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These sugar crispy sweet and very aromatic ice cream cones are just incredible. They will melt in your mouth, and I guarantee that you will make them again and again! Super easy to make and fun to eat!
Ice cream cones made from scratch. What? Why even bother?
But let me tell you why making your own sugar crispy cones is worth just a little bit of effort.
If you are like me, and love to cook from scratch, you'll need to add the art of homemade ice cream cone making to your culinary skills. You may be wondering if they’re worth the effort when they can easily be picked up at the supermarket. Absolutely! Homemade ice cream, cones are well worth your time. The freshly made crispy cones are sweet and crispy with a welcoming aroma that overwhelms your kitchen; they will transport you to a favorite artisan ice cream store - I promise that will make you smile.
But before we begin, make sure to check out our favorite recipes for homemade ice cream; the variety will take you from a classic French custard to a vegan chocolate with the easiest and the best being the salted caramel ice cream. All of them are heavenly and delicious. The good news is that you don't need any special equipment, such as an ice cream maker!
How did I come up with this recipe?
Many years ago, I was catering a graduation party, and I was thinking what kind of sweet hors d'oeuvres I could make that would look like something to do with the team. That's how Tuile cookies were born.
It's really easy and one of the French cookie batters that I prepare with egg whites, sugar, flour, and melted butter. This thin cookie batter is baked and molded by wrapping over a rolling pin, or it can be shaped into tulip cups, cones, and cigars. The cigar shape can be filled with pastry cream and looks like a roll of paper. After this event I used this dough to make quick fruit tarts, ice cream cones and since then I have created many more purposes for this cookie batter.
History of ice cream cones
Some culinary historians believe that the ice cream cone was invented by mistake out of necessity. At the St. Louis World's Fair a vendor was selling a crisp, waffle-like pastry in a booth right next to an ice cream vendor. The ice cream was so popular that the vendor ran out of dishes. In a moment of genius, the vendor quickly rolled one of his wafer-like waffles in the shape of a cone, allowed it to cool, then gave it to the ice cream vendor. The customers were pleased and thus the ice cream cone was invented.
What to do I need to make this recipe?
Patience, yes unfortunately, it's not a quick process, (I recommend baking only two cookies at the time), but easy, and you have to roll baked cookies around ice cream cone mold QUICKLY!
Ice cream cone mold, you can buy something like this or make it yourself, like I did. Just roll foil into an ice cream cone shape. I'm sure your child can help you with this project.
Egg whites, room temperature.
Pinch of salt, I used pink salt.
Almond or vanilla extract, either one is good.
All-purpose flour, organic, unbleached (without bromide) flour is my first choice.
Melted butter, good quality as always. Grass fed cows!
Confectioners' sugar, made from organic raw cane sugar.
Why is homemade always the winner?
When it comes to the food that my babies are consuming, I'm a big-time snob! Yes, every single thing that's going to their mouths is my business. I'm constantly checking the ingredient list, and always have to make a decision if it's worth it to eat, or not. Of course, for the most part, my choices are all about nutrient dense food, or at least not poison. Unfortunately, some items on the market are challenging to find with a clean ingredients list, especially when living in a small town.
Look at this list of ingredients for Keebler ice cream cones:
Bleached flour, Tapioca Starch, Sugar, Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Soy Lecithin, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Natural Flavor, Corn Syrup.
Remember your health is in your hands!
Let's do it from scratch...
Prep time: 5 minutes
Baking time: 20-30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: approximately 12-14 cones
Author: Inna of innichkachef.com
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon pink salt
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2-3 Tablespoons water (may need to create perfect thin like pancake batter)
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a half sheet pan with a silicone baking mat.
In the bowl of an electric mixer using the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and salt until just foamy. Add sugar and almond extract while the mixer is on low. Once the mixture is smooth, sprinkle in the flour and continue to mix until well combined and slightly thickened - about 1 minute.
Drop level tablespoons of the batter onto the baking sheet (two at the time). Spread the batter with an offset spatula into 4-inch rounds.
4. Bake until the middle turns an even golden brown. Should take approximately 6 minutes for the baking time. Remove from the oven. To shape, place warm cookies over ice cream cone mold (see the notes above on how to make it yourself). Work quickly. Don't bake too many cookies at once since you need to shape them while still hot. Use spatula, kitchen towels, etc., to protect your hands from burning.
5. Repeat the process with remaining batter.
Serve filled with ice cream. Enjoy!
Store the rest of cones in airtight container room temperature for up to a month.