Sour Cream Ice Cream

1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until it looks smooth and the sugar has dissolved. Refrigerate the mixture until thoroughly chilled (a few hours) or overnight. Pour into a ice cream maker and churn until frozen. Eat immediately or freeze until just solid and scoopable.

Yield: 1 pint

Note: I used 2% milk and reduced fat sour cream with great success.

My thoughts:

Oh my. This is some seriously delicious ice cream. I love sour cream and had always wondered if a sour cream ice cream would work. I’ve made frozen yogurt with great success and figured that sour cream wasn’t that much different. Rather than just churning straight sour cream, I added some milk and cream to give it a smoother texture and mouthfeel. The brown sugar was a last minute substitution for regular sugar and I loved it. The brown sugar gives the ice cream a caramel note that pairs well with the tart creaminess of the ice cream. Since there are no eggs to temper, I saw no reason that the ice cream mixture needed to be cooked. The sugar dissolved quickly during the trip through the blender and the whole process took just seconds. I think this is the easiest ice cream I have ever made but you wouldn’t know it from the lush, old fashioned taste.


  1. I recently bought a pint of sour honey frozen yogurt and it's amazing. I can only imagine what the homemade version will be like. I'll definitely be trying this soon, thanks!

  2. Susan from Food Blogga

    I just made a cake with sour cream today, but I've never had sour cream ice cream. If it's as luscious as you say, then things have got to change for me!

  3. I wonder how it would work with Tofutti sour cream and coconut milk. Hmm…..

  4. I have GOT TO buy a new ice cream maker. This looks and sounds so good.

  5. Oh wow! My kids have been begging for ice cream and they will love this! Hummm… I might even throw in some chopped strawberries :0) Thanks!

  6. this is so weird. I have leftover sour cream that I want to use up and was just wondering today if an ice cream recipe exists for it. thank you!

  7. ali @ gimmesomeoven

    YUM – this looks incredible!

    Believe it or not, my new puppy completely chewed off the cord to my ice cream maker this past weekend – ahh! Tragic! Hoping I can get it repaired asap and give this one a try. Sounds like there might be endless possibilities with this method. πŸ™‚

  8. Eddie's Grocery on St. Paul has ice cream from Moorenko's in Silver Spring. My favorite flavor? Creme fraiche. Rushing off to make this recipe.

  9. i just made this and it is great, mine doesnt look as white due to the brown sugar and vanilla i think!

    my kids loved it, i may try it with honey or maple syrup

  10. What a great idea – it sounds delicious!

  11. Your ice cream sounds like it would be delicious alongside some fresh cut peaches or other stone fruit. The photo is perfect.

  12. I have a peach and cardomom pie in the oven and think this would make an AWESOME pairing. I had Creme Fraiche ice cream in Paris and LOVED it. I think I would totally dig this stuff!

  13. YUM! That's sounds so good!!! I need to use my ice cream machine more often!

  14. Ooh, I made a sour cream ice cream once and it totally rocked. I used brown sugar and added streusel bits to make it sour cream coffee cake flavored. I ended up making some of it into a blender drink with homemade Tia Maria. I love that nearly any dairy can be turned into an awesome frozen dessert!

  15. Wow, I love sour cream! And I love simple recipes that don't require tons of ingredients πŸ™‚ So thank you πŸ™‚

  16. I can't get sweet cream, so I ALWAYS make my ice cream with sour cream. Love the tang. Try it in a dark chocolate recipe!