Cherry Ice Cream

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This sweet and slightly tart Cherry Ice Cream is made with just a handful of easy ingredients.

No custard base, no eggs, no cooking time, just a quick whirl in the blender with sweet cream, sugar, and cherries.

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream - get the recipe at

Fresh, sweet cherries are one of my favorite fruits, but the hassle of removing the pits, combined with their limited availability makes their frozen counterparts perfect for this quick and easy ice cream recipe.

Homemade Ice Cream is the perfect dessert for any occasion and as any of my friends will attest, I’ll use any possible excuse to make a fresh batch. 

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

Chocolate Swirl Cherry Ice Cream - get the recipe at

My favorite homemade ice creams are the ones that require very little effort on my part. At least half of the reason I love making my own ice cream is because it is often easier than a trip to the grocery store.

Stir together the cream and sugar along with whatever flavors you are craving and just pour it into the machine.

Here are a few more of my favorite easy ice cream recipes:

Cinnamon Ice Cream

Oreo Ice Cream

Fluffy Berry Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bits Ice Cream

Cheesecake Ice Cream

Espresso Ice Cream

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Cherry Ice Cream

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Servings: 6 servings


  • 16 ounces frozen sweet cherries about 3 cups worth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional – Chocolate Swirl Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or butter


  • Combine all ingredients in the blender. Puree until completely smooth. Serve immediately for soft serve ice cream or pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.
  • For the optional chocolate swirl: Place the chocolate and the oil in a small glass dish and microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir and Repeat. Microwave an additional 15 seconds at 50% power, if needed. Stir until fully melted. When the ice cream finishes churning, transfer it to a freezer safe container. Quickly drizzle about half of the chocolate across the top, swirl it lightly into the ice cream, and repeat with the remaining chocolate. Cover and freeze until ready to serve. Enjoy!


I’ve made this ice cream both with and without the chocolate. The chocolate swirl truly is optional, but I highly recommend it.
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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Jennifer O. says

    I'm an instant gratification kind of girl, so any ice cream that doesn't have a custard base that needs to be made and cooled is my kind of recipe!

  2. Darlene says

    OMG! This is soooo good! I doubled the recipe and I used some pitted frozen cherries (quartered)from grandma’s tree. I used half the cream and the other half was fat free half and half, and I used fat free milk because that is all I had and it is so amazing! Blew away the peach ice cream we had a couple weeks ago! Super easy too!

  3. Skyler says

    I like but I recommend putting a whole container of cream and skip the salt. Also you only need a cup of cherries. It’s better to use fresh cherries rather than frozen.5 stars

  4. Glenda says

    This tastes amazing! I put it in the ice cream freezer and it turned out great. Next time, I think I’ll just throw in a handful of mini-chocolate chips rather than doing the swirl. Definitely one I’ll do again. Thank you!5 stars

  5. Lucia says

    I never want to not have this ice cream in my freezer – it’s unbelievable! I added some halfed cherries and a cup of yogurt to feel like I’m eating a “healthier” dessert, and two tablespoons of amaretto. This recipe is the best!5 stars

  6. Rose says

    The recipe says to puree until smooth, but your photo shows chunks of cherries. Am I missing something here?

  7. Kate says

    I”m new to ice cream making… I’m on my 4th batch with a new machine and the results are fantastic so far! Would you recommend thawing the cherries before puree or blending frozen? Thanks!

  8. MWild says

    Thank you for sharing these fabulous recipes. The Orange-Chocolate and cherry ice creams are out of this world! So easy too. We all love Barefeetinthe kitchen.5 stars

  9. Hannah says

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing! Love how easy it is- when I think “cool refreshing homemade treat”, the prep work of cooking and using eggs isn’t what I have in mind. It doesn’t have cups of sugar to mask the natural fruit sweetness, the cherries give a ton of flavor. I have also made using coconut milk instead of cream/milk for a dairy-free version, the cherries did a nice job of balancing the coconut flavor- even those who loved the dairy version couldn’t resist the coconut milk option. If you’ve gotten as far as reading reviews- make the recipe, you know you want to try it!5 stars

  10. Tracy says

    Haven’t made this yet, but it looks to be fantastic! I was 2ondering how much this makes. I have a 2 quart ice cream maker, will this work?

    Thanks!5 stars