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Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream

Dairy Queen Ice Cream Recipe

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 4 - 12 hours*
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: American


Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream is made with store bought ice cream and you don’t need a machine. It’s simple and tastes as good, if not better, than traditional soft serve. What are you waiting for?



3 c really good vanilla ice cream, softened

1 c whipped heavy cream

1 1/2 t vanilla


Scoop the ice cream into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the whipped cream. Beat slowly until thoroughly blended. This will resemble ice cream soup.

Stir in vanilla  extract.

Pour ice cream into a container with a lid. Place in freezer for about 4 – 12 hours. Chilling time depends on your freezer.

If you want to swirl the ice cream and attempt the DQ curl, instead of pouring into a covered container, pour into a big zip lock bag and then freeze. When you are ready to serve the ice cream, take the bag out of the freezer and let soften a bit. You can even massage the bag if you’d like. Then cut off one corner of the bag and swirl the ice cream into your dish or cone. This does melt fast, so don’t dilly dally!

Otherwise just scoop into a cone or dish and top with your favorite toppings!


Use the best vanilla ice cream you can find with natural ingredients. I like Trader Joe’s French Vanilla.

*Total Time does not include inactive freezer time!

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