Were you aware that this Sunday happens to be National Ice Cream day (the 3rd Sunday in July)? I certainly wasn’t until I came across a bit of info while browsing my twitter feed. But you don’t have to tell me twice. I’ll take full advantage of the excuse to eat ice-cream all weekend. Dairy free ice-cream that is.
Most of you are aware that I eliminated dairy and soy from my diet a little over a year ago, so I usually don’t get the opportunity to enjoy the frozen treat, but I love that they have so many alternatives these days! Fruity gelato, sorbet and my favorite coconut milk ice-cream. It may not be typical, but I’m not your typical gal, so it suits me and my family perfectly. I can’t remember the last time I had ice-cream in a cone, but the thought of them brings me back to my childhood days. All those good memories got me thinking it would be fun to relive those moments by making homemade cones. Besides, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday!
But of course they wouldn’t be posh without a little twist, so I’ve added a few extra elements to the cones. I made them in minis (because everything’s cuter in pint size,) and dressed them up by dipping the tips in chocolate. I used vegan dark chocolate and nonpareil sprinkles for a final touch, then pairing them with vegan strawberry coconut milk ice-cream from Trader Joes. Perfect combo. My entire family loved them.
Homemade Ice-cream Cones (mini)
After I came across the idea to make homemade cones here, and discovered I had everything I needed to make them from scratch, I did a little happy dance! Believe it or not, the only bit of equipment you need is a Panini press….yes a Panini press (and electric mixer.) Such a genius idea, and probably the best cone I’ve ever tasted, especially right when they come off the grill. I think I could have eaten the entire batch warm. And to make things better, it’s one of the simplest recipes I’ve tried. The basic ingredients can be found in your pantry and fridge without having to make additional trips to the grocery store. I made these dairy free using vegan butter, but you could certainly use regular butter if you so prefer.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Panini Press (or baking sheet you can make also these in the oven)
Electric or stand mixer.
1 sheet parchment paper
1 half sheet of paper rolled to shape a cone (or other cone-shaped item.)
2/3 cups sugar
3 egg whites
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted vegan butter.
Vegan Coconut Milk Ice-cream in flavor of choice (or any ice-cream you prefer)
For dipped cones
6 oz vegan dark chocolate
sprinkles of choice
Place 3 egg whites in large mixing bowl with sugar. Beat on med for 30 seconds until frothy.
Mix in butter, flour and vanilla until smooth batter forms and all lumps have disappeared.
Heat Panini grill (or oven to 400 degrees)
Take 1/2 to 3/4 of a spoonful (teaspoon size) and drop it on the center of the grill.
Press down lid and allow batter to cook for about 60 seconds.
Open press and remove from grill once golden brown.
Place on sheet of parchment paper and roll cookie around the cone-shaped device, making a tight point on 1 end.
The cookie is much easier to form when still warm, so work quickly.
Set aside finished cones to cool.
Repeat steps until all cones are rolled.
For Oven Instructions
Place 1 to 2 tablespoons batter onto parchment lined baking sheet. Spread the batter into thin circles. Bake for 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and quickly roll cookie into cone shape using paper mold for assistance. Set aside to cool. Repeat steps until all cones are rolled.
Recipe Source: Adapted from Spoonful
While cones are cooling, heat dark chocolate in microwave on 30 second intervals until melted.
Dip the tips of each cone in the chocolate (this also forms a seal for the cone so any melting ice-cream doesn’t drip through,) and top with sprinkles.
You can place the finished cones on parchment paper in the fridge for 20 minutes until the chocolate has set.
Then simply fill cones with your favorite flavor of ice-cream and serve!
Great for kids of all ages and the perfect bite-size cones for summer parties.
If you prefer ice-cream sundaes instead, the cones can be cut into triangle shapes and used as sweet sundae topper. So cute and delicious too!
Everyone loves ice-cream! What’s your favorite flavor? If I still ate dairy it would be chocolate chip mint, hands down. I still remember the after dinner mint ice-cream from the 80s. My Dad would bring it home for us to enjoy as a treat literally after dinner. One of my best memories as a child. How do you plan on celebrating National Ice-cream Day?
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