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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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Creamy homemade chocolate ice cream with peanut butter and peanut butter cups mixed right in.  This is a chocolate and peanut butter lover’s dream come true!

bowl of chocolate peanut butter ice cream ready to eat.

This homemade chocolate peanut butter ice cream recipe is sure to make you fall in love. It is rich, creamy, and features one of our favorite flavor combinations.

The chocolate ice cream base would be wonderful on it’s own, but the chunks of peanut butter and peanut butter cups make it even better. In fact, I recommend you go ahead and buy enough ingredients for two batches.

So many favorites packed into one great recipe!

Creamy, delicious homemade ice cream? Check.

Peanut butter and chocolate? Check!

Peanut butter cups? Checkity, check, check!

This ice cream is so good and easy to make too.  You’ll want to print the recipe and make it on repeat.

MiMi originally made this recipe and shared it back in 2015.  She was on a homemade ice cream kick and was creating all sorts of fun flavors.

She has since slowed down on making ice cream and I have taken over the dessert committee.  But now that I have my own ice cream maker, I have been going back and remaking her great recipes.

Large glass mixing bowl filled with chocolate ice cream base and whisk.

That allows us to relive our favorites and it gives me an excuse to share them with you again!  It’s really a great win for everyone!

So now we have spiffier recipe cards, new pictures, and a little more commentary about what works well when you put this easy recipe together.

adding chunks of frozen peanut butter and peanut butter cups to churning chocolate ice cream.

Making the Ice Cream

This ice cream is pretty simple to put together. It is built on our favorite egg free chocolate ice cream recipe.

We love that recipe because it is smooth, creamy, and only takes a few minutes to get the base ready. You can be churning ice cream in less than 10 minutes and that includes getting the ingredients out!

My husband’s favorite ice cream is chocolate with peanut butter swirl. So our original plan was to try to do that.

Swirling thick peanut butter through cold ice cream and getting it somewhat even is a bit of a task.  Stirring in frozen bits of peanut butter is much easier!

So we decided adding frozen bits of peanut butter was good enough. It gives a similar effect, but can be done much more efficiently.

Of course adding some chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups never hurt a chocolate and peanut butter recipe. So we added some here too.

bowl of soft chocolate ice cream with peanut butter chunks.

They are optional, but totally recommended.

We were all sad when we got to the bottom of this batch of ice cream. It is always so good.

Luckily it is easy to make, so we can whip it up again.  But first we have so many other ice creams to try.

My husband is a huge fan of homemade blackberry ice cream, so that is on the agenda as soon as our berries start to ripen.   And I have already had requests from family for more monster cookie ice cream

Storing Ice Cream:

MiMi also wanted to share that she has a new favorite way to store her ice cream.  She found these Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop containers that fit in the freezer well, stack easily and store nicely.  

She already has a couple and is getting ready to order more.  (They certainly did not sponsor this in any way, MiMi just really likes them!)

quart container of chocolate ice cream with bits of peanut butter and peanut butter cups showing.

I got fun quart sized containers that are reusable and dishwasher safe that I like as well. No matter how it’s stored, the ice cream tends to disappear quickly around here!

Ice Cream Maker Recommendations 

MiMi has a couple kitchenaid ice cream maker attachments for her stand mixer.  She loves them and makes all of her ice cream with them.

I recently got a cuisinart ice cream maker. You freeze the bowl ahead of using it much like the kitchenaid attachment.

bowl of chocolate peanut butter ice cream ready to eat.

I have had it for about 4 months and it has gotten a work out already, I can’t wait to really make it work this summer! It really doesn’t take up that  much room, the hardest part is making sure the bowl is frozen when I’m getting a craving to make ice cream.

If you like chocolate and peanut butter together, you should try peanut butter dirt pudding as well. Or make a chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake with either homemade or store bought ice cream.

Did you make this great recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

bowl of soft chocolate ice cream with peanut butter chunks.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

If you make a batch of this creamy homemade chocolate peanut butter ice cream, you are sure to be a superhero in your house. The best part is the chocolate ice cream base comes together in just a few minutes. The bits of peanut butter make it extra good!
5 from 11 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Churn and Chill Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings (about 1.5 quarts)
Calories 294 kcal


  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups halved (optional)


  • Place small dollops (about the size of a gumball) of peanut butter on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Chop peanut butter cups and toss on the sheet as well. Freeze until ready to mix them in.
    ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder until combined and lump free. Add the milk and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. You can use an immersion blender or hand mixer if you want.
    1 cups granulated sugar, ½ cup cocoa powder, 2 cups whole milk
  • Stir in the cream and salt.
    2 cups whipping cream, 1 pinch salt
  • Churn in ice cream maker according to the machine's instructions.
  • When the ice cream is done churning, either fold in the frozen peanut butter and peanut butter cups or toss them in and let the ice cream maker distribute them for you.
    10 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Transfer to storage containers and freeze at least 2 hours or until ready to eat.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 5gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 74mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 652IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1mg
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Andrea Nine

Friday 22nd of May 2020

What a treat especially for chocolate and peanut butter lovers like us!! Have a sweet Holiday weekend!

Kim -

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

Hi Carlee! Thanks for another rockstar recipe! I'm featuring this ice cream on You Link it We Make it tomorrow morning - we made it earlier today and it was just a perfect early summer day to enjoy it! It was fabulous and so creamy! Thanks again! Pinning!


Thursday 26th of May 2016

Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for featuring it, I am heading over now!

Megan Chamberlin

Monday 5th of October 2015

My husband would fall in love with me all over again if I made this for him! Thanks for sharing your sweet recipe with us at Merry Monday!


Monday 5th of October 2015

And who could blame him?! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday 4th of October 2015

Thanks for sharing at Tips & Tricks! Hope to see you again this week!


Friday 2nd of October 2015

I need to get an ice cream maker. Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list! This looks yummy.


Friday 2nd of October 2015

We have so much fun creating ice cream flavors to go with our baked goods. An ice cream maker would be a perfect Christmas gift!