11 Ways to Make Your Ice Cream Cones Even Tastier

Think outside the box with ice cream cones made with everything from cookies to pretzels

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11 Ways to Make Your Ice Cream Cones Even Tastier

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These cones defy the usual, incorporating flavors and textures that will trump that boring old waffle cone every time. We’ve all had cones dipped and coated in sprinkles, nuts, or coconut, but have you had a cookie cone?

Using both classic and not-so-classic ingredients (like bacon and even tortillas), these cones attack your taste buds with sweet, salty, and even umami-laced flavors that will elevate your next ice cream cone treat.

These cones are all easy to make, but require one essential tool: a cone mold. Before you run out and buy a fancy one, though, consider making your own. Simply wrap a waffle cone in foil and spray it with non-stick baking spray — and there you'll have a perfect cone mold that is safe to use in the oven.

The Daily Meal has rounded up these 11 ice cream cones, guaranteed to improve the taste of even the simplest ice cream flavors. Consider pairing a Fruity Pebbles cone with vanilla ice cream for a milk-and-cereal combo or use classic strawberry ice cream in a peanut butter bread cone for a PB and J. Read on for more.

Bacon Waffle Cone

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For this cone, use your usual waffle cone batter with the addition of crisped bacon bits. Fill it with fresh banana ice cream or peanut butter ice cream — or both, for a waffle cone that would impress Elvis.

Bread Cones

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Wonderbread or wondercone? Use thin-sliced soft white bread for this ice cream cone twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly. Make a parchment paper cone mold using parchment paper and paper clips or staple to secure. Roll your bread to form a cone and slide it into the parchment mold. Make sure that the bread slightly overlaps to prevent holes. Place the cones in the oven on the center rack. Heat your oven to 250 degrees F, then turn the oven off and leave the cones in the oven until cool to dry out. Once the cones are cool, spread peanut butter on the inside of the cones to fill any holes. Then add you ice cream flavor of choice, like raspberry or strawberry ice cream.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cones

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Who wouldn’t want a giant chocolate chip cookie cone as the vessel for the ultimate cookie dough ice cream cone? Making this cone is as easy as mixing your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough, rolling out about 9-inch round cookie slightly thinner than usual, about a quarter-inch thick, baking it at 375 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes, then, while it's still warm, rolling it around around the cone mold. Once cooled, your chocolate chip cookie cone is ready to use.

Cinnamon Roll Cone

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You can make your own cinnamon roll dough or use store-bought for these cones. Make an oven-safe foil cone mold, then unroll your cinnamon rolls and wrap them around the mold. Bake the cones at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes, then allow them to cool and fill them with homemade coffee ice cream.

Crêpe Ice Cream Cone

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Use your favorite crêpe batter, which will be quite thin. Heat an eight- or nine-inch crêpe pan over medium heat until hot. Brush the pan with vegetable oil and reduce the heat to medium low. Ladle four tablespoons of batter into the pan and tilt it to evenly distribute the batter. Cook about three to four minutes, until the edges start to crisp slightly and the crêpe turns golden-brown. Flip the crêpe and cook for two to three more minutes. Remove the crêpe from the pan and immediately shape it around a cone mold. Allow it to cool, and use it the same day, filling it with one of these classic ice cream flavors

Fruity Pebbles Cone

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Swap Fruit Pebbles for the cereal in this Rice Krispie Treat recipe, then wrap the dough around your oven-proof foil cone mold. Allow the cones to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before you unmold them and fill  them with your favorite fruit flavored ice cream.

Graham Cracker Cones

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For the perfect graham cracker cone, mix the graham cracker dough according to the recipe. Then, using a 6-inch round cookie cutter to cut out TK discs. Bake according to the directions, and while the cracker dough is still hot, form the cones around the cone mold. Allow them to cool before removing them from the mold. Try making s’mores cones with marshmallow fluff and chocolate syrup.

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These soft, buttery puff pastry cones are absolutely delicious. Use homemade or store-bought puff pastry. Cut a strip of puff pastry dough 10 the 12 inches long and about half an inch wide and wrap it around an oven-safe cone mold. Bake it at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, then fill it with your favorite homemade ice cream.

Pretzel Cones

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For this cone, you will need a dependable recipe for hard pretzels. Mix it as usual, then roll the dough into a 9-inch round. Form the dough around your cone mold and bake the cones at 350 degrees F for about an hour or until hard. Let the pretzels cool and then fill with your favorite ice cream.

Rice Krispie Cone

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You remember how to make Rice Krispie treats, right? Now just form your treat into a cone instead of squares, wrapping it around your waffle cone. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, unmold it, and fill it with your favorite vanilla ice cream for a twist on cereal and milk.

Tortilla Cone

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Tortillas and ice cream might not sound like the most likely combination, but this cone tastes more like a churro then a taco. Fry a corn tortilla in a pan with two to three tablespoons of vegetable oil heated until almost smoking. Then, while the cone is still warm and pliable, shape the tortilla into a cone shape, roll it in cinnamon sugar, and place it in a cup to help it keep its shape while it cools. Fill it with cinnamon ice cream for the ultimate ice cream cone treat.