Waffle cones and waffle bowls have a distinctive exterior cross-hatch pattern on their surface, but they differ from sugar cones in other ways. Waffle cones use white sugar, giving them a blond color, and lighter texture and flavor. This comes from the pattern on the cooking surface of a waffle cone maker or iron. While you cannot create such a pattern without the iron, you can still produce similar results with a nonstick skillet. The taste of the finished cone does not differ from a traditional waffle cone. To ease the task of shaping these into cones, look for a cone mold (cone roller) in a specialty kitchen store or on the Internet, but free-formed cone shapes or waffle bowls still taste just as delicious.

Things You'll Need

Set a nonstick skillet over medium heat to begin warming.

Combine the sugar, egg, butter, vanilla extract, cream and 1/3 cup flour in the mixing bowl, whisking together to form a thin batter. Add 1 to 2 tbsp. flour if the batter has too thin a texture.

Spray the inside of the skillet with cooking spray and lower the heat to medium-low.

Ladle 1/4 cup of the cone batter into the hot skillet. Lift the skillet and gently tilt it in a circular motion to spread the batter into a thin 5 to 6 inch circle inside the skillet.

Cook for 3 to 4 minutes over medium-low heat or until the bottom begins to lightly brown.

Carefully flip the dough over with a spatula and cook on the other side until browned.

Remove the dough from the skillet and immediately roll it into a cone shape using a cone roller or free-form rolling. Pinch the bottom to close and prevent leaks.

Set the cones upside down on a wax paper-lined baking sheet to cool and crisp.

Repeat with the remaining batter to finish making your waffle cones without a waffle iron.


  • Make ice cream bowls by turning a small bowl upside down on a baking sheet, and spraying the exterior with cooking spray. Drape a piece of lightly browned dough just out of the skillet over the bowl and press to shape. Let cool completely before removing and filling with ice cream.

  • Add 1 tbsp. cocoa powder to your cone batter for chocolate cones.