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Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing


about 1-1/2 quarts

This recipe makes a deliciously rich and velvety ice cream that was an instant hit at our home. It's great in summer, but we'll make it other times of the year, too. Ruby Nelson, Mountain Home, Arkansas


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups half-and-half cream, divided
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups pitted sweet cherries, quartered


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the eggs and sugar. Gradually add 1-3/4 cups cream. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches at least 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the egg mixture. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, lemon zest and remaining cream. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. Stir in cherries. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. Allow to ripen in ice cream freezer or firm up in the refrigerator freezer for 2-4 hours before serving.

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