How to Make Homemade Waffle Cone Ice Cream Bowls

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Want to know how to make an ice cream waffle cone bowl?   They're a cinch to whip up and are so delicious!  These edible waffle cone bowls are the perfect summer dessert, whether filled with ice cream or even just fresh fruit.

4th of July waffle cone ice cream bowl

It's easy, yes, but you do need some specialized equipment.  

Krumkake wafer cookie iron on counter next to bowl of batter.

Namely, you'll need a krumkake iron or pizzelle maker.  The one that I have is now absurdly priced (twice what it should cost), but the two irons I linked have good reviews.  You could always buy a waffle cone maker, too, but look at the link, it's exactly the same machine, just with a different pattern on the metal!  So I prefer to use my krumkake iron, which I already had anyway.

Every Christmas, I make krumkake, a delightful, cardamom-laced, wafer-thin Scandinavian cookie rolled into an open cone shape while it's still piping hot.  It's a Christmas classic in our family, and so I absolutely must find space in my kitchen for this gadget.  But I kind of hate single-use appliances, so I'm always on the lookout for additional uses for them.  Making homemade waffle cone bowls is the perfect summery application.

Krumkake (& Waffle Bowls for Ice Cream) Recipe for an Electric Krumkake Iron 

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 t cardamom (optional)

Now, I use this recipe for my electric krumkake iron.  It's not the recipe I use for my old-fashioned, stovetop model inherited from my grandmother.  That creates a much more delicate, lacier cookie that's just unbeatable.  But the electric iron is really convenient, and was a must before I had a gas range.  (The old-fashioned kind did NOT work on an electric stove.)  The extra sturdiness of the electric iron krumkake recipe is what makes it absolutely perfect for waffle cone bowls.

Just mix it all in a bowl, and spoon approximately 1T of the batter on a pre-heated iron.  Cook for 60-90 seconds, until a light golden brown color.

wafer cookies cooling in plastic bowls to create ice cream waffle bowls.

While still piping hot, press the circular cookie into a waiting bowl.  These little plastic bowls from Ikea are absolutely perfect for the chore.  Just the right size and we have a set of 8.  Let cool in the bowl.  Once the cookie is room temperature, you can remove it from the plastic bowl and you'll be left with a perfect edible cookie bowl.

Homemade waffle cone ice cream bowls for the 4th of July

If you like the kind of ruffled edges to the bowl, just use your fingers to push the hot krumkake into the plastic bowl mold.  

wafer cookies cooling in plastic bowls to create ice cream waffle bowls.

But if you want a more perfect bowl shape, use two of your plastic bowls to mold the cookie.  Place the hot, round, flat cookie on the top of one of the bowls, then use a second bowl to squish it down into place.  You'll get a perfect, ruffle-free edible dish.

waffle cone ice cream bowls being painted with a layer of melted chocolate.

Want something even more decadent?  Paint the inside of the bowl with melted chocolate (I like using Ghirardelli chocolate melting wafers, no need to temper)!  So, so good.

Person holding a waffle cone bowl full of vanilla ice cream and two strawberries, with a lit sparkler stuck in the ice cream.

fruit filled edible cookie bowls

These edible cookie bowls are also perfect for holding fresh fruit, like at the Gnome party.  And that's certainly lovely and tasty...

Person holding a waffle cone bowl full of vanilla ice cream and two strawberries, red, white, and blue balloons in the background.

...but for the 4th of July, pass along the fruit and ice cream, please!

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