Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe

Even if the recipe name sounds like a few rounds of word association, there’s nothing disjointed about the flavors in this ice cream. Fresh strawberries are mashed with sugar to draw out its nectar and folded with cheesecake ice cream. The rich custard base is blended with cream cheese and lightened with lemon zest and juice.

It has to involve some form of graham crackers to be called a cheesecake, so I baked small rounds of graham cracker crust and served the ice cream on top.

Let’s make this fun and keep the word association going. Take a look at the most recent entry and think of any word that comes to mind. Please leave a lovely comment (preferably G-rated) and add the word you have just thunk (can be NC-17). Let’s see where it goes.

I’ll start: sandwich.

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

recipe components adapted from Wayne Gisslen’s Professional Baking

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
on Graham Cracker Crust Rounds

makes about 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of ice cream
and eight 3-inch graham cracker crust rounds

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Fresh
Self-restraint is a virtue.

Special Equipment:

For the Strawberries:

1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and quartered
1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Mash the strawberries with the sugar to the desired level of chunkiness.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before mixing with the cheesecake ice cream.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe Syrup
Time elapsed: 2 hours.

For the Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream:

3 egg yolks
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt

1 pound cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

all of the strawberries

For the Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Directions:

  1. Prepare a double boiler.
  2. Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until thick and light. In a saucepan, bring the milk to a gentle simmer. Remove from the heat and slowly add to the egg yolks while stirring.
  3. Heat over a double boiler while stirring constantly, just until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Remove immediately from the heat. Stir in the cold cream to stop the cooking, followed by the vanilla extract and salt. Strain using a fine mesh strainer.
  5. Cool the custard completely at room temperature. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
  6. Using a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, beat the cream cheese with the sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice until light and smooth.
  7. Slowly add the chilled ice cream base and mix until smooth.
  8. Churn, churn, churn.
  9. In a large chilled bowl, fold in the sugared strawberries. You can also pour the strawberries directly into the ice cream maker if it can handle the volume.
  10. Serve immediately for a soft-serve consistency or store in an airtight container and freeze.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Graham Cracker

For the Graham Cracker Crust:

graham cracker crumbs8227
granulated sugar1/4 cup257
unsalted butter, melted4 tbsp257


  • The graham cracker crust recipe will be enough for a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for about 10 minutes at the same temperature.

Graham Cracker Crust Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF / 175ºC. Prepare a sheet pan lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and the sugar. Add the melted butter and continue mixing until well-blended and thoroughly moistened.
  3. Divide the graham cracker crumb mixture into 8 equal portions and evenly space on the lined sheet pan. Flatten and tightly pack the crumbs into rounds about 3 inches wide (I used a 3-inch cookie cutter to help shape the crust).
  4. Bake at 350ºF / 175ºC for about 8 minutes.
  5. Let the graham cracker crust cool completely before removing from the sheet pan.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe Scoop
Ready to go. Where’s the ice cream?

To Serve:

Place a graham cracker crust on a small plate. Set a generous scoop of strawberry cheesecake ice cream on the crust and enjoy.

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85 Responses to “Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream”

  1. Rosa says:

    That looks fantastic! What a great idea!



  2. katie says:

    Oh yum this looks wonderful. Send a big tub my way please :)

  3. Audax Artifex says:

    You really have be thinking a lot to come up with cheesecake ice-cream. Lovely idea and a wonderful photo.

    Word association – “sandwish” goes to “strawberry fields”.

  4. Zita says:

    U did a descontructed cheese cake too;) I ove cheese cake, but cheese cake Ice-cream is even better :)

    “Stawberry fields” goes to “Jam”

  5. hilal says:

    looks delicious

  6. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says:

    Very nice! Cheesecake ice cream is one of my favourite flavours and I think the addition of real strawberries can only improve it and the crust is a nice touch :)

  7. Peter says:

    I’ve had a commcercial version of this and it’s delish…the homemade variety has to be superior…nice one!

  8. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    ;o) how wonderful I made an ‘ice cream’ ’sandwich’ only I used the cheese cake as cheese cake for the ice cream. Ummm, I think I need to make your ice cream with my sandwich.
    You were sailing well with this one.

  9. Christina@DeglazeMe says:

    Now that is creativity! A very very unique twist on cheesecake. Beautiful!

  10. kat says:

    Funny, this was just the flavor of the week at our local ice cream place. Interesting take on the challenge

  11. Teanna says:

    AWESOME. I LOVE cheesecake Ice cream and I love that you made the DB Challenge an ice cream! Brilliant!

  12. Lori @ RecipeGirl says:

    What a nice way to shake up the challenge a bit. These look like a fun way to present your delicious ice cream flavor!

  13. Mara @ What's For Dinner? says:

    This looks fantastic!!! I love it!

  14. Mara @ What's For Dinner? says:

    Oh, and Jam goes to Rock Band!

  15. Jenna @ Newlyweds says:

    How yummy! Cheesecake ice cream, brilliant!

  16. Rosa says:

    Genius! So tasty looking and inventive. Good job!

  17. sara says:

    Yum! I love cheesecake ice cream, and this one sounds really fantastic. :) Gorgeous photos, too, and I love your interpretation of the challenge!

    Rock Band goes to Google.

  18. yasmeen says:

    Berry refreshing summer treat:)

  19. courtney says:

    Now thats creative. I can just taste it.Love how you formed the rounds. After reading this I think of
    country time summers.

  20. Jennifer @ maplencornbread says:

    What a GENIUS idea!!! yummy!!!!

  21. Hannah says:

    Our approaches to this challenge were actually pretty similar, with the frozen cheesecake and separately made crust! I love the sound of yours, and it looks so creamy too.

  22. Irene says:

    Yum, awesome!!!!!

  23. grace says:

    luscious ice cream, inspired cookie “crust.” i’m in love with this 100%.

    and how did we go from “rock band” to “google”? meh, let’s go from “google” to “stalker”…sorry, that’s just where my mind goes. :)

  24. JMom says:

    Very creative indeed, your cheesecake ice cream :)

  25. Joelen says:

    Beautiful job! I love your creativity in the presentation too!

  26. Natashya says:

    Ok, first of all – “stalker” goes to “court”.
    Second – I love ice cream! Perfect way to showcase the cheesecake, and we are having our first really warm day today, too.

  27. Meeta says:

    jude i love the ice-cream. what a innovative way to serve cheesecake!

  28. anna says:

    Cheesecake ice cream is awesome!

  29. linda says:

    This must be even better than the Haägen-Dazs version….delicious!

  30. Deelish Dish says:

    Strawberry cheesecake in ice cream? Sandwiched between cookies? Stop. It.

  31. Vera says:

    That’s a fabulous idea, Jude! Perfect summer treat!

  32. The Duo Dishes says:

    Ooooh, please put another graham round on top. Please!

  33. Gera @ SweetsFoods says:

    Oh my gosh Jude! This cheesecake – ice cream is so gorgeous!! My heart skipped a beat and drooling right now!!
    Totally stumbled and rtweeted later :)

  34. Leela says:

    Dropping by to say:
    1. This is gorgeous and looks like something that can be pre-assembled beforehand and eaten when the mood strikes. Brilliant.
    2. I’m lame; I don’t know how to play the word game.

  35. Leela says:

    pre-assembled beforehand … how redundant.

  36. Hexe says:

    So creative! And great for the summer!

  37. Sean says:

    Looks fantastic Jude! Thank you for reminding me to go out and buy an ice cream machine. I’ve been putting it off for too long now!

  38. JennyBakes says:

    Sounds delicious to me, and perfect for the hot weather I’ve been having here. Love your spin on it.

  39. CRUISNDIVA says:

    How totally inventive of you! WOW, great job!

  40. Barbara says:

    I love strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Your version looks particularly delicious – loaded with strawberries!

  41. Kevin says:

    Strawberry cheesecake ice cream is so good! I made some last year though I crumbled the crust and added it to the ice cream as well. Yours looks great!

  42. Caitlin says:

    Were we supposed to go through to the latest sandwich post to give you our word association? If so, here’s mine – Frrrraaaaancchhhh (in as nasal a tone as possible). If not, please ignore the previous two sentences.

    As for the ice cream? That has to be 100000x better than cheesecake ice cream anywhere else – it looks absolutely fabulous!

  43. Elissa says:

    I am on the hugest cheesecake kick right now. This is such a clever idea!

  44. Chickiedoodle says:

    I think you can’t go wrong with those four words in one place!

  45. Jacque says:

    Oh my, now I’m drooling on my keyboard. That sounds wonderful, great job.

    Word association – um, I think the last one was “French”, then I say Julia Child.

  46. Lisa says:

    I love how you took this challenge in another direction by making heesecake ice cream..and it looks and sounds so delicious. I wish I had some of that now! *sigh* Awesome job all around!

  47. Leslie says:

    wow,,you really did get creative with this one. Love it!!
    Thanks for visiting my site!

  48. Dragon says:

    Great job on this month’s challenge!

  49. Haley W. says:

    Yay – I love word assocation, although, I’m sure that I’d love this ice cream more.

    From Julia Child I go to red.

  50. rachel says:

    Vey creative way of serving icecream!!!

  51. Memoria says:

    This has got to be one of my favorite DB cheesecake creations!! I’m serious!! My mom would love this ice cream, and it would be even better on top of a graham cracker crust. I will most definitely bookmark this post and make this ice cream for her birthday. Thanks!

  52. Thanks for dropping by guys! I took the easy way out and made an ice cream instead of cheesecake.

    Red goes to Lobster.

  53. jo says:

    Oh yum, this is an absolutely creative twist. A frozen cheesecake .. fabulous.

  54. Ben says:

    “Lobster goes to Massachusetts”. Hehe, perfect recipe for the warm weather. I can feel the summer just around the corner, ugh!

  55. Arundathi says:

    That looks amazing. You are so innovative! :)

  56. Jenni says:

    This looks fantastic–I agree w/one of the previous comments–slap another cookie on top and call it an ice cream sandwich!

    And Lobster goes to Pot. And pot goes to brownies. Sorry; I couldn’t help myself 1)for playing twice and 2)for going there!

  57. maris says:

    This sounds like a great summer dessert. The cheesecake ice cream sounds like a perfect balance for the graham cracker crusts!

  58. Cynthia says:

    Whenever I do indulge in ice cream, I always go for this flavour by Hagaan Daas. I can just imagine how intense the flavour of yours must be with the fresh ingredients.

  59. howtoeatacupcake says:

    This is a refreshing change from all the DB cheesecakes on my Google reader! SO YUMMY!

  60. claire says:

    How clever are you!? Great job and change from what most other people are doing. Looks wonderful.

  61. Nancy/n.o.e says:

    I think there were a few dropped associations, but “pot” goes to “kettle”. Or is it “brownie”? (which goes to “points”) (“court” was going to go to “bouillon” for me…)
    Great ice cream/cheesecake/crust, btw!! Love the strawberries.

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  63. clumbsycookie says:

    Cheesecake ice cream is one of my favourites!!! I love that you served it with graham crackers crust cookies, fun and delicious I bet!

  64. raquel says:

    first, that’s one awesome ice cream cheesecake! and dang if didn’t get stuck with three word associations–LOL– i got lost somewhere so i’ll pick up from the most recent word association post.

    kettle: black
    points: rambutan (don’t ask why, i have no clue either)
    bouillon: gold

    great job, jude, as always!

  65. isa says:

    I love cheesecake ice cream.
    Sounds delicious to me.
    Great job, thanks for visiting my site.

  66. Sandie says:

    Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous and such a perfect use for all those strawberries coming into season.

  67. peasepudding says:

    What a lovely original interpretation on the challenge which would be a refreshing change! many thanks

  68. asti says:

    oh that looks fantastic! Great idea with the ice cream variation =)

  69. Zoë François says:

    You are a genius! I love cheesecake and ice cream, it is perfect to marry them! it looks fantastic! I NEED an ice cream maker so I can do this!

  70. Mama JJ says:

    Jude, I made this tonight for company and it was a HIT! We have leftovers, for which I am mighty thankful. I may be posting this recipe myself in the near future—it is definitely a keeper. Thanks!

  71. Mama JJ says:

    Just posted it; ate a ton while doing the photography…

  72. noobcook says:

    oh my – looks so delicious and refreshing!

  73. megan (brooklyn farmhouse) says:

    Shedding a a little tear that I can’t eat this right at this very moment.

  74. oggi says:

    What a fantastic combination. I love it!

  75. van says:

    Hi Jude! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. That’s what I was waiting for a long time :)
    I made this last week and it is heavenly amazing.
    here is my version strawberry cream cheese icecream

  76. Aparna says:

    I know I’m quite late here, but that’s delicious cheesecake alright. Love the presentation.
    As for the word assocociation thing, I’ll take it up from gold.
    Gold : Strawberry Cheesecake Ice-cream (as you struck gold with your strawberry cheesecake icecream!) :D

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  79. Sylvia says:

    This looks delicious! My husbands favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry and I’m sure he would just melt over this! I think the presentation is fantastic as well.
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