No Churn Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream

Decadent and creamy no churn Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream!  This homemade vanilla ice cream recipe with fudge ribbons and candy Buckeyes is easy to make.  My family loves ice cream and this was my son’s request for his 13th birthday this year…

Photos, post, and recipe updated November 7, 2014.

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for no churn homemade vanilla ice cream |
I’m sure all of you know that on July 9th, 1984, Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month, right? He even went so far as to describe ice cream as “a nutritious and wholesome food” and “the perfect dessert and snack food”.  In my opinion, just another reason why he’s one of my favorite presidents…

While I’ll let you decide whether you agree with the nutritious and wholesome part, I’d say the majority of us would rank ice cream in our top 5 of all desserts.  Without a doubt, it’s my #1 favorite!

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for no churn homemade vanilla ice cream |
As a HUGE ice cream lover, I never miss a chance to try new flavor combinations, but I seem to gravitate towards those that contain peanut butter and chocolate.  Growing up, my grandma would make peanut butter balls for special holidays and when I moved to Ohio 17 years ago, I discovered that if you don’t dip the balls all the way into the chocolate, they’re called Buckeyes

Since I don’t own an ice cream maker, I was delighted to stumble across Cookies & Cup’s two ingredient no machine ice cream recipe.   I could’ve stopped at that simple combination, but visions of soft peanut butter chunks and chocolate ribbons ran through my head, and I couldn’t rest until a bowl of this Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream was mine…

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for no churn homemade vanilla ice cream |
Can I admit that I’ve already made this ice cream twice?

In the past month…

For quality control purposes, of course:)

My kids declared it better than store-bought and my husband just asked last night when I’d make it again…

Enough of the chit-chat; let’s make some Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream! 

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for no churn homemade vanilla ice cream |
Before you start, it’s important to stash your mixer bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer, until it’s needed to whip the cream.

Now you’re going to make those Buckeye chunks I mentioned earlier. Stir the softened butter, peanut butter, and vanilla together until it’s all creamy, then mix in the powdered sugar. Peanut butter Buckeye chunks complete! Set them aside in a safe place because they may just disappear…

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for no churn homemade vanilla ice cream |
Go ahead and grab your bowl, whisk , and the heavy whipping cream.  Working fast, pour the cream in the bowl and turn the mixer on medium high.  Of course, I’ll assume you remembered to install the whisk attachment, right? Not that I’ve ever forgotten to do that… Whip, whip, whip until it you have lovely soft peaks of cream.  NOTE:  Don’t go too far, or you’ll make butter!  Which is lovely in its own way, but not what we desire for this recipe:)

Next, pour in your can of sweetened condensed milk and vanilla into the whipped cream. Gently fold these in, followed by your peanut butter Buckeye crumbles(reserve a few crumbles for the top, if desired).

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for no churn homemade vanilla ice cream |
Place the ice cream in your freezer, then melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil(or shortening) in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth and creamy(about 1-2 minutes).

Now we’re ready to assemble the layers, so grab a loaf pan or square baking pan, the ice cream, and the chocolate. Spoon 1/2 of the ice cream in the pan, then follow up with 1/2 of the melted chocolate.  Swirl the chocolate just a bit, like so…

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for  no churn homemade vanilla ice cream |
Repeat the process with the remaining ice cream and chocolate.  If you reserved some peanut butter crumbles, don’t forget to sprinkle them on top.  Cover the pan with some foil and place it back in the freezer for at least 6 hours.  You’ve just made Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream without an ice cream maker and it feels great, doesn’t it?

Make this ice cream in the morning and you’ll be enjoying it for dinner! Nutritious and wholesome, remember?

Do you have a favorite flavor of ice cream?  Have you ever tried Buckeyes?

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for no churn homemade vanilla ice cream |
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5.0 from 6 reviews
Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream ~ No Machine Needed
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Decadent and creamy no churn Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream! This homemade vanilla ice cream recipe with fudge ribbons and candy Buckeyes is easy to make.
Serves: 8 servings
For the Buckeyes Crumbles
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup(128g) creamy peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup(120g) powdered sugar
For the Ice Cream
  • 2 cups(16oz) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can(14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Chocolate
  • ½ cup(90g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil or shortening
  1. Place mixer bowl and whisk attachment in freezer before proceeding.
  2. Combine the Buckeye ingredients with a spoon until mixed and crumbly. Set mixture aside.
  3. Pull mixer bowl and whisk attachment out of freezer. Pour heavy whipping cream in chilled bowl and whip until soft peaks form. Gently fold in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla by hand, then fold in the peanut butter crumbles(reserve some if you want crumbles on top of your ice cream). Place bowl of ice cream in freezer.
  4. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil(or shortening) in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth(about 1-2 minutes).
  5. In a loaf or square pan, layer ½ of the ice cream, then ½ of the chocolate, and gently swirl. Repeat with remaining ice cream and chocolate. Sprinkle with reserved Buckeye crumbles, if desired.
  6. Cover ice cream and freeze for at least 6 hours.
Please see my blog post for more pictures and details.

Adapted from
Serving size: 1 bowl

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for no churn homemade vanilla ice cream |

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    Miranda says

    Wow! This ice cream was so good! My family was totally fooled thinking that I had bought ice cream from the store and just added to it. I appreciated how you wrote out the recipe steps. It went very smoothly even on the first try.

    Soooo….now i will need to make another batch to add the COW sprinkles (in the shape of, not the taste of:) my mother just bought Madeline. And here you thought I had too many sprinkles before?!!

    • 4


      Cow sprinkles? I need to see these in person(or you could send me a picture)… Where does your mom find all these unique sprinkles? I think she needs to take me shopping with her next time. I’m so happy your family really enjoyed the ice cream; it’s a really easy to make isn’t it? I think it tastes so much better than store-bought!

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    I love that you can make this without an ice cream maker. We don’t buy ice cream often, so it’s a luxury… mainly because I would eat it all. This would be a perfect treat and it already looks so much better than store bought, I can’t wait to give it try!

    • 14


      Thank you! It is so much better than store bought, in my opinion, and there are so many flavor varieties you can dream up:) It still doesn’t solve the problem of wanting to eat it all(I’m the same way too), but at least you have to work for it and wait for it to harden up:)

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    This looks amazing, Heather! I LOVE ice cream and could eat it all year long. I am drooling over the buckeye crumbles and the fact that this is no churn makes this even better! I can’t wait to try this – pinning!

    • 16


      The same goes for me too, Kelly! Ice cream shouldn’t be limited to summer only:) I love no churn ice cream because my pantry just doesn’t have room for an ice cream maker… Thank you for the pin:)

    • 18


      Gayle, cream cheese sounds delightful as part of ice cream! I need to visit your site right now to search for it. Hopefully you’ve posted it:) Thanks for the sweet words!

    • 22


      Buckeyes are the best, aren’t they? Growing up in New York, we would only have them for Christmas. So glad I moved to Ohio, where no special occasion is needed to enjoy them:)

    • 26


      Sarah, dying from ice cream happiness is totally reasonable! It’s almost happened to me on several occasions:) Thanks for the pin and your awesome comment!

    • 30


      Glad to know I’m not the only one, Danielle! We’ve made this ice cream more times than I’d like to admit and it never gets old:) Thanks for stopping by again!

    • 32


      Mira, I’m picky about my ice cream too! No grainy, ice-crystal tasting ice cream for me… Super creamy and irresistible is the way to go! Thank you for pinning and for your kind comment:)

    • 36


      Tanya, of all people, I knew you could relate! It would be the perfect treat to enjoy while watching the Buckeyes play on TV, right? Let me know how your family likes it!

    • 42


      Hi Amber! I’m so glad I stumbled across your site yesterday; everything looks so delicious… Thank you for your kind words, especially about the Buckeye crumbles. They are perfect on their own too!

    • 46


      Emma, you must try buckeyes! They are heavenly and mostly peanut butter with a touch of chocolate… And I can tell you like peanut butter:) Thanks for your sweet words!

    • 48


      Ice cream in front of a fireplace sounds perfect, Nami! I love ice cream year round:) Thank you for the pin and I hope you enjoy this ice cream as much as we do!

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