Brown Sugar Ice Cream

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This Brown Sugar Ice Cream recipe is delicious on its own but the possibilities are endless when you use it as a base flavor and add in your own toppings.

Brown Sugar Ice Cream Recipe |

Remember my ice cream addiction this summer that we’ve talked about? Well it isn’t going anywhere but downhill. And by downhill I actually mean uphill because I finally bought an ice cream maker. Oh it’s ON. There is no stopping me now. I mean, would you want to- really? I spend my days dreaming up all kinds of ice cream flavors. Then I spend my nights eating them. Well, there is ice cream eating going on at breakfast too.

My husband and I recently celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary (no we are not OLD- we were mere children when we got married). While I ordered tea one morning for breakfast my husband ordered espresso ice cream. When you’re in Amish country they don’t just give you espresso flavored ice cream. Oh no. They POUR the espresso RIGHT OVER your ice cream thankyouverymuch. It’s like coffee with a side of ice cream so it’s totally okay for breakfast. I was kind of sad about it until I realized that they put fresh vanilla beans in my tea latte. That made up for me not ordering ice cream for breakfast.

When I ripped open the box that came with my ice cream maker I gathered the ingredients to make the first, most basic recipe. Except I’m horrible at following directions when it comes to well, basically any recipe so I subbed in brown sugar. It was phenomenal. We can talk toppings, and add-ins later but please listen to me when I tell you that Brown Sugar Ice Cream is the perfect base flavor. The brown sugar gives just a hint of caramel flavor and a beautiful creamy color. Besides I think that brown sugar and vanilla are just meant to be together. Just like me and my husband 😉 Try it!

Brown Sugar Ice Cream Recipe |


Brown Sugar Ice Cream Recipe

This Brown Sugar Ice Cream recipe is delicious on its own but the possibilities are endless when you use it as a base flavor and add in your own toppings.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 day


  • 1 Cup whole milk
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla


  • In the bowl of your mixer whisk together milk, brown sugar, and salt until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Beat in heavy cream and vanilla and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
  • Add chilled mixture to ice cream maker and churn according to directions.
  • Once churned cover and freeze 2 hours until firm (if desired).

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- Katrina

55 Responses to “Brown Sugar Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — July 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    ohhhhh I ADORE brown sugar! Love this ice cream flavor!!

  2. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Fabulous idea, Katrina! Gorgeous photos, too, I’m drooling! So happy for you that you now have an ice cream maker. They totally ROCK! Your boys will be asking you to make their favorite flavors all summer, and then some. Happy 12th wedding anniversary, girlfriend! xo

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      Katrina Bahl — July 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Yes we are already dreaming up so many delicious flavors 🙂

  3. #
    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — July 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Espresso and ice cream is divine! I’m loving this brown sugar ice cream – YUM!!

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      Katrina Bahl — July 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Can you believe they just poured it right on?! Ha!

  4. #
    tanya — July 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I need to try an espresso ice cream!!! Until then this brown sugar ice cream will make me incredibly happy!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

      You can never have too much ice cream that’s for sure!

  5. #
    [email protected] — July 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Happy Anniversary!!! Can’t believe they just poured the espresso over the ice cream…lol! 🙂
    However, I can totally hang with the brown sugar & vanilla thang… leave me alone with it and see what happens. 🙂

  6. #
    cassie — July 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Espresso over ice cream…I am totally in! I love this brown sugar ice cream too, I’m afraid I’d have zero self control!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

      It was amazing! And the vanilla bean in my latte- genius!

  7. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 19, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Sounds wonderful. I love my ice cream maker, can’t wait to see all of the flavors that you come up with! yum!! I also love brown sugar and vanilla together! so, so good!

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      Katrina Bahl — July 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

      I’m excited for you to make it and try it!!

  8. #
    [email protected] — July 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Great idea to make a brown sugar base ice cream! I’m going to have to try espresso over ice cream soon!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

      I know! I’m dreaming of espresso ice cream too now.

  9. #
    [email protected] — July 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This sounds so perfect for a summer Friday night!

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      Katrina Bahl — July 20, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Any night is better with ice cream! 🙂

  10. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Congrats on 12 years!! We celebrate ours at the end of August – and why no matter how young we were when we got married, does 12 years make me think I am old?
    Love the ice cream – brown sugar is meant to be in just about everything!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Thank you! And congrats to you and your husband too! And you were right about the ice cream maker—best purchase ever!

  11. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Wow. This sounds amazing!!!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Thanks Robyn! You and Amy are like the ice cream queens so that means a lot to me! 🙂

  12. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — July 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I think that espresso over ice cream is called “affogato” or something. It’s a thing they do with gelato! Also, brown sugar ice cream looks amazing. I will consider it for a base!

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      Katrina Bahl — July 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

      It was such a surprise when they brought it to the table! I hope you try the ice cream- you will love it!

  13. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — July 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Okay, 5 ingredients for amazing ice cream? I’m so in. This looks amazingly good. Pinned!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Rachel! I’m addicted to making ice cream now.

  14. #
    Megan Bahl — July 20, 2013 at 12:08 am

    And I haven’t been over to eat this because…… 🙂

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

      You have to get here FAST! 😉

  15. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I would have ripped my ice cream maker box open, too. My ice cream maker here stinks. I got a cheap one and… yeah. It’s not working for me. Too icy! LOVE the one you linked to. That’s the one I have back in the US. Yay! 🙂

    Anyway, love that you used brown sugar here! Sounds so much better than plain old vanilla with granulated sugar. 🙂

  16. #
    Laura Dembowski — July 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Brown sugar ice cream sounds amazing! It seems very easy to make too. I love my ice cream maker as well, especially in summer.

  17. #
    Sue — July 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    You are always coming up with something new and yummy!

  18. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — July 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

    This sounds delicious!!

  19. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Oh wow! I can only imagine how good the brown sugar tastes in there! I seriously want the whole batch of it right now!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      I’ve made it 3 times this summer. No joke.

  20. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    This looks SO perfect for sundaes! What a great flavor!

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      Katrina Bahl — July 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks Georgia. It has been a summer favorite here already.

  21. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — July 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Omg, I definitely want to have ice cream with coffee on top for breakfast tomorrow. You support me, right? And I love this recipe! It’s perfect for adding a bunch of random toppings.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      I am a good enabler 😉

  22. #
    Mike @ Semi Sweet — July 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Love this! I could eat brown sugar by the spoonful. Congrats on the 12-year anniversary!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — July 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks Mike! Yes brown sugar and I are *likethis*

  23. #
    Nutmeg nanny — July 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    One bowl of this would not be enough 😉 this sounds addicting!

  24. #
    Malia — July 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    This sounds so good! I had a brown sugar oatmeal ice cream at a food cart here in Portland once, and it was so good! I was trying to find a recipe for it, and maybe this one will work! Congrats on your anniversary! 🙂

  25. #
    Kim — August 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I have that EXACT ice cream maker, but in white. Love it! It has been reliable for years. I’m on my way to the kitchen now to make this ice cream. It sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

  26. #
    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — August 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    We just got that very same ice cream maker!! I love it! And I am sooo into fresh espresso over ice cream! I make a brown sugar buttercream that is easily my favorite frosting. And so this ice cream is destined to be my new favorite ice cream recipe!!!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — August 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Brown sugar buttercream is one of my favorites too! We are the same 🙂

  27. #
    JulieD — August 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I love brown sugar ice cream!! this looks so good!

  28. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my, this looks delicious. I love my ice cream maker and wouldn’t know where I’d be without it. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  29. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Coffee over ice cream? Brown sugar ice cream? I mean, I’m in heaven here girl!!

  30. #
    Andrea — January 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    My husband bought an ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid for Christmas (I get the maker, yet he’s the ice cream addict lol). We tried a few recipes and he sent me a link to this. I made it and all I can say is WOW! He told me this is his favorite ice cream. I can’t get over the depth of flavor and the only difference from my usual vanilla recipe is the brown sugar. Phenomenal! I will be using this for ice cream sandwiches using my daughter’s favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for her birthday this year. Thanks a million!

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      Katrina Bahl — January 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

      I’m so glad to hear it! I made this recipe at least 6 times this past summer 🙂 I couldn’t move past it! I love your idea of sandwiching it between some delicious oatmeal cookies. MmmmMMmm

  31. #
    Amy Kathleen Kelsch — May 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Katrina:
    This recipe looks absolutely delicious! I am honored to feature your fantastic recipe in my “Top-Rated Ice Cream Recipes Round-Up” on my website! I will definitely be back!

  32. #
    Victor — May 18, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Katrina, those pictures look too delicious. Brown sugar ice cream sounds like *the* ice cream of my summer. Well, that and cookie dough of course 😛

  33. #
    Tosh — February 2, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    What ice cream maker did you buy or would you recommend? I’m thinking about buying one that’s simple so that I can make ice cream for my daughter.Great recipe by the way!

  34. #
    Denyce — September 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. My father, years ago, brought me something he bought at a garage sale because it had ‘Deni’ on the box and that’s my nickname. LOL. Lo and behold, it was an ice cream maker! Now, seriously some 20 years later, I am still using it to make ice cream, now for my grandson. And he’s a chocolate ice cream kinda guy, How much cocoa powder would you put in to make it chocolate?

  35. #
    Bethany — December 8, 2018 at 5:32 am

    This was the second ice cream recipe I’ve attempted. I absolutely love brown sugar so I figured it was a sure thing, plus I love how easy it was. It turned out pretty good but a few of us thought the vanilla flavor was overwhelming the brown sugar taste. Though my mom said it might be her new favorite! I might try it again with a higher quality vanilla and a tad bit less. Thanks for sharing!

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