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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (including chill time)
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x


This strawberry cheesecake ice cream is rich and decadent, pairing zingy sweet fruit with creamy vanilla and graham cracker chunks!



For the ice cream

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 whole graham crackers, chopped

For the strawberry sauce (or substitute 2/3 cup purchased strawberry jam)

  • 2 cups diced strawberries (3/4 pound)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Note: Make sure to freeze the base of your ice cream maker overnight before making this recipe.

  1. Soften the cream cheese by placing it on a plate and microwaving for 10 seconds per side. Place the cream cheese in a large metal bowl and cut into a few pieces.
  2. In a medium saucepan, slowly whisk the cornstarch into 1 cup whole milk, then whisk in the sugar. Apply medium heat and heat for 4 to 6 minutes, whisking frequently, until it just starts to bubble and the mixture thickens.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and pour it over the cream cheese. Whisk vigorously until it is fully smooth (it will start out chunky). Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup whole milk, heavy cream, salt and vanilla extract.
  4. Place the bowl with the custard in a smaller bowl of ice water for 1 hour, making sure not to splash any water into the ice cream. Alternatively, simply place the bowl in the refrigerator and wait for 3 to 4 hours or until the temperature drops to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Meanwhile, make the strawberry sauce (or make it ahead): Clean, hull and dice the strawberries. Add them to a medium saucepan with sugar, balsamic vinegar and cinnamon and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally while it bubbles gently. Cook about 9 to 10 minutes, until all the berries are cooked down. Immediately transfer to a medium bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool (we recommend first placing it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to speed up the cooling process.)
  6. Churn according to your ice cream maker instructions, about 25 minutes for soft serve consistency. Transfer half the ice cream to a loaf pan or freezer container, add a layer of chopped graham crackers and strawberry sauce, then top with the remaining half and more graham crackers and strawberry sauce. Insert a butter knife vertically into the pan and draw an S pattern through the ice cream a few times to distribute the graham crackers and fruit. Freeze in the freezer for at least 2 hours (or up to 4 hours). Store in a loaf pan with a parchment sheet over the top or a sealed container for up to 2 weeks. Allow the pan to sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before scooping.
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Strawberry cheesecake ice cream