Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

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Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream is the one of the most popular ice cream flavors around.  And now you can make it homemade in your own kitchen!

Bowl of Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

My son and I were watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees last night, and the pitcher was literally dripping with sweat.  I said to my son, “Wow, it must be hot back East!”  We happen to live in San Diego, where the temperature is pretty mild all year long, and it’s currently only in the low 70’s.  So my son’s response was, “No way Mom.  It must be raining.” 

I guess it’s kind of difficult to comprehend that it’s already sweltering in places like Boston and NYC and Atlanta and Dallas… when we’re still feeling a slight chill in the air.  So for all of you experiencing that icky, HOT weather already, I made some Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream. You’re welcome.

Ingredients needed for Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Ingredients needed for Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream:

This is such a super simple ice cream recipe- only the ingredients you see here are involved.  You’ll need milk, cream, vanilla, peanut butter, sugar and peanut butter cups. There are no eggs in the recipe… which means no heating up and no custard-making and no waiting for the mixture to chill before you process it in your ice cream maker.  You have an ice cream maker, right??

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

If you’re a fan of peanut butter and chocolate together, you’re mostly likely a big fan of peanut butter cups.  And if you’re a fan of peanut butter cups, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they are really, really awesome when they’re fresh out of the freezer.

Bowl of Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

So it’s really a no-brainer to put them in ice cream, where you can eat a piece of frozen peanut butter cup in every bite. Yep.

This is an easy ice cream recipe to make because you just mix the base ingredients together and you can put it in your ice cream machine right away.  You don’t have to wait for it to chill overnight.  Immediate gratification!

Bowl of Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

When I made this for the first time, I had a bite, or two, or more likely about 36. It was worth every calorie. It was worth every peanut buttery, slightly salty and chocolatey chunky bite. It was worth the extra miles I had to run at the gym and the salad I ate for lunch.

I suggest you make it, especially if you’re in one of those HOT places right now, or if you’re a Red Sox fan (because I like you), or if you’re just craving chocolate-peanut butter things. And just for the record, I like Yankee’s fans too (the nice ones) 🙂

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Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

What's not to love about a peanut buttery ice cream with chunks of peanut butter cup mixed in?
Prep Time 12 minutes
Processing Time: 30 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 359kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter cup ice cream


  • Ice Cream Maker


  • cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups chopped chocolate peanut butter cups (8 to 10 regular size PB cups)



  • In a medium mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to combine peanut butter and sugar until smooth. Add milk and mix on low until sugar is dissolved- a full two minutes. You don't want to be tasting crunches of sugar in your ice cream, so give it a chance to dissolve. Mix in heavy cream and vanilla and beat until well combined and smooth.


  • Turn on your ice cream machine, pour the base in the freezer bowl (make sure it has been in your freezer for 24 hours), and let mix until thickened, about 25 to 30 minutes. A couple of minutes before you're ready stop the mixing, add in the chopped peanut butter cups. The ice cream will be a soft-serve consistency. You can eat it right away, or freeze to eat later. If you freeze it for later, it will be more ice-cream-scoopable. Let it sit out for a few minutes before you try to scoop it.


  • *This recipe is GLUTEN FREE adaptable. If you're preparing this recipe as Gluten Free, make sure you use Reeses snack size or miniatures (those are known to be GF), and use a brand of peanut butter that is recognized as GF.
  • *Here's an easy way to measure sticky peanut butter: Just spray the measuring cups with nonstick spray before you spoon the peanut butter into them. It'll slide right out!
  • *Make sure you freeze your ice cream processor's freezer bowl for a full 24 hours before processing your ice cream.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 541IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Michelle Hobbs wrote:

    Recipe Girl, you are the best! This ice cream is the bomb. Everyone loves it. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Kim wrote:

    I made this last weekend and it was amazing ! Love that it comes out thick, like a store bought ice cream, but with simple ingredients. Will definitely be making again !!!

  • April B. wrote:

    All I can say is YUM!!! I made this for my husband who LOVES peanut butter. This recipe is fantastic. It is creamy, peanut buttery bliss! Thank you for the recipe.

  • Peggy Leigh wrote:

    will this recipe work in old fashioned Ice Cream freezer using ice, ice cream salt, etc.??? I think mine is gallon size. Whatcha’ think???

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yes, I believe it should work in an old-fashioned ice cream maker!

  • Southern Girl wrote:

    Have made this three or four times now and it’s delicious. I always let it freeze after I make it so I think I added too many peanut butter cups cause it wasn’t the burst of candy goodness I wanted. I have added Heath bits the last few times and it was delicious. Ice cream base is the fantastic.

  • Pip wrote:

    Is the base of this peanut buttery enough without the candy? I don’t have the candy but want the ice cream lol

  • Samrobin wrote:

    Just made this! It turned out great and I look forward to making it many more times!

  • Ann Bartman wrote:

    My boyfriend and I made this for our New Year’s Eve treat. So creamy and good! The recipe was super easy! Thank you 🙂

  • Nancy Valdez wrote:

    O*M*G!!! Get thee behind me Satan!!! If you don’t, then I am going to have to get an ice cream maker and forget about losing weight!!! This sounds absolutely decadant…two of my all time favorite flavors in one bowl!!!

  • Julie wrote:

    Any suggestions on how to make a chocolate base? I’m not sure how much cocoa to add to it. This looks great tho, definitely gonna have to try it out! 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’d just go with a recipe for chocolate ice cream and then add some peanut butter cups!

  • Megan Gillespie wrote:

    Wow does this look amazing!! I recently got an ice cream maker and I think this will be the first thing I try out! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Gina B wrote:

    Made this with my roommates tonight – it was positively delicious, but even though we ran the ice cream maker for probably 2 hours, it never got that smooth texture. Oh well!

  • Judy wrote:

    Just made this – all I can say is O>>>>M>>>>>G>>>>> 🙂

  • Chaya wrote:

    This is a good reason to use my ice cream maker, a very good reason.

  • JJ wrote:

    Lori, Started following your blog a few weeks ago – always enjoy visiting! Made your margarita cupcakes for a summer party! They were a hit!

    This ice cream looks amazing, and I just got an ice cream maker too! I’d love to try it, but unfortunately….as much as I love the chocolate/PB combo, I’m allergic to PB. I could easily sub another candy bar for the PB cups, but do you have suggestions as to what to replace the peanut butter itself with?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I think it would be okay to use almond butter- especially if you can find Barney Butter, which is a very smooth and already mixed brand of almond butter. Check their website.

  • W H Stoneman wrote:

    Nice…love that PB!

  • Susie wrote:

    This looks absolutely wonderful! I think I’m gonna have to dig my ice cream maker out. Thanks for posting!

  • meghan wrote:

    I bought an ice cream maker just so I could make this! Mine doesn’t let you take off the lid to add in the peanut butter cups before it’s done mixing, so I just mixed them in by hand before putting it into the freezer to harden. So excited for it to be ready!