Homemade Waffle Cones

Huckleberry Ice Cream Cones introToday is an appropriate day for an ice cream party because 1.  Apparently, according to my Instagram feed, it was just National Ice Cream Day, and 2.  I’m celebrating the start of my final trimester of pregnancy (#hallelujah).   #2 is significant because ice cream consumption has played a significant role in the state of my current, let’s just call it,”stature.”  Let’s just also say I read this blog post on a regular basis to remind myself what I will be doing once again in a few months.  But for now, we eat ice cream.

This weekend all three of my local news stations aired segments about this delicious little number:

Huckleberry Pie Ice Cream

Starring our state fruit, the huckleberry, this ice cream flavor I came up with is now available in Kroger and Kroger family stores (which includes places like QFC, Ralph’s, Smith’s, Fred Meyer, and more.)

Private Selection Huckleberry Pie Ice Cream

I helped pass out samples at one local store over the weekend, and I am sincerely sorry for the other two events that were scheduled and then cancelled at the last minute!  I know so many of you planned to attend those and I was super bummed that we not only had to cancel, but that all the stores were sold out of this flavor.  I’m hoping they’ll re-stock quickly!

back of huckleberry pie

So many of you others, all across the country, have been tagging us on social media after finding this and we LOVE that!  This yummy ice cream has chunks of cookie pie crust, a “brown betty” ribbon and cinnamon streusel throughout.

Private Selection Huckleberry Pie

And it’s mighty tasty if you ask me!

Calorie Free Spoon

My absolute favorite way to eat ice cream is in a waffle cone.  I never understand why people eat ice cream in a bowl when there are waffle cones as an option.  I mean, seriously.  Store-bought boxed cones are reminiscent of cardboard, but a crisp, buttery, homemade one is absolute heaven. For a lot of years I’d make my waffle cones by hand on a baking sheet, or I’d make mini ones in my Pizelle Iron (still an awesome option for kid-sized cones) and then I finally just bought a waffle cone press on Amazon and I LOVE it.  I’m actually going to buy one more so I can make more at a time!

Waffle Cone Maker

This model is awesome, it’s actually the same one Williams-Sonoma Sells and it’s only about $40 on Amazon. (Not sponsored, by the way).  It’s super easy to use and seriously cooks up perfect waffle cones in a hurry.  Treat yourself (haha, get it?) and just get one.

Inside Waffle Press

Waffle cone batter is super simple.  The recipe I love is just just sugar, eggs, butter, milk, flour, and vanilla.  It mixes up in about 60 seconds.

Waffle Batter being Mixed

Then you just pour a couple of tablespoons on the waffle cone maker and press it shut to crisp up.

Cooked Waffle Cone

Waffle cones are soft and pliable when they come off the press, and that’s when you need to shape them.  This waffle cone maker comes with a mold that makes it easy, but if you don’t have one, you can just shape it by hand, or cover a foam cone with foil and use that.

Waffle Cone Mold

I always put mine down on a paper towel because they’re super hot and the paper towel makes it easy to handle.  I also make a special point to pay attention to the bottom and make sure I’m closing them all the way, as opposed to having a hole at the bottom.  When I do have holes, I usually just drop a chocolate chip down to the bottom to fill up the space.

Inside of Cone

When your cones are shaped, just place them on a rack to cool and crisp.  At this point, you can dip the rims in chocolate and sprinkles, or coat the inside with something yummy.

Cooling Waffle Cones

Then you can fill ’em up.

Homemade Ice Cream Cones

There is seriously nothing better than a really good ice cream in a really good cone.

Chocolate and Huckleberry Ice Cream

Often for parties I’ll buy a bunch of great ice cream flavors, and then make tons of cones and let people scoop up their fave. My fave right now is that huckleberry pie.

Huckleberry Ice Cream Cones

Although Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk is a front-runner as well.

holding ice cream cones

Now, if you don’t have a waffle cone or pizelle maker, there are a couple of ways to still make these.  I’ve done it many times over the years, but I will say it’s kind of a labor of love.  They harden quickly so you really have to only do a couple at a time.  The press makes it much easier.  But you can use either a silicone mat on a baking sheet, or a piece of parchment on a baking sheet.  Spread your batter thinly, but evenly in circles.  If using parchment, you can trace circles on the underside of the paper as a guide.  Bake in a 400 degree oven until they’re golden brown, about 5-7 minutes (but totally depends on the size, so keep an eye on them) and then shape them immediately when they come out and let them cool.  You can also make them in a skillet, like you would a crepe- cooking each side until browned and toasted and then shaped into a cone.  All the same tips apply if you’re making them without a waffle cone maker:  remember they are hot hot hot so be careful not to burn your hands!  Also, they crisp and harden quickly so you’ll have to work fast.

Homemade Waffle Cones from Our Best Bites


Here’s the link to the one I have one more time, because people always ask!

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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Can you use an actual waffle iron to make the cones? Or does it HAVE to be a waffle cone iron? (we have a brand new waffle iron & I’m hoping…..)
    I used to make these at an ice cream shop where I used to work and think I can still shape them by hand. Once you’ve got that motion/rhythm I think it sticks with you.

    1. A regular waffle iron won’t work for this because you’re making a thin, crisp cone. A regular waffle iron would just be full of holes!

    1. I’m honestly not sure. This is the only way I make them. I would just google “Eggless waffle cone recipe”

  2. I love kitchen gadgets and appliances. Bought this one and the cones are so delicious — well worth it! There’s a recipe for chocolate waffle cones that comes with it too, so I’ll have to try that as well.

  3. Cone comment: I just tried this on parchment paper in a 400 degree oven using 7 inch circles and about 2 1/2 tablespoons of batter and for some reason the parchment paper wrinkled as the cones baked which caused the circles to not be complete (holes where the wrinkles were if that makes sense) and so when I went to use them, they just fell apart. Such an easy recipe, but I can not figure out where I went wrong. The pieces taste good though!

  4. I also went out and got the huckleberry pie ice cream! I loved it! Then I had to look up the differences between blueberries and huckleberries. In mine, though, the brown Betty ribbon wasn’t very pronounced. But I loved the cinnamon streusel!

  5. Oh my goodness! I bought a pint of your Huckleberry Pie ice cream last night. I only let the kids have a few bites each. Then the hubby and I sat down and ate the rest. He normally doesn’t devour ice cream but it’s safe to say we fought over the last bite! I may just have to go buy more while it’s in our town! Awesome job.

  6. Just got my hands on some tonight – SO YUMMY! My only wish is that it came in a bigger container. I might just have to go to fred meyer tomorrow to pick up some more! I also kinda wish I could get a taste of your original concoction. While the private selection one is certainly delish, I think that pieces of huckleberry and real pie crust would be so yummy too!

  7. You are so Beautiful and talented. It was fun to see that little segment. {a I might add a bit of an inspiration, too!} Thanks for all the yummy and fun recipes. We, here in Texas, love the Best Bite Girls!!

  8. Wow this is my new favorite ice cream. It was soooo good! I had to really control myself not to eat the whole thing last night. You’re amazing! Loved the pie crust pieces.

  9. I JUST bought one of these waffle cone makers myself this summer and made some up. YUM! It worked REALLY well. I was imressed. It took me a couple of tries to get the trick of shaping the cones, but it didn’t take long. I like the idea of dripping chocolate in the bottom if you have a hole. I even made some with gluten free all purpose flour, for my daughter with Celiac Disease and they tasted GREAT. She so rarely gets ice cream cones, so it was a real treat. I’ve even made the cone and then instead of rolling them, cut them into wedges and served with ice cream (like a cookie) as more of a fancier treat.

  10. So just because of this post I had to go and get your ice cream and had to have a waffle cone for it to go in.
    YUM!! Really good ice cream 🙂 Congrats

  11. Can’t wait to go shopping! Allison and I have been checking the Hillsboro Fred Meyer for 4 months and come home disappointed that we haven’t found your ice cream yet. Here’s hoping that we find it! Congratulations Sara!

  12. Thanks! Looks amazing! So just for clarification, the butter should be melted? And when you say flour mixture…it’s just flour right? Nothing else actually mixed in? Or did I speed read that too fast? I was just so excited.

  13. Really, Really, Really hoping to find the ice cream in our local King Sooper’s (Kroger family) here in Colorado Springs.

  14. yeah,congratulations on winning the ice cream contest! i am looking forward to trying the huckleberry pie private collection ice cream from Kroger. thank you for the homemade waffle cone recipe. i love the best bites cookbooks.

  15. If there is a hole at the bottom of the cone, you can also drop in a miniature marshmallow to stop any drips.

  16. I’m pretty glad you posted this… because I don’t have a pizelle press OR a waffle cone press, but i DO love waffle BOWLS!! And so since you were talking about how you have to work quickly to get the cones shaped, especially from the oven… I thought “I bet it wouldn’t be so tough to do a bowl…


    I also don’t have any custard cups… but I might have to go find some nice stacking glass bowls, make a pan of waffle cone “pancakes” 😛 and then stack-em-up!

    we’ll see… I’m also in the midst of determining which kitchen gadgets I only use twice a year are worth saving and which are destined to be sold. We just moved to a MUCH smaller kitchen :-/ It’s overflowing and only 1/2 the kitchen boxes are unpacked… eek! Maybe i’ll BORROW some custard cups…

    1. You can use any small bowl to shape them. I use little plastic kid bowls from Ikea- they’re the perfect size!

  17. Looks great Sara!! I am not sure if I missed this yet, but are you having a boy or a girl?

  18. I’m glad you included directions on how to make them without a waffle cone press. Last thing I need to do is buy yet another single-purpose tool haha.

    1. Make them by hand a couple of times and you might change your mind on another single-purpose tool, haha! At least it’s a pretty inexpensive one 🙂

  19. Congratulations! How fun for you to take part in this contest. I live in California. I am hoping I can find it here.

  20. For the adult size cone, approximately how big of a circle do you draw on parchment? I don’t think it would be too much work to half the recipe…just for my husband and I. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. It’s personal preference, you can make them as large as you want. I’d say about 5-6 inches would give you a good size cone, however sometimes small circles are easier to work with when you’re making them by hand.

  21. First off, I so wish that we had this in our MN grocery stores, but we don’t!! so bummed out. I’m also wondering if I can convert your recipe to a GF waffle cone I miss them and I’ve been very successful converting your other recipes to GF ones. A

    Any names yet for baby and please post a pic of yourself!!! I’m sure you are adorbs! 🙂

    1. I’m sure a GF flour would totally work- experiment and let us know! No name yet, I’m stumped for the first time!

      1. 8/2016. I made these for my daughter & granddaughter who are gluten free. They were delicious & my granddaughter was so excited to have a GF ice cream cone! I used GF flour & GF powdered vanilla and used a waffle cone maker. They turned out GREAT! Peg.

  22. I looked at the review for this machine and several folks commented on it not cooking evenly (brown edges and pale middle). This would be an awesome surprise for my hubby and boys. How long have you had your waffle maker and do you still love it or have any problems? Thanks!

    1. It has over 120 reviews and the average is 4 1/2 stars- if you’re familiar with Amazon ratings, those are excellent! One of the reasons I picked that model was for the good reviews. I’ve had mine quite a while now and I love it. I made all of the cones pictured, so you can see the browning there. If anyone has a problem, I suspect it’s because they’re not on the right heat setting, you have to fight the sweet spot, as it is adjustable.

  23. I had never thought to make homemade waffle cones. I still probably won’t, b/c I’m not going to buy an appliance just for that, but maybe someday I’ll get ambitious and go the ‘labor of love’ route. They sound wonderful, though! I thought we might be due around the same time when you first announced your pregnancy, and I was right- my 3rd trimester (with #5) starts tomorrow!

  24. This is a first! We have never made cones before but yes eat ice cream at least once a week. I don’t have a pregnancy excuse it’s just hot this summer in Buffalo and we like it! Now we can make the cone that the kid’s are always looking for.