Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Ice Cream

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Rich and creamy Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Ice Cream. No store-bought ice cream can top the flavor of making your own cinnamon and vanilla bean ice cream from scratch! Your desserts and pies will welcome this lightly spiced ice cream, too! What pie or crisp wouldn’t benefit from a little extra cinnamon spice?


Homemade cinnamon vanilla ice cream offers a taste of fall to dress up homemade vanilla ice cream. Homemade ice cream scares a lot of people off unnecessarily.  Unfortunately, they probably remember hours of forced child labor hand cranking the bucket with rock salt for a tiny little scoop of salty ice cream. One that was actually more on the cream side than the ice side too!

Well, don’t let that be the case anymore! With a simple ice cream maker, those days are long gone. Homemade ice cream is fantastic, and making specialty flavors like cinnamon vanilla ice makes your day.

Adding a little cinnamon to my homemade vanilla ice cream is one of my favorite twists. Especially in the fall. It’s amazing to top off those fall favorites, like apple crisp, fresh apple cake, or pumpkin cake!


ground fresh powdered cinnamon

How Much Cinnamon Is Just Right?

Cinnamon sometimes plays difficult. Let me just set the record straight. It isn’t you. Cinnamon varies widely. Sometimes seriously spicy, while others just sort of mildly savory. You never know and how long it has sat on your pantry shelf makes a difference too. So, my suggestion for how much to use follows my personal taste.

In terms of what I prefer, I like the hint of cinnamon in the ice cream, I don’t want it to be like a cinnamon jawbreaker candy burning into my taste buds. But, you make the call. My suggestion, do little taste tests to see what you like. You can always mix more into the ice cream if you need to, so start with less rather than more.

Depending on how much cinnamon you add, the color of the ice cream may change a bit, too. 


Is Cinnamon Ice Cream The Same As Mexican Ice Cream?

Some people do refer to homemade cinnamon ice cream as “Mexican Ice Cream“. Cinnamon is a popular regional spice in Mexican cuisine and it is a popular ice cream flavor in Mexico, but it is only one of many. What makes this closer to Mexican-style ice cream is the milk and not the cinnamon. Mexican ice cream contains less fat than American-style ice cream that relies more on heavy cream and cream. Instead Mexican ice cream uses milk and cream to create a lighter style ice cream. 


What You Need For Cinnamon Vanilla Ice Cream

Like so many great ice cream flavors, everything starts with classic vanilla ice cream as the base from which everything else builds on top. So, feel free to get creative. I mean, you could just as easily use pumpkin spice to create another flavor of Fall variation too. 

Here is what you need to get started:

  • Milk – I use whole milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Vanilla Bean Paste, I love this one.
  • Sugar, granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Good quality cinnamon, spend the extra money, you’ll be glad that you did. 


That’s it! So you can start to see why homemade ice cream is so much better than the store-bought varieties that include things like xanthan gum and stuff like that. There isn’t anything wrong with xanthan gum, mind you, but why does it need to be in ice cream other than to cheat the smoothness. Real fresh cream does the trick just fine. 

stirring vanilla ice cream ingredients

Steps To Making Homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream

  1. Beat eggs until fluffy.
  2. Add sugar a little at a time until combined. 
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients, mix. Stir in ground cinnamon.
  4. Pour into your ice cream maker, follow the instructions that came with it.
  5. Blend until frozen.
  6. Put in the freezer for a few hours to harden. I like to use loaf pans and cover them with foil.


With an ice cream maker, all you need to do is mix together the ingredients until they are blended and the sugar is well dissolved into the mixture. The trick is to beat the eggs until nice and fluffy. You can do this by hand or use a hand blender. If you do use a hand blender, then just make sure not to let the eggs get too warm. You don’t want scrambled eggs, just really light, and fluffy ones. 

With the eggs light and fluffy, and able to hold little peaks when you dip a spoon or fork, then mix in the cream, milk, sugar and salt. I know salt sounds a bit weird in ice cream, but it isn’t like you are trying to make it taste salty. The salt just helps everything else work together and brings out the flavor more. 


homemade ice cream

Rich and Creamy Cinnamon Stick Ice Cream — blended in the ice cream maker and ready for the freezer. 



I find freezing it in loaf pans covered in heavy duty foil works well. 


homemade cinnamon vanilla ice cream dessert

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What Other Flavors Can I Add To Cinnamon Ice Cream?

Vanilla ice cream can go any direction with flavors to add. You can add seasonings, or blend in things like nuts, chocolates, caramel, or fruits. Cinnamon compliments many of those same ingredients just as nicely as vanilla does. So, if you want to add some chocolate chips or dried bits of banana, then go for it! Even something like a bit of strawberry preserves mixed in will work quite nicely with the cinnamon. 


Grape Nut Ice Cream spoonful

More Ice Cream Desserts To Check Out

Ice cream always has a place at the table when it comes to wonderful desserts. These are some that also work for Fall treats. 



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Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Ice Cream in bowl with cinnamon sticks
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Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Ice Cream

Rich and creamy homemade cinnamon vanilla ice cream. No store-bought ice cream can top the flavor of making your own cinnamon and vanilla bean ice cream from scratch!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: churned, Cinnamon, Cinnamon vanilla ice cream, homemade, no cook, vanilla bean, with cream, with eggs, with ice cream maker
Servings: 1 gallon
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups cream
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups milk
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Beat eggs until fluffy.
  • Add sugar a little at a time until combined. 
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients, mix. Stir in ground cinnamon.
  • Pour into your ice cream maker, follow the instructions that came with it.
  • Blend until frozen.
  • Put in the freezer for a few hours to harden. I like to use loaf pans and cover them with foil. 


If you want your ice cream a little "spicier" feel free to adjust the amount of cinnamon in the recipe. Begin by stirring in 1 teaspoonful at a time until your flavor is achieved. Do this before freezing.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 143mg | Sugar: 38g


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  1. I am a sucker for having such a sweet tooth while eyeing this wonderful homemade vanilla ice cream. A bowl of your ice cream will complete my satisfaction!

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