggs, you might consider using a different recipe.

Looking for a "lighter recipe"? Use 2 cups of milk and 1 cup cream instead of 1 cup of milk and 2 cups of cream. I do it all the time, and it goes down just as easily. Having said that, it's not quite as rich and creamy as the original.

Looking for something different? Chop up oreo cookies, KitKat bars, or chocolate-covered graham crackers for something a bit different. Start with about 1/2 of chopped cookies or candy.

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Nutrition Information:


8 servings

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g

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Monday 29th of October 2018

Oh my, so many amazing foods here. I really wish I wasn’t stuck in freezing winter temperatures right now because I want to eat them all.


Thursday 20th of September 2018

This looks delicious, Paula. I think mine will require a few shavings of dark chocolate over the top. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Friday 21st of September 2018

I am with you on the chocolate!


Friday 28th of August 2009

Love the nutritional stats. Keep them coming. btw.....I have had salad every day for 2 weeks. Best thing that has ever happened to lunch for me.


Friday 28th of August 2009

Scooter, So cool about the salad. Keep changing it up so you don't get tired of it. I DO get tired of preparing it (so I try to do it first thing on Saturday morning when I have lots of energy) but I never get tired of eating it. I always have a little something (as in 1/4 cup portion) I really like to go with it--usually some kind of leftover veggie or entree from the night before.


Thursday 27th of August 2009

LOL, I'm laughing about the part where you sometimes churn ice cream on the way to a party. At least it's fresh that way!

Your ice cream looks perfect :)


Thursday 27th of August 2009

Now isn't your post timely! I happen to have one of these that used to belong to my parents.. and it has just been sitting there.. waiting for me to make Coffee Ice Cream. Thanks so much~~

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