When you think of homemade desserts, you likely think of cakes, cookies, and brownies. Homemade ice cream cones will rarely cross your mind. They look deceptively difficult to make, so we leave that job to the local creamery.
Truthfully, homemade ice cream cones aren’t that much more difficult to make than pancakes. If you can whip up a basic breakfast, you can whip up a batch of ice cream cones to go with your favorite ice cream or Dairy Free Anytime Dessert.
Why Make Your Own Ice Cream Cones?
The prepackaged ice cream cones you might find at the grocery store simply aren’t as fresh as homemade ice cream cones. It’s like the difference between a big batch of homemade cookies and a plastic carton of factory cookies. Who knows what ingredient is making them stay crispy for weeks or even months?
Homemade ice cream cones are made of ingredients most people already have around the house. It’s just a more exciting configuration of pantry staple ingredients, so it’s likely no trip to the grocery store is necessary.
Another advantage of making your own ice cream cones is that you have the ability to fully customize the way they taste. Would you rather have a dark chocolate cone? What about brown sugar and cinnamon cones to go with homemade apple spice ice cream? You have a lot more freedom, options, and creativity when you choose to go the custom route.
Homemade ice cream cones are perfect for special occasions. If you want to serve up some ice cream to your guests, it’s a little more fun to give them cones you made yourself instead of store-bought cones. It elevates a basic dessert to a gourmet level. The best part is that everyone will think that you’re a brilliant culinary genius that toiled over a hot stove to create something magical. In reality, what you’ve done is much simpler than baking and decorating a cake.
Making the Cones
The basic recipe for ice cream cone batter is very simple:
- ½ cup of white table sugar
- ⅓ cup of all purpose flour
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 whole eggs
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 3 tbsp milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
You’ve probably noticed that this recipe contains animal-derived ingredients. If you’re looking for a plant-based alternative, the swaps are simple:
- ¾ cup finely milled almond flour
- ¼ cup arrowroot flour or a suitable substitute
- ¼ cup almond, coconut, or oat milk
- 1 flax egg
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1 tsp powdered vanilla
To make traditional cones, whisk together the egg and the sugar, slowly add the liquid ingredients, whisking until fully incorporated. Then, slowly add the powdered ingredients and whisk as you go.
For vegan cones, thoroughly combine all the powdered ingredients. Then, individually incorporate each liquid ingredient, thoroughly blending at every step. Add the flax egg last, and blend again.
Cooking the Cones
When your batter is ready, it’s time to make the actual cones. You can do this with a waffle cone maker or on a normal flat griddle.
Many people prefer to use a waffle cone maker because they want the texture and grid pattern it leaves behind. The texture keeps the waffle cone crunchy. They’ll taste just the same if you cook the batter on a flat griddle, but you won’t get the texture.
You have to decide if it’s worth buying a waffle cone maker for the classic texture or if you’re fine with a smooth textured cone.
If you’re using a waffle cone maker, simply grease it and put a few tablespoons of batter in the center. You can use the dials to adjust your desired level of golden hue. You won’t need to flip the waffle cone, because it cooks on both sides.
If you’re using a griddle, grease it. Pour 1/4 of the batter down and smooth it into a circle. Let it cook until the underside starts to turn golden brown, and flip it over to cook the underside.
Once the batter is cooked, you have to turn it into a cone. Be mindful of how hot the cone is going to be. You can wrap the cooked batter around a dowel or the end of a wooden spoon to create the perfect cone shape. Make sure you press the edges together firmly to seal them, and pinch the bottom to prevent leaks.
Allow each cone to cool and set. It will become crunchy when it reaches room temperature.
Fun Ways To Modify the Recipe
In either recipe, the vanilla can be substituted with a different flavor extract. You can go as mild or as tame as you’d like. Almond extract, lemon extract, or even rum extract can be used to change the flavor of your cone. If you’re feeling fancy, you can whip up lavender ice cream cones to serve with a floral flavored dessert.
Small amounts of powdered seasonings, like cinnamon or ginger, can be added without changing the overall recipe. Substituting brown sugar for regular white sugar will change the flavor of the cone without impacting the recipe.
Vanilla can also be exchanged for a tablespoon of cocoa powder to give your ice cream cones a chocolatey flavor. Keep in mind that the cocoa powder will change the color of your cones, making it a little more difficult to tell when they’ve reached the perfect shade of golden brown. Keep a close eye on them if you’ve opted for a chocolate cone.
Dipping Your Cones
Dipped waffle cones are a great touch. If you’d like to dip your waffle cone, all you need to do is melt some dark chocolate in a bowl. Place your waffle cone straight down into the chocolate and pull it straight out. Set it down on a piece of parchment paper to allow the chocolate to cool around the rim of the cone.
If you’d like, you can take the cone while it’s still wet and roll it in sprinkles or candy pieces. Crushed peppermints are a good touch for holiday ice cream cones. Kids think rainbow sprinkles are fun. Adults might appreciate a decadent dip in chocolate sprinkles for the double chocolate effect. Chocolate dessert in a chocolate dipped cone rolled in chocolate sprinkles -- how much better can it get?
Once you’ve made your perfect cones, all you need to do is pair them with a delicious frozen dessert. If you make your own ice cream or vegan ice cream alternatives, you probably already have a plan. If you want to split the difference and pair your homemade cone with a ready-made dessert, feel free to do that. But keep in mind making frozen dessert can be a lot harder than making ice cream cones.
We recommend trying our maple cinnamon frozen dessert on a brown sugar cone. Matcha green tea frozen dessert will taste delicious on a lavender cone. Mint chocolate chip on a chocolate dipped cone rolled in crunchy peppermint pieces is the perfect winter treat. If you’ve opted for a plain vanilla cone, enjoy a classic strawberry dessert.
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