Molasses Ice Cream


We had some friends over on Saturday & while the kiddies were playing with playdough, one of them asked for ice cream. I remembered that I had heavy cream on hand, so I thought I’d whip up a batch. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my ice cream recipe book. Before I looked up a recipe online, my friend told me that she had a recipe that would be great. The recipe called for 1/4 cup of maple syrup – which I didn’t have – so I ended up with this happy little discovery:


Molasses Cookie Ice Cream!


I used molasses instead of maple syrup. Since the ice cream doesn’t call for much sugar at all, it’s not incredibly sweet. Which I like. But to add a little bit more sweetness & depth to the simple ice cream, I rolled each scoop in ginger, cinnamon & sugar. Oh, it’s good. It’s the perfect amount of sweet. This particular recipe (probably because of the 2 cups of cream it calls for) sets up really well in the ice cream maker.



  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Mix the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and molasses well. Add the milk and blend well. Stir the cream just until blended. Pour into ice cream maker! Once it’s just about set, put ice cream in the freezer to finish setting up– about 2-3 hours. Scoop balls of ice cream onto a cookie tray & put them back into the freezer for a couple minutes. Add cinnamon, sugar & ginger (to taste) into a bowl. Remove ice cream scoops from freezer & roll in sugar mixture. Serve. Makes about 18 scoops. (adapted from this recipe)

Now that it’s finally warming up, I’m going to be making ice cream & granitas quite often. Growing up, we made it a tradition to make ice cream often during the summer. My favorite was making blackberry sorbet out of the fresh berries from my mom’s incredible garden. Do you make home made ice cream?

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    1. Emily says:

      YUM! Sounds delicious! (And of course I pinned it!)

    2. phil says:

      miam miam !!! :-)

    3. Wow this sounds SO yummy! I love homemade ice cream. One time I told my husband I was craving homemade ice cream and he said, “you can’t make ice cream at home.” He had never seen it done!

    4. That looks incredibly delicious! We love to make Key Lime Pie Ice Cream in our home… after we got addicted to the sadly discounted key lime pie ice cream from ben & jerry’s.

      I’ve also made ice cream in my class with my students, too! All you need is a couple of plastic bags, ice with rock salt, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla! Its easy and the students love to shake the plastic bag up until it turns into ice cream :)

    5. jen says:

      we just made homemade ice cream weekend before last! We’re still working on ours, cause it made a ton! We did simple vanilla and added raspberries. Mmmmm. I never would have thought to roll the scoops in sugar…I’ll have to try!

    6. holler…this sound delicious, i’ll be giving it a whirl!

    7. Diana Smith says:

      this looks so tasty! I love the unique flavor, never knew you could do that!

    8. oooh this looks amazing! now i’ve got to get that ice cream maker;)!

    9. Alma says:

      Tried this last night and it was AMAZING! I’m a sucker for molasses. I added ginger and cinnamon to the ice cream. Yum!

    10. Sarah says:

      This sounds great! I can’t wait to try this! Do you think it would be good with a little bit of candied ginger in there?

    11. […] wasn’t even thinking about making homemade ice cream until I read this recipe for Molasses Cookie Ice Cream.  It just looked so yummy and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days on end (should I […]

    12. Celeste says:

      I am so making this soon. I have always had a hard time getting ice cream to set, so maybe this will break the trend!
      Thanks for sharing, lovely photos!

    13. leslie says:

      That looks so good, Melissa! i love molasses.

    14. […] mentioned a while back that I found a recipe for molasses ice cream here.  Although I really wanted to try it, I wasn’t too keen on making homemade ice cream with […]

    15. TONY says:

      The recipe looks delicious but I’m concerned about raw egg yolk .
      Thanks Melissa !

      • Melissa says:

        It hasn’t been a problem for us, but I wouldn’t recommend using this exact recipe if you plan on feeding young kids (12 months or younger) or if you are immune compromised. You can make a quick custard (which cooks the yolks):

        Whisk eggs and sugar in a bowl. Heat up milk in a small sauce pan until simmering (bubbles on the edges). Slowly pour the milk into the egg mixture while beating with a whisk. Then follow the rest of the recipe as written above.

        Using the above instructions will cook the eggs while preserving the consistency.

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