Homemade Cherry Ice Cream

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream (with an Ice Cream Maker) Recipe

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Recipe (with an Ice Cream Machine), a delightful frozen treat that will satisfy your sweet cravings.

This easy-to-make dessert requires a handful of simple ingredients, making it a perfect addition to any gathering or a delightful treat for a lazy afternoon.

To whip up this scrumptious dessert, you’ll need cream, yogurt, milk, cherry concentrate, fresh cherries, sugar, almond extract, and a pinch of salt. These ingredients come together in harmony, creating a burst of cherry goodness in every spoonful.

Serving this luscious ice cream is a breeze. Scoop it into your favorite waffle cones or serve it in bowls topped with fresh cherry slices for an extra touch of fruitiness.

For an indulgent twist, pair it with warm chocolate brownies or drizzle a bit of hot fudge sauce over the top.

Here are some helpful tips and tricks to ensure your ice cream turns out just right.

When blending the mixture, aim for a smooth texture with small bits of cherries remaining, giving it a delightful texture.

Be sure to follow the instructions that come with your ice cream maker for optimal freezing time.

Once the ice cream is set, transfer it to an airtight container to maintain its freshness and avoid freezer burn.

2 scoops of Homemade Cherry Ice Cream in a waffle bowl.

Tips and Tricks

Perfect Blending

For the best texture, make sure your cherries are evenly blended. If you find chunks of cherries are still too large after the initial blend, pulse the mixture a few more times to achieve a smoother consistency.

Sweetness Adjustments

If you prefer your ice cream a bit less sweet, you can reduce the amount of sugar. Start with ¼ cup of sugar, blend, and taste the mixture. You can always add more sugar if needed.

Using Fresh Cherries

If you want to use fresh cherries instead of frozen, make sure to pit them first and slightly freeze them before blending. This will help maintain the cold temperature needed for the ice cream mixture.

Enhancing Flavor

For an extra burst of flavor, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract along with the almond extract. This will give the ice cream a richer taste.

Freezing Time

If you want a softer serve consistency, you can reduce the final freezing time to about 2 hours. For firmer ice cream, ensure it stays in the freezer for at least 4 hours or until it reaches your desired firmness.

Storage Tips

To prevent ice crystals from forming on your ice cream, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface before sealing the container. This will help maintain a smooth texture.

Serving Suggestions

Let the ice cream sit at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes before scooping. This makes it easier to serve and enhances the creamy texture.

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Closeup of Homemade Cherry Ice Cream in a chocolate covered waffle bowl with fresh cherries.

Don’t have an Ice Cream Maker? This is the one we use, and recommend.

These Ice Cream Containers aren’t necessary, you can just use a freezer safe container, but I love these containers:

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2 scoops of Homemade Cherry Ice Cream in a waffle bowl.

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream

Nesting Lane Indulge
Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Recipe (with an Ice Cream Maker). A super easy dessert the whole family will love!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling & Freeze 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup fat free milk
  • ¼ cup cherry concentrate
  • 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch salt


  • Put cream, yogurt, milk, and cherry concentrate into a blender.
  • Add cherries, sugar, almond extract, and salt.
  • Blend everything until you only see small bits of cherries left.
  • Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker.
  • Follow the instructions that came with the ice cream maker and freeze the mixture for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, take out the ice cream and put it in a container that can be sealed tightly.
  • Freeze for around 4 hours until it becomes firm.


Calories: 434kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 6gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 86mgPotassium: 384mgFiber: 1gSugar: 50gCalcium: 192mg
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