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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 ice cream- Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream.

This is such a super simple ice cream recipe- only the ingredients you see here are involved, and there are no eggs… 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??

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.

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.

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 2 miles I had to run at the gym today 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) 🙂

Yield: About 7 cups of ice cream

Prep Time: 12 min + processing time

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

A peanut buttery ice cream with chocolate peanut butter cup chunks mixed in...


1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 1/4 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped chocolate peanut butter cups (8 to 10 regular-sized PB cups)


1. Make the base: 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.

2. Process the ice cream: Turn on your ice cream machine, pour the base in the freezer bowl, 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.

Source: (adapted from The Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker recipe booklet)

73 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream”

  1. postedJun 9, 2011 4:03 AM

    This is totally worth the extra 2 miles… YUM!

  2. postedJun 9, 2011 4:05 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    omg does this look amazing, I so want to make it but I’d be at risk of eating the entire batch! it is probably safer that i don’t have my own ice cream maker.

  3. postedJun 9, 2011 4:19 AM

    Oh my delish! Reece’s are my favorite. I am pulling out the ice cream maker this weekend and this will be on my list of homemade treats. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. postedJun 9, 2011 4:38 AM

    Yep, it’s pretty hot back here (KY)! Went out to work in my garden and I looked like those baseball players! This ice cream would take the edge off any hot day! Looks delicious, as usual!

  5. postedJun 9, 2011 5:04 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Lori it looks AWESOME! I just made this ridic decadent PB based dessert today that I will be blogging about in a few days. I adore Reeses PB cups. I love that you ran 2 extra miles for this ice cream…I would have too:)

  6. postedJun 9, 2011 5:12 AM

    I have an ice cream maker on my wish list and am hoping to get one this summer! This recipe looks fantastic… and yes, it is a heatwave out here right now… so this would be perfect!

  7. postedJun 9, 2011 5:17 AM

    Oh, the lovely peanut butter. That would definitely help in this Atlanta weather. If only my son wasn’t allergic to ALL nuts…

  8. postedJun 9, 2011 6:32 AM

    Yum! I need to break out the ice cream maker!

  9. postedJun 9, 2011 6:39 AM

    It’s reasons like this that purchasing an ice cream maker was 100% worth it. I love having my own private ice cream parlor in my freezer! I am totally making this when I get back from my scuba diving trip! I <3 peanut butter and chocolate almost more than life itself.

  10. postedJun 9, 2011 6:40 AM

    YUM! I’d be all over this!!

  11. postedJun 9, 2011 7:15 AM

    I really need an ice cream maker. Mmmm.

  12. postedJun 9, 2011 7:18 AM

    ooooooooohhhh my lord! This looks to die for!

  13. postedJun 9, 2011 7:20 AM
    Danielle D.

    This is dangerous stuff! I need an ice cream maker too. Any suggestions on which ones work best?

    • postedJun 9, 2011 10:05 AM

      I love my Cuisinart 2 Quart Frozen Yogurt- Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker. It does the job!

  14. postedJun 9, 2011 7:24 AM

    This makes me want to go out and buy an ice cream maker, stat! But I’m with Lauren, that would probably be super dangerous.

  15. postedJun 9, 2011 8:01 AM

    Be still my heart. The Red Sox beating the Yankees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and homemade ice cream all in the same blog post?! This may just be the most perfect blog post ever. LOL!

  16. postedJun 9, 2011 11:00 AM

    Lori–This looks amazing! I am in a serious ice cream mood right and this looks perfect!

  17. postedJun 9, 2011 11:42 AM

    I could just KISS you for this!!!

  18. postedJun 9, 2011 11:49 AM

    O…M…G…!! Yes, ma’am, this will be in my freezer tonight!!!
    Nothing in the world, no NOTHING, is better than PB and Chocolate!!

  19. postedJun 9, 2011 12:39 PM

    I just pulled this up and this is so what I need right now. May have to fudge it and get me a pack of reeses and some ice cream and do my own mix ins! I could eat this off the page! mmmmm. xx

  20. postedJun 9, 2011 2:09 PM

    Wow that looks amazing! I bet my hubby would looooove this 😀

  21. postedJun 9, 2011 2:34 PM

    I would have totally eaten the whole thing. You can come down here to Tampa an and drip sweat from the second you walk outside!!!!
    Oh and if you previously subscribed to my blog via an RSS feed. My feed address has changed. So if you have not been getting my current updates, you might want to re-subscribe.

    • postedJun 9, 2011 5:43 PM

      Thanks, I did just that!

  22. postedJun 9, 2011 5:03 PM

    There must be something wrong with me….I’ve never liked peanut butter cups. Do you believe it?
    And I’ve never met an ice cream I didn’t like either….am still debating. Shall I try it or not?

    • postedJun 9, 2011 5:42 PM

      Maybe stick another candy bar in there??

  23. postedJun 10, 2011 1:12 AM

    Oh holy cow. That looks absolutely to die for. My favorite ice cream ever created is Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup. I could die and go to heaven.

  24. postedJun 10, 2011 3:13 AM

    Definitely hot out here on the east coast! So… I need that ice cream to cool me off 😉

  25. postedJun 10, 2011 4:17 AM

    thank you from a Red Sox fan from Galway Ireland:)

  26. postedJun 10, 2011 7:00 AM

    I want a scoop right now!

  27. postedJun 10, 2011 9:40 AM

    Yes – it was sweltering here in Boston for a few days! Luckily, it’s cooled off a bit, but I could eat this ice cream in any weather :).

  28. postedJun 10, 2011 11:08 AM

    I cannot think of a better thing to eat! Thank you!! I heart you!

  29. postedJun 10, 2011 11:08 AM

    I cannot think of a better thing to eat! Thank you!! I heart you!!

  30. postedJun 10, 2011 11:14 AM

    I was just thinking of making some pb cup ice cream very soon with the little teeny-tiny mini Reese’s pb cups I have waiting to be used in the cupboard. I was going back and forth between chocolate or vanilla ice cream to put them in but I like this idea of peanut butter ice cream…what could be better than even more peanut butter?!? ; )

  31. postedJun 10, 2011 1:09 PM

    This looks absolutely amazing! I was thinking of making ice cream soon. I have some pistachios, so I was going to use them – but I am not sure if I can avoid this one!

  32. postedJun 10, 2011 10:16 PM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

    OH MY GOSH.! This looks soooo good and you can make it for me gluten free. I’m putting in my request a couple weeks early!

  33. postedJun 11, 2011 2:17 PM

    I love that we both LOVE the Red Sox. And I love that the first line of your post is that were defeating that “other” team. We fans – we stick together!

    Ok – I admit I haven’t had a Resee’s since going GF and dairy free. But, that sweet and salty combination is such a winner. Love your recipe, Lori 🙂 And love that it’s so easy!

    • postedJun 11, 2011 4:10 PM

      Yay, Red Sox fan! 🙂

  34. postedJun 11, 2011 7:34 PM

    Uh oh. I’m seriously in trouble now.

  35. postedJun 12, 2011 3:54 PM

    I’m making this right now — so excited!

  36. postedJun 12, 2011 5:09 PM

    This looks delicious Lori! I recently made a peanut butter cup ice cream but with a chocolate ice cream base, I really want to try this one!

  37. postedJun 12, 2011 5:40 PM

    That sounds sooo…. good! I love peanut butter cups. I think I’m gonna have to get me an ice cream maker.

  38. postedJun 13, 2011 2:50 PM

    Looks delicious! 🙂

  39. postedJun 13, 2011 4:17 PM
  40. postedJun 13, 2011 5:17 PM

    Made it this weekend for my family and it was so yummy! All I can say is its a good thing I didn’t have this recipe when I was pregnant….reeses pb cup ice cream was my craving! Sent my hubby to the store for some while I was in labor.

  41. postedJun 17, 2011 6:00 PM

    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!

  42. postedJun 19, 2011 5:34 AM

    Is it possible to make this ice cream without using an ice cream maker? What would you suggest? I live out of the country so I don’t have access to an ice cream maker.

    • postedJun 19, 2011 6:59 PM

      I’m not sure. I think you may need an ice cream processor for this recipe.

  43. postedJun 19, 2011 5:51 PM

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

  44. postedJun 29, 2011 9:24 AM

    Nice…love that PB!

  45. postedJun 29, 2011 10:52 AM

    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?

    • postedJun 29, 2011 2:05 PM

      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.

  46. postedJun 29, 2011 6:45 PM

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

  47. postedJul 4, 2011 1:18 PM

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

  48. postedJul 12, 2011 9:16 PM

    This looks amazing! But I have no clue what SD you’re living in if you think it’s “mild” or no sweating…

    • postedJul 12, 2011 9:47 PM

      Well… this post was written on June 9th, in the midst of June gloom and before the heat kicked in. Even still, it’s not very hot even in July yet!

  49. postedJul 24, 2011 4:24 PM
    Gina B

    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!

  50. postedJul 25, 2011 1:32 PM
    Megan Gillespie

    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 🙂

  51. postedJul 27, 2011 7:35 AM

    Loved it!! Just posted my take on it on my blog… we ate it in less than 2 days. 🙂 Thank you!

  52. postedAug 8, 2011 3:26 PM

    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! 🙂

    • postedAug 8, 2011 5:22 PM

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

  53. postedAug 8, 2011 11:06 PM
    Nancy Valdez

    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!!!

  54. postedDec 31, 2011 5:41 PM
    Ann Bartman

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

  55. postedMay 9, 2012 5:50 PM

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

  56. postedMay 11, 2012 8:23 PM

    I made a version of this ice cream with bananas and jelly and wrote about it here. This was a huge hit with my family! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  57. postedJun 3, 2012 5:04 PM

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

  58. postedDec 22, 2012 8:19 PM

    For those readers that wish for an ice cream maker, you don’t need one. We used to make ice cream in a ziploc bag with a 2nd ziploc bag on the outside that carried the salts, etc…google it?
    @ Pip – you don’t need the candy. Just add cocoa powder to this recipe and with the peanut butter it will give you that peanut butter cup taste.

  59. postedMay 11, 2013 6:18 PM

    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.

  60. postedJul 26, 2014 2:14 PM
    Peggy Leigh

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

    • postedJul 29, 2014 11:55 AM

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

  61. postedAug 7, 2014 11:44 AM
    April B.

    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.

  62. postedMay 26, 2015 1:51 PM

    I’m interested in adapting this into frozen custard but I have one small question – do you offset the sugar called for in the ice cream base from the sugar already supplied from the peanut butter & reese’s? I recently made cookies & cream frozen custard using oreos without doing so and it came out a little too sweet.

    • postedMay 29, 2015 6:40 AM

      I’m not really sure… probably not. Might be a little too sweet for you then!

  63. postedApr 13, 2017 8:05 AM

    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 !!!

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