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Gingerbread Ice Cream

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Gingerbread ice cream is a flavorful and simple no churn ice cream recipe that is perfect for the holiday season! Warm spices and rich molasses combine to create a perfectly creamy and simple recipe you can quickly make any time of year.

This post first appeared on Another Scoop, Please, where I am a contributor.

gingerbread ice cream in dishes with cookies around

Ice cream isn’t for summer only! No matter the time or year, or temperature outside, a bowl of ice cream is always good! 

Enjoy seasonal flavors of gingerbread with this easy no churn recipe. Sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream are combined with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to give a warm and cozy feeling to your favorite cold treat.

Try my other no churn ice cream recipes:

pan with ice cream and scoop

Recipe Ingredients 

You only need a few ingredients to make this no churn ice cream:

  • Heavy cream – Creates a rich and flavorful ice cream! Use a fresh, good quality heavy cream with plenty of milk fat.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – This helps add sweetness to the ice cream without additional sugar, and also helps to make a soft and smooth ice cream.
  • Molasses – gives us that perfect gingerbread flavor.
  • Spices – ground cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are a must! Make sure they are fresh for the best flavors. 

Optional twist: You can add crushed gingerbread cookies or gingersnaps into the ice cream for a little extra texture if you want.

overhead view of bowl of ice cream with gingersnap cookies

How to make Recipe

Make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below to see the full recipe:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the condensed milk, molasses, and spices. Stir until the ingredients are evenly distributed and then set the bowl aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks begin to form. Once whipped, add the condensed milk mixture to the and gently fold the ingredients together.
  3. Pour the ice cream into a 5×9 loaf pan and place in the freezer
  4. Allow the ice cream to set for 4-6 hours or overnight before serving.
mixing no churn gingerbread ice cream batter

How to serve

While this ice cream is amazing on its own, it’s also great drizzled with salted caramel sauce.

This would also be awesome served in the middle of cookies for ice cream sandwiches or served on top of your favorite pies and cakes.

Recipe Tips

  • Allow this ice cream to sit on the counter for a few minutes before scooping – it only needs about 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t allow the ice cream to fully thaw and melt, though, because it won’t refreeze well. 
  • You can also add in some crushed gingerbread cookies into your ice cream base when you fold all the ingredients together. Use about a ½ cup

Recipe FAQ’s

How do I know when my ice cream is fully set?

If you are dying to dig into this delicious ice cream, here is a quick tip to know when your ice cream is done. Run the tip of a spoon over the top of the ice cream; if the strip of ice cream you scoop out is not dripping, then you are ready to dig in!

What is the difference between no churn ice cream and regular ice cream?

Traditional ice creams usually include eggs and a mixture that is heated before being placed in a product to churn. The churning process prevents the crystals in the ice cream from freezing together, giving it a creamy texture. No churn ice cream relies on ingredients that are less likely to form hard crystals when they freezer, eliminating the need for churning. 

two glass dishes with ice cream and cookies

 

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Yield: 8 servings

No Churn Gingerbread Ice Cream Recipe

two glass dishes with ice cream and cookies

Gingerbread ice cream is a flavorful and simple no churn ice cream recipe that is perfect for the holiday season! Warm spices and rich molasses combine to create a perfectly creamy and simple recipe you can quickly make any time of year.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the condensed milk, molasses, and spices.
  2. Stir until the ingredients are evenly distributed and then set the bowl aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks begin to form.
  4. Once whipped, add the condensed milk mixture to the and gently fold the ingredients together.
  5. Pour the ice cream into a 5x9 loaf pan and place in the freezer
  6. Allow the ice cream to set for 4-6 hours or overnight before serving.

Notes

Allow to sit on the counter for 10 minutes befre scooping.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 42gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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