Edible Gluten Free Ice Cream Bowls

Edible Gluten Free Ice Cream Bowls

These gluten free edible ice cream bowls are way better than the molded chocolate type. They’re really just chocolate chip cookies shaped as bowls!

Ice cream bowl with vanilla ice cream on wooden table

I have something of an obsession (overused blog word) with all different types of gluten free chocolate chip cookies. I’ve made them thick and chewy, thin & crispy, thin & chewy and everything in between.

But these edible ice cream bowls are different enough that I ruined (like really really ruined) them no fewer than 5 times before I got them the way you see here.

3 ice cream bowls with vanilla ice cream on wooden surface

The secret’s in the method

The method is as important as the ingredients, if not more so. You make the cookie dough, then roll it out and trim it neatly while the dough is still at room temperature. Then, drape it over a prepared overturned muffin tin then freeze the dough until firm.

Edible ice cream bowls being shaped

The cookie dough can’t be too thick and they can’t be too fragile. Butter cookie dough will not work.

I tried using a butter cookie-style recipe. They looked gorgeous but then crumbled in a strong breeze. And mini chips are necessary, or you can’t roll out the dough to the proper thickness.

Close up of an edible ice cream bowl with vanilla ice cream inside of the bowl

What to serve inside?

As I gaze lovingly at this sweet gluten free success (filled with a few generous scoops of my 3-ingredient No-Machine-Required Ice Cream), I don’t want to talk about what’s wrong. I want to talk about what’s right. And it’s a bowl you can eat.

Like this recipe?

Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 12 cookie bowls


1 1/3 cups (187 g) all purpose gluten free flour blend

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

6 tablespoons (72 g) vegetable shortening

2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter at room temperature

3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar

2 tablespoons (28 g) packed light brown sugar

1 egg white (25 g)

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

4 ounces miniature chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Cover half of the wells of an overturned standard 12-cup muffin tin tightly with aluminum foil, ending about 1 inch past the bottom of the overturned well. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking oil, and set the pan aside. Repeat with another standard 12-cup muffin tin.

  • In a medium-sized bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda and salt, and whisk to combine well. Set the bowl aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a handheld mixer), beat the shortening, butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg white and vanilla, and beat to combine. Add the dry ingredients in thirds, beating in between additions until just combined.

  • Add the miniature chocolate chips to the batter, and stir until the chips are evenly distributed throughout the batter. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions, and roll each into a ball then flatten into a disk. Roll out each piece of dough about 1/8-inch thick between two sheets of unbleached parchment paper. Trim the edges so that the dough is about 4-inches in diameter, carefully peel back the parchment paper and place the dough over the prepared overturned wells of the muffin tin, smoothing any cracks. Place the muffin tins in the freezer until firm (about 10 minutes). Once the dough is firm, place the muffin tin in the center of the preheated oven and bake until lightly golden brown (about 10 minutes).

  • Remove from the oven and allow the edible cookie cups to cool for at least 10 minutes before carefully removing the foil and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.



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  • Jess
    June 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    These look soo good! I have bought the gluten free ice cream cones from the store before and my family’s reaction was “meh”. They were okay. An okay substitute for the sugar cone that we all remembered. I see a turnaround in our future! These look so yummy- thank you for your continued efforts… even if you did have to throw away five batches!!! I’m so excited to make these this week!

    love jess

  • Sarah C.
    June 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    One word: Yum!

  • Mare Masterson
    June 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    YUM!!!! Both books have arrived and I am happily going through them!!!

  • June 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Be still my heart! These look insanely awesome. I love your chocolate chip cookie fascination. This is going to make my kid’s summer. Who needs a cone with this bowl?! Though I wonder about a cone shape…

    • gfshoestring
      June 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Hi, Dana! I don’t think you could bake them into a cone shape unless you found a way to wrap them around a cone shape and have them stand up during baking. Here’s a recipe for gluten free ice cream cones, though. And it’s much easier than all that. :)
      xoxo Nicole

      • Nilou
        June 29, 2013 at 4:06 AM

        Just turn the scone around so that it stands? I envision this could work :-)

        • gfshoestring
          July 1, 2013 at 7:48 AM

          I’m afraid that won’t work, Nilou. The dough would slide right down the cone as it hit the heat of the oven. :(

  • Jennifer Sasse
    June 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    there are no words for how I feel about this recipe. it looks so divine, I can’t stand it. I’ll it make when it gets cooler around here and I can bear to turn the oven on…… thank you thank you for doing all you can to bring us new and delicious GF recipes that would make gluten eating peeps jealous. Now, please share your secret on how you stay so thin after sampling all of these.. : )

    • MJ
      June 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      One of the best investments we ever made was in a key roaster oven. I plug it in on the back deck, and can make cookies or bread or whatever without heating up my non air-conditioned house. Also take it camping to parks with electricity.

      • MJ
        June 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Turkey roaster.

  • Donia Robinson
    June 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Oh. My. Word. These will have to made soon in my house.

    • Jennifer Sasse
      June 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      you said it Donia!!!

      • Donia Robinson
        June 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        You make them, I’ll bring the ice cream over Friday. ;)

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