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Simple KitchenAid Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

November 12, 2021

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Whip up a batch of delicious homemade vanilla ice cream easily at home with a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment and this simple recipe.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment on mixer with both of ice cream beside it

I've always been a huge fan of ice cream.

I like it in all forms. Hidden in a cake, plopped on a cone or stuck inside a sandwich.

However, my favorite way to enjoy it, is in a bowl.

Savoring one slow spoonful at time. Mmmmm.

Unfortunately, over the past year, it started to bug my stomach. I have no idea why, really.

It wasn't the milk, I drank that all the time.

And I usually bought vanilla, so it wasn't the fruit or nuts.

Eventually, after trying too many brands to count, I realized that all of them, including Breyers, used some kind of gum and included "natural flavors" which is a catchall term that can't be quantified. Bummer.

Then one magical day, my friend Carla posted her recipe for Strawberry Waffle Cone Ice Cream and I thought that maybe that was the answer. Homemade ice cream. 

I could control what I put in it and it would certainly be healthier.

So I reached out and and asked her what kind of ice cream maker she used for the recipe.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker churning ice cream

Turns out she had a KitchenAid ice cream attachment (<--this one) which was fabulous to hear, since I had a KitchenAid mixer!

We'd given it to my daughter as a late Christmas gift.

I'd found the mixer for a crazy good price(<--this one), but it was never in stock, so I waited until it became available in January.

And it was such a good investment.

It's a 4.5 quart, which is smaller than what I've seen around, but more than sufficient for our simple dessert recipe needs. 

I don't think that a day has gone by that it hasn't been used. 

So investing in the ice cream attachment was a no brainer. 

Once it arrived, I just had to find a decent vanilla ice cream recipe, without eggs

Now, there are a ton of them out there, but like I said, we're simple folks when it comes to food.

So we experimented with our own, one that uses 2% milk rather than whole and less vanilla than most call for and it's become our go to.

And guess what? 

No more ice cream stomachaches. 

How fabulous.

How To Make No Egg Vanilla Ice Cream With A KitchenAid Mixer


1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of sugar
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups 2% milk

Pure Vanilla For Ice Cream Recipe in front of a bowl of ingredients

Now, the one thing I must warn, is that while the ice cream itself may be super simple to make, there's a lot of waiting around in the process. 

For example, step one requires that the day before you gather your ingredients, you need to put your ice cream attachment bowl into the freezer.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Bowl in freezer

For about 15 hours. Yup. Fifteen.

This is definitely not a Gee, I think I'll have some ice cream now kind of recipe. You need a plan. 

We usually put the bowl in the freezer the night before. 

Then, the next morning, we get started with the good stuff.

In a glass mixing bowl, we stir or whisk all of the ingredients together well, until the salt and sugar have dissolved.

Whisking Ice Cream Recipe ingredients together in a glass bowl

Next, we cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for a few more hours, until it's completely chilled.  

More waiting. 

Once we're ready to churn, we take the mixture out of the fridge and pour it into the frozen KitchenAid bowl, which has been removed from the freezer and attached to the mixer with all its pieces.

We start the mixer, pour the ice cream batter inside and let the machine do its magic for about 20-30 minutes.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment on mixer with both of ice cream beside it

When the ice cream looks done, we scoop it out of the attachment bowl, place it in another bowl and cover it, for one last trip to the freezer.

For another 2-3 hours. While we wait some more.

I told you, lots of waiting.

But when it's done, it's SO worth it. 

The ice cream is fresh, cool and very, very delicious.

You can eat it alone or top it with anything you like.

Homemade Ice Cream in a red bowl with chocolate chips and strawberry

You can even add a hard shell of chocolate to it, with this quick recipe.

Or you can eat it like I do.

One slow spoonful at a time.

Every time you walk by the freezer.

Until it disappears.


The Easiest  KitchenAid  Vanilla Ice Cream  Recipe

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Author: Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable
Simple KitchenAid Mixer Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Simple KitchenAid Mixer Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Whip up a batch of delicious vanilla ice cream easily at home with a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment and this simple recipe.


Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups 2% milk


Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe For KitchenAid Mixer
  1. Freeze mixer bowl for 15 hours ahead of time
  2. In a glass blow, mix all ingredients together well, cover
  3. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours until chilled
  4. Add ice cream batter to mixing bowl and churn for 20-30 minutes according to KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment instructions
  5. Put ice cream into another bowl, cover and freeze again for 2-3 hours
  6. Serve


You can top your ice cream with a variety of fruit, nuts or chocolate.

You can also pop it on top of pie.

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  1. Sounds like in the end all the patience and hours of prep pay off. I am the same way with ice cream lately. I drink tons of milk and never have an issue so maybe it is the heavy cream in ice cream that is too much. Glad you could make your recipe with 2%. Happy Friday. xoxo Kris

    1. I think the 2% made the big difference, Kris. That and whatever mystery ingredients that are in store bought ice cream that we didn't add. SO much better!! xo

  2. Looks good to me, and I have a kitchen aid mixer :^) I will petition Santa Claus for the attachment!!
    Now, to find a sugar free (except for the berries) strawberry/vanilla recipe.......hmmmmmmmmm.
    Blessings to you, J

    1. It's a dangerous little attachment, J. The only good thing is that it does take a while to freeze and prep so I can't eat it 24/7...which I would. I have also seen sugar free recipes, so you're in luck. Or not. Haha!

    2. I made some triple chocolate ice cream (recipe in the kitchen aid maker book)with no sugar. I used Julian Bakery Monk fruit. Only one heaping tablespoon. It was super good!!

    3. Wow, that sounds so good. I need to check out that book! Thanks for the suggestion!!

  3. You eat your ice-cream just like I do! A generous spoonful at a time every time that I walk by the fridge!

    By the way, that is a lovely photo of you on your blog.

    1. It's the best, Briana! And thank you so much, I'm not a fan of photos. It took me a loooong time to put one up.

  4. I LOVE vanilla ice I need to head to Stewart's for some since I don't make my own and their ice cream is the best around!

  5. Thank you for sharing your recipe. My sister struggles with ice cream, I will have to make your recipe.. just for her. :-)

    I make a Cinnamon Ice Cream for Thanksgiving. It is delicious with pumpkin or apple pie.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Carla! I can't tell you what a difference it's made. It's been years since I've eaten it and enjoyed it without feeling bad. The Cinnamon recipe sounds amazing. Care to share?

  6. Looks like I might need to get that ice cream attachment for my kitchen aid! Sounds yummy.

  7. I'm so glad that you found a solution and now you can make your own ice cream. It seems like a lot of time and waiting but so worth it for you. I would never have thought to make it in the Kitchen Aid Mixer. Enjoy the weekend and your vanilla ice cream Kim.

    1. It's a lot of time waiting, Julie. Not good when you're hungry...very good for my waistline!! Haha!!

  8. I have the same mixer in black - and I got mine for a good deal too.
    I'm not an ice cream eater though. I would never eat it plain, and even when we go out for ice cream, I usually end up getting something else. I do have a pampered chef ice cream maker, that Bob and the grand kids enjoy.

    1. Interesting. I never thought of Pampered Chef. I love their items. I bet it makes great ice cream!

  9. Kim,
    I sure do love ice cream and it is one of my weaknesses.....Sorry that I have not been by sooner but I am on a mission to have the entire house decorated by Thanksgiving Day.... I want to sit back and relax and enjoy the Holiday season. We will also have our Grand Pup for 5 days while my son and DIL are away on vacation so I want to be able to devote that time to keeping an eye on her!! LOL!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! I am posting now over on my Christmas blog but there are links over on my regular blog to posts on the Christmas blog.....
    Have a great day!

    1. Always love seeing your Christmas decor Deb. I will be by to take a peek! Enjoy that pup!!

  10. Kim, oh my goodness this sounds so good. I have the Kitchen Aid mixer but not the ice cream attachments. I have been so good putting my spoon down for awhile. I am being good and waiting until my next doc appt to see where my sugar counts are. If they are good, I will just have to treat myself once in awhile and this sounds like a good way to go..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

    1. It's a lovely thing to have around the house, Judy, but it's definitely dangerous when it comes to sugar counts! Thankfully I'm pretty lazy about cooking/ baking, so if my daughter isn't here to make it, I don't eat it!! xxoo

  11. The ice cream maker attachment is something I'm definitely going to consider. I have a Kitchen Aid mixer so, there's that. My family loves ice cream, and the thought of making it healthier is very appealing!

    1. So worth it, Amy. We’re using it all the time. I highly recommend Googling for the best price though, I was shocked at the differences. Maybe they’ll be on sale during the holidays!

  12. I purchased the attachment several weeks ago. I pinned this recipe a few weeks ago. I remembered last night to pick up whipping cream. I made this today and it was delicious! I love a good ice cream and I’m very picky about my ice cream. I don’t eat it randomly. I have specific places that I will go out of my way to stop at just for good ice cream.

    Julie @

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Julie!! It's our go to ice cream now. We should probably try to make some other flavors, but this one is so good {and so easy} we haven't had the desire. Yet!! Thanks so much for letting me know you tried it. If you do find other recipes you love, I hope you'll come back and let me know!!

  13. This tasted so good. I have made homemade ice cream in the past but this is the first time with my kitchen aid and this recipe turned out perfect. So creamy.

    1. Oh, I'm so glad you liked it! ☺️ It's our favorite now and it's so easy. I'm not cook, and even I can manage to make this one! Thanks so much for the comment!

  14. Just made is ice cream it is delicious

    1. SO glad you like it! It really is simple to make and delicious every time. Thanks for letting me know it worked out well for you!

  15. Hi! I tried this and unfortunately it didn’t work at all. After 90 minutes of stirring it was still completely liquid. I googled a bunch of troubleshooting things. My bowl was definitely frozen enough (had been in freezer for multiple days and could hear it slosh inside the bowl prior to freezing and couldn’t hear it sloshing once frozen). I had chilled premixed ingredients. I used on “stir” only. I had a similar problem last time I made a different ice cream recipes but it at least got slushy last time. Any tips? Thanks!

    1. Hmmm. I'm so sorry that happened to you. It sounds very frustrating. The only thing I can think of is maybe it has to do with the milk fat content? We've made it with whole milk, skim and 2% and never had an issue, but sometimes the lower fat milk does take longer to set. Perhaps that's the issue? I hope you can make it work.

  16. Mine is usually liquid, but freezes well in the freezer within a few hours. I make it every other day for my husband!