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Amazing Spiced Apple Ice Cream! #icecream #appleThis homemade ice cream recipe is sooooo good with intense apple flavor from apple butter. Spiced Apple Ice Cream is the perfect accompaniment to cookies and cakes.

Spiced Apple Homemade Ice Cream Recipe | ASpicyPerspective.com #icecream #apple #musselmans

Homemade ice cream recipes are something I love playing with.

When you walk down the ice cream isle at your grocery store, there are cases and cases of ice cream tubs, but not that many flavor options.

Once you get past the standard chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, butter pecan, cookies and cream, and candy bar swirl varieties, what do you really have?

You certainly won’t find chocolate lavender ice cream or whiskey walnut…. Specialty ice cream flavors are something you’ll most likely have to make at home.

Learning how to make homemade ice cream, is much easier than you might think. There’s quite a bit of waiting around involved, but other than that, it’s simply whisk-simmer-churn.

Spiced Apple Homemade Ice Cream Recipe with Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies | ASpicyPerspective.com #icecream #apple #musselmansapplebutter

This Spiced Apple Ice Cream is something I came up with to serve with my most recent cookie recipe, Cinnamon-Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies.

I thought, what better to go along with cinnamon and oats than intense spiced apple flavor!

I adjusted my favorite vanilla ice cream recipe to include Musselman’s Apple Butter. The richness and spice from Musselman’s Apple Butter was just the punch needed to turn this Spiced Apple Ice Cream into something spectacular.

It’s creamy and loaded with spice and that distinct apple butter flavor that reminds us of childhood.

I am in love with this Spiced Apple Ice Cream, and hope you will be too!

Spice Apple Ice Cream

Yield: 1.5 quarts

Prep Time: 30 minutes active time

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Apple Ice Cream made with real apple butter.


  • 4 cups half & half
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches salt


  1. Place a sauce pot over medium heat. Add the half & half, egg yolks, Musselman's Apple Butter, sugar, vanilla and salt. Whisk well.
  2. Continue to whisk as the mixture warms and thickens. Bring to a low boil and remove from heat.
  3. Place the lid on the pot and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. *If you're in a hurry, place in the freezer for 1 hour, but stir every twenty minutes. Don't forget about it!
  4. Turn on the ice cream machine. Place a sieve over the top to remove any egg clumps, and pour the ice cream mixture into the frozen ice cream bowl.
  5. Churn for 20+ minutes until thick like soft serve ice cream. Then scoop the Spice Apple Ice Cream into an airtight container and freeze to harden.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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62 Responses to “Spiced Apple Ice Cream”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted February 18, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Ooo – what a magical and different treat!


  2. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted February 18, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Sommer, LOVE that you were creative and used Musselman’s Apple Butter in the development of your ice cream recipe. So easy. And, so delish with your Chewy Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies. NOM!


  3. Kare @ Kitchen Treatyposted February 18, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Such a great idea to use apple butter! I bet it’s so intensely spicy and apple-y.

    My local grocery store actually does have some more unique flavors of ice cream – a shelf with a few pints of Jeni’s. I keep wanting to grab one, but they’re $11!


    • Sommer — February 18th, 2013 @ 7:32 am

      Yeah, you could make a more than a gallon of homemade ice cream for $11!


  4. shelly (cookies and cups)posted February 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

    SO great that you added apple butter to the ice cream! I would have never thought to do that :)


  5. Jen @ Savory Simpleposted February 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Apple butter in ice cream? Brilliance!


  6. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Homemade ice cream is always fun and this one is a winner! The cookie ice cream sandwich would be a great way to enjoy it!


  7. Cassieposted February 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I would love to eat some of this with your cookies from Friday. Looks amazing, Sommer!


  8. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted February 18, 2013 at 8:42 am



  9. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted February 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I love trying new and different flavors of homemade ice cream and this is a winner for sure!


  10. Marian (Sweetopia)posted February 18, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Amazing, Sommer! I need to try this!


  11. marlaposted February 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Cookies & Ice Cream ~ spiced apple??!! Girl you spoil us :)


  12. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted February 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Whoa! Cookies, Ice Cream, Oh my! I definitely need to jump on the homemade ice cream bandwagon. This apple flavor looks delish!


  13. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted February 18, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Cookies, Ice Cream, Oh my! I really need to jump on the homemade ice cream bandwagon! This apple flavor looks delish!


  14. Mariaposted February 18, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I want a scoop right now!


  15. Amandaposted February 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Girl, this flavor combination is blowing my mind. You ROCK!


  16. Heather Christoposted February 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

    oh boy, I want an ice cream sandwich with that ice cream and those cookies!!


  17. Robyn | Add a Pinchposted February 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

    This ice cream sounds wonderful, Sommer!


  18. DessertForTwoposted February 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Ok, I’m drooling! I don’t care how cold it is outside, I want ice cream! :)


  19. Laurenposted February 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Oh my…apple butter in your ice cream. What a perfect idea!


  20. Jenny Flakeposted February 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I’ll take ice cream all year round, especially when it looks like this one :)


  21. Julie @ Table for Twoposted February 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

    omg – i love that you stuffed this ice cream in between cookies. so sinfully yummy!! i wouldn’t mind eating ice cream year round if i were able to stuff them in between cookies!!


  22. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted February 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

    This makes me want to whip out my ice cream maker ASAP!


  23. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted February 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

    This looks absolutely divine.


  24. Paula - bell'alimentoposted February 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Gotta love apple butter!


  25. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted February 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    These ice cream sandwiches are pure brilliance!


  26. Chrisposted February 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I’m glad you paired it with the cookies because the ice cream sounded so good but I immediately thought that it needed something crispy like pie crust topping or something. Sounds delicious!


  27. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted February 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Fabulous recipe and great use of Musselman’s Apple Butter! I am loving this recipe! Yum! Bookmarking!


  28. Roxana | Roxana's Home Bakingposted February 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Oh what a great idea Sommer! I love apple butter but haven’t thought of adding it to ice-cream. A delicious idea!


  29. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted February 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    The combo of this ice cream + these cookies = soooo fabulous!


  30. Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted February 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    This is such a great idea for ice cream! I could go for a big scoop right now!


  31. Amy Tongposted February 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Oh…this looks so good. I love homemade ice cream and this is so unique and sounds decadent. :)


  32. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted February 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    OMG, those ice cream sandwiches look amazing!!! I need to use my ice cream maker more often. And this ice cream sounds delish!


  33. Gabyposted February 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    love me some homemade ice cream!!


  34. Wendyposted February 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    This flavor combination is wonderful! Can something taste cozy even if its ice cream? This does.


  35. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted February 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    So creative, Sommer! Bookmarked for when it is a little warmer up here in Canada. =)


  36. a farmer in the dellposted February 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I’m going to crank the heater in our house tonight and make some ice cream! this sounds amazing!!!


  37. Lorettaposted February 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Yum! The color of coffee ice cream, but what a nice surprise! I actually have apple butter right now, which is a little freaky.


  38. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted February 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Of course, just before heading to bed, I’m now needing to raid the freezer for ice cream. Wish I had some of this homemade apple – sounds incredible to me right now!


  39. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted February 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Love your creativity with the apple butter, this ice cream sounds wonderful.


  40. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted February 19, 2013 at 12:47 am

    This ice cream looks incredible! And in between those cookies?! Yes, I need this now!


  41. Carolynposted February 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Oh my word, these look delish. I love that you sandwiched the ice cream in the cookies. I’d go for a 10 mile run, just to eat one of these!


  42. Jen L | Tartine and Apron Stringsposted February 19, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I really need to invest in an ice cream maker this summer! Any brand you would recommend or endorse? Spiced Apple? I’m there! It’s a flavour I enjoy through and through!


    • Sommer — February 19th, 2013 @ 7:55 am

      Hi Jen, I know KitchenAid makes an awesome attachment that fits with the stand mixer. I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker and it’s been a great little machine.


  43. steph@stephsbitebybiteposted February 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Forget the bowl!! I’ll eat this straight from the ice cream machine!


  44. TidyMomposted February 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Sommer Im a HUGE Musselman’s apple butter fan! I never thought to put it in ice cream!!! I LOVE this!!


  45. Angieposted February 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    What a great idea! I love apple butter and this looks amazing!


  46. Colette @ JFF!posted February 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I’ve actually been craving cin+apple.
    Now, in ice cream form?
    NO one can resist that!


  47. Kulsum@journeykitchenposted February 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

    thanks for the link love dear! I can’t wait to try your recipe!


  48. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted February 20, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Mmmm definitely not too cold for this ice cream


  49. Monetposted February 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Um, yes please! I love apple flavored ice cream, but I’ve yet to try it at home. Thank you for sharing another dose of inspiration. I hope you are having a great week and are staying warm.


  50. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted February 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

    My intense WANT for that oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich has quickly surpassed into an urgent NEED. This looks INCREDIBLE. I’m a cinnamon freak and probably go through an average-sized bottle every week. — no joke!


  51. David Crichtonposted February 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I love my ice cream Sommer, and this caught my eye. How to you make apple butter if it’s not in your store? Or is it just apple puree?


  52. JanetFCTCposted February 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Now this is one I really want to make! I make home made apple butter and I can just imagine how good it would be in this recipe!


  53. angposted February 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

    ooh this sounds divine! i’m your newest pinterest follower :)


  54. Maryposted March 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

    This ice cream and those oatmeal cookies together as an ice cream sandwich!!!!


  55. Caroleposted March 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about ice cream and sorbets – or anything similar like gelato. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . Please do check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.


  56. Richardposted March 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I Love your blog;thank you very much for the interesting ideas.|I really like your blog;thanks for the great ideas.}


  57. Shainaposted March 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

    This looks just amazing.


  58. wesleyposted November 5, 2013 at 7:59 am

    is there any way i could add apple slices to this?


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