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Jun 02

Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream {June Dairy Month}

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For June Dairy Month as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias, I made the BEST Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream you’ll ever taste! Peanut Butter ice cream just got better – and you don’t need an ice cream machine!

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It’s going to be 100 degrees today. Welcome June to the Sacramento area!

In fact, it’s been in the high 80s and 90s more days than I’d like to think about over the past month. I know this very well because we just got our first “summer” electricity bill. We had to run the air this month – it just doesn’t cool off enough at night before Jordan goes to bed to do the whole window-fan thing.

I guess our electric company has raised some of the rates or something because our bill for May was the same cost that we paid in JUNE of last year. You know, when it’s actually hot. I’m not looking forward to my bill next month. Or in August. I’m wondering if I should try to sell them a kidney, or if they’ll take cookies for payment?

I think we’ll be doing a lot of cold foods this summer – and eating a lot of ice cream. It’s a good thing that I made this on Friday – just in time to keep cool for the hot weekend.

Oh. My. Goodness people, this ice cream. Let’s skip ahead to the part where I tell you about it, mmkay? Because it’s seriously the BEST ice cream I’ve ever made.

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A few months ago my friend Ashton made Strawberry Cheesecake Easy Ice Cream. It sounded SO good I knew I wanted to make a version for myself sometime this summer.

Did you know it’s June Dairy Month at Safeway (and their affiliate stores)? All month you can take advantage of the Buy $15, Save $5 campaign with Everyday Dairy. If you buy $15 of participating dairy products, you get a $5 coupon to use on your next shopping trip. I bought some of my favorites last week when I shopped: Dannon Activia Yogurt, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, and Kraft Shredded Cheese.  Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Blue Diamond Almond Milk, and Land o’ Lakes Butter are all part of the program. Be sure to look for your coupon at check out – and use some of your items to make some great summer dishes!

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Now back to the most amazing ice cream you’ll ever taste. EVER.

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Let’s talk components, shall we?

It’s easy ice cream – no machine needed. That means I used a can of sweetened condensed milk and a tub of whipped topping. I used fat-free for both of those – but you can use regular. You an also substitute two cups of heavy cream (whip it first) for the Cool Whip.

Then, to make it peanut butter cheesecake I added a block of cream cheese (low-fat) and some peanut butter.

And, cheesecake needs a crust, right? The “crust” on this cheesecake is made of chocolate covered graham cracker cookies. You know, like the Keebler ones. You crush them with some butter to make a crust-like mixture that you add to the ice cream. I also chopped up some peanut butter cups, because you can never go wrong with those!

Freeze it overnight and you have the most indulgent, peanut buttery, amazing, easy ice cream ever.

Seriously, this is OFF THE HOOK.

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Who wants to smoosh their face in that?

Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream

Yield: 8-12 servings

Total Time: 20 minutes + freezing

Make this Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream without an ice cream machine!


  • 8 ounces cream cheese (regular or low-fat), room temperature
  • 4 ounces vanilla yogurt (regular or light)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (fat-free is best)
  • 2 containers (8 ounces each) whipped topping (regular, low- or fat-free), thawed
  • 1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 12 chocolate covered graham cracker cookies
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened (regular or light spread)


  1. Crush chocolate covered graham crackers in a food processor. Add butter and pulse until the crumbs and butter come together.
  2. Beat cream cheese, yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and peanut butter with a hand mixer in a large bowl until no lumps remain. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Add graham cracker mixture and chopped peanut butter cups and fold them into the ice cream mixture. Don’t stir too much - you want chunks running throughout, but you don’t want the graham cracker mixture to separate too much.
  4. Place mixture into a large Tupperware bowl or loaf pan, cover, and freeze until firm (at least 4 hours, but overnight is better).


Substitute 2 cups of cold heavy whipping cream that's been whipped into fresh whipped cream in place of the whipped topping.

Check out my shopping experience at Safeway here.

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108 Responses to “Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream {June Dairy Month}”

  1. Karissa K. @ Sweet As A Cookie posted on June 2, 2013 at 9:07 am (#)

    I’m sure my other half would love to “smoosh” his face in that. He’s a peanut butter loving machine.
    Looks amazing Dorothy!


  2. Veronica posted on June 2, 2013 at 9:38 am (#)

    Oh my word this easy ice cream looks amazing! I absolutely love the taste of peanut butter and cream cheese together… I think they’re long lost lovers :) and I need to jump on this easy ice cream train (especially after misplacing a part to my machine). Your pictures are fab and so is this recipe!!


  3. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat posted on June 2, 2013 at 10:37 am (#)

    Oh my goodness…this sounds wonderful! PB and cheesecake in ice cream form…fantastic! It’s so hot today, I could really go for some now! :-)


  4. Mom posted on June 2, 2013 at 10:48 am (#)

    This looks wonderful. I’m just wondering if there will be any left next weekend…???


  5. Michele posted on June 2, 2013 at 11:20 am (#)

    Wow! This looks to-die-for. Def trying this!


  6. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on June 2, 2013 at 11:43 am (#)

    Hold up! I’m coming over right now!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Please do. I’m tired of it in my house, lol!


  7. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on June 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm (#)

    I hope you realize how dangerous an easy ice cream recipe is. Especially one involving peanut butter and cream cheese. Swoon.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      TOTALLY dangerous. Like, new pants dangerous!


  8. Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life posted on June 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm (#)

    Yep, heating up today, just like yesterday! Bring on the heat Sac…and I definitely need one of these yummy cool treats!


  9. Miss Messy posted on June 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm (#)

    Wow oh wow. This looks amazing. I love that you don’t need an ice cream machine! :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks so much, it makes it so much easier!


  10. Amy posted on June 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm (#)

    I’m definitely not looking forward to our PG&E bill either… And just a WEEK ago, it was raining!! What is with the weather in our area??

    Now I have a dilemma… I thought I wanted your seven layer ice cream pie for my birthday, but now… I love ice cream. I love peanut butter. I love cheesecake. I love the combination even more.

    Can I have a month of birthdays???


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      I’ve got it: Seven Layer Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie!! :)


      • Amy replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        You are SO smart!!

  11. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on June 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm (#)

    Must. make. immediately!!! No Safeway stores in our area not in the right state!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Well, at least you can get the ingredients anywhere!! :) Enjoy!


  12. Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life posted on June 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm (#)

    Your ice cream recipes are my favorite because of how easy they are! Seriously, and they are incredible delicious. I mean, peanut butter CHEESECAKE ice cream! Wow. Pinned and already my mouth can imagine the ecstasy it will experience.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks so much Mary Frances!


  13. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on June 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm (#)

    Oh, I feel you. I don’t think we get quite as hot in Virginia, but I’m a HUGE baby about the heat. I just can’t take it! I suspect we’ll be in the 90’s most of the time from here on out…and that makes me want to cry in an air-conditioned room 😉 I think this ice cream will make the summer much more bearable!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      I’m a horrible baby about it!! Heat, ugh! Thanks Jennifer!


  14. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on June 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm (#)

    I definitely need to try this condensed milk ice cream thing. I’m so bad at keeping up with trends. This is on my list, though. We don’t have air conditioning in our house. Luckily, it doesn’t go much over 90 here, but trying to sleep in the heat can be rough. I’m grateful when my electric bill comes, though. Eat more ice cream. You’ll be fine. 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      I hope so!! I never had A/C growing up, but once you live with it you get so used to being cool. Now I can’t even visit my parents on really hot days. :)


  15. Shiloh Barkley posted on June 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm (#)

    I love your mix in choices for this one!! Chocolate covered graham cracker? One of my favorite store bought cookies!


  16. nessa posted on June 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm (#)



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  18. Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom posted on June 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm (#)

    Ok wait a sec, I had no idea you could make ice cream that looks that good without an ice cream maker!!! Yum!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Yes! Cool whip (or 2 cups cold whipping cream, whipped) + sweetened condensed milk + vanilla and toppings = ice cream! It’s amazing.


  19. Mary posted on June 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm (#)

    D.I.Y. this happens to be “dairy month” “cool whip®” is “non dairy” if you want you can use “dream whip®” (you make it with milk) second, those are not “mini” Reese’s® those are Reese’s® “miniatures” that you used. Also, you can use crumbled up graham cracker crust. (If you don’t like too much chocolate) I love to make this stuff except, I’ll use reese’s® minis (sort of like the ones you find in “Moose tracks” ice cream have you heard of a “Dickeys BBQ®” “banana crumbles”? It’s like an ice cream parfait. It’s made with. Vanilla. Ice cream, layered with bananas, and vanilla. Wafers. You should try to make one of these.(they don’t have them available at the dickeys BBQ in my area)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Thans Mary! I know that Cool Whip is nondairy, however I prefer to use it in my easy ice cream so that I can make it more fat-free. I did note in the post that you can sub heavy whipping cream (2 cups – then whip it). Thanks for catching the Reese’s…but well. Any Reese’s would work fine! They’re chopped so it doesn’t matter. I prefer not to buy store bought graham cracker crusts as I feel like they taste like the tin they came in, and I happened to have grahams in my pantry, but you can certainly use what you like!


  20. Melissa Lawler posted on June 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm (#)

    I am most definitely trying this out! YUM!


  21. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on June 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm (#)

    This looks so good Dorothy!! Putting on my to-make list!!


  22. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on June 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm (#)

    That ice cream looks incredible!!


  23. Tieghan posted on June 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm (#)

    You do know how much you are killing me with these ice cream you keep posting!?! I mean, I love ALL of them and they are so easy and so good looking and I just want them! And I also want those temps! I think you would love it if we could trade place for the summer it only get to about 70-75 during the day and we do not even own an air conditioner! It’s cools off the second the sun sets!
    Ok, but seriously? I love this ice cream! Great job!


  24. Yvonne @ bitter baker posted on June 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm (#)

    I think you managed to get all my favorite ingredients into one dessert! This sounds amazing! (looks amazing, too)


  25. Liz posted on June 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm (#)

    Sounds like the perfect hot-weather treat to me! Love the flavors! :)


  26. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on June 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm (#)

    Love how easy this is to make! And since it has peanut butter cups, I know I’ll love it! Thanks for another yummy recipe!


  27. Robyn Wright of Robyn's Online World posted on June 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm (#)

    This sounds really good – my hubby is a peanut butter fanatic and I’m sure he would love this recipe!


  28. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on June 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm (#)

    Totally want to smoosh that in my face! Beautiful picture too.


  29. Julie @ This Gal Cooks posted on June 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm (#)

    Perfect perfect PERFECT! That’s what this recipe is. Pinned!


  30. Jocelyn posted on June 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm (#)

    That’s crazy about your electric bill. I think they should totally take cookies as payment!! This ice cream looks super duper good! Yum!!


  31. Lee posted on June 3, 2013 at 2:11 am (#)

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious, I hopped over here from I should be mopping the floor to grab the recipe.

    Lee :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 3rd, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Welcome, and thanks for visiting!


  32. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on June 3, 2013 at 6:51 am (#)

    What. The.

    You better have saved me some!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 3rd, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      There is still some in the freezer!


  33. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on June 3, 2013 at 8:40 am (#)

    Send some of that warmth to Minnesota! It was 46 degrees when I woke up to go to the gym this morning. BRRRR!!!! Eventually it will warm up and I can enjoy some of this ice cream to cool down!


  34. Dana posted on June 3, 2013 at 9:15 am (#)

    what are you doing to me?!!!? This is all of my fav flavors together in ice cream form? Yum. just yum!


  35. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on June 3, 2013 at 9:22 am (#)

    I just want to dive right into these! Pinning!


  36. Alison posted on June 3, 2013 at 9:59 am (#)

    Anything peanut butter and cheesecake is right up my alley. :)


  37. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on June 3, 2013 at 10:21 am (#)

    This sounds awesome! I LOVE the chocolate covered graham crackers addition! I’ve never had those before – BRILLIANT!


  38. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on June 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#)

    *Raising hand* I want to smoosh my face in that. Holy moly!


  39. Jackie posted on June 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm (#)

    sounds scrumptious!


  40. Ala posted on June 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm (#)

    Sold! It’s also 1000+ degrees here in the southern parts of California, and I definitely need no excuse to whip up more no-machine frozen desserts. This sounds absolutely delectable, right alongside cookie butter cheesecake ice cream. Thank you!!


  41. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on June 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm (#)

    I want to smash my face into that creamy goodness! It has finally warmed up in Seattle so you can bet your bottom dollar, I will be making this ice cream.


  42. carrian posted on June 4, 2013 at 6:47 am (#)

    That does sound amazing!


  43. JanetGoingCrazy posted on June 4, 2013 at 10:21 am (#)

    I am a sucker for some ice cream and my husband loves peanut butter. I think this may be making an appearance in my home soon!


  44. Cookie posted on June 4, 2013 at 11:08 am (#)

    Wow, easy is right! I foresee many variations on the whole cheesecake idea. I love all the low-fatness too. Very sly of you slipping that in there too 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 4th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Of course! It’s why I use cool whip! :)


  45. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on June 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm (#)

    Such an interesting mix, I will have to try this because it looks damn good!!


  46. Liz Fourez posted on June 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm (#)

    If this is how I get to celebrate Dairy Month, count me in on the celebration! This looks awesome Dorothy!
    xoxo Liz


  47. Kathy posted on June 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm (#)

    Yum! Peanut butter and cheesecake are two of my favorite flavors! I bet this ice cream tastes incredible!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 5th, 2013 at 6:31 am

      It’s way too good Kathy! Thanks!


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  49. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on June 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm (#)

    OK … you made me drool … I saw the title and thought “you really don’t want to look, do you?” … I looked, I drooled and saved this recipe … darn you! Of course, I thank you :)


  50. Ashton posted on June 6, 2013 at 6:48 am (#)

    Dorothy. This ice cream! I don’t even have words….


  51. April @ Angels Homestead posted on June 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm (#)

    This sounds so good. I’d love it if you would bring this over to my Saturday Spotlight party to share. Hope to see you there!

    Angels Homestead


  52. Jenn posted on June 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm (#)

    This looks amazing!!! Love that you can make it without an ice cream maker!


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  60. stephanie posted on July 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm (#)

    Just curious why fat free sweetened condensed is best? ( I have only full fat at home.) Thanks!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 29th, 2013 at 7:35 am

      You can use either! I just like the fat-free because I feel like I can eat more. :) It’s why I use the fat-free Cool Whip too – but you can substitute fresh whipped cream instead. :)


  61. Sarah posted on August 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm (#)

    Made this recipe and it was SO GOOD! The ice cream last three days I think between my husband and I. Definitely will make again and check out your other ice cream recipes!


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