Peanut Butter Lover’s Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Lover's Ice Cream by @browneyedbaker ::

Now, you know I am one of the world’s biggest peanut butter lovers. I put peanut butter on nearly everything, and make no apologies for it. I’ve loved peanut butter since I was a kid; so much so, that I even had a peanut butter and jelly sleeping bag. Given my affinity for the stuff, it’s hard to believe that I never experienced peanut butter ice cream until I went away to college. The main dining hall at my college had an ice cream freezer where you could scoop your own ice cream on the way out. Once of the ice creams was peanut butter swirl, which was was peanut butter ice cream with an unbelievable peanut butter swirl in the middle. That ice cream played a pivotal role in my packing on the freshman fifteen, but I couldn’t quit it if I tried.

How it has taken me nearly five years of having an ice cream maker to make straight-up peanut butter ice cream is beyond me. The important thing, however, is that I did it and that it is absolutely, positively amazing. If you love peanut butter, this ice cream is for you.

Peanut Butter Lover's Ice Cream by @browneyedbaker ::

To make this ice cream, I used my favorite vanilla ice cream recipe, omitted the vanilla bean and added peanut butter, then swirled in more melted peanut butter as I transferred the ice cream to its container. Basically, this is a peanut butter lover’s dream. It’s like eating big spoonfuls of smooth, creamy, cold peanut butter. I certainly mean that in the best way possible.

While I think this is definitely peanut butter ice cream in the purest form possible, you could throw even more layers of flavors in here if you’d like. You could add a fudge swirl, peanut butter cups, or any number of other add-ins. You could also scoop this into a bowl, drizzle on some hot fudge and top with whipped cream. I’ve been eating it by the spoonful from the container. I’m not here to judge how you eat your ice cream.

Peanut Butter Lover's Ice Cream by @browneyedbaker ::

It may have been a long time coming, but this peanut butter ice cream was absolutely worth the wait.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter ice cream?

Peanut Butter Lover's Ice Cream by @browneyedbaker ::

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Peanut Butter Lover's Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart

Prep Time: 9 hours

Total Time: 9 hours 30 minutes

A rich, creamy peanut butter ice cream is spiked with peanut butter swirls.


For the Ice Cream:
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups heavy cream, divided
Pinch of salt
6 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Peanut Butter Swirl:
½ cup creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled slightly


1. Warm the milk, sugar, peanut butter, 1 cup of the heavy cream and the salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the peanut butter has melted. Continue cooking until the mixture comes to a slight simmer, bubbling around the edges of the pan.

2. Meanwhile, pour the remaining 1 cup heavy cream into a large bowl and place a fine-mesh sieve on top. Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly pour the warmed milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Scrape the mixture back into the saucepan.

3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly with a rubber spatula, being sure to scrape the bottom of the pan as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spatula, a few minutes. The mixture should register 170 to 175 degrees F on an instant-read digital thermometer.

4. Pour the custard through the fine-mesh sieve and stir it into the cream. Stir in the vanilla extract and place the bowl over an ice bath. Stir occasionally, until the mixture is cool. Cover and transfer the custard to the refrigerator until completely chilled, at least 8 hours or overnight.

5. Freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. As you remove the ice cream to a freezer-safe container, drop dollops of the melted peanut butter over each layer of ice cream. Once all of the ice cream and peanut butter has been placed in the container, use a butter knife to gently swirl the mixture. Store the ice cream in the freezer.


66 Responses to “Peanut Butter Lover’s Ice Cream”

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  1. Sarah on July 25, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I can’t believe they had ice cream RIGHT THERE, that you could just scoop and go! It would have been a freshman 50 if it was me! This looks way too good to resist.


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks on July 25, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I will give you a run for your money as the worlds’ biggest peanut butter lover. I wrote a cookbook with 100+ peanut butter recipes in it! The amount of PB that was bought and eaten in this house in 2012 while I was writing the book would make your head spin :) I cannot even begin to tell you. It was a good year. lol

    Last month I made Nutter Butter ice cream with crushed up NB’s in it, bourbon, salted caramel sauce, and some other goodies. But I’ve never made just straight up plain PB ice cream. Yours is gorgeous and I need to make it! I love seeing those big patches of PB!


  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on July 25, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I love that PB swirl, I’d like mine topped with mini PB cups!


  4. Emily @ Life on Food on July 25, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Love, love, love! I am obsessed with peanut butter but I don’t think I have ever had plain peanut butter ice cream. Sounds like heaven!


  5. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on July 25, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Oh man Michelle, this looks amazing! I LOVE peanut butter, but I guess you can tell that from my name. lol I have to get the ice cream maker out this weekend!! Think I”ll put my bowl in the freezer now, I need this ice cream in my life, like now!!


  6. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on July 25, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Dreamy PB ice cream, Michelle! I’m lovin’ that swirl. Thanks for sharing!


  7. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on July 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

    OMG…this ice cream is totally calling my name! Love it!


  8. Kevin on July 25, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I also had vanilla ice cream with peanut butter swirl for the first time as a Freshman at Rutgers University and fell in love with it! Haagen-Dazs used to make a vanilla with peanut butter swirls that was AMAZING, but they discontinued it (only make chocolate with peanut butter now.) I definitely will try making this! You have no idea how I’ve LONGED for the combo of vanilla and peanut butter. A shop in Boca Raton makes a flavor with Elvis as its inspiration – basically it’s vanilla ice cream, bananas and peanut butter. Pretty darn good, but still not the exact taste I long for. This recipe sounds PERFECT!! Thank you.


  9. Jamie @lifelovelemons on July 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Mmmm as a seasoned peanut better lover, I think I need to make this ASAP!


  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on July 25, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Confessed PB lover right here! This sounds perfect!


  11. Maria on July 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Can you make this when I come to PA? :) LOVE it!


  12. steph@stephsbitebybite on July 25, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Oh you just became my bestest best friend!


  13. Linda on July 25, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Love peanut butter and would love this.


  14. Tieghan on July 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Wait? There is a peanut butter sleeping bag? I need to scour amazon for this. That is awesome!!

    So is this ice cream! I mean come on! The only thing it needs is some hot fudge sauce right on top (for me at least). YUMM!


  15. Maegan @ The BakerMama on July 25, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I need a big bowl of this creamy peanut butter goodness right now! This is my dream ice cream!


  16. Joy @ Baking-Joy on July 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Wow. This looks so good! I love peanut butter icecream, our cinema has just started selling peanut butter icecream with reese’s cups :-) just add some caramel sauce and I’m happy!


  17. Vickie on July 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

    “Heaven…I’m in Heaven and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak!” Hey, pass the PB ice cream! Thank you so much for this beautiful dessert. You had me at the PB swirls.


  18. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on July 25, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Oh my goodness. HUGE peanut butter lover right here! I never had peanut butter ice cream until college either, because my dad wasn’t a fan of it! We always had his fave chocolate fudge brownie ice cream in the house instead :) I can’t wait to try this!


  19. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on July 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This ice cream has my name written all over it!!


  20. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on July 25, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I’m a peanut butter lover and peanut butter ice cream has been on my lips as of lately.. I want it! This recipe will definitely do the trick, thank you!


  21. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me on July 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

    One more reason to buy an ice cream maker. And a giant jar of peanut butter.


  22. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on July 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    So many pb lovers ice cream have chocolate in them. Not that I am in any way opposed to that combination but something I just want peanut butter!


  23. Amy on July 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This sounds heavenly!


  24. Theresa Murphy on July 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Peanut butter peanut butter cup ice cream is a favorite at our house!


  25. Kati on July 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    This looks so good – it makes me want to buy an ice cream maker! You’ve probably mentioned it in a previous post, but which do you use for your ice cream?


  26. Juli on July 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Have you ever made ice cream with coconut cream (in the can)? My daughter is allergic to dairy but loves ice cream. We have had the store bought coconut milk or almond milk varieties but I would love to make some homemade!


    • Michelle on July 25th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Hi Juli, I’ve never made ice cream with coconut cream. If you do, let me know how it turns out!


    • Alan on October 27th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      We make coconut ice cream with coconut milk in the can all the time. it’s awesome. very creamy. especially with the cream top. not sure if i would substitute that in this recipe though…

      I am making this recipe now! looks great!


  27. Marcie @ Flavor The Moments on July 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I can’t say I’ve ever had peanut butter ice cream, which is saying something because I love peanut butter. I so need an ice cream maker. I keep saying that.


  28. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen on July 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Beautiful pictures and Amazing Ice Cream!!


  29. Crushed red pepper on July 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    Have you ever made David Lebovitz’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream? I know you are a fan of his… My husband LOVES peanut butter so I made his PB IC and we were both very disappointed. The taste was good but the texture was terrible. Yours looks delicious and smooth. I’m definitely going to have to try it.


    • Michelle on July 25th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      I haven’t. I looked it up when I was working on my recipe, but it’s not a custard-based recipe, so I passed on it. I pretty much only make custard-based ice cream nowadays. I find their flavor and texture so superior to the non-custard versions.


  30. marie @ little kitchie on July 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I’ll take a gallon please!


  31. Moira @ Hearth and Homefront on July 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Darn! I could really go for some of this right now! Looks totally worth the overnight wait though :)


  32. Tracey on July 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    The peanut butter swirl looks out-of-this-world good! It reminds me of the pb swirl in one of our favorite store-bought flavors, and that’s a very good thing indeed!


  33. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on July 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    YUM!! I posted a pb lovers ice cream just yesterday. Great minds :)


  34. Aly on July 26, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I am the same way! I love peanut butter and have been making lots of ice cream, but took a while to finally make it! I just posted mine recently, too. Mine is just with a blender. :)


  35. Karen - Cinnamon Freud on July 26, 2013 at 1:56 am

    How have I never had peanut butter ice cream!? Thank you for helping me take the first step to rectify this- it looks amaaazing!


  36. Kristi on July 26, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I love peanut butter ice cream! I remember as a kid that would be the ice cream I would always pick when we were out.


  37. Laura Dembowski on July 26, 2013 at 8:38 am

    OMG Michelle this looks like the best ice cream ever! It’s so simple and pure pb flavor. I’ve been wanting to try pb ice cream and this is a great way to start!


  38. Monique Bartley on July 27, 2013 at 3:20 am

    A pint of this and a corny chick flick movie is so what I need right now!


  39. Renee @ Awesome on $20 on July 28, 2013 at 12:29 am

    This is the third peanut butter ice cream post I’ve read today. I love peanut butter milkshakes, so I can’t wait to try this ice cream. Sounds amazing.


  40. Grace on July 28, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Oh my goodness, I absolutely need to try this. Just the other day, I scooped up some vanilla ice cream and spread some peanut butter on top of it. Must try making actual peanut butter icecream…


  41. Christine on July 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    This looks A. MA. ZING!


  42. Becky on July 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I fell in love with peanut butter ice cream on a cruise a few years ago (it may have earned the spot of BEST ICE CREAM EVER for me!!). Even though I had gotten the Kitchenaid attachment last summer, somehow I haven’t made it… well now the custard is chilling in my fridge and I will have ice cream later today! Thanks for ensuring I get it made ASAP!


  43. Lindsay on August 1, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I just made this and it is amazing!!! Thank you for the recipe; it is excellent!!


  44. Patti on August 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Never posted here before but…I’m a big BEB fan with a brand new ice cream machine. Just made this and used marshmallow fluff instead of PB for the swirl. Ta da! Fluffernutter ice cream! Soooo delicious!
    Love your orange sherbet & vanilla ice cream recipes, too. Must stop….. 😀


    • Erin on August 13th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      The Marshmallow fluff took the ice cream and made it super amazing!


  45. Jess S. @ Floptimism on August 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I’m such a peanut butter fan so I love this recipe! I wanted to let you know that I’ve included this post in my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up, where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I’ve included the link below in case you’re interested. Thanks for another great recipe; enjoy your weekend!


  46. Natasha on November 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    This came out extremely creamy for me. I’m not sure if I did anything wrong, but it was basically butter.


  47. Laura on November 28, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Ben And Jerrys Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Is The Very Best Although Not Cheap Try It If You Haven’t


  48. Lindsay Cyr on December 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I made this recipe over the weekend with my daughter. It was absolutely great! I may have cooked the custard for a bit too long, but it still turned out wonderful! I will definitely make this again!


  49. Gina on January 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I just finished making this ice cream, and MAN it is GOOD! I left out the PB swirl since I am not as much of a “peanut butter lover” as some people, but I love plain old PB ice cream and this recipe is fantastic! I even messed up prepping the custard but I don’t think it made any difference!


  50. Sarah on April 10, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I made this ice cream tonigh and it is AMAZING. Unbelievably creamy. I made a peanut butter caramel instead of just the peanut butter ribbon, but the ice cream stole the show. Absolutely exceeded my expectations.


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