Did you know that before there was Cool Whip people actually made homemade whipped cream in their very own homes? It’s true. And although you may think that there is no reason to ever make your own homemade whipped cream when you can simply wander down an aisle in the freezer section of your grocery store, pick out a tub and purchase it for mere dollars, you are wrong my friend. So very, very wrong. You see, there are many things that are mass produced and sold in grocery aisles that are simply an impostor of the real thing. Whipped cream is one of those things. In it’s homemade form it is creamy, thick, sweet and void of all the artificial junk in Cool Whip. It is simply divine and way too easy to eat buy the spoonful.
And let me tell you it is EASY to make. I am not kidding. I don’t know why people automatically assume things like this are hard, but they are not. And once you try it, you’ll never go back to store bought. Below I’ve given you my recipe for homemade whipped cream and a few suggestions for uses and how to take it to the next level, beyond vanilla.
Homemade Whipped Cream
1 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
3 1/2 T. Powder Sugar
2 t. Pure Vanilla Extract
Place your mixer bowl and whip into the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. You want it to be as cold as possible when you whip your cream. Place the heavy whipping cream in your mixer and whip it on high until it is thick and stiff. Add sugar and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
Makes about 2 cups whipped cream.
Tips and Uses
-Feel free to add more or less sugar depending on how sweet your prefer your whipped cream. Just remember, you can always add more of something but you can’t take away, so add in small increments whether sugar, flavorings, spices, etc.
-You can use homemade whipped cream in any recipe that calls for Cool Whip. Top pies with it, use it for dipping fruit, cookies, etc. Also makes a yummy frosting for cupcakes and cakes.
-I made a chocolate amaretto whipped cream by simply adding a bit of cocoa powder and almond extract. SO good.
-Cinnamon, Nutmeg, other spices
-Oils and Extracts (LorAnn Oils is great–find them in craft stores or buy online)
-Lemon, Lime or Orange Zest