Caramel Apple Ice Cream

So since we are trying to make fall happen, but it’s still 4,000 degrees out, I figured today I would solve that dilemma.

Like, hey summer, I still feel you..but fall is here and you two need to meet.

And really, once they meet they will become friends…

And friends make ice cream together.  At least they do in my world.

I do have to say that I am not a huge ice cream person.

I am more about the add-ins and less about the ice cream.

But it’s like frowned upon or something to just sit on front of the TV with a giant bowl of cookie dough or peanut butter cups, so I accept the ice cream, strictly as a vehicle.

Usually I have half a bowl of vanilla leftover, which I promptly give to my husband.

And don’t even get me started on Blizzards.



No one likes a few delicious bites of Blizzard, and then half cup with just plain vanilla.


I understand these are first world problems I have, but seriously…it’s not that difficult.

And sorry about the all-caps-yelling.

Add-ins to ice cream ratio is a big deal.

Yes, I need a life.

But here’s the deal.

This Caramel Apple Ice cream, which is a riff on this recipe, is so good it doesn’t even NEED add-ins.

It’s so good that I even added apples and it didn’t kill it’s dessert cred.

Like, usually adding fruit sends dessert back to the bottom of the dessert pie chart.  This time, the ice cream said to me, “go ahead, add apples…I can handle the other desserts making fun of me.  You wanna know why?  Because my friends sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream have got my back.”

And having ice cream that talks to you is also pretty cool.

So here we are.

Caramel Apple Week, take 3.

Caramel Apple Ice Cream.

A dish of ice cream with caramel sauce and cinnamon pie crust garnishes

And also with these, I made some easy pie crust cookie garnishes.. because pie crust rules.  But more on that in a minute.

First cook some diced apples with a little butter and brown sugar…
Cook them until they are soft and yummy and there is absolutely zero nutrition left in them.

Peeled diced apples cooking in a panSet them aside to cool.

Next beat your heavy cream and some pumpkin pie spice together.

Yes, I know we’re making apple ice cream, not pumpkin…duh.

But pumpkin pie spice has loads of yummy ingredients and it’s all in one handy bottle, like cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice…

Top view of cream and spices in a mixing bowlFold in your sweetened condensed milk and apples into the whipped cream and place it in a freezer safe container.

Then get your caramel involved.  Drizzle it all over and swirl it into the ice cream.

You don’t want to mix it in, just swirl.

Plastic container of homemade ice cream with caramel drizzled on topNow let that freeze for at least 6 hours.

Next, if you’re feeling garnishy, make your pie crust cookies.

This really couldn’t be easier.

Just roll out a pre-made pie crust.  Brush a little butter on and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar.

Pie crust dough being sprinkled with cinnamon sugar

Cinnamon sugar topped pie crust dough cut into a grid of pieces

Then cut it into pieces.  I used a pizza cutter, but you could use cookie cutters or a knife….whatever.

Bake them for about 10 minutes.

Cinnamon sugar pie crust pieces on a baking sheet

When you’re ready to serve your ice cream, let the container sit out for about 15 minutes or so to softened up…

And of course I always recommend adding more caramel.

It would be wrong of me not to.

Top view of a dish of caramel drizzled ice cream with cinnamon pie crust pieces

So Caramel Week is in full effect..and my sweet friend Kristan has outdone herself with these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies.  Seriously yummy!


Caramel Apple Ice Cream


makes about 8 servings



Ice Cream

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 small Granny Smith apples, or 2 small, peeled and large-diced
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies (optional)

  • 1 pie crust, pre-made
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • Cinnamon Sugar (3 Tbsp sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon combined)


  1. In a medium sauce pan melt 1 Tbsp butter. When melted, add your diced apples, pinch of salt and brown sugar.
  2. Cook on medium-low heat until apples are soft, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together your whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice with whisk attachment, until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute 30 seconds – two minutes.
  4. Fold in your can of sweetened condensed milk.
  5. When apples are cooled, fold into your whipped cream mixture.
  6. Place in a freezer safe container.
  7. Drizzle your caramel sauce on top of the whipped cream mixture and swirl in with a knife. You don’t want your caramel to mix in, but leave ribbons through out the ice cream.
  8. Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. On a round baking pan (I used my pizza pan) unroll the pre-made pie crust.
  3. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  4. Cut into strips or wedges using a pizza cutter, or even a cookie cutter.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
  6. Garnish ice cream with pie crust cookies and drizzle with extra caramel.

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Sep 10, 2012 10:38 am

Any reason to keep eating ice cream after summer is fine by me!

Sep 7, 2012 9:56 am

I just love all the recipes you posted this week!! This one is propably my favourite, will have to try and make it sometime!

I’ve put up a link to this recipe in my ‘Friday Favourites’-post, here: I hope you don’t mind!

The blog is in Swedish, but you can get a translation (somewhat crappy though) by scrolling down and using the translate button on the right.

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Sep 7, 2012 7:55 am

I LOVE that the dreaded ice cream freezer is in no way involved in this yummy Sweet idea on the pie crust cookies! Thanks for a simple and delicious dessert . 🙂

Sep 7, 2012 7:57 am

*oops* should read ..yummy recipe.

Sep 6, 2012 9:21 am

I could totally eat this. It’s clever, and it makes me want to curl up with a blanket and eat it 🙂 Not the blanket… the ice cream.

Sep 6, 2012 9:18 am

Ha, I was thinking about doing one last ice cream recipe. It was 90 DEGREES yesterday in DC! Hello fall?

Sep 6, 2012 6:50 am

I do love ice cream add ins but I’m pretty sure I like the actual ice cream part just as much. Caramel apple sounds pretty much like the perfect summer-fall flavor!

Sep 6, 2012 4:16 am

Oh, no ! Don’t remind me on summer days treats! It looks so delicious but now I have to wait next summer 🙂

Sep 6, 2012 12:16 am

Oh I feel you on the Blizzard rant girl…for the love of the sugar gods Dairy Queen, mix ’em up better! This ice cream though…and those cinnamon sugar pie crust cookies…I could get on board with those.

Sep 5, 2012 11:57 pm


Sep 5, 2012 10:53 pm

I am so ready for summer to make way for fall…kind of done with the smokin’ hot days. Unless they involve ice cream like this, of course. As for the Blizzards dilemma, I am totally with you. Mix-ins = good, cupful of vanilla ice cream = bad.

Sep 5, 2012 10:47 pm

O.M.G. Hello fall! This looks so good and if I weren’t on Weight Watchers right now, I’d be eating this by the bowl full. But I will reach my goal soon so this will be on the menu when I do!

Sep 5, 2012 10:39 pm


Sep 5, 2012 8:43 pm

haha, completely agree on the candy chunks on top of a blizzard and then ending up with just vanilla ice cream on the bottom. tsk tsk! i can get behind this ice cream though! for sure!

Anna Brown
Sep 5, 2012 8:16 pm

I just found your blog and will definitely add it my favorites! Ridiculously delicious recipes and laugh out loud commentary, how could I not?

Sep 5, 2012 7:00 pm

I feel like getting down on one knee and serenading you.

Would that be a problem?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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