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Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones – in 30 minutes!

The gluten-free batter is a classic sugar cone recipe used all over the world, to make worthy gluten-free ice cream cones, baskets or rolled wafers. The shape is up to you, but I find it hard to resist a classic cone to support those towering scoops of ice cream!

To get the classic waffle print on the cone, you’ll need to use an ice cream cone pan, otherwise, a regular crepe pan can be used, giving your cones a smooth finish.


How to use the cone mould

If you have or are about to buy a cone mould specifically to make ice cream cones, then here are some photo instructions below plus two short videos in the recipe card for you to follow the steps to make the perfect cones.

first step to roll the gluten-free ice cream cones

2nd step of rolling the gluten-free ice cream cones

3rd step of rolling the gluten-free ice cream cones

4th step of rolling the gluten-free ice cream cones

5th step of rolling the gluten-free ice cream cones

6th step of rolling the gluten-free ice cream cones


What shape should I follow?

With this in mind, I have made sure the cones are strong enough to support at least two ice cream scoops. Any more than that, I would suggest making a basket to accommodate more scoops. Rolled wafers are more of a decoration, rather than a vehicle for the ice cream, but they look so impressive on top of an ice cream sundae or a banana split.

See my Quick Tip guide on how to cook ice cream baskets.

Decorating the gluten-free ice cream cones

Honestly, I had a lot of fun making these cones and decorating them with melted chocolate and choosing between crushed nuts, sprinkles or more chocolate decorations to stick on the warm chocolate. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your children, then this is a great one to get their decorative imagination going with the reward of enjoying ice cream.

three ice cream cones in a jug topped with ice cream and decorations

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones

by Sandra - Fun Without Gluten
This gluten-free recipe for ice cream cones uses the classic sugar cone recipe used all over the world.
If you rather not invest in an ice cream cone pan and mould, make ice cream baskets using a crepe pan and a small bowl to mould the basket.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Cone Assembling Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine General
Servings 10 ice cream cones




DECORATIONS (optional)

  • 50 g chocolate chips, to melt and decorate the cones
  • colourful sugar sprinkles
  • small chocolate decorations
  • chopped nuts, either almonds, pistachio and/or hazelnuts



  • In a medium bowl, combine the butter, sugar and egg.
  • Add the flour, xanthan gum and warm water to the butter mixture. Mix well.
  • Heat a crepe pan or ice-cream waffle cone pan to medium heat.
  • Lightly grease the pan with some oil using a brush or a wad of paper towels.
  • Drop one tablespoon of batter onto the waffle cone pan and close the lid. If using a crepe pan, spread the batter into a round shape using the back of a large spoon or a crepe spreader and cook each side for 2 minutes or until golden on each side.
  • If using a waffle cone pan, cook for 3 to 3,15 minutes. Do not lift the lid for the first 2 minutes.
  • Gently lift the lid. If the batter looks too light, close the lid and cook for a further minute. The batter may also stick to the lid, if this happens, gently release it with a spatula and return it to the bottom plate.
  • Transfer the cone to a sheet of baking paper and immediately roll up the cone into a cone shape or using a cone mould. I doubled up on plastic gloves to give my hands some protection from the heat. After several attempts, your cones will improve and you will be quicker at rolling them.
  • Place them in a tall glass to cool down completely.

Decorating the cones

  • If you like to decorate your cones with chocolate and colourful sprinkles, chocolate decorations or nuts, do this once the cones have fully cooled down.
    Some melted chocolate with an assortment of ice cream cone decorations next to it.


  • Keeps for 3 days (decorated) or one week (undecorated) in an air-tight container at room temperature
  • Suitable to freeze
Keyword gluten-free ice cream, gluten-free ice cream cones
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If you prefer to make ice cream baskets, cook only 1/2 tablespoon at a time and press them into a bowl using your fingers and allow them to cool completely before removing them to fill with ice cream and decorations.


Need a homemade ice cream to fill those cones? Here’s the link for my gluten-free cookie dough ice cream recipe.


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