Super-Easy Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream is the purest expression of creamy, frozen deliciousness.
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Recipe by Janet Taylor McCracken

Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Servings: Makes 4 cups


  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1 cup cold whole milk

  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups cold heavy cream


In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the milk and vanilla. Whisk until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cream. In an ice cream machine, churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Eat right away for a soft serve–like texture. Or freeze in a covered container until firm, at least 4 hours.