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Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

When I got my ice cream maker, a friend shared her dreamy freezy cheesecake recipe. For guests, I scoop this into tart shells. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Process: 25 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    1-1/2 quarts


  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries
  • Sliced fresh strawberries or crushed graham crackers, optional


  • Place the first six ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Add whipping cream; cover and process until blended. Remove to a large bowl.
  • Add 1-1/2 cups strawberries to blender; cover and process until pureed. Stir into cream mixture.
  • Fill cylinder of ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. (Refrigerate any remaining mixture until ready to freeze.)
  • Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 4-6 hours or until firm. If desired, serve with sliced strawberries and graham crackers.
Health Tip: Do a healthified riff on peaches and cream: Fill a dish with sliced fresh peaches topped with a little scoop of this must-have ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 234 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 87mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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