This recipe was originally posted on May 15, 2013, but has been updated in 2021!
This is a quick, simple, and delicious Vanilla Ice Cream recipe that uses basic ingredients. It works great with the Kitchenaid Mixer Ice Cream Maker Attachment!
Have you ever made your own vanilla ice cream? Before getting the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Ice Cream Maker Attachment, I had only made Ice Cream in a Bag.
If you’re not familiar with that technique, it’s done by using some salt, ice, and a few gallon storage bags. You basically add cream and vanilla extract to a zip lock bag and shake it until it freezes. It work, but it makes your arms feel like they’re going to fall off!
After loving the way homemade ice cream tasted, I caught the bug! I wanted to make more ice cream, but I wanted an easier way!
I finally purchased a Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker Attachment and it was worth every penny! This simple accessory made creating ice cream a breeze!
Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker Attachment
With so many different attachments to choose from, your stand mixer can do so much more than just mix!
In order to make ice cream with it, you’ll need the Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker Attachment (Amazon affiliate link).
The Ice Cream Maker consists of:
- A special double-walled freeze bowl that contains a liquid with a low freezing temperature;
- A special paddle; and
- A drive assembly.
Tip – Freeze The Bowl for a Minimum of 24-Hours
The freeze bowl must be stored in your freezer before using it, so it’s cold enough to freeze the ice cream ingredients. We have found that at least 24 hours in advance is necessary for best performance.
If you have the space, it’s better to leave it in the freezer until you need it.
This easy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe calls for very basic ingredients and tastes great. Since it uses half-and-half and heavy cream, it’s a little icier and not as creamy as ice cream made with heavy cream only.
You’ll need the following ingredients on-hand before starting:
- 2 cups half & half
- 2 cups heavy cream
- (1) 12-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
Be sure to prepare and mix your ingredients before taking the bowl out of the freezer because it will start to warm up once it’s in a room-temperature environment.
Prepare your ice cream recipe as described below. Once your ingredients are fully mixed in a bowl, you can proceed to step 2.
Remove the freeze bowl from the freezer and place the paddle (dasher) inside of it.
Raise the motor head on your Kitchenaid Stand Mixer and secure the freeze bowl on the bottom bowl clamping plate.
Attach the drive assembly to the mixer’s beater shaft on the motorhead. Slide it onto the motorhead until it won’t go any further.
This should allow the motor shaft to rotate and the center white coupling should rotate and stay centered.
Lower the motorhead and allow the drive assembly to engage with the top of the paddle (dasher) that’s sitting inside the bowl.
Lock the motor head and turn the stand mixer on “Stir” (lowest) speed.
Slowly pour your mixed ice cream batter into the bowl and watch it work!
How long Does it Take?
The KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker takes about 25 minutes to churn our vanilla ice cream recipe to a soft-serve consistency.
Tip for Harder Ice Cream
To make harder ice cream, add the soft-serve to a separate container and store it in the freezer for 2-4 hours.
We use these awesome freezer-safe ice cream storage containers to produce the icy, creamy scoops pictured above.
If you don’t already own one, be sure to get the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment today! It’s available on Amazon.
This recipe yields a little-more than a quart of vanilla ice cream.
Kitchenaid Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer
- Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker Attachment
- 2 cups half and half
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 15 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- Whisk together your ice cream ingredients until fully incorporated.
- Add ice cream maker paddle to freeze bowl, lower motor head and lock it in place.
- Turn Kitchenaid mixer to "stir" (lowest) speed.
- Slowly pour mixture into the Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker (frozen bowl).
- Churn for up to 30 minutes, or until ice cream is soft serve consistency.
- For harder ice cream, add the soft-serve to a freezer safe container and freeze for 2-4 hours.