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Waffle Cone Recipe

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.

Graham Cracker Waffle Cones

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.

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?

If you don’t have a waffle cone maker, you can make waffle cones in a pizzelle maker or on a panini press. You’ll need to create your own mold from some thick paper or cardboard like a file folder.

How to Make Waffle Cones

pile of mini 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.

Homemade waffle cone

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:

  1. Work fast. The waffles harden super quickly.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Use your fingers to pinch together the hole at the bottom of the cone.

How to roll waffle cones

How to Store Waffle Cones

Several Waffle Cones on wood

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:

Unique Uses for Waffle Cones

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough in an ice cream cone with sprinkles

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!

You can also fill waffle cones with fruit and chantilly cream, or with any kind of frosting.

You can even bake cupcakes in ice cream cones using an ice cream cone rack.

cupcake cone baking rack

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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 bowl maker

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Waffle Cone Recipe

Homemade waffle cones are a special treat! Get ready to make some wonderful ice cream cones just like the ones they have at ice cream shops.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword waffle cone, waffle cone recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 281kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

My waffle cone recipe is adapted from a recipe by Gale Gand on Food Network.
If you don't have a waffle cone maker, you can make them in a pizzelle maker or on a panini press.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Waffle Cone Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 437IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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11 comments on “Waffle Cone Recipe”

  1. Pinkysays:

    I’ve been lusting after a waffle cone maker ever since picking up a book on Sundae’s at Barnes and Noble. The batter is so much thicker than I had imagined!
    These look great, and I’m sure they’ll make the cutest little treats.

  2. Joysays:

    I never considered getting a waffle cone maker, until NOW. Darn it! Those are sooo adorable and I think the homemade cones will be a hit at any party–informal or formal alike. Evil…Amazon is just a click away. :p

  3. Tinasays:

    OMG I want one. This is perfect for kids too!

  4. I love these little cones! They are adorable. I’ve been rolling around the homemade cone idea in my head…guess I’ve got some inspiration now.

  5. 'Rainesays:

    I attempted waffle/ice cream cones for the first time this summer. I used a really simple fortune cookie type recipe, and experimented with 2 different cooking methods: baking and pan frying [like a pancake or crepe]. The baked cones were better for ice cream, but it was completely impossible to get more than 1 or 2 cones per sheet pan since they set so quickly. The pan ones had little air pockets all over, which made the ice cream seep through in some places, but tasted better in my opinion. Neither had the waffle texture though, so I’ve been on the lookout for an inexpensive waffle cone maker. I love the mini ones! Now at least I have a place to start looking :)

    • Skate_Angel777says:

      Don’t go for the cheap waffle cone makers, you will be disappointed. Many of them cook unevenly. Some have very small diameter cone molds. I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews on different waffle cone makers. Chef’s Choice is the brand I finally went with. It’s a little more expensive (around $50), but if you shop around you can get a decent deal. For me it was worth it. I have a couple of people in our family who are gluten intolerant and I want to make sure they don’t miss out on anything if I can help it. Homemade “ice cream shop” quality cones is another way to make sure the ones I love don’t feel left out.

  6. What a cute idea!! I would love to have a scoop of ice cream in one of those!

  7. Anonymoussays:

    been looking for a recipe like this…in most other recipes, the batter is too runny & that makes for a big mess…..this sounds perfect for my little cone maker, I can hardly wait to try it…thyme & honey ice cream cones for dessert tonight!!!

  8. Traceysays:

    That sounds like fun something I could make for my grandson who is 3 and loves ice cream.

  9. Yvettesays:

    Can you make these, fill with ice cream and freeze them?

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