Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

This Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe (Millie’s recipe, with no cooking involved), is the ultimate summer dessert to feed a large gathering!

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s easy to strive for perfection, and work too hard to make things too perfect for company. So when I start feeling this way, I always think about my mom … What would Millie do?

Homemade ice cream

I love this Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream today, because there is NO cooking involved, and our family has been enjoying this recipe for over 50 years!

What are the ingredients to make homemade ice cream?

Easy–eggs, half and half, whipping cream, brown sugar (which makes it so good), regular white sugar, salt, and vanilla. Of course rock salt and ice for the process of making it.

Right away I will tell you, THERE IS NO SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK in this recipe!

BEST Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

How do you make homemade vanilla ice cream with an ice cream maker?

Mom was a low-stress hostess, and she was carefree and happy! She put time and energy into the details, for sure (you can read a bit more about her entertaining style, here), but when the guests showed up, she was all about them. I must say, my dad got right in there and helped. Dad was in charge of the music, the last minute details, and he always greeted the guests at the front door.

For dessert, dad was also in charge of the ice cream freezer, getting the ice (we froze it in milk jugs, so he would chizzle it to fit into the freezer), the rock salt, and then mom was in charge of the recipe.

  1. Follow the directions on your ice cream maker (every appliance is different), but use my ingredients!
  2. Make the ice cream and allow to sit for 30 minutes before serving. ENJOY!

Old-fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream

Mom’s Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream … there’s nothing quite like it.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Just ask our guests who came to dinner last week.

I had a very happy heart, as 10 of us gathered around our back patio table, on a warm summer evening last week. Which, by the way, was our first real “dinner party” outside, at our new home!

For me, our new space is about slowing down, enjoying the moment, being present with the people in our lives! And keeping it all as simple as can be!

How fun it was to set the table with flowers that I found on a walk with Haggis.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream - table

IKEA tablecloth that I splurged on a few weeks ago in Portland.

Otherwise using what I had, creating a simple menu, I was not stressed out. I let the silly things go (what about this, what about that), and I settled in on the friends who were coming to see our new home. I was excited!

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream - Sunriver

We’ve seen more of our “back home friends” over here in central Oregon, and we’ve come to realize that you just have to slow down to see it, feel it, experience it.

Easy Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy Summer Meal

My family pitched in–preparing this Grilled Lemon Salmon (make your own foil liner) ahead of time for the grill, and pre-slicing and buttering the bread, asking our guest to bring a giant green salad, and slicing the watermelon. BAM. An easy summer meal.

  1. Set the table early in the morning.
  2. Ask guests to bring a dish (a giant green salad).
  3. Keep a menu very simple, fresh ingredients, plus a recipe that I knew off the top of my head.
  4. Make one signautre recipe: Millie’s Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. Oh, plus this amazing Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake recipe.

The BEST Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

How do you make good homemade ice cream?

Friends, it’s all about the recipe. And yes, the eggs are NOT cooked in this recipe.

Mom’s recipe has been around for years and it’s our favorite to this day!

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream - ice cream maker

Look for ice cream freezers at yard sales or Good Will. I bought this one for $3. You can also buy them inexpensively.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream - paddle

Make sure when the freezer stops churning, you unplug it! And then, pull out the paddle (my friend Joan and I had a few licks!), and place the lid back on, and allow to continue to freezer (surrounded by ice).


Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe (Millie's recipe), is the perfect dessert to serve to a large group in summertime!
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Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

I usually double this recipe for a large freezer (to feed 12-18).
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: homemade ice cream, vanilla ice cream
Servings: 10


  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 quart half and half
  • 1 quart whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
  • ice
  • rock salt


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl; beat together on medium with a hand mixer or stand mixer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Fill the ice cream freezer and make according to appliance directions, adding a lot of ice and rock salt.


You can also make your own homemade ice cream with these recipes: No Churn Nutella, Cantaloupe Ice Cream Dessert, Easy Maple, Salted Watermelon [Pint Sized Baker], Rocky Road [Barefeet in the Kitchen].

Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe



48 comments on “Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream”

  1. If I use 6 eggs, do I have to change recipe???

  2. Your recipe is almost like my Granny’s except zhe used 6 (raw eggs)…its been a family tradtion all my life (i am 71 yr. young).
    Always brings back good warm memories every time i make it…so glad i came ac egg oss your recipe

  3. Hello. I’ve been looking for an old fashioned ice cream recipe so thanks for sharing. I didn’t see anyone ask if the brown sugar was dark or light and there is a difference in taste and consistency of the finished recipe. I’m a first time ice cream maker so please advise if you use the dark or light brown sugar.   Thanks

  4. I grew up eating homemade ice cream at my grandmother made. All of us grandkids used to have to take turns turning the wheel thank God for electric ice cream makers now LOL. I’ve made this recipe a couple times now and everybody loves it fantastic job thank you!

  5. Just made it and we all loved it. It was easy to make and tasted great.

  6. Can a person not use brown sugar and use only white sugar?

  7. Sandy, can you add chocolate in some fashion to this recipe?

  8. Sandy, Thank You your stories of your mom brougth back beautiful memories of Grandma Thank You again

  9. We are going to try this recipe for Thanks but I wonder if I can make it a day ahead and store in the freezer until desert time.

    • I would not make ahead. It’s much better made and eaten the same day. However, we do love the leftovers, it’s just better fresh!

  10. Your icecream sounds like the one my mom made but with 6 eggs. Im going to try today using brown sugar and see if anyone can tell the differance. Oh and no-one ever got sick from the raw eggs.

  11. How much does this recipe yield when finished? Half or whole gallon?

  12. Just wanted to let you know what a success your recipe was at my church get together last night. There were 3 of us ladies making homemade ice cream, all vanilla, and the one I made, your recipe, won, hands down. It wasn’t a contest, so to speak, but mine was almost completely gone, and the other 2 were barely touched! The brown sugar really makes a difference. Thanks again.

  13. My mother made homemade vanilla ice cream with raw (free-range chickens’) eggs (from a neighbor) for 40 years, and not once did anyone get a food borne illness.  I suspect that the eggs being from free-range chickens made the difference (e.g., not being processed from a large chicken “provider”).  She never bought eggs from a store until the neighbor’s death, long after I left home for college.  

  14. I forgot to get two quarts of heavy whipping cream only go one. May I use more half and half instead?

    • No, you really need to follow the directions exactly. I do not think modifications with the cream will work. Sorry, Mary!

  15. Ice been trying different ice cream recipes. Your recipe looks like a good one. In looking forward to trying it. I know the raw egg question has been asked more than once. My concern is the food safety of the raw eggs not being cooked. Ice been running restaurants for over twenty years and food safety is important to me. People get food borne illnesses more from there own kitchens and miss handling raw ingredients more than they actually get it from a restaurant which has a very detailed hourly check list. Is it safe to use raw eggs in this recipe? Like I stated I know the question has been asked more than once. I just haven’t seen you answer yes or no but instead you state the custard does not need to be heated.

    • Been eating this recipe for 55 years! :) This recipe does not call for heating anything. :)

    • I’ve always been concerned about raw eggs for certain people such as the very young and the very old are more susceptible to problems. There are pasteurized eggs that can be purchased and used if you have those concerns.

  16. Got the idea of the recipe – but what is “half and half” ? Seems like like it maybe half cream & half milk ? As we don’t have it here (in Melbourne Australia) – is it ok to use 500 ml milk and 500 ml regular cream instead ?

    • 1/2 and 1/2 is what we put in our coffee or tea. When a recipe calls for half-and-half, you can substitute 7/8 cup milk plus 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter for ever cup of half-and-half! :)

  17. Would love the recipe for the brownie bar pictured in this post! Could not find the recipe on your website. Thanks!

  18. I noticed you did not cook the custard. Is it ok with the 3 eggs not to cook the custard.   It looks delicious!

  19. What about the raw eggs?

  20. I made this yesterday for a Labor Day party and everyone liked it! I loved the flavor the brown sugar gave this fabulous ice cream. You must try it! Will be my go too from now on.

    Thanks for sharing this

  21. Hello Sandy – I just tagged you in a facebook post regarding Scruffy Hospitality. You’ll love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This homemade ice cream looks like it hits the spot.


  22. What a novel idea to add brown sugar to your vanilla ice cream. Even with family reunions once a year which we always have new flavors of ice cream and this year the Blueberry cheesecake was very popular, we hardly ever have anyone that makes vanilla so now I am looking forward to making that before summer is over for a group of my widow ladies I minister to from church!!

    Have a great Sunday,

  23. YUM! I just made homemade blackberry ice cream last week that was so good. I’ll have to try this recipe…and I’m glad you said you’re sharing the brownie recipe because it sounds amazing

  24. The pop up adds drive me crazy. One after the other??????

  25. Sounds like fun evening! It’s great all your “back home friends” continue to come.  Those are true friends! 
    Home made ice cream is the best!! That brownie doesn’t look half bad either! I’ll be watching for that receipe!

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