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This is the Best Coffee Ice Cream recipe and the perfect summer treat for coffee lovers! Rich and luscious, you won’t be able to stop at one scoop!

Though I don’t drink coffee anymore, I can never resist a scoop of Homemade Coffee Ice Cream. This recipe will knock your socks off!

Two scoops of coffee ice cream in a coffee mug with a sprig of mint

The Best Coffee Ice Cream

I licked the pan, I licked the ice cream processor freezing bowl, I licked the paddle.  And I don’t consider myself a big fan of ice cream. But there is something I can’t resist when it comes to coffee ice cream.  Spiked with Kahlua and infused with 3 tablespoons of espresso powder, this homemade coffee ice cream is a coffee lover’s dream.

3 mugs filled with coffee ice cream

Tips for Making Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

This coffee ice cream is made with a cooked custard. This rich cream and egg mixture needs to be dealt with carefully to ensure a smooth, luscious ice cream.

  • The custard should be very cold before putting it into your ice cream maker. If not cold enough, the custard won’t freeze properly.
  • Make the custard the day before you plan to eat the ice cream, so it can rest overnight in the refrigerator.
  • A hot cream mixture will be drizzled into the 6 whisked egg yolks. This needs to be done very slowly while whisking the mixture vigorously.
  • The hot cream will scramble the eggs if added too quickly, so do not rush this process!
  • An electric ice cream maker will have this ice cream at soft serve stage in 20-30 minutes. If you’d like it harder, place the ice cream into a freezer safe container, cover and let freeze a few more hours.
  • Note that your ice cream canister needs to be frozen overnight or it will not freeze your ice cream properly. Believe me, I’ve tried and failed!

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Creamy homemade coffee ice cream in a coffee mug with a sprig of mint

Coffee Ice Cream

A delicious version of homemade coffee ice cream

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Ice Cream
  • Method: Heating, Churning, Freezing
  • Cuisine: American


6 egg yolks
1¾ cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
¾ cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon Kahlua


Put the egg yolks in a large heatproof bowl and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, stir together the heavy cream, milk, sugar, salt and instant espresso powder. Bring the mixture to a slow, consistent simmer (just this side of a boil) and remove from heat.

Whisk the egg yolks until just combined, then slowly stream in half of the hot coffee cream mixture while whisking constantly. Transfer the egg mixture back to the medium saucepan containing the other half of the coffee cream mixture. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the hack of a spoon (about 175 degrees on an instant-read thermometer).

Remove from heat and strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Whisk in the Kahlua, and let mixture cool to room temperature.

Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the mixture. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Pour into an ice cream machine and freeze, following the manufacturer’s directions.


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45 comments on “The Best Coffee Ice Cream”

  1. I can’t drink coffee so have to get my caffeine hit from icecreams and coffee cakes. This looks so fabulous, I know I’d be licking the icecream processor and the paddle and the spoon too. Love the styling on this Lizzy. Great photos.

  2. I would totally be licking everything too love this… one thing I would pour on this mud lol heavy thick hot fudge too!

  3. I am just brewing some snickernut coffee now! Getting a caffeine fix via ice cream sounds divine-I will be popping on over to that website to get the recipe. Awesome pictures-have a great day Lizzy!

  4. For how hot it still is in Texas…this coffee ice cream sounds just about perfect right now! I hope you are having a restful and happy Sunday. I’m just pulling out a batch of banana bread. Thank you for sharing with me!

  5. My family loves coffee ice cream too. The way you’ve served it in a cup is so adorable!

  6. I wouldn’t mind some of your lovely ice cream with all this heat.

  7. It must have been really good. Choc and caramel truffles yesterday, coffee ice cream today – please let me know if there is an empty house in your neighbourhood:)

  8. Delish! I love coffee ice cream…well, I love coffee-flavored anything. I love how you styled these photographs!

  9. I heart coffee ice cream, so I KNOW I would love this! ANd I HEART your presentation!

  10. While I may be slightly envious of your size (reference to skinny in your blog name) I do concur that you can bake among other delightful things in the kitchen! Love coffee and this is a great way to enjoy it. Quite liked the pictures too.

  11. From one tea drinker to another – LOVE LOVE coffee ice cream too. Bizarrely was looking up recipes last week. Must be something in the autumnal air:)
    Love your elegant photos. Do you think it’s a good idea to invest in an icecream maker?

  12. I love,really love the pictures!!! look delicious Lizzy I want one of this to my break!! gloria

  13. Oh getting your caffeine in ice cream form, adore. I am a fan of coffee ice cream too. Interesting new cooking group (but i do to may lol)

  14. Now that’s a way to start Sunday morning off right! : ) Looks wonderful. : )

  15. Liz….I’m a big tea drinker too…but really enjoyed the flavor of this ice cream! (Must have been the Kahlua!) Your photos, as always, are fantastic!

  16. Wow Liz these are great pictures and a very good recipe. Well done!

  17. I love coffee and Ice cream. Yours looks wonderful. Simple for even me.

  18. Italians love to add coffee ice cream to espresso – just a perfect pick-me-up. The photos are lovely!

  19. I’ll have to try this recipe. I love the Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream, but it’s soooo expensive! Our house definitely needs a homemade alternative.

  20. you totally nailed those pics! absolutely beautiful!

  21. You have totally sold me on you droolworthy coffe ice. Here I am just trying to keep up with my comments, while figuring out my new facebook account, when I should be making lunch for my family, and ….not to forget dessert! …which is easier said, then done!
    It’s easy for you, Lizzy, the “skinny baker”…next to my “skinny Lora, the baker”…LOL
    enough said!
    Have a wonderful Sunday, my sweet friend:DDD

  22. I am a huge coffee fan, and although I am not the biggest ice cream person…I could do this one anytime! Scrumptious 🙂

  23. want.

  24. Delicious! Coffee is one of my favorites. Coffee ice cream is a pair made in heaven and somehow I haven’t tired it yet. I am definitely going to give this recipe a tty very soon. I love the presentation in the mugs too! Super cute.

  25. You had me at spiked with Kahlua…two please!

  26. This looks amazing, must give it a try!! I can’t drink coffee, but I can sure have coffee flavoured icecream:)
    Thanks for sharing.

    P.S.- love how the photos are taken, very professional looking 🙂

  27. I love coffee ice cream- just had to come over and check this out!

  28. ciao, amo il caffè e non potevo non segnare questa tua bella ricetta!!!
    Mi sono unita ai tuoi sostenitori, se ti fa piacere passa a trovarmi!!!
    A presto

  29. I think I’d be tempted to lick the cup too.

  30. Ohhhh I sure don’t want to miss it! Coffee is one of my favourite ice cream flavours (well, I am a coffee addict… sigh)! I will have to try this recipe as soon as the weather gets warmer! 🙂 Great pictures!

  31. Looks wonderful and Kahlua in there totally rocks.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  32. Great photos and dish! I am enjoying this series, too! I loved how you posted that you licked the bowl, spoon & ice-cream paddle. I have NO doubt it was that delicious!

  33. This looks delicious, Liz! Your photos are gorgeous too and are making me want to run out to get the ingredients to make this ice cream! It looks so rich and creamy and perfect!

  34. Your coffee ice cream looks tasty and fun!

  35. Your photos are stunning! I’m not a coffee person, but I love coffee ice cream. Go figure.

  36. There arent many things my husband loves more then coffee! I must make this for him (and save the bowl, freezer bowl, paddle for him to lick) Thanks for sharing!

  37. Really gorgeous photos! (And I have to admit, I might have also licked the paddle and bowl before washing them…)

  38. How not to drool over this coffee recipe of yours, we just love coffee however its done.

  39. Coffee ice cream…since it’s coffee…I feel like I should have this for breakfast.

  40. This sounds so good! I love coffee and drink all day long yet I can eat this ice cream on top of that. I must be caffeine addicted. 😉 Super delicious looking, Lizzy!

  41. Sounds finger-licking good! 😉

  42. Beautiful photos!! I’m glad you joined another group with all your spare time – lol. I don’t know how you do everything 🙂 Kate

  43. My hubs would LOVE this one!

  44. I cannot resist coffee anything. Especially ice cream like this.

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