cinnamon roll ice cream


I was at Target this past Sunday afternoon and almost knocked over by way overly excited college freshman buying neon colored chevron print sheets, picture frames, and some weird looking spider web chair thing.  You know, all the essentials to help you succeed at college?!?!  The fact that kids are going back to school made me realize Fall is apparently right around the corner. I’m digging my heels in the ground, not because my kids are going to school yet, but because I am a total summer girl.  Long hot days filled with sunscreen and sandy feet.  Yep, I live for that.  Oh wait, that’s never what my days looks like.  More like hot long days filled with baby wipes and cheerios.  Anyway.  In theory, those long hot sunny days spent at the beach are winding down and fall is gearing up.

Some of you are so excited for pumpkin bread, you could poop your pants.  Others of you might just shed tears of joy because your overpriced beloved pumpkin spice latte is back for a limited time (quick, it’s only going to be here until like mid May of next year, RUN RUN RUN!).  I’m not a hater, I love pumpkin bread and a fancy latte too, but I think what I love most about all the sweet pumpkin treats is the cinnamon.  It’s a bit spicy and warm and cozy. And the aroma of cinnamon is just so inviting.  The more I think about it, the more I love cinnamon!

In Southern California fall is still really hot.  In fact, I think September and October may be hotter than most of the technical summer months?  Which means I still need ice cream.  Ok, but let’s be real, I could be in a snow storm in the Antarctic and I would NEED ice cream.  Air + water + ice cream = the essentials of survival.  A warm and cozy cinnamon custard base ice cream with a cream cheese swirl, the simple flavors of a cinnamon roll.  Yet somehow when they come together, oh wow, it’s incredible.  Like, I’d sacrifice my left arm (I’m right handed.  Let’s be reasonable here.) for a bowl of this stuff.


cinnamon roll ice cream


Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream

Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream


    Cinnamon Ice Cream:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk (I used low fat)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream (use up to 5 tbsp depending on how thin you want the icing swirl)


Cinnamon Ice Cream

Warm the milk, sugar, salt, cinnamon and 1 cup of the heavy cream in a medium saucepan.

Pour the remaining 1 cup heavy cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top and set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm cinnamon milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed custard back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. This takes me 5-7 minutes. Pour the cinnamon custard through the strainer on top of the bowl, and into the cream. Place the bowl in an ice bath or just place in the fridge to completely chill. It can be in the fridge up to 3 days before churning.

Freeze the ice cream in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a storage container, alternating layers of ice cream with layers of cream cheese icing. Transfer to the freezer and freeze until firm.

Cream Cheese Icing

Combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar and beat on low speed just until all mixed together. Beat in the vanilla and heavy cream. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat 2-3 minutes more. Set Aside until the ice cream is ready to churn.


I’ve made a cinnamon roll ice cream before, but it’s completely different.  It’s a butterscotch base with actual chunks of cinnamon rolls in it.  Also amazing though.