Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream

Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream – no machine needed!

Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream | Decadent ice cream made without an ice cream machine.

The past two weeks I have been busy picking cherries off of our tree almost every day.  I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to have such a fabulous tree but I must admit I do feel a little bit pressured to come up with new and exciting ways to enjoy our cherries each year.  Last year we made Very Berry Cherry Smoothies and Cherry Fritters and the boys LOVED those recipes.  This year we’ve been busy yet again and this Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream has been hitting the spot on the already warm summer days.

Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream | Decadent ice cream made without an ice cream machine.

You might be wondering where the “magic” is.  Magic comes in the form of sweetened condensed milk in this recipe.  And as easy as it is to just eat it straight from the can (wait – is that just me?), I urge you to try it in this magical recipe that doesn’t even need an ice cream maker.  If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is!

The boys helped me whip this recipe together.  I had them pitting cherries with their cherry chomper that my sister bought for them a few years back.  I don’t think they realized how many cherries I needed pitted…after about ten cherries I kept hearing “Are we done yet?” about every three cherries.  I work those boys HARD.

Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream | Decadent ice cream made without an ice cream machine.

Once the cherries were pitted and roughly chopped, I went ahead and made the base for the ice cream using sweetened condensed milk, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. (I did use light cream cheese….I’m wondering if we could call this recipe “Light Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream” then??)  Once the base is ready to go (takes only a few minutes) it’s time to fold in the cherries and graham cracker “crust”.  Make sure you gently fold in the  graham crackers so that you have “chunks” instead of just grainy ice cream.

Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream | Decadent ice cream made without an ice cream machine.

I can’t even begin to describe how decadent and delicious this ice cream is.  I gave my dad and brother of bowl of this when they were working at my house yesterday and I didn’t hear a word while they ate.  Not one word.  Then….”You made this?”  “That was incredible!”

Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream | Decadent ice cream made without an ice cream machine.

If you had a cherry tree – what would you make?  Seriously!  I need ideas on how to use up these cherries :)

Cherry Cheesecake “Magic” Ice Cream
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups fresh cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbls fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ c butter, melted
  1. Beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together until well combined.
  2. Combine cherries and lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip heavy whipping cream and vanilla until peaks form.
  4. Fold in cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk mixture.
  5. Fold in cherries.
  6. Transfer to a freezer-safe container that has a lid.
  7. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.
  8. Drop in clumps on top of ice cream mixture and fold in gently keeping the clumps together.
  9. Place lid on container and freeze until it reaches ice cream consistency.

More of our favorite treats:


Greek Yogurt Berry Smoothie Pops


Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca


Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars

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  1. I have a whole bag I’m still trying to figure out what to do with!! This ice cream looks fabulous!
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  2. Great job as usual Trish! That sounds spectacular, perfect summer dessert :)

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  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    Oh boy! Now I’m sure I could down a big bowl of this magic ice cream! I love making this kind of ice cream every summer! I’m sure the fresh cherries in this were amazing!!!

  4. Your very own cherry tree? Lucky girl! I wish you could ship me some of this ice cream! Looks incredible!
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  5. Yum! I love ice cream and this flavor sounds incredible!
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  6. First this looks so good. Second, your own cherry tree?! Incredible!!
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  7. This looks and sounds delish! I love, love fresh cherries. I would make cherry pies and cherry cobbler. My mother could make the most perfect cherry pie ever…not sugary sweet, just enough tartness for it to be perfect.

    Enjoy your bountiful supply!

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  8. This ice cream looks amazing! A perfect summer treat!
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  9. Melanie says:

    Hi Trish,
    Thanks for the recipe idea. I have a few bags of pitted frozen cherries in the freezer. They should work in this recipe since it will be frozen anyway, won’t they?
    Also, popsicles would be a good idea, with some kind of lime base, for cherry-limade popsicles. Good luck!

  10. Hmmm, the screen does not taste as good as that ice cream :/ I need a scratch n lick computer screen :)
    Looks awesome!
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  11. Yum! This sounds so good! I love making my own ice cream! Must try soon!
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  12. margarett hitt says:

    Can you put this in an ice cream maker? I have a GE ice cream machine will it freeze in it into ice cream consistency? Thanks

  13. oh my amazing! I am into anything that doesn’t need a maker… we don’t have one :o) Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

  14. When I die and go to heaven this will definitely be on the menu!! All of my favorite things! And it looks amazing Trish!! Pinned!

  15. Yum! I need to try using my blender to make ice cream; sounds awesome! I miss California cherries!
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  16. So awesome and summery, Trish!! We always make ice cream for dinner one night on our beach vacation…this is going on the list for this year!!

  17. Where does the lemon juiced fit in? I don’t see it in the directions. I’ve got the bowl chillin’ now!

  18. I used to have a neighbor who had cherry trees, but they didn’t take care of them. So the cherries usually had worms. It was terrible, because you’d see the beautiful cherries on the tree, but you couldn’t eat them. This ice cream looks fabulous, though – I would gladly pit cherries for some of this!!
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    • That is so sad! My cherry tree is my very favorite tree and I am so protective of it :) This ice cream is definitely worth some pitting – especially if you have little ones to help ;) THanks Deborah!

  19. I love these kinds of ice creams! This version sounds awesome and great for summer!
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  20. We are not into our cherry season yet, but have pinned this for when we are! Oh, and you’re not the only one who sneaks a taste of the sweetened condensed milk! Yum :)
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  21., Trish! I see this ice cream in my future…I just picked cherries yesterday – can’t wait ;)
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  22. Can’t go wrong with cherry cheesecake, making it into an ice cream is genius. I just had to include it in my ice cream round up. Happy Fourth of July!
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  23. This sounds and looks wonderful (your photos are delicious). I would love a cherry tree. My mom used to make jam from a small tree we had in the back yard. But I think cherries are one of the best fruits. I wrote a devotion about them once (
    And this combination of cheese, cherries and graham cracker crumbs sounds so good!
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  24. Looks great! Any idea how much this makes?
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  25. Just wanted to tell you that the ice cream was a HIT for the 4th….Strawberry was voted the best…They could not believe I did not use an ice cream machine…Thanks so much!…gonna try the zucchini ,carrot & apple bread next using zucchini from the garden…LOVE your Facebook page…keep up the good work!….

  26. I can’t wait to make this “Light” Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream ;)
    I’m kinda obsessed with Ice Cream (and am a big believer that you can’t have just one flavor) so if I can put the word light in front of the name I’m all for it. Also, I hear if you eat it standing up there are no calories…

    Thank you for sharing, looking forward to trying it.

  27. #OMGoodness this is making my head hurt it looks so good! I love fresh cherries and love them more in a mix of cheesecake and ice cream! You’ve got some #SeriousYum™ on your blog! This is going on my FB page (! And a link will be on Do.Food.Better. soon too! Love your blog too! Pinning you as a blogger I dig! (

    Thanks for sharing it!
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  28. Paula Judge says:

    I saw this Cherry cheesecake magic ice cream and was curious if this would work with frozen cherries?
    Like you we have cherry trees, and this year was a bountiful year for fruit so I pitted and froze the majority of our cherries.
    (I have just made the Chocolate Cherry banana Bread and it is currently in the oven! )

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