strawberries & cream ice cream


Grab a stack of waffle cones or your favorite bowl because it’s ice cream time! If you like cool and creamy treats as much as I do, you won’t want to miss out on a batch of strawberries and cream ice cream.

Strawberries & Cream Ice Cream | Tutti Dolci
Light and luscious pure vanilla bean ice cream meets ribbons of fresh strawberry sauce for a sweet delight. A touch of cream cheese in the ice cream base adds a subtle tang that pairs beautifully with smooth vanilla beans. I hope your ice cream bowl is chilling in the freezer, ready to go!

Strawberries & Cream Ice Cream | Tutti Dolci

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Strawberries & Cream Ice Cream

  • Yield: 5 cups


Strawberry Sauce

  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 4 tsp cornstarch

Ice Cream

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 cups half-and-half, divided
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp vodka
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. For the sauce, combine strawberries and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard solids; return strained mixture to saucepan. Whisk water and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Add to strawberry mixture and continue cooking until thickened, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator.
  2. For the ice cream, whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup half-and-half in a small bowl; set aside. Combine remaining half-and-half, sugar, honey, and vanilla bean seeds in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir constantly for 4 minutes; whisk in cornstarch mixture. Return to a boil and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes, stirring until thickened. Place cream cheese in a large bowl; gradually whisk in hot mixture until smooth. Whisk in vodka and salt. Let mixture cool to room temperature, then cover and chill for 6 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Pour chilled ice cream mixture into frozen cylinder of ice cream maker; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon a third of the mixture into a freezer-safe container; top with dollops of strawberry sauce. Repeat with remaining mixture and sauce. Swirl layers together with a wooden skewer, then place in the freezer for several hours, until firm.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 230

  1. Ooo, cream cheese + strawberries!! Yes, pretty please!
    It’s finally warm enough to give into errant ice cream cravings (as if one truly needs permission from the weather). 😉

  2. So beautiful with those perfect strawberries and like this recipe that it doesn’t use eggs! 🙂 Is the vodka so that it doesn’t freeze over too much/hard?

  3. The combination of cream cheese and strawberries in ice cream can mean only one thing – SUMMER IS HERE!!!! And what better way to welcome it than by making tons of this delicious ice cream! Putting my ice cream bowl in the freezer right away!!!!!! <3

  4. The local strawberry season is just beginning and my family can’t seem to get enough of these sweet treats! A big bowl of this lush ice cream would make them very happy!

  5. How do you get such perfect ice cream photos!? Teach me the tricks! This is such a great summer dessert! I adore strawberry ice cream.

  6. Ouhh la la cream cheese in this too??? heyo this sounds perfect! Perfect for early summer 😀 Strawberries are so magical when they are in season, especially if you go pick them. The bright redness of the inside…oh man. Can’t wait until they are ready for picking in MN!!

  7. strawberries and cream- a perfect warm weather treat-wish I had a scoop, of course in a waffle cone-love- right now!!
    Beautiful pictures 😉

  8. People laugh at me but one of my favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry…(if there is no matcha option) It’s just one flavor that I can’t give up unless I have two scoops of different flavors. =P Your strawberries cream ice cream is totally calling my name!

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