Coffee Ice Cream Recipe


Bowl of coffee ice cream with chocolate sauce drizzled on top.

This coffee ice cream is absolutely delicious! The recipe was created for our Arctic Coffee Roll recipebut it definitely stands on its own. Our favorite way to enjoy this ice cream is drizzled with a little chocolate syrup or Affogato style (served with hot coffee poured over top).

What you will need:

  • Ice cream maker

  • Sauce pan
Ingredients laid out for coffee ice cream recipe.


  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

  • 4 medium egg yolks

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup whole coffee beans (we suggest our French Roast)


Step 1. Heat together 1/2 cup of cream, whole coffee beans, milk and brown sugar. Before it starts to simmer, turn off the heat, cover and let the mixture steep for 30 minutes.

Step 2. In a separate bowl combine the egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Stir mixture until sugar is dissolved.

    Placing lid on pan.Brown sugar and egg mixture.

    NOTE: The next two steps help heat the eggs slowly, which keeps them from turning into scrambled egg.

    Step 3. Reheat the original mixture until it is hot, then slowly add a small portion to your egg/sugar mixture until the bowl is hot to the touch.

    Step 4. Add this back to the original mixture. 

    Step 5. Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes until thickened, and make sure to stir constantly. Do not let this reach a simmer.

      Pour small amount of hot coffee mixture into egg and brown sugar.Adding mixture back into pan.

      Step 6. Add the final 1 cup of cream to a bowl and place the bowl inside another bowl containing ice.

      Step 7. Pour the original mixture into the bowl containing the cream. Once it is cool, place in the fridge for a couple hours and preferably overnight.

      Put remaining into bowl over ice. Pour hot coffee mixture into cream.

      Step 8. When you are ready to make your ice cream, use a strainer with large holes to remove the coffee beans. 

      Step 9. Follow instructions on your ice cream maker to make the ice cream.

      Optional: Top with chocolate syrup for an ice cream mocha!

      Strain coffee beans from mixture. Cover and refrigerate mixture before freezing in ice cream maker


      Han holding ice cream cone filled with coffee ice cream.