Lemon Almond Ice Cream is just the right mix of sweet and tart. Calling for only 7 ingredients, it can be prepped for the freezer in around 10 minutes!

Pecan Cookie Cup with a scoop of Lemon Almond Ice Cream with berries

(Photo by Laurie Smith)

Who doesn’t love ice cream? My dad was particularly fond of it. He got nervous if there was less than a gallon of some flavor of ice cream in the freezer. One time, after Dad had his annual physical and he had gained a few pounds, he came home and announced to my mom, “no desserts this week!” Later that evening, when we were finished eating dinner, dad turned to mom and said, “Where’s my ice cream?” She replied, “You said no desserts.” Dad: “Ice cream isn’t dessert! It’s part of dinner.”

This Lemon Almond Ice Cream was a favorite of the whole family. It is super lemon-y, calling for both lemon zest and lemon juice, but with just the right mix of sweet and tart. Mom frequently made it for spring and summer dinner parties. For a special treat, serve ice cream in Pecan Cookie Cups and top with raspberries and blueberries.

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Pecan Cookie Cup with a scoop of Lemon Almond Ice Cream with berries

Lemon Almond Ice Cream

  • Author: (From "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®" by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: Around 12 servings; makes 2 quarts 1x
  • Category: Desserts, make ahead, easy entertaining
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Super quick and easy, Lemon Almond Ice Cream will be your new favorite!



4 cups half and half

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

grated rind from 2 1/2 lemons

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Mix all ingredients, put in ice cream freezer and process until firm. Note that some ice cream freezers recommend adding ingredients such as the almonds later in the cycle. Check the instructions for your machine.


Make ahead: Ice cream can be made up to 2 months ahead and kept in the freezer.


Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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2 Responses to “Lemon Almond Ice Cream”

  1. sadie decker

    Does cook time = 45min refer to the ice cream freezer? The picture is fantastic!!

    • Lee Roper

      Yes it refers to the freeze time. unfortunately the recipe template doesn’t allow me to customize certain areas for each recipe!


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