I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

The first day of Summer is upon us and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the beautiful weather than enjoying a bowl of delicious, creamy ice cream! This is one of my favorite desserts to make at home, and I was so excited to find the variety of cookbooks Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has for you to borrow. Listed below are some of the fun cookbooks whose pages you can flip through and choose recipes to try out, or just have fun browsing the beautiful photographs and dream about making these yummy recipes!

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream: Sweet Seasonal Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, & Toppings Made with Local Ingredients

By Molly Moon Neitzel

Recipes from an ice cream scoop shop in Seattle focus on seasonal ingredients and have everything from Chocolate ice cream to the unique Maple Bacon ice cream.

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery

By Kris Hoogerhyde

I’ve checked out this book a couple different times, and the recipes are unique, fun, and look moderately easy. If nothing else, the pages are fun to look at!


Ice Cream!: Delicious Ice Creams for all Occasions

Cuthbert, Pippa 2005

This is another fun ice cream book to flip through! It includes interesting recipes for desserts such as Carmelized Fig and Orange Ice Cream to try out adventurous flavors.

The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: over 500 ice creams, sorbets, granitas, drinks and more By Bruce Weinstein The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: over 500 ice creams, sorbets, granitas, drinks and more

By Bruce Weinstein 1999

What I enjoy about this cookbook is that it also features other frozen desserts. Plus with over 500 recipes, you’re sure to find something you like.

The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz The Perfect Scoop

By David Lebovitz 2007

This is probably tied as one of my favorite ice cream cookbooks with “Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones” (listed above!) because the instructions are easy to follow and it is one I’d like to own someday.

Ben & Jerry’s homemade ice cream & dessert book by Ben Cohen Ben & Jerry’s homemade ice cream & dessert book

By Ben Cohen 1987

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and I can only imagine it’s even better when made at home.

Don’t own an ice cream maker? No worries! You can still make delicious ice cream at home with a few basic ingredients and tools. If I could make this as a 9-year-old in girl scouts, I know you can too.

The Huffington Post blogged with 6 different ice cream making methods that will surely match your own needs.

Do you have any favorite recipes or cookbooks with ice cream recipes? Please tell me about them by leaving a comment below!

Erin Seeger

I am the Lawn & Garden and Cooking Neighborhood Librarian who also leads the "Bean There, Read That" book discussion for folks in their 20s and 30s, facilitates the "Master Gardener" series, and the "Cooking by the Book" series at Garfield Community Center.

3 thoughts on “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

  1. My grandpa made an ice cream maker out of an old washing machine motor. You would stick a ten penny nail in it and when the ice cream was done it would snap the nail in half. This was long before the electric ice cream maker was invented. Most of the time they would just make vanilla ice cream but every once in awhile we would have chocolate chip ice cream. Brings back fond memories. It has been a long time since I’ve had homemade ice cream… looking forward to you bringing me some in 😉

  2. I think Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home is one of the best. She has some very different flavors but oh my goodness are they good. I really love this book for making ice cream.

  3. Michael Perkins – I accept your challenge! Your grandpa’s ice cream maker sounds like fun, and he was obviously a very creative fellow.

    Kathy – That’s one of my favorite ice cream books, too. She has some creative recipes in there for sure!

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