Gluten Free Waffle Cones

Gluten Free Waffle Cones

There’s something about ice cream shops that beckons you inside, even from several shops away. You know what it is — it’s certainly not the smell of ice cream. It’s that sweet aroma of fresh-baked waffle cones wafting down the boardwalk.

Gluten Free Waffle Cone

The smell alone makes me crave an ice cream cone any time of year, although I can rarely have one because the cones aren’t gluten-free and the ice cream isn’t dairy-free. It’s times like this when a good recipe is all you need to recreate that feeling, and to satisfy that craving. And I’m happy to share it with you so you never have to go without, either!

Homemade Gluten Free Waffle Cones

This gluten free waffle cone recipe is so quick and easy, you’ll never have mad respect for an ice cream shop again. Now you know the secret and you have the power to make those delectable cookie cones anytime! I will say that you should get yourself one of those handy-dandy waffle cone irons or a pizzelle iron. I’ll lobby you for the pizzelle iron though, because you’re going to want pizzelles come the holidays and cannolis come … anytime! (And yes, I have a recipe for those, too!)

Gluten Free Waffle Cones with Chocolate and Vanilla

I’ve linked to the Cuisinart pizzelle iron I love and use and I found a respectable waffle cone iron for you for under $20* – one caveat, I haven’t tried it myself, but if you get it and do try it, please leave a comment about how you like it! I don’t recommend this recipe for a regular waffle iron or using in a pan because the batter is super duper thick. When I tried it in a waffle iron, it puffed up and made a lovely waffle, but not one you could roll into a cone.

However you choose to make these beauties, and whether you want to dip them in chocolate or leave them as pristine vanilla cookies, you’ll love them. I promise! Be sure to use my gfJules Flour – this recipe produces a delicate cone that has no grit, is soft and pliable but is nice and crunchy once set; I can’t guarantee that using another blend will produce these same results.

I’ve given you an egg-free option if you need that, and the cones are already dairy-free, so choose your favorite ice cream, be it dairy or not, and hop to it! Your kitchen will be smelling like a boardwalk ice cream shop in no time!

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And to help get you in the spirit of all things cool, some of my blogger friends have shared some of their favorite gluten free ice cream-ish recipes, too!

Creamy Earl Grey Infused Ice Cream by Fearless Dining

Gluten Free Vegan Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Sarah Bakes Gluten Free

Gluten Free Mud Pie by What the Fork Food Blog

Chocolate Caramel Sundae Sauce by The Heritage Cook

Roasted Pineapple Cherry Shake by Vegetarian Mamma

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Celiac and the Beast

Dairy Free Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pie by Allergy Free Alaska

Vegan Unicorn Pudding Pops by Flippin’ Delicious

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping and Chips by This Vivacious Life

Pumpkin Pie No Churn Ice Cream by There is Life After Wheat

Gluten-free Caramel Sauce by My Gluten-free Kitchen

Gluten Free Waffle Cones

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Gluten Free Cookie

  • 5 Tbs. (2.5 ounces) butter or dairy-free alternative, melted and cooled (Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg white, beaten (OR: 1 Tbs. flax meal, 3 Tbs. applesauce, 1 Tbs. arrowroot powder)
  • 6 Tbs. granulated cane sugar
  • ½ Tbs. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. pure almond extract, anise extract or lemon extract (optional)
  • 1 cup gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Chocolate for Dipping



gluten free waffle cones on spiral CU

(If replacing eggs, mix 1 tablespoon flax meal with 3 tablespoons hot applesauce. Set aside and allow to cool. Next mix 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder with 1-2 tablespoons water. Whisk together the two mixtures to replace eggs and add where noted in the recipe to add eggs.)

Melt butter and set aside to cool. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until light, about 3 minutes. Stir in cooled butter and vanilla plus other flavor extract, if using.

In a small bowl, whisk together gfJules Flour and baking powder. Stir into egg mixture in the larger bowl. The batter will be very stiff and tacky.

gluten free waffle cone batter

If directed by your waffle or pizzelle iron instructions, brush metal plates with a small amount of cooking oil. Preheat the iron.

Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into the middle of each preheated plate for small size cones or 2 tablespoons for a larger cone made in a waffle cone iron. (You may need slightly more or less batter depending on the size of your iron.) Close the lid. Batter should spread across the entire plate. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions. It took about 2 minutes for each set of 2 on my pizzelle iron – the cooked soon-to-be cone should not have browned much and should still be pliable, but hot.

Gluten Free Waffle Cone

making gluten free waffle cones

Click photo to see a quick how-to video of how to roll these gluten free waffle cones.

Once cooked, immediately transfer to a paper towel or tea towel to protect your fingers from the hot cookie. Gently twist together to form a point at the bottom and flared out or tighter twist at the top.

Lay seam-side down onto a plate to fully cool.  Repeat with remaining batter, working quickly so the cookies do not cool before twisting.

When the cones are fully cooled, prepare the chocolate, if using.

Stir together chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl. Heat at medium temperature, stirring until chips are melted.

If microwaving, start with 30 seconds, stirring and then adding 30 seconds and stirring, repeating until chocolate is smooth.

gluten free waffle cones on spiral with chocolate


Dip cones in warm melted chocolate, and sprinkle with gluten-free sprinkles, shaved almonds, coconut or other toppings. Stand upright in cups to cool at room temperature or refrigerate until set.

Gluten Free waffle cones in holder

Store in an air-tight container, or freeze in cups until set, then store in zip-top plastic bags in the freezer.

Makes approximately 16 small cones or 8 larger ones.

gluten free waffle cones with sprinkles


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40 thoughts on “Gluten Free Waffle Cones

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  4. You’ve inspired me! I haven’t eaten a cone in years and would consider buying a pizzelle maker if I win the $300 Amazon card!! Love your flour! Made some delicious cookies with it yesterday.

  5. Thanks for the waffle cone recipe, I have been wanting to make gf waffle cones and now that I have this recipe I am going to order a waffle cone iron and make them for my daughter and myself, we have missed having cones with our ice cream.

  6. It’s been so long since I have had a waffle cone. I can almost smell their crispy goodness now. My kids would love these, especially the chocolate dipped cones. I guess I need to invest in a waffle cone machine. Your recipe looks delicious!

  7. Eeeek! Yes! I am so excited to try these! I DO miss a good waffle cone! I guess I will be buying a waffle cone iron in the near future!!! Thank you!

  8. I was just telling my hubby that I needed to find some gf cones – we found some at the grocery store but I really love waffle cones and this sounds so much better!

  9. I am planning a 39th birthday party for my daughter on August 23rd. She also has celiac disease so I will be making these waffle cones for the party! I know my son-in-law won’t eat them but my daughter and I will! So excited to be entered into the drawing 🙂

  10. o0o0o0o! Thanks for posting this recipe! I’m going to definitely try this one out once I can get my hands on a pizzelle iron! 🙂

  11. Oh my yes. Definitely want to make this! My daughter looks longingly at the waffles at the fro-yo place we go to. I’d love to make some for her!

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  13. OMGoodness!! Such delicious recipes!!! Thanks to you, Jules, and all of the other participants. I am feeling the same excitement I used to feel walking into Baskin and Robbins, as a kid!! I can eat everything here!!!! I can make any of these recipes, and enjoy them without hurting myself!!!
    Grateful, and looking forward to a delicious Ice Cream Social of my own!!!

    • Oh I’m so happy you’re going to put this recipe to good use, Edie, and yes! Please do try all the others in this giveaway, too! So glad you’ll be able to add more to your recipe box!

    • Hi Alycia, the batter is super thick, and therefore nearly impossible to spread, which is why the iron works so well. You could use a waffle cone iron/press or a pizzelle iron/press – I give links to both in the intro. If you still want to try it without the press, I would recommend adding your favorite milk to the batter to get it to the consistency where you can actually spread it, then spread fairly thin on a small frying pan as you would a crepe and flipping to cook both sides without letting it get too crispy to roll. I hope that helps!

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  15. Thank you for posting this recipe. Every time I go to Disneyland with my family which is often we have annual passes I crave a waffle cone and I can’t have one.

    • I know, Alyssa, the smell is amazing! It’s hard not to crave one when they’re being made nearby. Now you have an easy recipe to make your own anytime! Enjoy!

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