This Creamy Lemon Ice Cream Recipe Is What You Need Right Now by 30Seconds Food

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This Creamy Lemon Ice Cream Recipe Is What You Need Right Now

Summertime screams for lemon desserts. We think you need a bowl of refreshing, creamy lemon ice cream right about now. This is one ice cream recipe you will want to print out and keep to make over and over again.

All you need to make this easy cooked lemon ice cream is heavy cream, milk, granulated sugar, lemon zest, salt, egg yolks, lemon juice (fresh is best) and yellow food coloring if you want a more intense yellow color. The cooked ice cream is cooled then processed in an ice cream maker.  

What could be better than a bowl of creamy lemon ice cream? Lemon ice cream that's sandwiched between two cookies. This little tip in Recipe Notes below will help you create a dessert you won't soon forget. Any cookie will work – lemon is a flavor that plays well with others. If you want an even simpler version of this lemon ice cream sandwich recipe, buy store-bought lemon ice cream. We won't tell. With temperatures rising, you need a refreshing lemon dessert recipe.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 4 hours for chilling/freezing
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours and 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 teaspoons lemon zest
  • dash of salt
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • yellow food coloring (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • If making ice cream sandwiches, let the ice cream soften just slightly so it scoops out easily. Add one scoop on top of a cookie, put another on top and gently press to form the ice cream sandwich. Place in a container. Repeat with the remaining ice cream and cookies. Cover and store in the freezer until ready to serve. 

Here's how to make it: 

  1. To make the ice cream, put the cream, milk, sugar, lemon zest and salt into a saucepot. Bring it to a boil. 
  2. While it's coming to a boil, beat the egg yolks in a bowl. Add about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture to the eggs to temper. Pour the egg yolks into the saucepot. Whisk to combine. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture can coat the back of a spoon, about 4 to 5 minutes. Do not boil.
  3. Add the lemon juice and whisk. If using yellow food coloring, add now. Stir. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold, abut 2 hours.
  4. Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer the processed ice cream into a container and freeze about 2 hours.

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Elisa Schmitz
What an amazing idea. I love lemon, and ice cream sandwiches are a perfect way to enjoy this summer flavor! #yum
Donna John
I know! These look so refreshing! You could switch this up with any ice cream or cookie. Get creative! Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Julie Rose
How delicious 😍

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