Cinnamon Ice Cream with Apple-Pecan Swirl

It's a cinnamon ice cream with apples/pecans swirled into it. A family fave passed down from my grandmother.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
2 pints


  • 1 cup whole milk

  • cup white sugar

  • 2 ½ cups heavy cream

  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon extract, divided

  • 1 large apple - peeled, cored, and diced

  • ½ cup water, or as needed

  • ½ teaspoon light brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ¼ cup crushed pecans


  1. Mix milk and 2/3 cup sugar together with an electric blender, about 2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream, 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract with a spoon. Chill in a refrigerator for 2 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, place apples into a pot and add water to cover; heat over medium heat. Add remaining cinnamon extract, remaining ground cinnamon, light brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon white sugar, in that order, while stirring the mixture in between each addition. Cook on medium heat until apple pieces are soft to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn off heat and pour apple mixture into a colander to drain. Transfer to a container and add pecans; allow to cool, 15 to 20 minutes. Place into a refrigerator and wait until ice cream mixture has setup for those 2 hours.

  3. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions, at least 18 minutes.

  4. Take the top off and add your apple/pecan mixture and allow machine to mix that for you for an additional 4 to 5 minutes. At this point it should be soft-serve consistency; if hard-serve is desired place cinnamon ice cream with apple-pecan swirl into a freezer to setup for 1 additional hour.

Cook's Note:

This recipe is for ice cream makers that require the canister being put into the freezer 24 to 26 hours ahead of time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
31g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 159mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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