I don’t know about you, but the sound of a homemade ice cream maker churning takes me right back to childhood Sunday afternoons spent with my family. The kids would always want plain old vanilla or chocolate ice cream, and the adults always made a batch for themselves with fruit or other add-ins to suit their fancy.


Now that the weather’s heating up, it’s time to make some homemade treats to keep you cool! If your family has an ice cream maker or could borrow one from a friend, choose your favorite recipe below and make your own delicious, melty concoction!


  1. Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

(photo via Savvy Apron)

You can’t go wrong with classic vanilla ice cream! Unlike other recipes, this one doesn’t require any cooking ahead of time, and it doesn’t contain any raw egg. If you’ve never made ice cream at home before, this is a great recipe to start with. You can add in your own favorite ingredients like crushed Oreos or M&Ms, or you can keep it simple and serve it atop a slice of cake. Yum! Click here for the recipe. 

  1. Wendy’s Frosty Copycat Recipe

(photo via One Good Thing)

If the above recipe for vanilla ice cream is beginner level, this one is so simple that it’s almost pre-beginner level! With only three ingredients, it freezes to the consistency of a Wendy’s Frosty in no time at all—and it tastes just like one, too! This is about as “dump and go” as you can get when it comes to making ice cream, but the end product is still delicious. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Peach Ice Cream (photo via She Wears Many Hats)

(photo via She Wears Many Hats)

For you fruit lovers out there, you have tons of options for adding summer seasonal fruit into your frozen treats. Strawberries are wonderful, but as a native Georgia girl, my favorite fruity ice cream has to be peach. Here in Middle Tennessee, we’re lucky enough to have The Peach Truck as a go-to source for perfect peaches, or you can find them at the Farmers Market throughout the summer (their peak season can run all the way until late August!). When my husband and I made this recipe, we agreed that the graham crackers and cinnamon almost reminded us of a peach cobbler flavor—but the frozen, summer version. Try it for yourself! Click here for the recipe.

  1. Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

(photo via Fountain Avenue Kitchen)

Having a dairy-free lifestyle shouldn’t exclude you from a rich summer treat! This recipe is made with coconut milk. I was skeptical the first time I tried this recipe, but the coconut milk will thicken up and freeze, just like dairy milk. It has a bit of a different texture, but I love that the coconut milk makes it taste like German chocolate cake. Click here for the recipe.


For any of these recipes, you have the option to pop your ice cream in the freezer and let it harden until it’s closer to the consistency of store-bought ice cream. But honestly, how many of us are patient enough to wait another four hours to eat the ice cream?? Not me, friends!


Once you’ve chosen which recipe to try first, don’t stop there! Round up your family’s favorite toppings from chocolate chips to nuts and everything in between—or try this recipe for my favorite childhood topping option: chocolate magic shell. Invite the neighbors over, bring some bowls out on the back porch, and enjoy the company over your sweet homemade treats all summer long.



Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, an old soul, and a chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at