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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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I think this is my favorite ice cream ever.  I know that is quite a statement, but once you try this ice cream, I think you’ll agree with me.  I have proclaimed my love for the chocolate and peanut butter several times, and this is another delicious way to enjoy it.  This ice cream was very easy to make, and wasn’t even made using a custard.  You just boil the half and half, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepan, and then take it off the heat and add in the peanut butter.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

The balance of chocolate and peanut butter was perfect- neither was too overpowering.  I decided to make some peanut butter patties to mix in the ice cream for add added punch of peanut butter flavor.  I actually made a double batch of the peanut butter patties because the original recipe didn’t seem like it made enough.  That was most definitely a wise decision :)  I think the best thing about homemade ice cream is that you have complete control of the mix-ins.  Store-bought ice cream doesn’t usually have enough for me.  I always want more chocolate chips, cookie dough, fudge chunks, etc., and this way I get to use as much as I want.  I also want to try this ice cream with the fudge ripple mixed in, which was one of the recipe suggestions.  My only hard decision now is deciding whether to make another batch of this or try another recipe from this wonderful ice cream book!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

2 cups half-and-half

¼ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

½ cup sugar

Pinch of salt

½ cup smooth peanut butter

Whisk together the half-and-half, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan.  Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, until it comes to a full, rolling boil (it will start to foam up).  Remove from the heat and whisk in the peanut butter, stirring until thoroughly blended.

Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Peanut Butter Patties

6 tablespoons peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Mix together the peanut butter and sugar in a small bowl.  Line a dinner plate with plastic wrap.  Pinch off small pieces of the peanut butter mixture, about ½ teaspoon each, and drop them onto the dinner plate.  Once you’ve used all of the mixture, freeze the patties.

Mixing them in: Fold the Peanut Butter Patties into 1 quart of ice cream as you remove it from the machine.

Storage: Peanut Butter Patties can be stored in the freezer, well wrapped, for up to 1 month.

Source: The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

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54 Responses

  1. HOLY FREAKING FABULOUS YUM!!

  2. OH…MY…That looks amazing!

  3. Oh wow, those peanut butter patties are to die for! I’ve made chocolate peanut butter ice cream before but those patties take it to another level!

  4. this. is. too. fabulous.

  5. I bet this will be my favorite too! It looks awesome!

  6. How would you rate this one against the plain choc. ice cream?

  7. This looks incredible!! I love peanut butter chocolate ice cream and I’m sure homemade is better than anything you can get in the store!

  8. I’ve made one with a similar recipe. Loved it. Love those two flavors together. I will have to try this one. And I agree, it sure beats store bought.

  9. OH MY GAH. This ice cream already looks to be my favorite ever. Those peanut butter patties surrounded by a sea of chocolate peanut butter ice cream look totally divine. I’m with you: the stores never put enough mix-ins into the ice cream. I think we’re totally on the same page with the whole doubling of the mix-ins! Mmm, I can’t wait to try this. I wish I could have a bowl of this creamy goodness right now.

  10. Which wonderful ice cream book is this from? It looks fantastic!

  11. How to Eat a Cupcake: It’s hard to compare, since this had peanut butter in it as well, but was very rich and creamy! Both were very good.

    Nikki: I accidentally cut off the source when I posted- it’s from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. Thanks for catching that for me!

  12. Oh wow, that looks delicious and I love the addition of the peanut butter patties. I need lots of chunks in my ice cream too!

  13. This is my favorite kind of ice cream to get at baskin robbins!! Looks delicious!

  14. This looks amazing!

  15. Can’t believe how good that bowl of ice cream looks! Have you tried the Archer Farms (Target brand) chocolate peanut butter fudge ice cream flavor? It’s pretty amazing.

  16. Oh goodness, this looks good. And I feel like these peanut butter patties would be glorious in other baked goods, as well….like cookies and cupcakes.

  17. Now, I really have a reason to buy an ice cream maker, this is just so my kinda ice cream..

  18. My friend and next door neighbor just got an ice cream machine. I am going to weasel my way over there and make this. I am absolutely addicted to chocobutter!

  19. I’m dying here – really. I would give anything for a scoop of that right now!

  20. Homemade ice cream AND homemade peanut butter patties?! Sounds amazing! And the pic is mouth-watering.

  21. Delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  22. Ooh, that looks really delicious. I’ve been in a mood to make ice cream lately; I may have to add this one to my list. =)

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  24. The only thing that makes chocolate ice cream better is chunks of peanut butter in it – YUM!

  25. I made this last night and had to try very hard to not eat the whole batch. I went OTT with the peanut butter patties – but I like extra bits in and it tasted great. Might have to get the book.

  26. Looks so absolutely amazing, am going to try this weekend. I do have a question for anyone who might know. I have a kitchen aid stand mixture and bought the ice cream attachment. Will this be suitable for this recipe??

    • I don’t see why not- I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker, but tons of people have the Kitchen Aid attachment and love it.

    • Yes, I have the KitchenAid stand mixer ice cream attachment and it works great. You just have to plan ahead as you have to freeze the bowl for 15 hours. I have made this recipe several times, it is my husbands favorite – no more store bought ice cream!

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  29. This also looks so good!

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  31. Uhm, I’ve made this recipe twice in the last week because I loved it so much! Thanks for sharing :)

  32. you are a genius. first for posting the recipe and second for those patties.

    i’m making it right and and i’m pretty sure i’ll have eaten half of it b4 it even comes out of the ice cream maker

  33. I’m on the ice cream making bandwagon in this hot weather and will definitely be making this…love the chocolate peanut butter combo~

  34. We made this last weekend and it was To Die For!!! Thanks for sharing….now which recipe to try next?

  35. I assume this recipe is for a small ice cream maker. I would like to make a 4-quart freezer of it for a reunion. Do you think it would be OK just to quadruple all the ingredients? My husband and I love Baskin-Robbins chocolate and peanut butter, but this sounds s-o-o-o-o
    much better!!

  36. Oh, I am SO on board!!! Love the chocolate-peanut butter connection!

  37. Thanks so much for posting such a great recipe like this. I made it yesterday and it turned out nicely. Yum!

  38. I’ve got the mix chilling in the fridge, and the ice cream maker and the peanut butter patties in the freezer.

    I’ve also got a bag of Snyder’s Pretzel Patties filled with Peanut Butter that I’m going to chop up and throw in at the last minute as well. The only thing this recipe needed (IMHO) is some crunch and some salt, and those should take care of it.

  39. just made some – but put honey roasted peanuts in :)

  40. Just made this for Father’s Day. Wow. Reading all the mix ins we’ll simply have to make it again and again. Thanks!

  41. I just found this recipe and think it looks great! I have made a chocolate peanut butter ice cream that is similar, and the recipe is on my blog. I prefer to have just chocolate ice cream with peanut butter ripples, or chunks or patties all throughout it so that the chocolate comes through and then the peanut butter is like little gifts throughout! I will definitely use his method for the patties as it seems pretty yummy and a little sweeter!

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  45. I am excited to try this recipe but I don’t understand how to make the peanut butter patties. Once you mix the peanut butter and sugar, the recipe says to “pinch off” small pieces of the mixture and drop them on a dinner plate lined with plastic wrap.

    Should I use a spoon to remove these 1/2 teaspoon “pinches” of peanut butter mixture. Do you just leave them in that shape which will be like little balls or chunks. When I hear the name “patties” I assume you need to flatten them a little, but there is no mention of that.

    Thanks for your feedback. Can’t wait to try this.

  46. Hi.. I am in Australia and am unfamiliar with half & half.. Is it a dairy item?? Please advise as this looks KILLER !!

    Regards

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  49. This recipe is awesome. I added about 1/3 cup crushed up Oreo cookies (not the cream) and it tastes exactly like Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter World.

  50. My peanut butter balls sunk to the bottom! How do you keep them in the center?

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