Rich and creamy Cream Cheese Ice Cream is like an amazing slice of decadent cheesecake, in ice cream form!

This easy no churn ice cream is made with just 4 ingredients in less than 10 minutes hands on time. Serve alone, add your favorite mix-ins or enjoy it on your favorite desserts!

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Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Cream cheese adds rich, tangy flavor and makes ice cream luxuriously creamy, smooth and dense. It’s amazing on it’s own, but so versatile! The options are endless.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Easy – It’s a no fuss, no churn recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker!
  • Eggless – It uses a few simple ingredients. No tempering required!
  • Rich and Creamy – Heavy cream is whipped to perfection adding air to give it an irresistible consistency.

Ingredients and Substitutions

See printable recipe card for complete ingredients and instructions.

  • Heavy Cream – Heavy cream is also known as whipping cream. Whipped cream creates the light and airy base.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – Sweetened condensed milk is my favorite sweetener for no churn ice cream.
  • Cream Cheese – Cream cheese adds rich, creamy flavor with a hint of tang, while balancing the sweetness. Bring to room temperature for the best consistency. In a rush? learn how to soften cream cheese quickly. Full fat is preferred for best results, but you can substitute light cream cheese.
  • Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract (or vanilla bean) adds a touch of flavor.


  • Add Fruits – Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries pair well.
  • Add Jams – Swirl your favorite jam (or lemon curd) in the mixture just before freezing.
  • Substitute Vanilla – In lieu of vanilla, use lemon or orange extract for a frozen Lemon Cheesecake or Orange Cheesecake!
  • Add Graham Cracker Crumbs – Fold in crumbs for frozen cheesecake flavor. Even better, add fruits and graham crackers to make blueberry or Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.

How To

  1. Create the Base – In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat heavy cream, gradually increasing speed, until stiff peaks form.
  2. Make Ice Cream – Blend in sweetened condensed milk, softened cream cheese and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Freeze – Pour mixture into a loaf pan or airtight container. Freeze until solid.
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  • Freeze mixing bowl before whipping the cream.

Serving Suggestions

stand mixer

Tools to Use

  • Hand or Stand Mixer
  • Loaf Pan

How to Store

Freeze – Store in an airtight container  (ice cream container) in the back of the freezer for up to 2 weeks or until crystallization forms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cream cheese good in ice cream?

If you love cheesecake, yes! It adds amazing flavor and texture, resulting in a denser, creamier ice cream.

What does cream cheese do for ice cream?

Cream cheese balances the sweetness of ice cream and traps more air in the whipping process, making it more dense than traditional ice cream. It also prevents water from separating from the cream, making it creamier and less prone to ice crystals in the freezer.

cream cheese ice cream in a loaf pan with an ice cream scooper and small white bowl of ice cream

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5 from 29 votes

Cream Cheese Ice Cream

No ice cream maker necessary for this incredible cream cheese ice cream! It’s everything you love about sweet and savory cream cheese frosting combined with the frosty joy of homemade ice cream.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 16
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  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer with the beater attachment, whip heavy cream, gradually increasing speed, until stiff peaks form.
  • Blend in sweetened condensed milk, softened cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Pour into loaf pan or airtight container.
  • Freeze until solid.

Julie’s Tips

Serving Suggestions: Fold in your favorite fruits or strawberry syrup.
Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 42mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. I’m very interested in trying but would feel compelled to add 2-3tsp of vanilla, a pinch of salt (maybe 1/4tsp actually), and a swirl of some sort (e.g. caramel or homemade fudge) or just have toppings available or even add Oreo crumbs!