Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Recipes


While writing my review of the Cuisinart ICE -100, I was surprised to find that most of the manual is comprised of quite a fine little ice cream cookbook. I would have a expected to find maybe strawberry, vanilla and chocolate recipes of dubious quality but instead there are 27 recipes that run the gamut of frozen deserts, difficulty levels and sophistication of flavors, from the basics to the exotic. They even give you a nutritional breakdown of each recipe. Hmm.. I have to work on figuring out how to add that to Plus it has some very on target, no nonsense tips. They use both corn starch and pectin in their Gelati recipes which are two ingredients added to improve texture that you don’t see very often in American gelato recipes. For more traditional approaches to using corn starch based custards click here.


Cuisinart gives the standard advice of letting an ice cream mixture rest in the refrigerator for a few hours to 3 days before freezing it in your ice cream maker. The reason they offer is that this allows the ingredients to bind together for a more even and consistent flavor. This in turn prevents fat ice crystals to form when freezing. This advice is a major convention in ice cream making and honestly it drives me to distraction. Ever since owning a freezer/compressor ice cream maker I usually go from stove to sieve to ice cream maker. I have NEVER had noticeable ice crystals form or notice any spoon to spoon differences in the taste. However I have to admit that just like with soup it is possible that mixtures and custards left to set sit for a few hours or over night might taste better, especially if relatively complicated with multiple ingredients and/or flavorings. With simple 3 or 4 primary ingredient recipes I doubt this is true. Also it makes sense to me that with very low fat recipes, milk or non-fat yogurt based, there is probably more of a possibility of large ice crystals forming but again it hasn’t happened to me.

The booklet notes that using lower fat dairy products will result in a less creamy and rich tasting ice cream. True but you can compensate for this by using cornstarch (see link above) and/or an egg yolk or two depending on what you are aiming for.

There is an interesting note on Sorbet. Taste for the sweetness of the fruit you plan to use, as the freezing process reduces it. If the fruit is very sweet you can reduce the amount of sugar called for.

It is interesting to compare the proportions of cream to milk in the simple (eggless) ice creams, egg custard ice creams and gelati. In simple ice cream it is 2 to 1 cream to milk. In the egg custard it is 1 to 1 with 5 egg yolks. In the gelati it is basicly 1 to 2, the reverse of the simple ice cream. I would summarize that a Frozen custard would be 2 to 1 cream to milk plus those 5 egg yolks. I like it. I think this is good way to consistently categorize dairy based frozen desserts.

More comments below in among the list of recipes.

Here is a list of all the recipes included:

Simple Ice Creams

  • Simple Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Simple Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Butter Pecan Ice Cream
  • S’Mores Ice Cream
  • Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Custard Style Ice Creams

  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • Butter Milk Ice Cream
  • Fresh Mint with Chocolate Cookies Ice Cream
  • Mexican Style Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Grand Marnier Ice Cream

Alternative Ice Creams

The Dairy-Free Vanilla is interesting in that it uses soy milk powder to improve the texture of the resulting ice cream as the recipe is so low in fat. I wonder if corn starch would also work in this capacity?

If you have a Whole Foods or health food store near you, you should be able to purchase Goat milk. I urge you to try it in a vanilla ice cream and this recipe is a very simple way to do so.

  • Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Dairy-Free Vanilla Custard Ice Cream
  • Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Goat Milk Ice Cream
  • Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream


What caught my attention is the use of both corn starch and pectin in Cuisinart’s gelati recipes. 2 tablespoons of corn starch and 1 tablespoon of pectin. The purpose is to absorb water and prevent larger, grainy tasting ice crystals, making for a very smooth gelato. This is new to me and I will append my experience to this post once I try it. One of the things you notice when you make ice cream at home is that it tends to freeze much harder in your freezer than commercial ice creams do. The corn starch/pectin combo should help alleviate this issue without having to resort to more fat or sugar (neither of which freeze). You could eliminate the eggs and still end up with what I bet would be a pretty creamy ice cream, though then it wouldn’t be gelato and would taste significantly different. Im just saying…

  • Basic Vanilla Gelato
  • Chocolate Hazlenut Gelato
  • Custard Gelato
  • Espresso Gelato
  • Lemon Gelato
  • Macarpone and Fig Gelato
  • Mixed Berry Gelato
  • Olive Oil Thyme Gelato
  • Pistachio Gelato

Frozen Yogurts

  • Honey-Almond Frozen Yogurt
  • Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt


I am looking forward to making the Prosecco Grapefruit Sorbet as soon as as Florida grapefruit season kicks in.

  • Coconut Sorbet
  • Prosecco Grapefruit Sorbet


If you really want to learn a lot about a topic then write a blog on it. Why do these sauce recipes use corn syrup I wondered? Well I found this great post on David Lebovitz’s site that explains it well. In a nutshell corn syrup prevents sugar crystals from forming and therefore promotes a smooth and shiny sauce.

  • Caramel Sauce
  • Hot Fudge Sauce

 Download the Cuisinart Recipes PDF file here

14 thoughts on “Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Recipes

    • Hi Jules

      Any soymilk recipe, or milk based recipe for that matter, can use other “milks” almond, coconut etc.. For eggless recipes just click on the eggless tag. Some of these use corn starch but you could just leave it out. Its there as a preventive for ice crystal formation when you store your ice cream in the freezer, not as a flavor.


  1. Could you please tell me if double cream is the same as heavy cream?
    Love my Cuisinart ice cream maker and the recipes.

    • Hi Anne

      Glad to here you are enjoying ice cream making. My understanding is that they are interchangeable, but that double cream is roughly 48% butterfat and American heavy cream 38%. There should be no problem using it in place of heavy cream in ice cream recipes.


  2. i cannot locate the recipe book for my cuisinart soft serve machine and am trying to find a recipe for peach soft serve ice cream. just picked some beautiful fully ripe elberta peaches from the orchard. hope you can help.

  3. Was wondering about sherberts? I know they are close to sorbets but with the addition of cream or milk. Any good recipes for sherbets (orange in particular)?

  4. can i replace the strawberries in the ice cream recipe for mangoes? if so please advise. I have fresh mangoes and no fresh strawberries at the moment.

  5. The Cuisinart booklet says to use liquid pectin. Now in Canberra, Australia I can’t find liquid pectin anywhere only powder pectin. Can any one help me or give me a replacement. I really want to get into making the gelatos but hooked on the basics because of the ingredients.

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