Recipe: Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Basic Instructions and Recipes (2024)

Recipe: Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Basic Instructions and Recipes (1) Hi Karyl, I'm not sure how many models Cuisinart makes, but these instructions are for the Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker Model ICE-20.
Happy Ice Cream Making, Betsy

Please note that these are only very basic instructions and do not include the warnings and other information included in the manual.

The freezer bowl must be completely frozen before you begin your recipe. In general, freezing time is between 6 hours and 22 hours. To determine whether the bowl is completely frozen, shake it. If you do not hear liquid moving, the Cooling liquid is frozen. Before freezing, wash and dry the bowl. Wrap it in a plastic bag to prevent freezer burn. We recommend that you place the freezer bowl in the back of your freezer where it is coldest.

1. Prepare recipe ingredients from pages that follow or your own recipe. If you use your own recipe, be sure it yields 1 1/2 quarts or less. For best results, prepare ingredients in a container that is easy to pour from.

2. Remove the freezer bowl from the freezer. (Remove plastic bag if you have wrapped freezer bowl.)
Place freezer bowl on the center of the base.
NOTE: Bowl will begin to defrost quickly once it is removed from freezer. Use it immediately after removing from freezer.

3. Place mixing arm in freezer bowl. Arm does not fit tightly. It just rests in the center of the bowl, with the circle side facing up.

4. Place lid on base. Easy-lock lid mechanism allows lid to rest on base in multiple positions. The raised circle on the lid should line up with the raised area on the base.

5. Press On/Off switch to ON position. Freezer bowl will begin to turn.

6. Immediately pour ingredients through ingredient spout.

7. Frozen Desserts or Drinks will be done in 20-30 minutes.
The time will depend on the recipe and volume of dessert or drink you desire. When the mixture has thickened to your liking, it is done. If you desire a firmer consistency, transfer the dessert or drink to an airtight container and store in the freezer for two or more hours.

NOTE: Do not store frozen desserts or drinks in the freezer bowl. Desserts and drinks will stick to the side of the freezer bowl and may damage the bowl. Store only in a plastic airtight container.

Ingredients such as chips and nuts should be added about 5 minutes before the recipe is complete. Once the dessert or drink has begun to thicken, add the ingredients through the ingredient spout. Nuts and other ingredients should be no larger than a chocolate chip.

The Cuisinart® Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker is equipped with a safety feature that automatically stops the unit if the motor overheats. This may occur if the dessert or drink is extremely thick, ii: the unit has been running for an excessively long period of time, or if added ingredients (nuts, etc.) are in extremely large pieces. To reset the unit, put the ON/OFF Switch in the OFF position. Let the unit cool off. After a few minutes, you may turn the unit on again and continue making the dessert or drink.

Clean the freezer bowl, mixing arm and lid in warm soapy water.

Wipe motor base clean with damp cloth.
Dry all parts thoroughly.
DO NOT put freezer bowl in freezer if it is wet.

DO NOT store lid, mixing arm, or base in freezer. You may store the freezer bowl in the freezer for convenient, immediate use. Before freezing, wrap the bowl in a plastic bag to prevent freezer burn.
Do not store frozen desserts or drinks in the freezer bowl in the freezer for more than 30 minutes at a time.

Transfer frozen desserts or drinks to an airtight container for longer storage in the freezer.

The recipes that follow offer you a variety of options for delicious frozen drinks and desserts. You may create or use recipes of your own, as long as they yield no more than 1 1/2 quarts.


Makes ten 1/2-cup servings

2 cups heavy (whipping) cream, chilled
1 cup whole milk, chilled
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and combine until well blended. Pour into freezer bowl, turn the machine ON and let mix until mixture thickens, about 20 - 25 minutes. If desired, transfer ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer until firm, about 2 hours.


Omit vanilla extract and add 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract. Add 1/4 cup shredded coconut during the last 5-10 minutes of freezing.

Omit vanilla extract and add 1/2 teaspoon mint extract. Add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips during the last 5 - 10 minutes of freezing.

If you'd like to order another manual, the Cuisinart customer service number is: 1-800-726-0190

For more ice cream recipes check out the recipes in our cookbook feature for The Ultimate Ice Cream Cookbook:

Ginger Ice Cream
Variations: East India Trading Company Ice Cream, Ginger Cookie Ice Cream, Ginger Tea Ice Cream, Ginger Verbena Ice Cream, Pfeffernuss Ice Cream

Mint Ice Cream
Variations: After-Dinner Mint Ice Cream, Grasshopper Pie Ice Cream, Island Mint Ice Cream, Mint-Oreo Cheesecake Ice Cream, Peppermint Candy Crunch Ice Cream

Chocolate Sorbet #1 (Dark and Dense)
Variations: Chocolate Espresso Sorbet, Chocolate Mint Sorbet, Chocolate Nut Sorbet, Chocolate Souffle Sorbet

Recipe: Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Basic Instructions and Recipes (2024)


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