Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Creamy homemade cheesecake ice cream with roasted strawberries and graham cracker crumbs throughout.

Creamy homemade roasted strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

You know what stinks? Wanting to workout. Actually working out even and then having to stop because you hurt yourself. It’s nothing serious. It’s totally stupid too. And it should’ve have even happened. I’ve never had this issue while working out. Except for maybe while breaking in cleats for field hockey. Blisters. Seriously. Honestly, they’re barely blisters at this point. They’re already nearly non-existent but my heels are still sore like they’re there so I know I need to take a break for a bit. And it’s not even like I walked or ran a considerable distance. Nope… 4 miles on the treadmill while watching a show. You shouldn’t even have to ask which show at this point, right? But seriously… blisters.

Saturday it was due to sneakers that clearly weren’t ideal for that activity. They’re better suited to living room workouts, not the treadmill. My heels weren’t as secure as they should’ve been and thus, sore heels. Only at that point it wasn’t even bad. I could sense they were there. I could just barely feel them. Then Sunday I decided to throw some stuff on my heels, plus bandaids and different shoes. All hoping it would be okay, add a little extra cushion and allow me to workout like the day before. Initially all was okay, then slowly went downhill. I probably did just more than half of the workout that I got in on Saturday, before having to call it quits.

Maybe it was a sign that I should’ve instead snacked on some fresh cookies or this ice cream…

Creamy homemade roasted strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Because let me tell you… this ice cream was delicious. Almost shockingly so. I did some research, poking around the usual suspects (like David and Jeni’s books) for ideas on how to approach this. Every corner I turned, every cheesecake ice cream I found anywhere didn’t seem to call for eggs. I was seriously fearful about not using eggs because typically Philadelphia style ice cream is a lot harder and not anywhere near as creamy as custard based ice cream. There’s no custard here. I felt like a traitor to my favorite custard ice creams. It felt wrong but omg it was so completely right.

The cream cheese is basically a stand-in for the custard base. You know what else? While it clearly has a cream cheese taste – you’d hope it would considering it’s cheesecake ice cream, it’s not overwhelming – which is good for people who aren’t a huge fan of it. Trust me. This is a must make ice cream. If you don’t have an ice cream maker yet. You still need to save this, pin it, share it whatever you need to do to save it for later because you’ll want to make this. And then devour it.

Creamy homemade roasted strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Creamy homemade cheesecake ice cream with roasted strawberries and graham cracker crumbs throughout.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 C granulated sugar divided
  • 2 C strawberries
  • 1/3 C graham cracker crumbs roughly 3 sheets


  • Blend milk, cream, cream cheese, salt, vanilla and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Transfer to clean container, cover and chill overnight.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Hull and slice strawberries, tossing with remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Roast on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15 minutes. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover and chill.
  • Churn liquid according to manufacturer's directions. In the last 5 minutes, drop strawberries and liquid a a small spoonful at a time.
  • Alternate layers of ice cream and spoonfuls of graham cracker crumbs in a freezer safe container. Freeze until firm.


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

Want even more strawberry recipes? Check these out:
Strawberry S’mores
Strawberry oatmeal crumb bars
Roasted strawberry ice cream
Roasted strawberries
Buttermilk strawberry sherbet
Strawberry banana smoothie
Strawberry s’more tarts
Strawberry banana muffins

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51 Responses to “Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Tracey — August 5, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Boo, sorry to hear about your blister problem – hopefully they’ll heal up quickly! And if not, you’ll just have to sit on the couch eating this ice cream and watching Scandal :) It looks awesome!

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      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      It’s really weird because they haven’t seemed to form into anything real – come and go. Hopefully I can get them to be gone for good soon!

  2. #
    Lori @ Recipegirl — August 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Ummmmm, yes please. Great flavor idea!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Lori! :)

  3. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Absolutely love this! The flavors sound incredible!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Marcie!

  4. #
    Jackie l Food,Wine.Fashion — August 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    See that’s what happens when you work out! Ha just kidding, it’s obviously a necessary evil if we all want to keep eating delicious things like cheesecake ice cream. I am a HUGE fan of Jeni’s (obviously, I live in Columbus) and just like you I always go right to her book when I need some inspiration.

    xo Jackie

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Seriously – totally a sign I shouldn’t be working out ;)

  5. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Oh, Rachel…sorry to hear about your sore heels. I have the same problem, no matter which shoes I am fitted with. I have been told (by those who sell shoes) my heels are abnormally shaped, too narrow. (There must be a lot of peeps with abnormal heels out there then, huh?) So, I’ve learned to just do the barefoot thing or footies on the treadmill and have never gone back to any other shoe. Mark Sisson (Primal Blueprint guy of Mark’s Daily Apple) recommends Vibram Five Fingers footwear for workouts. You can read about them at (So much better for heels and our bodies in general.) BUT! This ice cream? Love it! I’ve been making cheesecake ice creams since 1999 (from Bruce Weinstein’s The Ultimate Ice Cream Book, he calls for 1 egg in his recipe) and love your addition of roasted strawberries. Already pinned to all applicable group boards at Pinterest! xo

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      I honestly contemplated wearing flip flops but with my luck I’d have a whole new set of issues ;)

  6. #
    Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes — August 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

    hmmm well I have some strawberries in the fridge that really need to be used up…that means I haaaave to make that, right??! I’m going to go with yes, because this sounds wonderful!!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Yes, that’s exactly what it means! ;)

  7. #
    Tieghan — August 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Blister are the WORST!! Sorry to hear about them, but at least you have this waiting for you in you freezer! Such a great flavor!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks! :)

  8. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — August 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    oh man, I remember marathon training and the blisters I had. My feet hated being put in shoes!! And I still did it over and over again. Ugh. But this ice cream…incredible! Thick and creamy!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      I can’t even imagine marathon training. The thought of it makes me super tired ;)

  9. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — August 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I feel you on the injury. I hurt my pinky (MY PINKY!) last week doing who knows what and I haven’t been able to do a dang thing since then. I did about an hour of easy yoga last night so I’m hoping that means a decent workout is in my future.

    You’ve been making all my fave ice creams lately. I feel like I’m out of flavors to make which obviously means I just need to make cheesecake and cake batter over and over, right?

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      How on earth?! Hopefully your pinky is all better soon!

  10. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — August 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Look at those swirls of graham cracker crumbs! I bet this ice cream is just heaven.

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Leah!

  11. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Love this flavor creation – need some soon! Yummy Yummy!!!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Yes you absolutely do! :)

  12. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — August 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I must be totally weird but I love ice cream recipes that don’t call for eggs! I can’t wait to try this! ooo and for the working out thing, I’m sorry you have sore feet, but you know what else is awful. Wanting to work out and literally not having the time. As in this weekend I REALLY wanted to walk, like it’s all I could think about and I had work to do :( (made time for a quick walk) but that’s so weird for me lol

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      I totally get it – it’s easier without eggs but I’m just addicted to the custard base now ;)

  13. #
    ashley - baker by nature — August 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I’m in LOVE! In looooooove with this flavor! I need to make a batch this weekend!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      I hope you do! :)

  14. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Blisters are The. Worst. I think ice cream would totally make it better!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      I need to stock up on ice cream for those unpleasant times!

  15. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve never had any kind of cheesecake ice cream, but this looks totally amazing! Especially love that graham cracker swirl!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks Angelyn! You’ve definitely got to try it! :)

  16. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Say whaaaat?! Oh girl, you are killing me with this ice cream! It looks amazing and I love the flavor!

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks so much Georgia!

  17. #
    vanillasugarblog — August 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Rachel I need to roast strawberries.
    Never done it.
    But I bet it brings out the best flavor.
    Nicely done here.

    • #
      Rachel — August 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Yes you absolutely do! They’re amazing :) And thank you.

  18. #
    vanillasugarblog — August 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Sharing this on my friday links for sure!

  19. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — August 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

    GAH!! This is amazing… best flavor combo EVER!

  20. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    working out sucks. necessary evil so we can eat all the ice cream we want :) you always have perfect ice cream scoop shots. every time i try to get one, it’s all jacked up. wahh lol

  21. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — August 8, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Loving the roasted strawberries! This looks amazing!

    • #
      Rachel — August 9, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Jamie!

  22. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — August 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I am crying over this!! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more perfect I see the graham crackers!

    • #
      Rachel — August 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Thanks Liz!! Sorry to torture a pregnant lady ;)

  23. #
    ec — August 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    an original idea!!!

  24. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — August 12, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Heaven in a bowl!! How divine, I need this ;)

  25. #
    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I need to make this before all the yummy strawberries are gone!

  26. #
    Sarah — May 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I have been looking for a great strawberry cheesecake recipe for months! One of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor’s is their version of strawberry cheesecake, and I always thought it set the bar too high for me to even bother trying my own version (based on the recipes I came across). Since the places you found your inspiration for this are the same places I would’ve looked, I cannot wait to try this recipe out! Thank you!!!

    • #
      Rachel — May 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      It’s so easy and beyond delicious. You definitely need to give it a try :)

  27. #
    dolores — June 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I can vouch for the roasted strawberry technique. I have discovered over many years that, as we all know, strawberries contain a lot of water. That translates to an undesirable icy texture in ice cream. Roasting strawberries dehydrates them and concentrates their sweetness and flavor, thus reducing the water contributing to iciness. It makes a superior ice cream. I have not tried with cream cheese yet…but this recipe is inspiring me to do so! Perfect marriage! thank you for sharing!

    • #
      Rachel — June 18, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Dolores! I hope you enjoy it! :)

  28. #
    Elwira — July 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Quick question… What do you mean by churning the liquid according to the manufacturer? I hope it’s not a totally dumb question…

    • #
      Rachel — July 23, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Every ice cream machine has it’s own directions for churning ice cream and other frozen treats. You should follow the directions and recommendations of yours.

  29. #
    Elwira — July 23, 2014 at 10:48 am

    OK. Right. I had a feeling this pertained to an ice cream machine I don’t own :( thanks

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