Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Coffee and ice cream? It’s the best of both worlds. This homemade coffee ice cream recipe is literally the best thing since iced coffee. It’s bursting with coffee flavor, smooth, creamy, and oh so stinking delicious.

How To Make Coffee Ice Cream

This coffee ice cream is a combination of half and half, heavy cream, coffee beans, sugar, and sea salt are heated in a saucepan and allowed to steep to create coffee-infused cream.

Egg yolks and sugar are combined until it’s pale yellow, then the coffee cream is tempered into the yolks. The custard is gently cooked on medium-low heat until it thickens. Add in the remaining heavy cream, and that’s it!

You’ve made your coffee custard base! All that’s left to do is refrigerate it overnight and churn it in an ice cream maker!

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Coffee and ice cream? What could be better? Absolutely nothing is better than a creamy scoop of coffee-infused ice cream!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Freeze Time 4 hours
Course Dessert
Servings 10
Calories 269 kcal


  • 1 cup half and half milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups whole coffee beans
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Add the half and half,1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, coffee beans, sea salt, and 1 cup of the heavy cream to a medium saucepan. Heat the coffee mixture over medium-low heat for3-5 minutes just until the mixture is about to boil. Remove the coffee cream from the stove and let it rest for 1 hour.
  • Place the egg yolks into a large bowl with the remaining granulated sugar and whisk it until it is pale yellow in color. 
  • Place the cream and coffee mixture on the stove on medium-low heat until the mixture is heated. Gradually pour 1 cup of the coffee cream into the egg yolks, frequently whisking to prevent the eggs from coagulating. 
  • Add the egg and coffee mixture back into the remaining cream and return it to the stove over medium-low heat. Cook the custard for 8-10 minutes, frequently stirring until the custard thickens and coats the back of your spoon. 
  • Pour the coffee custard through a fine-mesh strainer set over a large bowl, making sure to press the coffee beans to get as much flavor as possible, then throw away the beans. Stir in the remaining cream and vanilla. 
  • Allow the coffee custard base to cool completely before covering the custard with plastic wrap. Press the wrap directly on the surface of the coffee custard to prevent a skin from forming, then chill it overnight. 
  • Churn the coffee ice cream base in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions, then transfer the coffee ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for 4-6 hours.


  • If you do not have access to whole coffee beans, use 1/2 cup of decaffeinated coffee grounds.
  • Make sure you pour the coffee through a fine-mesh sieve. It sounds a little unnecessary, but if you do not strain it, it may affect the texture of your ice cream! The strainer catches pieces of the eggs that may have coagulated. 


Serving: 127gCalories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 15.82gProtein: 4.15gFat: 21.41gSaturated Fat: 12.73gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.07gMonounsaturated Fat: 6.52gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 180mgPotassium: 157mgSugar: 12.37gVitamin A: 878IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 0.29mg
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