Brown Butter No Churn Ice Cream

I can still remember how good my Grandmother’s vanilla ice cream tasted. We would start early in the morning and make the custard full of eggs, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. We would fill the old fashioned churn with rock salt and crank the ice cream by hand. This was truly a labor of love and something I remember fondly.

When I want to entertain, I try to keep things easy and simple. And, while I still love an old-fashioned hand-churned ice cream, that requires time and special equipment. You can imagine my excitement when I came across a recipe for no-churn ice cream. Unfortunately, when I tried it, I wasn’t very impressed. The secret to no-churn ice cream is to eliminate as much water as possible in order to achieve that creamy texture. I got busy and made FIVE different variations to discover the perfect method and recipe that I’m sharing below. Can’t wait for you to try this taste of summer – no churn needed.


Brown Butter Ice Cream

  1. ½ cup (1 stick) Salted Challenge Butter
  2. 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  3. 4 ounces Challenge Whipped Cream Cheese
  4. 1 cup heavy cream
  5. 1 ½ cups low-fat 2% evaporated milk
  6. 1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Cookie Sandwiches and Cones

  1. 1 dozen your favorite cookies
  2. 1 cup melting candy wafers, flavor of your choice
  4. Assorted candies or toppings such as: crushed nuts, coconut, sprinkles, small candies, mini chocolate chips, crushed pretzels


  1. 1

    In a small skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Continue cooking butter until fragrant and small brown pieces form in the bottom of the pan. Watch carefully as it can burn. Let cool.

  2. 2

    Using a hand mixer or a wire whisk, combine sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese cream and evaporated milk. Mix in brown butter and vanilla.

  3. 3

    Pour mixture into a loaf pan. Place into freezer for at least 6 hours.

  4. 4

    To decorate cookie cups or ice cream cones, melt candy wafers as directed on package. Dip the edges of cone or cup into melted candy. Immediately dip into desired topping. Place a generous scoop of ice cream in the middle of a decorated cookie. Place second cookie on top and push down to flatten and fill cookie sandwich to the edges with ice cream. Fill cones with ice cream, and sprinkles or toppings if desired!

Tip: Make ice cream ahead of time. Melt chocolate and have toppings available and arranged on table. Invite your guests to make their own cone or ice cream sandwich for the Ultimate Ice Cream Party!

Servings: About 5 cups of ice cream


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