Easy Vanilla Milkshake Recipe (Just 3 Ingredients)

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This classic Vanilla milkshake recipe is SO good, you won’t believe that it only has three ingredients! Smooth and creamy and ready in minutes, you’ll get a perfect milkshake every time!

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Vanilla milkshake on pink marble

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned homemade milkshake, right? They’re such a fun treat, and extra refreshing when that sun is beating down in the middle of summer time. The best part is that you can make this classic recipe in just 5 minutes!

There are so many delicious recipes you can make too, from Creamsicle milkshakes to OREO milkshakes. Of course you can never go wrong with a chocolate milkshake either! Until recently though, we’d never made a classic vanilla shake but we though it was about time we added this delicious drink to our rotation!

How To Make A Vanilla Milkshake

If you like easy recipes, you’re going to love this. Even my eight year old can make this recipe completely on her own.

Step 1. This simple recipe has only three ingredients, with the first being vanilla ice cream. Drop four large scoops (approximately 2 cups) into your blender.

Adding vanilla ice cream to blender

Step 2. Next, add 1/2 cup milk. I used whole milk but 2% works too.

Step 3. Finally, add 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract for a more rich flavor. You don’t want more than that because a little goes a long way. Don’t worry if you don’t have any on hand…it’s not a deal breaker and your shake will still taste delicious.

Adding vanilla ice cream to blender

Step 4. Blend the ingredients together until your dessert is the consistency of a creamy shake, about 10-20 seconds.

Step 5. Pour into tall glasses and serve with your choice of toppings. We love whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry. This recipe will make one large milkshake or two smaller ones.

Vanilla milkshake on pink marble

If you ask me, this creamy shake tastes even better when the whipped cream gets a little melty and drizzles down the side!

How to make a thick vanilla milkshake

This milkshake was on the thick side but not so thick that it couldn’t be sipped through a straw. If you like yours so thick that you have to eat it with a spoon, just add more ice cream or less milk (or both).

How to make a vanilla shake without a blender

Even if you don’t have a blender, you can still make this easy milkshake recipe. I found this great YouTube video on how to make a milkshake without a blender. You’ll just need a large insulated cup to get started and just like the blender recipe, the rest is super simple.

Don’t forget to print the recipe below so that you’ll have it for later!

This would also taste great drizzled with a little chocolate or caramel…but honestly, we love it just like this!

Vanilla milkshake

Love this homemade vanilla shake? You may want to check out these ice cream recipes too:

A vanilla milkshake with sprinkles and a cherry on top.
5 from 48 votes

Vanilla Milkshake

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
This traditional vanilla milkshake recipe not only tastes delicious, it's just about the easiest recipe you'll ever make!


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream approximately 4 scoops
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream sprinkles and cherry for garnish (optional)


  • Combine ice cream, milk and vanilla extract in a blender.
    2 cups vanilla ice cream, 1/2 cup whole milk, 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • Blend on high until mixtures is smooth and creamy.
  • Top with whipped cream and a cherry (optional)


This recipe makes about 10 ounces, enough for one large drink or two smaller ones.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 0.1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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Easy Vanilla Milkshake Recipe (Just 3 Ingredients)

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  1. 5 stars
    I came down with a sore throat and wanted something that would feel good against my scratchy throat and thought a good restaurant-quality milkshake would do the trick.

    So I searched “Denny’s milkshake recipes.” This one came up, so I decided to try it. And it was good. I think the vanilla flavoring really gives it that restaurant-style flare.

    Because I’m sick, I didn’t do all the bells and whistles in terms of presentation, but I did add the whipped cream. Yum. (I did take a picture, but I don’t see how to add it. Oh, well.)

    The funny thing is, when I was a kid, I used to make up recipes for food and drinks (just throwing stuff together, never actually writing anything down), and milkshakes were among my favorites to make. And my grandpa always loved it when I made them because he said I made the best shakes. But here’s the funny part… I CANNOT, for the life of me, remember how I used to make them! I have tried all concoctions that seemed right, but they all fell short.

    Thankfully, I stumbled across THIS recipe. It will become my go-to vanilla shake recipe. Simple, easy, and delicious.

    And I know my grandpa (who’s in Heaven now) would agree!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It really is great for soothing a sore throat. Thanks for sharing!

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