Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream

If you like peanut butter... you will LOVE this peanut butter swirl ice cream. It has swirls of peanut butter, but the base of the ice cream is also peanut butter. That's double what you love!

Jump to Recipe (or scroll for photos and riveting information...)
Advertisement - Continue Below
A wooden handled ice cream scoop scooping peanut butter swirl ice cream.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Swirls

I do love  a good vanilla ice cream (especially when it’s made with vanilla bean), but when I’m looking for a full flavored ice cream like peanut butter, I don’t want just swirls of peanut butter in vanilla ice cream. I want the entire ice cream to be flavored with peanut butter with extra boosts of flavor from the swirls. That can take you down a rabbit hole of recipe naming… “peanut butter swirl peanut butter ice cream” or “peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter swirls” or… all too long. So, “peanut butter swirl ice cream” will have to do, but know that you’re getting more peanut butter bang for your buck!

Ingredients on a butcher block counter in front of a red ice cream maker - peanut butter, cream, sugar, milk, vanilla, corn syrup.

No Egg Peanut Butter Ice Cream

I know people have an aversion to having to make an egg custard base before being able to churn their ice cream. This recipe doesn’t do that. It does, however, involve heating the ingredients on the stovetop and then of course, chilling it down properly before churning it. I also know this goes against the need we all have for immediate gratification, but to be honest… making good ice cream takes time. There is no immediate gratification if you’re making ice cream at home. This recipe for peanut butter swirl ice cream heats the ingredients on the stovetop because 1) the sugar needs to dissolve and 2) ingredients like peanut butter are easier to incorporate when they are warm, rather than cold. That’s just the way it is, so plan ahead.

Peanut butter swirl ice cream in waffle cups on little white plates with colorful napkins underneath, next to a container of ice cream with a scoop.

Adding the Swirls

In order to add the swirls of peanut butter to your ice cream, the peanut butter needs to be relatively thin and pourable. Melting the peanut butter gently works, but be careful not to heat it too much. If the peanut butter is too warm, it will melt the ice cream as you try to swirl. I like to turn out the ice cream into a flat container and then drizzle the peanut butter across the top. Then, simply drag a butter knife through the ice cream to mix the peanut butter drizzle in, but not completely. Do a couple of layers of this if you can. Peanut butter is interesting when it freezes. It is no longer sticky and gooey, but rather crunches as you bite it. That makes it sort of perfect in this ice cream. Those swirls add textural and visual interest, along with a little burst of peanut butter.

A spoon lifting up peanut butter swirl ice cream with a scoop in a waffle cup on a plate down below.

How to Serve

I know you don’t need advice here! Cone, dish, waffle cup, spoon… I just wanted to say that if you happened to be looking for a way to enjoy this peanut butter swirl ice cream, you might like to check out my recipe for Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches. It’s that match made in heaven… two matches actually… peanut butter with chocolate AND ice cream with brownies. Head slap!

Featured Recipe Techniques

More about the skills used in this recipe.

Cooking School
How To Measure Ingredients Properly

Measuring properly can make or break a recipe and there is a right way and a wrong way to measure....View Technique

Advertisement - Continue Below

Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 1 h 30 m
  • Chilling and Freezing Time: 4 h
  • Total Time: 5 h 40 m
  • Servings:
    ½ cup servings


  • cups creamy peanut butter divided
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine 1 cup of the peanut butter, heavy cream, milk, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking regularly to dissolve the sugar. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  2. Refrigerate overnight or chill the mixture over an ice bath for 2 hours.
  3. In two batches, transfer the mixture to a pre-chilled ice cream maker and churn into ice cream. When the ice cream is just about set up, soften ¼ cup of the remaining peanut butter in a saucepan or microwave just until it is thin and pourable. Let it cool for a few minutes. Turn the first batch of ice cream out into a container and drizzle with half the peanut butter. Use a knife or spatula to swirl the peanut butter into the ice cream. Hold the ice cream in the freezer and repeat with the second batch of ice cream. Freeze overnight for the best scooping texture.

Advertisement - Continue Below
Advertisement - Continue Below
Advertisement - Continue Below

Comments (4)Post a Reply

    1. Corn syrup is used for ice cream with a smoother, creamier texture. You can use another liquid sweetener if you like, or you can use 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar. The result may not be as smooth, but the recipe will still work with sugar.

    1. Corn syrup is used to make the ice cream smooth and creamy, but you can use agave syrup to sweeten the ice cream. It might effect the consistency slightly, but the recipe should still work.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *