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Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Happy National Ice Cream Day!  For fathers day I bought my hubby an ice-cream maker.  I know, an appliance may seem like a weird gift for a dad, but you don't know how much my hubby likes ice cream!  It has honestly been the most entertaining gift ever - we have had such fun playing around with different ice cream flavors, and I honestly never realized how easy it is to make your own ice cream at home.  It's the gift that keeps on giving.

I bought the Cuisinart Ice-21, (no this is not an ad), and I had decided on this one long before I found out they sold it in AQUA, (bonus for me!)  We keep the bowl in the freezer so it's ready to make ice cream at any time.  We just whip up the base, let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour minimum, then grab the bowl and set it churning.  After we wash the bowl it goes right back in the freezer so it's ready for next time.  I'm not going to lie we have been making ice cream about once a week since we got it.  I'm also looking forward to trying frozen yogurt and sorbet.

Ice Cream Maker


This peanut butter cup ice cream recipe came right out of the Cuisinart instruction book and it is not custard based, so it literally whips up in just a few minutes.  It's smooth and creamy and jam packed with chopped peanut butter cups so it's the perfect flavor for your Reese's loving family and friends.  This makes about 1.5 quarts, or 6 cups of ice cream.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped Reese's peanut butter cups

Instructions:
  1. Using a mixer, combine the peanut butter and sugar.  
  2. Add in the milk and continue to mix on low speed for 2-3 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla extract, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. When ready to churn, pour the mixture in to your ice cream maker and let it mix until thickened. (Mine took about 15 minutes for a soft serve type ice cream.  If you want it thicker, let it go a bit longer.)  
  5. Just before it's finished add half of the peanut butter cup pieces and let it churn everything together.  
  6. Transfer the ice cream to an air tight container and stir in the rest of the peanut butter cup pieces.
  7. Store in the freezer.  Scoop and serve!

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

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