Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker Required!)

For some reason, surviving the month of July is always a major feat for me. In June, we’re excited that school is out, we end up traveling a lot, we have a lot of birthdays and other celebrations, and it just seems to fly by. In August, we’re gearing up for school and making all sorts of last-minute fun memories. But July? July drags on. July is hot. If I ever have a really bad month, it’s almost always July.

Guess what? July is over. Even though this wasn’t really a bad one (not like the July of Lost Jobs or the July of Abcessed Teeth or the July of the Water Heater Leaking through the Ceiling and onto the Oven, Thus Frying the Electrical Panel), I’m glad it’s over. And when I’m glad, I eat cheesecake. Or cheesecake ice cream. Or super duper easy cheesecake-esque ice cream that doesn’t require an ice cream maker.

You’ll need cream cheese (light or regular, but not fat free; you’ll get ice crystals and weird flavors), sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream, lemon zest, strawberries, and a graham cracker crust. I really, really like the texture of frozen graham cracker crust, which is why I used it instead of regular ol’ graham crackers.

Combine the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest, and whipping cream in a large bowl…

and mix with an electric mixer until combined. Freeze for 4 hours or until semi-solid.

Remove the cream cheese mixture from the freezer and beat until creamy. Place the berries in a blender

and blend until desired consistency is reached (I like some almost-whole berries in mine, but you might want it completely smooth). Add to the cream cheese mixture.

Add in chopped graham cracker crust and mix well. Freeze for 8 hours or until firm.

Remove the ice cream from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Allow to soften slightly before scooping.



  1. I love July! The ice cream looks good, but I am not that ambitious. I would just buy some premium strawberry cheesecake ice cream.

  2. This sounds amazing, I love ice cream recipes that don’t need a machine! You HAVE had some lousy Julys…summer isn’t my favourite season to begin with, but this looks like a good way to survive the heat 🙂

  3. Cheesecake-esque anything is good in my book! I’d start eating and never look back. Congratulations on your second book! It looks wonderful!

  4. That’s funny, August is usually our month for all bad things to happen. This year, July seemed to take a lot of money from us, so hopefully August will be great!

  5. I’m so sad for you to have such bad associations with July. July is the month I get to shirk responsibility and spend all day at the pool with my kids with no guilt because it’s too hot to do anything else. It’s the month we go to free movies at the theater and spend $7 for unlimited popcorn and my kids think I’m awesome because I refill the bucket as many times as they want. It’s the month for fireworks, barbecues, and beach vacations. How sad not to love July!

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