Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

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Coffee ice cream is a rich and creamy ice cream with a invigorating coffee flavor, with hints of vanilla undertones.

Coffee ice cream is made using a custard base, and then adding your favorite freshly brewed coffee or espresso to flavor the ice cream cream.

Coffee can be a very powerful flavor, therefore we’ll only be adding a couple of ounces of coffee to flavor the ice cream.

If you’re concerned about the flavor, only add 1 fluid ounce at a time, and taste test it. Only add as much as you need to.

If you over flavor the ice cream, you can add a little more vanilla extract to counter act the coffee flavor.

Alternatively, you can add a bit more whole milk to thin out the coffee flavor.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

What can you add to coffee ice cream

In the last 5 minutes of churning coffee ice cream, you can add:

  • mini chocolate chips
  • toffee bits
  • sprinkles
  • raisins
  • caramel sauce (marbled look)
  • gingerbread pieces
  • crushed cookies
  • chocolate sauce (marbled look)
  • mini peanut butter cups
Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

What can you serve coffee ice cream in

You can make your own chocolate cups to serve your coffee ice cream in for a special treat.

If you don’t have a silicone mold, you can use a cupcake liner and paint the inside of the liner with melted chocolate.

Place the cup in the fridge for a few hours, then remove the outer paper lining.

Serve your coffee ice cream in your delicious chocolate cup.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

How to make coffee ice cream using an ice cream maker.
Prep Time30 minutes
Active Time25 minutes
Fridge/Freezer time9 hours
Total Time9 hours 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream
Yield: 10 people


  • espresso maker
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Saucepan
  • mesh sieve


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 shots freshly brewed espresso/strong coffee


  • In a medium saucepan over low to medium heat add the heavy cream, whole milk, sugar and salt. Whisk to fully dissolve the sugar ~ 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In a large glass bowl place add the egg yolks and whisk the yolks together.
  • Slowly whisk 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. You do not want to cook the eggs. Only add a couple of tablespoons at a time at the beginning and whisk vigorously to prevent the eggs from cooking. Continue whisking until 1 cup of the hot milk in mixed into the egg yolks.
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan. Whisk until it comes to a simmer.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat source and mix in the vanilla and espresso or hot coffee. 
  • Pour the mixture through a sieve and place in fridge until chilled (about 6 hours, but leave it overnight in the fridge to make it easy).
  • Add mixture to ice cream maker and churn for 20-25 min.
  • Freeze mixture for another 3 hours until fully chilled for ice cream and not just soft serve.


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