5 Easy Fall-Forward Ice Cream Recipes + pairing suggestions

gingerbread ice cream in a small bowl

Don’t put your ice cream maker in storage just yet! These delicious fall ice cream recipes are the perfect thing for those of you still waiting on cooler temps, and even if you’ve already got a nip in the air, they’re a fun way to à la mode all your fall baking. 

5 fall ice creams round up pin

Having lived in LA for a few decades, I know all too well the pain of pumpkin-spice-latte season peaking while it’s still 100F outside.

Maybe that’s why I’ve accumulated a nice little collection of fall-themed frozen treats here on the blog. For those of you not battling the heat, I’ve included some yummy pairing suggestions to take your fall and holiday dessert plans over the top!

gingerbread ice cream sandwiches



No-Churn Cranberry Ice Cream

The bright, tart flavor of cranberries is unique, and the color is out-of-this-world gorgeous! I find that strong tart fruits like cranberry (and lemon) make fabulous ice cream flavors, so grab a few extra bags of berries next time you see them, you’re gonna want to make this on repeat all fall.

No churn cranberry ice cream in a pan with scoop


Pairing Suggestion ~ Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake

Cranberry and chocolate go unexpectedly great together. I think a scoop of creamy, tart, cranberry ice cream over a warm slice of flourless chocolate cake would be a pretty amazing way to end a holiday meal.

No churn cranberry ice cream and flourless chocolate cake.



Maple Walnut Ice Cream

This ice cream has a sweet, nostalgic flavor that I just love. You don’t see it in ice cream shops much anymore, and it’s such a shame. It’s wonderful as is, but imagine it scooped over a warm apple crisp or apple fritter bread just out of the oven!

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


Pairing Suggestion ~ Roasted Banana Bread with Walnuts

A simple loaf or pound cake can easily be elevated to elegant-dessert-material with a scoop of ice cream. The toasty notes in my roasted banana bread with walnuts would compliment the maple ice cream beautifully.

Maple Walnut Ice Cream and Roasted Banana Bread with Walnuts.



No Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

No ice cream maker required ~ this quick and easy pumpkin spice ice cream tastes just like pumpkin pie in ice cream form. Make it in the morning and it will be perfectly scoopable by dinner.

No Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream will quickly become your best friend during the holidays ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Pairing Suggestion ~ Black Bottom Bourbon Pecan Pie

Get all your Thanksgiving dessert fixes in one fell swoop by making my black bottom bourbon pecan pie and topping it with pumpkin spice ice cream!

Black Bottom Bourbon Pecan Pie and No Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream.



Homemade Gingerbread Ice Cream

I really love the unusual pairing of fall spices with creamy, cool ice cream. This gingerbread ice cream uses molasses for an authentic flavor. It’s one of my favorite ice cream recipes on the blog, so if you love gingerbread, give it a try.

Homemade gingerbread ice cream being scooped out of a tub.


Pairing Suggestion ~ Gluten Free Pear Crisp

Every crisp needs a great ice cream to complete it, and I think the warm spices in my gingerbread ice cream would be amazing with a fresh pear crisp. In fact, I know the flavor combination is a winner, because I’ve got a Spiced Gingerbread Pear Crumble on the blog, too!

A bowl of gluten free pear crisp and homemade gingerbread ice cream.



Nutmeg Ice Cream

Nutmeg is one of those under appreciated fall spices. I keep a ready supply and I always grind it fresh!

nutmeg ice cream


Pairing Suggestion ~ Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies

This nutmeg ice cream is excellent sandwiched between my Chewy Ginger Cookies, but I also love it with my Gingerbread Snickerdoodles, or these Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies.

nutmeg ice cream and maple glazed oatmeal cookies


Which ice cream machine do I recommend?

I get asked all the time about what machine I use. I use and recommend Cuisinart. I’ve had my machine for years without any issues, I think because there are no fussy electronic parts to break down ~ it’s a simple motor that turns the freezer bowl for churning the ice cream and it works quickly and perfectly every time.

  • The machine I use, and it’s the base model. It works great for ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbets, and makes all of them in about 2o minutes. Click HERE or click on the image for more info.ice cream machine

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    September 23, 2019 at 5:58 am

    They all look so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    September 22, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    These all sound fabulous and I don’t know where to start. Could you please send samples?

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    September 22, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration and your recipes upped my desert game for the holidays

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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    September 22, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Droolworthy ice creams — and your pairing suggestions are spot on. We’re in South Florida — and we won’t feel cooler temperatures (as in the 70s) until December…. This is genius.

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      September 22, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Lisa, i knew my warmer climate readers would love it 🙂

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