Homemade waffle cones are a special treat! Get ready to make some wonderful ice cream cones using your own cones just like the ones they have at ice cream shops.
If you go to an ice cream store, you typically have a choice between getting a waffle cone and a sugar cone; the sugar cones are mass produced and waffle cones are larger, softer ones generally made in-house.
But, the way I see it, any ice cream cone made on a waffle iron is a waffle cone.
This cone recipe ends up nice and crispy and sweet – more like what you typically hear called a sugar cone, but way better!
What Special Equipment Do You Need to Make Waffle Cones?
First, and this is really important, waffle cones are NOT made on regular waffle irons.
The kind of waffle iron that you use to make normal waffles has ridges that are way too deep for an ice cream cone.
To make ice cream cones you’ll need to purchase a waffle cone maker.
All waffle cone makers should come with a cone-shaped mold. This mold is a very important tool for shaping your waffle cones.
Can You Make A Waffle Cone Without a Waffle Cone Maker?
How to Make Waffle Cones
In a bowl with a whisk, whip heavy whipping cream with vanilla until mousse-like (it won’t form peaks).
Sift powdered sugar, flour, and cornstarch together and stir them into the cream to make a batter.
Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
Follow the instructions that come with your waffle cone maker to cook the batter.
How to Shape Waffle Cones
The waffle cone maker comes with a cone-shaped mold to roll the waffle around. Here are a couple of rolling tips:
- Work fast. The waffles harden super quickly.
- Protect your hands. The waffle will be really hot and you could burn yourself. You might want to use a towel or wear gloves to help you roll.
- As soon as the cone begins to overlap itself, press down firmly as you continue to roll to make it stick closed. It also helps to hold the waffle in the position shown in step four for a few seconds.
- Use your fingers to pinch together the hole at the bottom of the cone.
How to Store Waffle Cones
Store the cooled waffle cones in an airtight container until you are ready to fill them with ice cream or whatever else your mind dreams up.
Tip: Adding a stale piece of bread to the container will help keep the cones crispy for several days. The bread will absorb any moisture.
Waffle Cone Variations
One of the great things about making waffle cones from scratch is that you can experiment with different flavors.
Some ideas are:
- Spicing the batter with cinnamon and nutmeg
- Pretzel waffle cones
- Black waffle cones made from activated charcoal
- Chocolate waffle cones
Unique Uses for Waffle Cones
That’s not ice cream in the waffle cone; it’s edible cookie dough! Cookie dough lovers will go crazy for cookie dough-filled waffle cones!
What About Waffle Bowls?
Waffle bowls have their very own waffle bowl maker. It’s one more gadget to own, but it’s so fun!
Waffle Cone Recipe
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- In a bowl with a whisk, whip the heavy cream with the vanilla extract until mousse-like (it won't form peaks).
- Sift the remaining ingredients together and stir them into the cream to make a batter.
- Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions to heat up the waffle cone maker and to cook the batter. I suggest over-baking the waffle cones just slightly. Whenever I got scared of the cones burning and pulled them off of the iron, they ended up a little soggy.
- To shape the waffles, roll the hot waffle around the cone mold that comes with the waffle maker. As soon as the cone begins to overlap itself, press down firmly as you continue to roll to make it stick closed. Use your fingers to pinch together the hole at the bottom of the cone. Work quickly as the the waffles harden very fast and you don't want to miss your window. Also, protect your hands; the waffle will be really hot and you could burn yourself. You might want to use a towel or wear gloves to help you roll the flat waffles into cones.