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Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

This hazelnut chocolate chip ice cream recipe is rich and satisfying. Recipe courtesy Laura Davidson of A Beautiful Plate.

Servings: 8

Active time: 50 minutes

Total time:

Hazelnut Butter


  • 1 c raw hazelnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Place raw hazelnuts on pan, and toast for 10 to 15 minutes, or until fragrant and skins are just beginning to crack.
  2. Transfer hot hazelnuts to the center of clean, large kitchen towel. Grab ends of towel to close and allow hazelnuts to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Use your hands to roll and rub hazelnuts within the towel to remove their skins. If necessary, toast any stubborn hazelnuts in the oven for an additional 3 to 5 minutes to help loosen their skins.
  3. Transfer hazelnuts to bowl of large food processor. Process for 3 to 5 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl with spatula every few minutes, or until a very creamy and smooth butter forms. It will be dry, thick, and crumbly in the first few minutes of processing. As oil from the hazelnuts is released, it will transform into a loose nut butter. Set aside as you prepare the ice cream base.

Ice Cream Ingredients

  • 6 Davidson's Safest Choice® pasteurized egg yolk(s)
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 c whole milk
  • 1 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  1. Whisk together egg yolks and granulated sugar in medium mixing bowl until thick and pale yellow in color. Whisk in whole milk and heavy cream. Transfer mixture to medium saucepan. Place over medium-low heat, stirring frequently with wooden spoon and adjusting the heat as necessary, until mixture has thickened. The mixture is ready when it coats the back of the spoon and holds when swiped with a finger. Immediately transfer ice cream mixture to large mixing bowl. Add vanilla extract, salt, and hazelnut butter and whisk until well combined. Allow to cool to room temperature. Strain mixture through fine-meshed sieve into large, refrigerator-safe container. Cover and refrigerate at least 12 hours.
  2. Churn the ice cream mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Once ice cream has almost finished churning, combine chocolate and butter in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 15 second increments, stirring between each one, until chocolate and butter have melted completely and mixture is smooth. Scrape chocolate into small plastic bag and seal, squeezing out any excess air. The chocolate should be warm (if necessary, place the closed bag in a bowl of warm water as the ice cream finishes churning) throughout this process.
  3. In the last minutes of churning, snip a very small hole from the bottom corner of the plastic bag and drizzle the chocolate in thin stream into ice cream as it is churning. Transfer ice cream to airtight container and cover the surface of ice cream with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Freeze ice cream for minimum of 4 to 6 hours, or until firm enough to scoop.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size (1/8 of recipe)
Total Servings 8

Amount Per Serving:

Nutrition Category Amount
Calories 440
Calories from Fat 300
Total Fat 34g (52% DV)
Saturated Fat 15g (75% DV)
Trans Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 210mg (70% DV)
Sodium 45mg (2% DV)
30g (10% DV)
Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV)
Sugars 26g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 10%
Iron 6%

Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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