S’mores Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

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Is it weird to post ice cream in January when more than half of the country is experiencing severe cold weather and winter storms? Here I am complaining that I want some winter weather in California and you guys can’t even step outside. Lots of my food blogging friends who are home baking are saying that their ovens are helping keep their houses warm- now that’s cold! Growing up in Vermont (and born in the UP of Michigan), I have experienced my fair share of cold weather. I recall one morning when we went into the office and the -20 degrees. Those are the days I don’t miss- at all. I hope you all stay warm and safe!

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So you might think that there really isn’t a place for ice cream in January, but I am thinking that maybe some of you got an ice cream maker for Christmas that you are just dying to try out. I certainly did! I actually got my LAST Christmas and have barly used it, until now. For some reason, I was intimated of homemade ice cream, I really don’t know why. It couldn’t be easier. I made several ice cream recipes over my holiday break, and had so much fun with the flavor combinations. And let’s face it, I certainly didn’t mind eating it either.I also got a new ice cream freezer container from William Sonoma that I love!

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Homemade ice cream puts most store bought ice cream to shame in my opinion. It is SO much creamier, and you can make any flavor combination you want!  This was my first time making a successful homemade ice cream and now I am totally hooked. The first recipe I made was this S’mores Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream. I started with a basic vanilla ice cream slightly adapted from Simply Scratch. After churning for several minutes, I added some marshmallow fluff and crushed Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Once completed, I layered in crushed graham crackers. I have to say, after I finished the first bowl, I was ready for the next.

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S’mores Peanut Butter Cu Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 C Heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C Marshmallow fluff
  • 6 Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • 1 C Graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp Butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Pre-freeze your ice cream maker attachment as directed, usually at least 15 hours.
  2. Heat 1 C whipping cream with ¾ C sugar and a pinch of salt. Heat in a pot on medium heat, stirring just until it starts to bubble and sugar is dissolved.
  3. Let cool for a few minutes and add remaining 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
  4. Once frozen, set up ice cream maker, and spin on low speed, pour heavy cream mixture into ice cream maker after it starts spinning.
  5. Stir on low speed for 10 minutes and increase to medium speed. After 5 more minutes, add marshmallow fluff while machine is still spinning.
  6. Chop up 6 Reese’s peanut butter cups into small pieces, and add all but a few pieces into the ice cream during the last two minutes of mixing. Reserve a few pieces of Reese’s.
  7. While ice cream is spinning, chop up graham crackers in a food processor to a fine crumb.
  8. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add melted butter to graham cracker crumbs and stir to combine thoroughly.
  9. Once ice cream is done mixing, pour 1/3 of ice cream in your container, followed by a 1/2 of graham cracker mixture. Repeat with the second 1/3 of your ce cream, and top with remaining graham crackers. Pour the last 1/3 of ice cream on top. So you have 3 layers of ice cream and 2 layers of graham cracker. Press leftover Reese’s into the top of the ice cream.
  10. Return to freeze for 2-3 hours until desired consistency.

Other recipes you might like:

Rice Krispie Treat S’mores

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Frosting

39 Responses
  1. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

    I’m dying over this ice cream… and I live in Chicago, the center of the polar vortex! I don’t care if it’s freezing, I want this ice cream right now!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Oh my gosh! I am sure if I mailed you some ice cream, it would have melted not he way and re-frozen by the time it hit your doorstep!

  2. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen

    You had me at Reese’s! I love, love, love homemade ice cream and I swear it tastes a hundred times better in the winter! 😉

  3. Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy

    I love marshmallow anything and it has peanut butter, yum! thanks for linking up at Showcase Your Talent Thursday 🙂

  4. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    I haven’t made ice cream with my ice cream maker yet – I usually make the kind that doesn’t need one. But this ice cream looks awesome – it might be the first one I make with the machine! I think ice cream is good all year round – I was just eating some leftover eggnog ice cream in front of the fire a couple nights ago 🙂

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Ok so the first time I tried my ice cream maker, I didn’t assemble it right and had a hard time actually churning it. But this time, I read the instructions correctly and it all worked out! I have to try to no-machine needed ice cream because it also sounds amazing!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    This ice cream looks good! And I think it’s funny; I bake to heat my house too because i’m too cheap to turn on the heater and it’s a high of 60 outside. 🙂 We Californian’s are a little weak when it comes to cold, lol!

  6. Liz @ Life Made Sweet

    I am right there with you! I grew up in Upstate NY buried in snow from November through March and now live in Sunny So. Cal. I only miss it on Christmas and then not so much. Bring on the ice cream!!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      HAHA! That’s too funny. I am from Southern Vermont and my dad’s family is from Herkimer county and my mom’s family is from Rochester so I spent plenty of time in your neck of the woods! I am a pretty avid snowboarder, but I ahem to say, outside of the lack of snow, I don’t mind riding in the warmer weather here!

  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Give me a blanket and a space heater and I could go to town on this yummy ice cream! I haven’t stepped outside yet in this freezing cold…come on Spring!!!

  8. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    I am with you on the ice cream in January. We have a freezer out in the garage JUST for ice cream… all year long! I love a selection, what can I say? AND, we have a bowl every night before bed… right in front of the fireplace!
    I actually have an ice cream maker with TWO freezer bowls JUST so I can always have one in the freezer ready and cold to make ice cream on a whim. I’m loving the marshmallow fluff in the recipe! This is on my list to make…. in this blizzard-y cold weather!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      O.M.G. I love that. I am secretly excited for the day to come when we purchase a second fridge for our garage so I can hide all my bags of chocolate chips, pounds of butter and loads of ice cream!

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