Peanut Butter & Cayenne Ice Cream

Peanut butter and cayenne ice creamThis is one of the best parts of making ice cream at home: off-beat flavors! Life is an adventure, and playing around in the kitchen shouldn't be any different. If something sounds tasty to you, then I say give it a try. You never know what you'll come up with. It might turn out awful (and hilarious), or it might turn out amazing. I've had my fair share of hilariously bad kitchen experiments, but I am happy to report that this particular ice cream flavor falls in the amazing category. 🙂Homemade peanut butter ice creamI thought about calling this something like, "thai peanut" or something along those lines. It's a really fun blend of creamy peanut butter and spice. To me this tasted just like a really yummy peanut butter ice cream but then the finish—that's where the heat is. It's like a surprise at the end.Yummy peanut butter ice creamPeanut Butter & Cayenne Ice Cream, makes about 1 1/2 quarts

1 cup brown sugar
2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 cups half and half cream
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon cayenne*

Blend together the sugar and peanut butter until well combined. Stir in the half and half, heavy whipping cream and salt. You want to slowly incorporate it as you stir, otherwise it will splash everywhere. Now stir in the cayenne.

*If you are concerned that it may be too much spice for you start with half the amount suggested above and taste the batter before adding any more. You may find that want more or less spice, it's up to you! Homemade ice creamI find that it's best to refrigerate ice cream batter overnight before processing it in my ice cream maker. An easy way to make ice cream at homeThen follow your ice cream maker's directions to blend the batter into creamy ice cream! If you find that your ice cream is the consistency of soft serve you can put in the freezer for a few more hours to help it harden. Thai spiced ice creamTry this! It's a really fun, delicious and complex flavor. You're gonna love it. xo. Emma

  • I just made this ice cream and it turned out super mealy, almost curdled looking. The base was smooth and my canister was frozen solid. Any ideas?

  • oh wow, YUM. I need to make this immediately … and then I am going to stand outside the freezer door and wait until it’s ready!

  • So yummy! I’m just thinking of all of the ice cream flavors I could make if I had the ice cream attachment for my kitchenaid! <3_<3

    Sara –

  • That sounds seriously delicious! I wish I had an ice cream maker!

  • Sounds delicious! I’ve never made ice cream at home even though we have an ice cream maker lurking around somewhere…I’m inspired now to make some this summer! 🙂

  • i was suppose to buy an icecream maker last month but haven’t gotten around to it ..this makes me want to go out an get one right now

  • Looks absolutely delicious! Ice cream is definitely a weakness for me 😉

  • I really need a kitchenaid to finally be able to make ice creams and all the other sweet treats you share here with us!!
    My list of recipes to try, is getting longer and longer everytime you post a recipe you guys!! Can’t wait to try them all!

  • Looks delicious… Juts got in Miami and with the heat here I could use that recipe !

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  • This looks so delicious! I have never tried peanut butter ice cream.


  • Wow, looks yummy! It is that time of year again!

  • Really love the sound of the flavour combo – salty, sweet and spicy – my favourite kind of flavours. Would love to try this maybe with a hint of lime too.

  • Thai Peanut sounds perfect to me! *hearts in eyes*

  • Mmmm this sounds really exciting!


  • Yum! Peanut butter is my favorite!

    xo Jennifer

  • Jeni’s Ice Cream here in Columbus, OH makes a Thai Coconut ice cream that is ridiculously delicious. Thought you might like to try that combo too.

  • This looks fantastic. Interesting flavour combo! Not something that would usually come to mind in terms of ice cream, but I bet it tastes great! Ahhhh I want a Kitchenaid so bad…

    Alex from

  • That looks so yummy and I completely forgot about nutter butter cookies!!

  • Yum! I was wondering if you’ve ever made angel food cake before? It’s one of my favorites, but I’ve never made it before and I’m kind of scared of what to do with that much egg whites! It’s a delicious and light dessert for summer and I’m sure there are endless variations you could make!

  • Would never think to put these two together, but it does look amazing!

  • Hi Hi, Emma!

    I’ve been looking for some recipe posts I could comment on! (Comments are closed on a lot of them, and that’s alright.)

    I love all of these recipes you guys come up with. However, I am almost completely vegan so I convert a lot of them to be ‘vegany.’

    For example, I’ve turned the Lavender Ice Cream and Lavender Cupcake recipes into vegan recipes. They turned out delicious and great! I also love your guys’ basic cupcake recipe (Cupcake Mixology) in which the base recipes are vegan! So wonderful!

    So I was wondering if you would entertain the idea of doing more vegan versions of your new and/or previous existing recipes? If not, it’s cool. I just find this whole vegan recipe conversion thing a fun challenge when baking.

    Also, are you you all familiar with the vegan bakery BabyCakesNYC in LA, NYC, and Orlando? I guess they have a few cookbooks out there too.

    Thanks for reading this!

  • Well, if it looks good it must taste good! Great spin on the usual PB ice cream!

  • Omg….this sounds amazing!! 🙂 I’m a fan of both, but never thought of combining them! I’m wondering what this would be like in drink form, now: I once had a mean cayenne mocha that rocked my world and have never been able to replicate it, since!

  • whoa! This seems like a beautiful disaster. Which, of course, means I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  • I wish I had an ice cream maker so I could try this out!!

  • Such a creative idea! Ice cream maker needs to go on the registry…

  • This looks so so so yummy!!


  • What a delicious combo!!! So evil!!!

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  • I love off beat flavors! This one sounds interesting and amazing! I just busted out my ice cream maker so I may have to start experimenting with flavors soon.


  • This looks delicious…I’d love to try this! 🙂 xx

  • Looks amazing! I´m renovating my kitchen right now so I can´t cook or bake at all – and it HURTS! Can´t wait until I can try recipes like this again! 🙂

  • i’m craving ice cream now! nomnomnom

    – Janine

  • taste soo good. Im sure 🙂

  • Omg!!! It looks sooo amazinggg!! But Im already thinking in summer time…cant eat that delicious thing 😉

  • holy cow. i need to make this.
    i’m obsessed with peanut butter.
    and of course, ice cream!

    a little spice is nice! thanks for the recipe, ill post again on here if i make it! 🙂


  • Ooo, I love ice creams but I didt try to do my own… I really need to try, becauce all the summer I eat and eat ice cream… Yummy..

  • Wow, this looks like cookies on a cloud! I’m getting hungry now….

  • Simply adore peanut butter and love this post!

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  • WOW! Amazing combo ladies!

  • I’m so intrigued by this. I love your guys’ creativity! It’s true, life is too short to just stick to the mundane flavors (like vanilla and chocolate, come on guys!). Really though, thank you for the creativity inspiration for the day. Now the task is to get myself to brave enough courage to try the ice cream. 🙂

  • I’ve been thinking about picking up the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid and this might have just convinced me! Yum.


  • Gotta get an ice cream machine. Maybe one day when I have a bigger kitchen. This looks amazing!

  • This looks so good!! Peanut butter in anything is good. I have a dairy allergy do you have any good dairy free recipes you can share?! Always looking for new ideas to try.


  • This is so intriguing yet I am nervous at the thought at the same time.

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you A Beautiful Mess! I have been looking into buying an ice cream maker and now I only need to but the attachment for my Kitchenaide. So exicted!!!

  • We are big ice cream lovers at our house. The husband and I were just talking about buying an ice cream maker.

  • Looks delicious 🙂

    Great blog!

  • Mmmm I love peanut butter, I’ve never heard of Cayenne before but I’d love to give this a go! x
    Amy |

  • That is so cool! Sounds so so interesting!

    Juliette Laura

  • Looks amazing! I love anything with a spicy kick, so I’ll definitely have to give this a try 🙂


  • This looks absolutely divine!

  • Cayenne and peanut butter? Now that’s an unexpected flavor. I can only imagine how delicious it is!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend!

  • Oh yum! I love sweet and spicy!

    xo Lisa

  • This is BRILLIANT! What an amazing combo. Wish I could eat it off the page!


  • YUM! This looks incredible. Peanut butter and spicy food are two of my favourite things to eat so I just have to give this a try xx

  • Oh my god kitchen is definitely one of the places I avoid but after seeing this post, I think I will definitely give it a try and make it because it looks so perfect! Your blog is very interesting and I love it! So glad I found it! Kisses from Croatia xx

  • I love your presentation of it! Nutter Butters and Cayenne, who would’ve thought?

  • Anything peanut buttery sounds amazingly tasty to me! This makes me want to purchase an ice cream maker instantly.

  • It makes me so happy that you love peanut butter as much as I do. PB > ANYTHING. Keep ’em coming, Emma. <3 (I’m totally asking for an ice cream attachment for my kitchen aid for the next gift-giving occasion that rolls my way. This sealed it.)

  • I KNOW this will taste good. Even though I’d never have thought to put those flavours together. Going to get the ice cream maker out!

  • Omg!! I’m so excited about this ice cream as I’m a huge fan of peanut butter! I’m in need of an ice cream maker!

    Lulu xx

  • Sounds like a crazy flavour! Crazy is usually what I go for in the kitchen so I am in!

  • This honestly looks so yummy!

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  • Yum! Great flavor combo idea. I’d love to hear how you get your ideas…from restaurants and cafes? Or just thinking outside the box? Very cool.

  • This looks SUPER fun. I can’t wait to have a Kitchenaid so I can get some extensions…!

  • WOW! This sounds out of this world. I must get the ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid. I love a bit of unexpected spice in pretty much anything, especially sweet treats.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  • Until reading this post, I had no idea that my Kitchen Aid had an ice cream attachment. o_O

  • Looks incred – did you make those adorable peanut biccies too ?!

  • Looks fantastic…I was on Pinterest and saw this and thought that it’s just got to be from A Beautiful Mess! 🙂

  • Could you substitute maple syrup for the brown sugar? Or would that make the batter too liquidy?

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