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Candy-coated ice cream cone Christmas trees with a sweet surprise inside

Because food crafts are kind of a big deal around the holidays, and because we know that your Pinterest feed is already blowing up like crazy, we’ve got something fun, quick and easy to pique your interest this year. Oh yeah, and in case we forgot to mention it, these creative (and kid-friendly) ice cream cone Christmas trees taste pretty amazing too.

We love these trees because they can be decorated however you’d like! You can use whatever decorations you have on hand and any color of chocolate or candy melts. Customize these to fit the theme of your party for a fabulous edible that can double as decor.

Ice cream cone Christmas tree recipe

Recipe slightly adapted from Coupon Clipping Cook

Yields 6


  • 6 waffle cones
  • 1/3 cup sugar cookie dough (we used this recipe)
  • 1/4 cup plus 9 teaspoons milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • M&M’S
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • Holiday-colored sprinkles
  • Lollipop sticks


1. Fill the cones with dough, and bake

Put your cones tip side down into Mason jars (this will keep the dough from spilling out).

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Carefully scoop about a tablespoon of dough into each cone, using your hand to push it into the stem.

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Place the jars into a baking dish, and bake for about 16 minutes or until the cookies are slightly browned.

2. Fill with chocolate chips, and freeze

Place about 1-1/2 teaspoons of milk chocolate chips into each cone, over the cookie. Then carefully insert a lollipop stick into the chocolate and cookie.

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Immediately freeze for about an hour or until the chocolate and cookies are set.

3. Cover with melted chocolate

Melt the remaining milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips separately. (Check out this tutorial on how to melt chocolate.) Hold each cone by the lollipop stick, and coat in melted chocolate. We used a frosting knife to evenly distribute the chocolate.

Image: Claire Gallam/SheKnows
Image: Claire Gallam/SheKnows

Place the cones on a wire cooling rack to decorate. Don’t worry if the backs get a little smudged — you can cover them with decorations.

chocolate cones
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4. Decorate and dry

Decorate the cones, working quickly so the melted chocolate doesn’t dry.

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Image: Claire Gallam/SheKnows

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Then place the lollipop sticks into a piece of Styrofoam so they can cool upright completely.

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After all your hard work, don’t forget to snap a few pictures of your Christmas tree cones and post them to Facebook or Instagram. This is one time when it’s totally OK to brag about your food.

Originally published December 2012. Updated September 2016.

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