Waffle Cones from Scratch

This recipe for handmade waffle cones is fast and simple to create, chewy with crisp edges, and has a sweet buttery taste reminiscent of a sugar cookie! Ice cream cones, ready to be filled with your favorite ice cream. Waffle bowls, small waffle cones, and taco shells for handmade Choco Tacos are all included!

Enter the waffle cone maker

I’m madly in love with my waffle maker. That’s correct. I’m confessing my affection for a waffle cone maker. We received a ChefsChoice Waffle Cone Express (affiliate link) as a wedding present, and I hadn’t used it till recently.

It’s not always ice cream season for me, but summer is when it’s socially acceptable to consume massive quantities of it.

And to do so, I need a wonderful vessel since bowls aren’t cutting it for me. Why use something designed expressly to hold food to keep my food? Psssssh. I’d like to be able to consume said vessel.

If I’m being honest, the only way I want to consume ice cream that isn’t directly from the pint container is in a waffle cone.

Are a waffle cone maker and waffle iron the same thing?

Waffle cone makers are not the same as waffle irons if you are unfamiliar with them. Thus, if you have a waffle iron and attempt to prepare this recipe, it will be horrible.

  • Deep grids on waffle irons are designed for large, fluffy Belgian waffles.
  • Waffle cone makers feature a very thin grid because we want them to fold quickly into a cone and be just thick enough to accommodate our wonderful, fantastic ice cream.

If you attempt to wrap a Belgian waffle into a cone, you’ll get something that’s absolutely dreadful. But transforming Belgian waffles into a massive ice cream sandwich? I’m all in.

How to use a waffle cone maker

It will come with instructions and an explanation of the different options, but finding the optimum settings for you will need some trial and error. For my machine, 2-3 minutes on setting 3 is sufficient.

It also comes with a cone shape that enables wrapping the thin waffle easier.

The magical waffle cone flavor

Let’s chat about the flavor of these waffle cones while we’re on the subject of taste. Have you ever visited a Jenis Ice Cream shop? I’ve always liked the flavor of their cones since it reminds me of sugar cookies.

Fortunately for us, Jeni shared her buttercrisp waffle cone recipe a while ago (it has since been deleted from their site), so I changed it a bit to my pleasure, notably using vanilla bean paste (aff link) and adding ground cinnamon.

You could always use vanilla essence instead of cinnamon, but my version of Jeni’s recipe is my personal favorite.

Ingredients for homemade waffle cones

  • Egg whites (save the yolks for another recipe, such as a massive chocolate chip cookie!)
  • sour cream
  • Sugar, granulated
  • Cinnamon dust
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract (aff link)
  • The extract of almonds
  • melted unsalted butter
  • Flour, all-purpose

How to make waffle cones

I suggest using a dish cloth for this step because:

  • The waffle is going to be quite hot.
  • You probably don’t want to spill your hot waffle on your bare counter.
  • You may use the cloth to move the waffle around the form and protect your finger tips from burning.
  • It will gather any crumbs and allow you to conveniently dispose of them. Instead, consume them.

The dish cloth is also essential for the setting procedure. Let the cone to cool with the seam side down until it stays in place.

You must also ensure that the cone’s tip is pinched. If you don’t, you’ll have ice cream dripping all over you. I’m hoping I don’t have to tell you that’s not a good appearance.

You must chill them so that they retain their form, and my preferred method is to carefully set them in these antique ice cream bowls.

You could always use a different kind of glass, or just lay them on their sides. I simply find it easier and more compact on my counter top this way. I just put them within each other and have never had an issue.

I want my waffle cones to be more brown than golden brown since it makes them more crispy rather than chewy, so I cook them for around 2-3 minutes on setting 3 on my waffle cone machine. I also push down on the waffle maker’s handle to flatten it even more.

or more chewy, just bake them for a few minutes shorter than I specify in the recipe directions. If you like yours to be less crisp and

How to shape waffle cones

Just follow the directions above (and on the recipe card) and you’ll be fine (pun intended).

I don’t strive to make them precisely spherical or with absolutely smooth tops. As is customary, I allow them to be totally imperfect since it is less stressful.

Notice the chipped one in the lower right corner of the shot below? I shattered it while shifting things around, and SURPRISE! That still tastes as good as the rest of them.

How to make your own choco tacos

If, like me, you were devastated to learn that Klondike had chosen to halt manufacture of Choco Tacos, take solace in knowing that you can create your own!

Visit this site to learn how to create your own handmade Choco Tacos (and keep your fingers crossed that they will return someday!).

How to make mini ice cream cones

More cones equals more of them! If you lower the amount of batter you put to the waffle iron, you can obtain more cones out of the same quantity of batter. Use 3 tablespoons of batter and you can produce 8-9 cones.

How to make waffle bowls for ice cream

You can use the same materials and technique with the waffle maker; you just need to use a different shape to arrange them.

As you take them from the waffle iron, carefully lay them inside a small bowl (gently folding and pushing the inside to fit) and allow them to cool completely within.

I also suggest drizzling the edges with melted chocolate and even some sprinkles!

Remember to arrange them on a plate or in a dish after you’ve added your ice cream! You don’t want to simply stand there holding the waffle dish by the base since it might lead to disaster.

Plus, since they aren’t as thick as what you’d get at a restaurant like Coldstone Creamery or the like, you could double up on your waffle dish and stack two of them together.

You know what else I love?

My new photographic board from Erickson Surfaces. I needed a bigger board than the two I already had, and I wanted to try out some deeper colors. I purchased their 21 x 34 inch Cookie Sheet in Farmhouse White on the opposite side.

If you’ve seen a similar backdrop in photos from previous postings, it’s because I was using a real cookie sheet. Sadly, I don’t believe anybody produces a 21 x 34 aluminum cookie sheet, so there you have it.

Can you picture using it in an oven? Because I’d want one. Immediately.

What flavor of ice cream are you going to fill your waffle cones with first, now that you have this recipe?

Try filling it with one of these ice cream recipes:

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Stuffed Ice Cream
  • Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Ice Cream with Bourbon Butter Pecans
  • Homemade Americone Dream Ice Cream with No Churn
  • Salted Caramel Swirl No Churn Ice Cream
  • Gelato with Salted Nutella Fudge Brownie
  • Ice Cream with Oreos
  • Ice cream with gingerbread flavor

Homemade Waffle Cones

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Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 12mins
Total Time: 20mins
Servings: 6cones
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    ✓ Properly measure ingredients
    ✓ Check butter temperature


These homemade waffle cones are quick and easy to make, chewy with crisp edges and have a sweet buttery flavor that’s reminiscent of a sugar cookie! Ice cream cones just ready and waiting to be filled with your favorite ice cream. Includes instructions for making waffle bowls, mini waffle cones. and “taco shells” for homemade Choco Tacos!Adapted from Jeni’s Buttercrisp Waffle Cone recipe.


  • Little frying pan
  • blending bowls
  • Whisk
  • Cups for measuring
  • Maker of waffle cones


  • 5 teaspoons melted unsalted butter
  • two egg whites
  • heavy cream in a cup
  • a cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • a teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • a cup of all-purpose flour


  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat and leave aside to cool.
    5 tbsp unsweetened butter
  • Let your waffle cone maker to preheat.
  • 4 quarts thick cream

    Whisk together the egg whites and heavy cream in a medium mixing basin until blended.
    1 egg white, 2 egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon pure almond essence, 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, 4 teaspoon sea salt
    12 cup granulated sugar, 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1
    Whisk in the sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla bean paste, and almond extract until thoroughly blended.
  • Whisk in the melted butter to mix.
    5 tbsp unsweetened butter
  • 3 cup regular flour

    Add the flour and mix just until blended and smooth.

  • Nonstick spray the bottom and top grids of the waffle maker.
  • Scoop batter into the middle of the prepared waffle cone machine using a 4 cup measuring cup and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions. Cooking on Color Control setting 3 for 2-3 minutes yields the greatest results for my Chefs Choice Waffle Cone Express.

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  • Place a dishtowel next to your waffle cone machine on the counter. When the round is done to your liking, gently and quickly remove it and set it on a dishtowel.
  • Place the form’s tip at the edge of the round, with the form laying across the diameter of the round. Wrap one edge of the round onto the form with the cloth (to protect your fingers), then roll the cone forward until it is entirely wrapped around the form.
  • Let the cone to cool for about 15 seconds by pressing it softly but firmly on the fabric with the seam side down. As the cone is cooling, be careful to crimp the tip so that it is sealed!
  • After the cone has cooled enough to keep its shape, gently remove it from the form and let it cool upright (I like to place them in these vintage tall ice cream bowls I have, or stacked in a pint glass). You may alternatively arrange them on a wire rack on their sides.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite ice cream. Enjoy!


Storage: These are best served the same day (and still slightly warm – there’s nothing better!), but can be placed in an airtight container for up to 5 days.Smaller cones, more of them! You can get more cones out of the same amount of batter if you reduce the amount you add to the waffle iron – just use 3 tablespoons of batter and you can 8-9 cones.Making waffle bowls: You can use the same ingredients and follow the same process with the waffle maker, you’ll just need a different form for setting them. When you remove them from the waffle iron, carefully place them inside a small bowl (gently folding and pressing the interior a little to make it fit) and let them cool completely inside that bowl. These won’t be as thick as what you’d receive at someplace like Coldstone Creamery or the like – so you could even double up on your waffle bowl and set two of them together.Choco Tacos: Check out this post to find out how to make your own Choco Tacos.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg


Can you make a waffle cone with a regular waffle maker?

There are a variety of equipment on the market that will manufacture a waffle-style ice cream cone, but they may not be worth the money unless you make them on a regular basis. A classic waffle machine and a funnel will enable you to manufacture ice cream cones at home without the need for an expensive…

Why are my homemade waffle cones soggy?

It’s critical to understand how to store waffle cones since they sweat together and get mushy if kept heated. Let the cones to come to room temperature before storing them. This is the only technique to keep waffle cones crisp and retain that “crunch” even after many days.

What happens if you use pancake batter in a waffle maker?

Pancake mix does not usually include fat and has substantially less sugar than waffle mix. Waffle mix, on the other hand, frequently contains oil or melted butter. If you just pour pancake batter into a waffle maker, it will most likely flow over the sides of the iron, burn, and make a mess.

Is it okay to use pancake mix in a waffle maker?

How to Make Waffles from Pancake Mix. If you want to use your pancake mix to create waffles, you’ll need to add a little additional oil. Here’s how it works: Just add 2 teaspoons of oil for every cup of dry pancake mix.

How do you seal a waffle cone?

Place the waffle on top of the cone-form. Press hard against the waffle and cone-form with the overlapping waffle seam down to “lock” the cone into shape (See Figure 3). Pinch the bottom of the cone while it is still warm to seal it and prevent ice cream from spilling out after it is filled.

Why won’t my waffles get crispy?

The issue is dampness. Some of it is required to ensure that your waffles are delicate, but too much may soon weaken the waffle’s outside crust. Buttermilk is also a challenging addition since it produces a thicker batter, resulting in fewer crispy waffles.

How do you cut waffle cones without breaking them?

You’ll need a serrated knife to cut your cones with moderate sawing movements. It was simplest for me to saw around the whole cone, not quite breaking it all the way through, then go around again to divide it in half. It keeps your tops straight and prevents the cones from breaking.

Is a waffle cone made from waffle batter?

A sugar cone is prepared by making a thin batter, cooking it in a waffle cone maker or stroopwafel maker, and then rolling it around a cone-shaped roller to achieve the characteristic shape.

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