Follow these simple steps to make your own waffle cones and bowls!
Yes! You, too, can make waffle cones right in the comfort of your own home following these simple steps!
Step one: Purchase a waffle cone maker. I suggest the Chef’s Choice Waffle Cone Express Ice Cream Cone Maker. It is a different brand than mine, but has gotten great reviews. It also has a temperature regulator, which mine does not, so it is probably superior to the one I own. At any rate, a waffle cone maker will come with a waffle cone shaper, as you see in the picture.
Step two: Make your batter. At the end of this post you will find a recipe for classic vanilla cones.
Step three. Turn on your waffle iron. It should heat up very quickly. Spray both the top and bottom lightly with cooking spray right before adding the batter. You may need to spray the waffle iron each time you make a waffle. (I sprayed mine about every-other time).
Step four: Scoop up your batter using a large cookie scoop and place it in the center of the waffle iron.
Step five: Close the lid, making sure it latches in front. (My latch wouldn’t stay latched, so I had to hold my lid down making sure to use a towel so I wouldn’t get burned by the steam. Hopefully your waffle maker will work better than mine). It will take some experimentation on the timing, but start checking after 30 seconds to see if your waffle is done. It should look like this:
Step six: Using a large spatula, remove the waffle from the iron and place on a clean towel. Have your cone shaper nearby, because you need to use it right away.
Step seven: Using the towel to lift the waffle (so you don’t burn yourself) begin rolling the cone around the mold. I always put the point of the mold about half-an-inch up from the bottom edge of the waffle. This helps to minimize the hole at the bottom of the cone while you are rolling.
Step eight: Keep rolling the waffle and the mold, removing the towel as you go, until you have completely rolled the waffle around the mold. Then hold it there for a few seconds to give it time to harden and keep its shape.
Voila! You are finished!
Making bowls is even easier. First, get out whatever you want to be your mold. I just used a plastic container.
As soon as you remove your waffle from the waffle iron, place it over the top of your mold.
Then using your towel for protection, gently wrap your hands around the waffle, pressing it down on the sides of the mold. You can see a little bit of the waffle peeking out here.
Hold for a few seconds, then gently unwrap and let the bowl sit a few more seconds atop the mold to harden.
If you want to make things even easier, you can purchase the BELLA Waffle Bowl Maker from Amazon.
And there you have it! Although making waffle cones takes some trial and error, it is worth it for the wonderful flavor and crunch they give as they cradle your homemade ice cream. (Be sure to check out all the amazing ice cream recipes I have on here!)
Note: The amount of sugar in your batter will affect how brown your waffles get. The recipe I have below should give you nice golden waffles.
NOW, if you really want to jazz things up, you can roll these in chocolate and add sprinkles or sugar or crushed Oreos or all kinds of stuff!
Here’s how I did it:
First, I melted some chocolate chips. Then I spread the melted chocolate out on a sheet of waxed paper. (It is easy to get your waxed paper to stay put if you wipe your counter down with a damp cloth right before you put the paper down). You’re going to want to spread this pretty thick.
Then you just start rolling your cone tip and/or top in the chocolate. It is best if you roll your tip first. (Rolling the tip in the chocolate helps seal the little hole at the bottom so that ice cream doesn’t leak out).
As you can see from this picture, I needed to get a little more chocolate in there to seal that hole. But you get the general idea.
Now I had a bit of trouble photographing myself rolling the top of the cones in the chocolate. But here is what it looked like when I was done.
I just love how pretty the chocolate looks. You can leave your cones just like this, or you can go crazy with some sprinkles, like this:
If you do use sprinkles or sugar (I used Turbinado sugar because it has such big crystals, and it looks all fancy), don’t roll the cones in them. Just hold the cones over a bowl and drop the sprinkles on the chocolate by hand.
Then I just set the cones inside some canning jars to let the chocolate dry.
It would be so fun to have the basic cones whipped up for a party and then let each guest decorate theirs however they like. It’s an ice cream cone bar! How fun is that?
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 cup cake flour can be made with one cup minus two tablespoons replaced with two tablespoons of corn starch
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3-4 Tbsp. water
- Preheat your waffle cone maker.
- With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar for one minute.
- Stir in the oil and vanilla extract.
- Add the flour and beat on medium for about 15 seconds until all the lumps are gone.
- Add the water and blend until incorporated. Batter should be smooth and not too runny.
- Spray both the top and bottom of your waffle plates with non-stick spray.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, put one scoop of batter in the center of the waffle iron and close the lid. If necessary, hold the lid down using a towel to protect yourself from steam.
- After 30 seconds to one minute, lift the lid to see if the waffle is done. It should be very light brown. These waffles burn quickly, so you need to be careful and check early and often.
- Use a flat, wide spatula to quickly remove the waffle and place it on a kitchen towel.
- Immediately place the waffle cone mold on the waffle toward the edge and use the towel to lift and roll the cone around the mold.
- Hold the cone on the mold for a few seconds (about ten) to give the cone a chance to partially dry in its shape. Leave the cone on the mold while you start making the next waffle.
- Once the next waffle is in the waffle iron, remove the cone from the mold and set to dry and harden on a wire rack.
- If desired, roll the tops and bottoms of cones in melted chocolate and sprinkle with the edible decorations of your choice.