Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream


Hi, can I speak to Spring? Hello, Spring!?! SPRING!!! Please baby girl, pick up, we need you! 45 degrees in the middle of May? Come on, already!

(There was some talk about global warming – is that why we have to deal with Spring’s bipolar issues? Just wondering.)

Well whether the weather (say that again? whether the weather Smile ) decides to behave as it should, or not, I am still going forward with my scheduled summery recipe. Besides, ice cream is always in season. Winking smile

ice cream 3

By now I really thought that this weather would be screaming for ice cream. I thought that Ana and I would be in the backyard playing in her kiddie pool, sipping on some drinks, watering the garden, and eating ice cream on the patio. My ice cream in a bowl, and hers in a cone. Not happening, yet.


The recipe for this cheesecake ice cream comes from David Lebovitz’s book, The Perfect Scoop. I was just looking for a creamy ice cream that didn’t include for me to sit above the stove and cook up a custard – asking for too much? I don’t think so. I almost always skip the ice cream and make frozen yogurt, but this recipe was too good for me to pass up because you can’t talk about rich and creamy ice cream until you try this scoop of deliciousness!

And just for kicks and giggles, I added some strawberries.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

You will need:

  • 8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of half-and-half (I used heavy whipping cream)
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries (if you like more berries, add another 1/2 cup)


  • Cut the cream cheese into pieces.

cream cheese

  • Put all ingredients, excluding the strawberries, into a food processor or blender.
  • Mix until smooth.
  • Put the mixture into the refrigerator to chill for about 2 hours.

ice cream mixture

  • Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

chopped strawberries

  • 3 minutes before the ice cream is done, pour the chopped strawberries into the mixture through the ingredient spout on the ice cream maker.



  1. says

    No standing over a stove? Woo-hoo!! And I just returned the book you spoke of to the library without even turning a page. Darn it all!! I have to make this recipe. What else I love about this post is that you referred to spring as bipolar. That is hilarious; and true.

  2. says

    Love this recipe! Classic combinations and in an ice cream cone! Who could ask for more. The temperature where I am is 100+ and you have NO idea how much I want one of these right now… Thanks for sharing :)

  3. says

    Yummy looking ice cream and I agree ice cream is always in season 😛
    It’s so crazy how cold May has been, I miss hot and sunny :) hopefully next month!

  4. says

    It’s 50 degrees and raining here- but ice cream sounds like the perfect pick-me-up! I love The Perfect Scoop and the addition of Strawberries to this recipe is just lovely!

  5. says

    Yes, ice cream is definitely always in season, especially here. I am so glad that you posted this recipe because I just got my ice cream maker out yesterday thinking that I would have to make some ice cream soon. I have a beautiful punnet of strawberries and the rest of the ingredients so this was meant to be. Lovely photos too.

  6. says

    Strawberry cheesecake is one of my all time favorite ice cream flavors. The picture of the cone just taunts me…ehehehe. It’s quite warm here so this would hit the spot this weekend.

  7. says

    I had this flavor ice cream only once it my life and it was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am definitely going to make this asap! The weather has been very crappy, but this is just too good to resist… screw the rain, I’ll pretend it’s summer!

  8. says

    SF has been cold and cloudy but today it’s finally sunny! Oh I wish really wish that I have an ice cream maker…without it I can’t make it right? Your strawberry cheesecake ice cream is AMAZING! In fact this is actually my favorite flavor when I go to an ice cream shop (I always debate if I should get chocolate one, but just can’t pass this flavor). I think I should invest money on buying ice cream maker, just for this recipe. I’m serious! I’m going to send this link to my hubby. Hopefully your great pictures are convincing! 😉

  9. says

    Beautiful strawberries, beautiful ice cream, beautiful weath… oh wait :) The weather is pretty bad here as well. I guess that just like you I’ll have to deal with the first two and get over cold, rainy San Fran. I wish we at least had a fireplace at home! Then I’d be able to eat this delicious ice cream next to it… (obviously, not too close!) But don’t worry. That won’t stop me from making this recipe 😉

  10. says

    Cream cheese in ice cream is new to me but I can see how it works. My ice cream maker has been in hibernation since I moved last summer. I really need to bring it out to play. The huge chunks of strawberries are mouthwatering!

  11. says

    Kate, this is GOOD! Simple, and no messy custard to make. Lovely guest post over at Jill’s Mad About Macarons.

    p.s. When you get through to Spring, could I have a word with her please. She needs to turn the heating up :)

  12. says

    i hear ya aboout the weather! it’s crazy! it was finally a little warm today but a couple of days ago, i was so cold… i turned on the heat in the house and wore my winter jacket when going out…lol

    i haven’t heard of strawberry cheesecake ice cream but i do like cheesecake and there is no reason why i wouldn’t love this! your presentation and pictures are wonderful (as usual :)

  13. says

    What great pictures! It could be ice cream weather any day here, this has to be the coldest spring EVER!! But it doesn’t have to be hot to eat this, yum!

  14. says

    When spring refused to come to MN – I just made spring in my kitchen – which is what you did! A sort of “I’ll show you, Mother Nature!” And this does sing of spring. I am a strawberry-fiend, cheesecake lover and will be doing this. And I keep meaning to put The Perfect Scoop on my wish-list. Your delicious photos say it all!

  15. says

    Oh, gosh, this looks fabulous! I had my Perfect Scoop cookbook out yesterday, but put it back since it wasn’t ice cream weather. Tomorrow looks promising…fingers crossed for warmth and sunshine in Indiana!

  16. says

    I’m not much of an ice cream fan, however, every once in a while one catches my eye… and this one sure did! I thinks it’s the “cheesecake” part that did it, but we will definitely be trying this one!! Lovely, lovely photos too!

  17. says

    Oh, I am with you. It’s been rainy and cool here since Saturday, with no end in sight. But ice cream is still warranted, because despite what the thermometer says, it IS mid-May! I’ve been meaning to try cheesecake ice cream…

  18. says

    I cannot overstate how much I LOVE the light in these photos! How do you eat all this and stay so svelte? You must post your secrets, my lovely!

  19. says

    OK, seriously…….fabulous. I think i bruised my forehead trying to eat thru the computer. 😛
    Once again you have out done yourself. Love it, love it love it. Like you said there is no season for ice cream. It is a year round treat :)
    I am going to hunt down my ice cream maker and get this party started.

  20. says

    Great pics today! So bright and summery – definitely better than this weather. So I saw your post in my inbox today and had to wait until lunch to read it otherwise I think I would have had to run out to get ice cream immediately. Glad I waited – YUMMY! I’ve never seen an ice cream recipe before – let alone tried one. This looks totally worth trying though. :)

  21. says

    OOoooooooh…..I am trying not to literally drool all over my keyboard right now. So good. Btw, so much in common? I know! I think we might be linked at the brain. Teething means everyone needs a little creamy treat. This is perfect. I need an ice cream maker. It’s officially added to my list. It’s pretty and pink too, which I love. Being surrounded by boys all the time …I could use a little more pink.

  22. says

    Making this, making this, making this! I’m dancing with joy! I’ll need to get more strawberries at the farm over yonder but I can do that and I have all the rest of the ingredients. Strawberry cheesecake ice cream is my absolute FAVORITE. Yours looks perfect; delicious; wonderful. They say that tomorrow summer returns (here at least). I’ll be ready.

  23. says

    I see tons of ice cream recipes on blogs! I already wanted an ice cream maker but now I NEED one! This ice cream must be delicious with the cream cheese & strawberries!

  24. says

    Your lovely photos and delicious food always bring a smile to my face! They also make my tummy rumble. This is a fabulous ice cream recipe! Delicious and perfect for that warm weather….whenever it comes! :)

  25. says

    Wow…I can’t believe how simple this is! No custard!!
    Looks really great…I recently made a strawberry cheesecake ice cream but it wasn’t creamy and got way too hard :( I’ll have to try something more along these lines.
    And I”m with you on the weather…even here in California it has been abnormally chilly.


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