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Amaretto Poppy Seed Ice Cream

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This unusual Amaretto Poppy Seed Ice Cream recipe is just delightful, with a complex almond flavor and a bright crunch from the poppy seeds, it’s an unexpected treat!

I’m sending up a flare here —  If you like ice cream, almond, Amaretto, and poppy seeds, you have to try this.  If you like almond poppy seed muffins, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

I stood over the ice cream maker as it was churning and added the almond extract and Amaretto until it was just perfect.  I said it before, but I just love the way you can interact with the ice cream as it freezes, through the open top in this Cuisinart machine.  You can actually create a flavor as you go.  For someone like me who loves experimenting with unusual combinations, this is a blast.

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The almond flavor in this ice cream is dreamy.  The crunch of the poppy seeds is so unusual and so delightful.  You will love it!

I really like that my ice cream maker makes very manageable sized batches of ice cream. It’s just right for a small family, an intimate group of friends, or just you and your partner.  Or just you. In any case you’re not going to be swimming in extra ice cream, which is a good thing.

You know, every minute you waste staring is a another minute you can’t be putting this in your mouth.

Amaretto Poppy Seed Ice Cream

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Amaretto Poppy Seed Ice Cream

This unusual Amaretto Poppy Seed ice Cream is just delightful, with a complex almond flavor and a bright crunch from the poppy seeds, it's an unexpected treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
chilling 6 hours
Yield 1 quart


  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cups poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp Amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste or extract


  • Heat the milk, cream, sugar and poppy seeds in a saucepan on the stove, just until it comes to a simmer. Take off the heat and add the almond extract, Amaretto, and vanilla. Let it cool and then refrigerate for several hours until completely chilled.
  • Pour the chilled mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker and process according to your machine's directions. Mine took just 20 minutes of churning.
  • Eat right away or keep in the freezer for a firmer texture.

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    June 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Skipped the cooking step and subbed 1/4 cup Truvia for the sugar. Tasted it out of the machine and felt it could have been sweeter. Can’t wait to see how it is after a couple of hours in the freezer!
    I will probably make this again in the future without my own alterations.

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    November 11, 2013 at 3:22 am

    I know I will love this. The recipe says to put in the extract and Amaretto after cooking. You talk about putting in into the ice cream maker while it is running. Do you do both?

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    May 10, 2013 at 7:20 am

    have i ever seen poppy seeds in ice cream? i don’t think that i have–very neat idea! i like the whole black-and-white thing, and your flavor selections are lovely!

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    shannon weber
    May 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    oh i love this! it’s so stark and beautiful; like very chic in its little black and white ice cream outfit, you know? and the flavor combination is one that i know i’d love but i can’t “picture it” yet, but i really want to. my ice cream maker just broke (so upset) so this will be added to my ice cream recipes once i get it fixed.

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    Magnolia Verandah
    May 8, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Looks delicious – shame I don’t own an ice cream machine – wonder if I could make it without?

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    May 8, 2013 at 9:15 am

    This ice-cream looks so elegant! I love almond and poppy seeds so this could make me like ice-cream!(shocking, I know)

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    May 8, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Ooh! This may have to happen as soon as it gets warm enough & I can clear out a space for the ice cream maker bowl in the freezer. I love poppyseeds, and even have a sack of them just waiting for a recipe exactly like this… 🙂

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 8, 2013 at 3:56 am

      I’m all out of poppy seeds now, so I have to restock. You’re going to love this, I can’t say enough about it.

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    May 8, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Love it! Thanks for recipe 🙂

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    belleau kitchen
    May 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    divine!… I do love Amaretto so much!… must make a fabulous ice cream x

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      I made sure to put enough amaretto and almond so that the flavor was strong. I could just sit there and inhale that aroma and be happy.

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    May 7, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Your flare landed in the right place. Love this combination. Perfect for summer!

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    Tricia Buice
    May 8, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Oh Sue this looks great. I love poppy seeds and almond flavor – and of course Amaretto – so yes please – thanks for this recipe!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    May 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    First drink I ever ordered (underage) in a bar was an amaretto sour. I thought I was pretty cool 🙂

    It would be even cooler to drink my amaretto via ice cream like you did!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      I think my first drink was a White Russian, which, come to think of it, would make a pretty good ice cream, too.

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    Sulpicia (III)
    May 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Oh man, I’d love to try some of this. Looks amazing.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    May 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    This looks MAGICAL!

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    May 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Wow! Props to you, Sue, this looks amazing and insanely creative.