I know I have professed my love of David Lebovitz and his book The Perfect Scoop many times, but let me do it once more.  One of the many great things about this book is that it has multiple variations of chocolate ice cream.  Of course, this makes me want to try every single one of them so that I can decide which is my favorite (if that is possible).  I have already tried the milk chocolate ice cream, which was fantastic and to this day is still Ben’s absolute favorite ice cream flavor I have made.  I also made the chocolate raspberry, which was perfect with some fresh raspberries on top.  Recently after working a shift in the ER I had a wicked craving for some sort of chocolate ice cream, so I flipped open the book and landed on this recipe.  I had all the ingredients in my pantry and it was quick to mix up.  I popped it into the freezer and ended up waiting until the next night to try it, but it was well worth the wait.  The balance between the chocolate and peanut butter flavors was just right, and the texture was unbelievable thanks to the addition of creamy peanut butter.  Next time I will make a double batch for sure!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Ice Cream


2 cups half-and-half

¼ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

½ cup sugar

pinch of salt

½ cup creamy peanut butter



Whisk together the half-and-half, cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a large saucepan.  Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, until it comes to a full, rolling boil (it will start to foam up).  Remove from the heat and whisk in the peanut butter, stirring until thoroughly blended.


Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Source: adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, Ten Speed Press, 2007.

  • Amy

    Sounds like a wonderfully simple ice cream recipe.

  • This looks so good. I just found my dessert for tonight. I love your site by the way I have tried a lot of your recipes and they are always as wonderful as you say.

  • This looks wonderful! I love chocolate and peanut putter. I have this book, but have been so busy making other desserts that I haven’t gotten to use it much. This one was definitely on the top of my list though :)

  • Steph

    Looks awesome!

  • mmmmmmm!

  • Definitely my top flavor of ice cream…looks quite delicious!

  • Melissa

    I love this recipe. I used the homemade cinnamon peanut butter (just peanuts and cinnamon) that I make, and it was freaking brilliant.

  • This was my favorite ice cream flavor as a kid. I love that book!

  • Yum! Chocolate and peanut butter were made to be eaten together! Add to ice cream…and I’m sure I won’t be able to stop eating this treat!

  • I posted David’s vanilla ice cream today. I just love his recipes. Can’t wait to try this one!

  • diane

    Made this this afternoon and it was truly truly awesome. Added honey roasted nuts in the final mix for added crunch :)

  • Caroline

    Wow. One of my all-time favorite ice cream flavors, and I had no idea how simple it was to make at home! Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe, Annie! LOVED it.

  • Lisa

    This was FANtastic. I took the liberty of adding not only a fudge ripple, but a peanut butter swirl too. Nom, non, nom.

    Thanks for the recipes, you so totally rock.