No churn ice cream is a revelation! Honestly, I resisted trying it because I thought it couldn’t possibly be as good as ice cream made in a machine. Boy was I wrong. After making my first batch and discovering it was top notch creamy goodness, I started experimenting with flavors and came up with this delicious version: Orange-Shortbread Cookie ‘No Churn’ Ice Cream!
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So How Does “No Churn” Ice Cream Work?
Well, it’s easy. You use a hand mixer or stand mixer (or even hand whisk!) to whip up cream, sugar, vanilla etc… then add any additions (in this case orange zest and shortbread cookies) pour into a container, cover and freeze for at least four hours. Yep, that’s it. What you end up with is amazingly creamy, delicious ice cream, and no ice cream maker needed!
How We Get That Orange-Vanilla Flavor!
If you look closely you will see orange zest in this ice cream as well as little flecks of vanilla bean. To get that intense orange flavor I use a microplane to scrape the peel of oranges just until the white is exposed and then move to a new area. The flecks of vanilla come from my favorite…Madagascar vanilla paste!
The Shortbread Cookies and Fun Chocolate Dipped Cones:
I love ice cream that has a little surprise ingredient that adds texture, in this case that special ingredient is shortbread cookies. I use a gluten free shortbread cookie but you can use whatever brand you wish or make your own! The combination of orange, vanilla and shortbread is downright heavenly and having that surprise crunch in your ice cream is delightful! Served alone in a bowl it’s fantastic, but it’s also fun served on a chocolate dipped cone!
To Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed Milk Or Not, That is The Question:
This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk. Making your own is really easy, but of course you can buy store bought if you prefer. That said, this is how easy homemade sweetened condensed milk is to make: Put milk and organic sugar in a pot, bring to a simmer and leave alone for about 40-50 minutes. You can do whatever you want for that 40 minutes, just check on it here or there. Then cool before using in your ice cream. Easy as pie and you can find the recipe here.
The Recipe: Orange-Shortbread Cookie No Churn Ice Cream
What you will need: a hand mixer or stand mixer for ice cream base and a microplane to zest oranges. If you don’t have a mixer you can even whisk cream by hand! I use these GF shortbread cookies, they taste delicious and hold up great even when mixed with cream! To store ice cream I recommend a glass baking dish with lid or Tovolo Ice Cream Containers. I always recommend vanilla paste over extract, it has less alcohol so that vanilla flavor shines through! Plus it gives you those pretty vanilla flecks!
A delicious ice cream recipe that doesn't require an ice cream maker! I offer a gluten free version and the option to make your own sweetened condensed milk. If you make your own sweetened condensed milk allow 40 minutes cook time and time for it to cool.
- 1 3/4 cups cold sweetened condensed milk (if making your own, see link above in blog post) 14 oz
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream cold
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
- Zest of two large oranges or 3 small oranges
- 8 shortbread cookies chopped or crumbled
Place heavy whipping cream and vanilla paste or extract in the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment (or use a bowl and hand mixer)
Beat until soft peaks form (this usually takes 2-3 minutes)
Add cold sweetened condensed milk and orange zest, beat again until soft peaks form (1-2 minutes)
Chop shortbread cookies and fold them into cream mixture
Pour into a container, cover and set in freezer for at least 4 hours. Best if used within six weeks.
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sounds like a good gluten free recipe.
Yes, what a trick- love that sweetened condensed milk; you’ve convinced me: I need to make no-churn ice cream, too! Yours is beautiful. Love this flavor!!!
I bow down to your superior ice cream skills lady!
How fortuitous! I just happen to have a grain-free homemade shortbread cookies recipe that would go perfectly in this ice cream!
Oh wow! You will have to let me know how they hold up in the ice cream! If they work I will try them for sure!
Yes please!!! Now this is my kind of ice cream. Orange is one of my favorite flavors … combined with shortbread cookies?!!! I bet this is out of this world delicious!
I sneak a little every afternoon lol.
Only 5 ingredients, I love it!
I know! So easy!
This is amazing! I can’t wait to try condensed milk in my next batch of ice cream! Definitely going to have to dig the ice cream maker out from the summer!
You don’t need it!
I love that you don’t need an ice cream maker to make this. Looks soooo creamy and decadent!
Oh my I love orange everything! What fun flavors, Linda! I’d be all over this!
Thanks Christina! yes Vanilla, orange and shortbread are a great combo!
You had me at ice cream!
Well you just slapped me upside the head with this one. I love making homemade ice cream and anything that’s as easy as no-churn has my name on it. Love the cookies…
Honestly, I didn’t think it would work when I tried it. Or if it worked it wouldn’t be as good. But it is!
This sounds incredibly delicious. I don’t have an ice cream maker, so this recipe is perfect!
And now you don’t need to get one!
No churn ice cream is seriously the best. So easy and so good!
Agreed. Why did I never know this until now?
This looks so unbelievably good! I’m heading over to check out your sweetened condensed milk recipe too! I’m interested to know how you do that!
Its funny that i cook a lot with condensed milk but never knew i can make it myself, thank you for the idea!
I know. It’s one of those things we just saw in a can growing up and assumed that’s how it had to be lol!
I want this! So easy and, I’m sure, crazy delicious. Gorgeous pictures, too!
This ice-cream looks so delicious and you have made me miss summer already!
I love that this recipe requires no special equipment! This looks so creamy and decadent!
I know me too. Except now my ice cream maker will just be taking up space lol.
Shortbread and ice cream are two of my favourite treats! That looks like the perfect combo! I love that it is no churn because I frequently don’t have room in the freezer for my canister.
Ohhh boy…all my wildest dreams came true with this recipe. Much love to you!
Lol I am o glad. Love right back to you!