Is it really worth the effort to make your own ice cream cones? Yes! Pre-made cones are fine and all, but crisp, sweet and fresh homemade cones are an extra special way to enjoy your favorite ice cream.
Happy National Ice Cream Month!
What better way to start off a month long celebration of delicious frozen treats than by making your own cones? If you can bake cookies, you can make ice cream cones. The difference between cones that you make yourself and the ones you buy in the store is like the difference between packaged cookies and homemade cookies. No comparison!
The batter for these cones is really more like a pancake batter than a cookie batter. You don’t even need a mixer. The batter is mixed by hand, in one bowl, and it comes together in mere minutes.
To bake the cookies I used a Pizzelle/Waffle Iron . But you don’t need a special appliance to make these cones. You can spread the batter onto baking sheets and bake them in the oven. Your cones won’t have the waffley ridges, but they’ll still taste great.
My Pizzelle maker has two compartments, each one measuring about 5″ across. You can adjust the amount of batter per cone if your waffle maker is larger or if you’re making them in the oven and you want to make bigger cones.
Do resist the urge to spread the cookies too thick. More is not always better. The batter should be super-thin so the cones bake up very crisp. You want the cone to crack when you bite it.
The recipe makes about 20 cones (you might mess up a few, I did). If you don’t need that many cones you can either make half the recipe, or store the batter in the refrigerator and make as many cones as you want for that day. Since there is no leavening in this batter, it also freezes very well.
I tried freezing the baked cones but they ended up getting soggy. It’s best to make as many cones as you’ll eat within a few days or refrigerate/freeze the remaining batter for later.
You can also drape the warm cookies over the back of a small bowl to form edible ice cream dishes. Another option is to leave the cookies flat and just enjoy them as a cookie, or use two cookies to create an ice cream sandwich!
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