Maple Walnut Ice Cream has to be one of the great flavors of all time. This New England classic is sweetened with pure maple syrup, and loaded with crunchy toasted walnuts for a memorable, fall themed frozen treat.

Maple Walnut Ice Cream has to be one of the great flavors of all time.  This New England classic is sweetened with pure maple syrup, and loaded with crunchy toasted walnuts for a memorable, fall themed frozen treat.

Maple Walnut Ice Cream is one of the great flavors of all time! ~

Any of you who follow me probably know that I tend to be ‘enthusiastic’ about food, and I’ll often tell you that this or that recipe is amazing, my favorite, the best, etc., etc.  So maybe you’ve gotten jaded and won’t believe me when I tell you this is the ice cream to end all ice creams.  It’s always been one of my favorite flavors but the problem is you rarely see it outside of New England.  It’s one of those flavors that is sadly losing the battle against time, so I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this recipe with you today.   I know you’re going to flip over it.

Maple Walnut Ice Cream is the perfect fall flavor, sweetened only with pure maple syrup and loaded with crunchy toasted walnuts... |

This ice cream has such a lovely, distinctive flavor that I really think the best way to enjoy it is just as is, maybe with a dusting of chopped walnuts on top.  It’s got the flavor and texture to rival the most premium ice cream you’ve ever had, and IMO it’s the perfect fall dessert.  But I can imagine some of you might want to go a step further and scoop in on top of a piece of apple or pumpkin (maybe even pecan?) pie.  Go right ahead, I won’t stop you ;)

The best ice cream flavor in the world - Maple Walnut Ice Cream - you won't be able to resist! |

This recipe is a tad more involved than some of the super easy ice cream recipes I post.  You will need to toast the walnuts so they develop that deep flavor, and boil down maple syrup to concentrate it.  Then there’s an egg custard which forms the the base before you pour it into your ice cream machine.  But honestly, it’s straightforward and SO worth it.  I made the base the day before and then churned it the next morning.  It only takes about 15-20 minutes in my ice cream machine, and then the hard part comes…waiting for it to harden in the freezer.

A fabulous Maple Walnut Ice Cream Recipe that will be your new favorite flavor! |

Maple Walnut Ice Cream ~ this stuff is good! |

Hungry yet?  This maple walnut ice cream is just phenomenal, I hope you make it.  The recipe is just slightly adapted from New England Today Food.

Maple Walnut Ice Cream


  • 1 1/2 cups walnut halves
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 5 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/4 salt


  1. Put the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat and toast them while stirring almost constantly, for about 5 minutes, or until they are fragrant and turning golden. Watch them carefully because once the oils in the nuts heat up they can burn very fast. Set aside to cool, and then chop.
  2. Put the maple syrup in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. let simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 8-10 minutes. The syrup will boil up initially, so stay by the pan.
  3. Add the cream, milk, and salt to the pan, and stir.
  4. Drizzle a cup of the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks, while whisking constantly. Add another cup, and then return it all to the saucepan and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring almost constantly, until the mixture thickens. Do not let it boil.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and cover with plastic. Refrigerate until completely chilled, or over overnight.
  6. Process the chilled mixture according to your ice cream machine's instructions. Add the walnuts in during the last few minutes of processing.
  7. Spread the soft ice cream in a loaf pan or container, cover tightly, and put in the freezer until firm, 6-8 hours, or overnight.


  • DO NOT skip toasting the walnuts, it makes all the difference.
  • It should go without saying, but use pure maple syrup, not an imitation syrup like Aunt Jemima, etc.


Maple Walnut Ice Cream is a vintage New England flavor that deserves a comeback! |


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Maple Walnut Ice Cream ~ this is the perfect fall frozen treat - on its own, or on top of apple or pumpkin pie. |


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25 Responses to Maple Walnut Ice Cream

  1. Medeja says:

    Must taste super delicious!

  2. Now this is just the ice cream I need to make with that jar of Canadian maple syrup in the pantry. What a heavenly flavor!

  3. Oh my word, this looks incredibly creamy and delicious. I’m loving anything maple, to me it’s the perfect way to start the fall season.

  4. Shradha says:

    Can the Icecream be made without an Icecream maker?

  5. Summer ice cream with fall flavors! Love it!

  6. Cheri says:

    I have not had anything like this in ages, love it Sue!!

  7. I believe you Sue! It’s my favorite ice cream too! I have to start making this flavor again! Thanks for the reminder !
    Hope you had a lovely Labor Day weekend.

  8. I love the sound of this ice cream Sue! Perfect for fall!

  9. Definitely worth the time to make this properly. Maple and walnuts (or pecans) are dynamite together, aren’t they? Great ice cream — thanks.

  10. A drizzle of chocolate sauce and I’d be right as rain with a bowl of these! Not long before fall sets in, must enjoy these before that!

  11. You are the queen of ice cream and frozen treats, so if you say this is the best, I believe you! I’d love this scooped on pecan pie..yum!

  12. This is my kind of ice cream. I love the maple and the walnuts combination. Perfect for fall and love the originality! Pinning.

  13. Wow! That looks amazing! Your photography is just beautiful, too!

  14. Tania says:

    I am drooling right now! I love EVERYTHING about this ice cream!!! Pinning for later.

  15. Summer says:

    Drooling! Looks so yummy!

  16. manu says:

    Wow, it’s perfect for this period of the year!
    Thanks form sharing.

  17. This is the perfect flavor for fall! Love, love, love those toasted walnuts and the creamy texture looks wonderful. We’ve been craving ice cream – so this is a welcome recipe! Thanks Sue – sharing and pinning!

    • Sue says:

      We all agreed this is really extra special, I think it’s all those egg yolks, but still, this ice cream is amazing. I need more!

  18. Liz S. says:

    I absolutely LOVE maple walnut ice cream! Such an underrated flavor. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Sue says:

      I so agree, and I love that this ice cream has plenty of maple flavor without any extract, I was thinking I’d have to use it, but when I took my customary taste (or two) right from the machine, it was perfect.

  19. So creamy!! I love the Fall flavour in this ice treat.

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