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Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream for #SundaySupper

Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream | Magnolia Days

Do you remember yard darts? It was a game where you toss a large dart and try to have it land inside of a small plastic circle. It is similar to horseshoes except about a hundred times more dangerous because of those metal tips. My dad and uncle played it many times in the summer. Afterwards they would get out the ice cream maker and take turns hand cranking it until it was ready. I thought of those days long past when I was making cherry cream cheese ice cream.

Can you imagine hand cranking ice cream these days? I can’t, although it would be a great arm exercise. The invention of the electric churn was certainly a good one. Those old ones were so loud though. We would have to run it outside and go out to check on it occasionally. You had to be careful to make sure the drain hole didn’t get clogged. If the salt water got too high it would seep into the container and ruin the batch.

Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream | Magnolia Days

Cherry cream cheese ice cream is old-fashioned. The base of half-and-half, sugar, and egg yolks is cooked then poured over cream cheese and vanilla. The hot base melts the cream cheese and is stirred together and cooled. It chills in the fridge overnight and then churned. Cherries are stirred in and the final step is to patiently wait while it firms up in the freezer. Oh and I used my homemade cherries in syrup that made it extra scrumptious. You could use any jarred or canned ones; maraschino, sweet, or tart. I have not tried using fresh cherries.

Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream | Magnolia Days

How do you cool down on a hot summer day? Eating homemade ice cream is one way for me. It also brings back those wonderful family memories. There are lots of other foods to cool off with too. Scroll down to find a big list of recipes by Sunday Supper contributors. We are Summer Chillin’ and our host is the wonderful Alaiyo of Pescetarian Journal.

Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream

A recipe for Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream, made old-fashioned churned style with half-and-half, sugar, egg yolks, cream cheese, cherries, and vanilla.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Renee


  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed and at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup chopped cherries canned, jarred, or homemade cherries in syrup, drained


  1. Place the cream cheese cubes and vanilla in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together half-and-half, sugar, and egg yolks in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 175 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Pour heated mixture through a strainer into the bowl with the cream cheese. Whisk until combined and smooth.
  4. Place plastic wrap directly on surface to prevent a skin from forming. Cool to room temperature then chill overnight.
  5. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Stir in chopped cherries. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container. Freeze for at least one hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

Time stated does not include cooling and chilling mixture overnight.

Do you need to cool down on a hot summer day? Take a look at these Summer Chillin’ recipes by Sunday Supper contributors:

Brisk Beverages

Chilled Starters

Snappy Salads and Sides

Refreshing Main Dishes

Cool Confections

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Recipe Rating

Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva

Friday 11th of July 2014

I remember hand churning the ice cream - it was always so exciting! I love this recipe, can't wait to try it when I get home next week. PS, gorgeous photos!


Saturday 12th of July 2014

Thanks Christy and I appreciate the compliment on my photos.

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen

Friday 11th of July 2014

I had just seen a recipe for a cream cheese ice cream and was intrigued. Then I saw this and told my bf I am going to go buy and ice cream maker ASAP!! I am sharing this on my Favorite Things post tomorrow :)


Saturday 12th of July 2014

I can't imagine not having an ice cream maker. You will really enjoy having one. Thanks for sharing my ice cream on your Favorite Things post too.


Friday 11th of July 2014

My coworker actually brought in his hand-crank ice cream machine, and we would literally hand crank it during lunch then eat ice cream afterwards. If that isn't country living, then I don't know what is! lol This ice cream sounds delicious, almost like cherry cheesecake.


Saturday 12th of July 2014

What a fun (and country) thing to do for a work lunch.


Thursday 10th of July 2014

nothing like using up your own summer flavors to make a lovely ice cream! I always enjoyed the idea of hand-cranking your own ice cream, but in this heat? no way! : ) Have a great week Renee and thanks for sharing plus all your tips and help for my first SS post!


Saturday 12th of July 2014

Thanks Alice and it was a pleasure to help a Sunday Supper newbie. I'm glad you joined in the fun.

Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Wednesday 9th of July 2014

I could use a scoop of this right about now! How delicious!


Saturday 12th of July 2014

Thanks Serena