12 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes to Beat the Heat

My love for sweets isn’t very discriminating. Cakes, cookies, brownies, doughnuts, macaroons: You put them in front of me and I’ll totally devour them. However, there’s one sweet treat that I typically don’t go crazy for: ice cream (milkshakes are a whole other story …)—unless it’s homemade ice cream, of course. To me, there’s just something undeniably amazing and indulgent about a sweet, creamy batch of homemade ice cream on a hot summer night. And though I love basic flavors like chocolate, strawberry and peach (my favorite!), it’s also fun to play around with more creative (and even more delicious) flavors, too. That’s why I’ve rounded up 12 super-sweet and sure-to-cool-you-off homemade ice cream recipes to try out this summer:

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Clockwise from top left:Honey Ricotta Ice Cream from Wonky Wonderful; S’mores Ice Cream from The Gunny Sack; Caramel Pecan Chocolate Ripple Ice Cream from Kitchen Simplicity; Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream from Dinner or Dessert; Bacon Ice Cream from Bacon Wiki; and Brown Butter Maple Nut Ice Cream from Country Living.

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Clockwise from top left: Creme Brulee Ice Cream from CompleteRecipes.com; Key Lime Pie Ice Cream from MyRecipes; Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream (photo via Creature Comforts); Snickers Ice Cream from Lauren’s Latest; Hazelnut Praline Ice Cream from The Sugar Hit; and Lemon Meringue Ice Cream from Sifting Focus.

You guys, these all look so delicious that I hardly know where to start with picking my favorites. I really love rich, indulgent flavors, so the Brown Butter Maple Nut, Bacon, Peanut Butter Cup and Snickers recipes all sound amazing. But I also love a lighter, more savory flavor come summer, so the Lemon Meringue, Honey Ricotta and Key Lime Pie versions might be a good place to start, too. If I had to pick a favorite though, I think that Hazelnut Praline recipe is definitely taking home the prize.

Do you make your own ice cream for summertime? If so, what’s your favorite flavor to whip up?

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