Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

0 Posted by - December 6, 2013 - Christmas & Holiday, Food & Drink

Lots of people told me that this recipe for ice cream cone Christmas trees was so easy that they did it with their kid’s kindergarten class or whatever. I figured that sounded about my speed…

Confession time: I’m not putting up a Christmas tree this year. In fact, my boxes and boxes of Christmas decor are mostly still up in the attic, undisturbed. I did manage to get out a few strings of lights for the front porch and my tiny little mod tinsel tree, which I have “decorated” by putting presents underneath. This is mostly to trick the neighbors into thinking I am not a grinch, and also so I can say, “But I do have a tree,” if anyone from my family makes sad sympathy noises about my lack of tree. I just can’t fathom getting up the energy to haul all that shit out and arrange it festively. Bah humbug.

But edible Christmas trees? I’m all over that.

Plus I didn’t have to go out and buy anything because I already had all of this:

cone tree ingredients

Ok, sure, some of it is not Christmassy, but gimme a break. Sprinkles are expensive, yo, so Halloween and pink will have to do.

First step was to concoct some green frosting. Luckily, one of the faithful Pintestes sent me industrial strength food coloring a while back. (And if you ever want to mail me anything, you should feel free, by the way.)

food coloring

I did not run a scientific test or anything, but the original blog post suggested using eighty (80) drops of food coloring to make your frosting the appropriate color of green. Hell no, you guys. I have awesome food coloring.

drops of food coloring

So that’s, like, ten drops of magical industrial strength food coloring, and I didn’t add anymore after the photo. Don’t mess with industrial grade food coloring, people. It will fuck you up.

green frosting

Eighty drops, HA! This pleasing green comes from ten. Boom.

Frosting an ice cream cone is less difficult than I thought it would be, although I am dubious as to the nature of this activity with 5-year-olds, still. (And no, I will not be re-testing this with the addition of 5-year-olds. I am childless so I don’t have to do that shit. I do clean, quiet activities with my nieces and nephew, or, alternately, sugar them up and stick them in front of the Xbox for a few hours.)

frosted cone

So in the original blog post, the sweet kindergarten-loving mommy decorated one of the trees with coconut and it looked as if the tree were flocked with delicate snowflakes. Yeah. Mine looks like it has dandruff. But I will say, they turned out way cuter than I thought they would.


And, since these are technically food, you probably want to know how they taste. You know, I like frosting and I like ice cream cones, but together they are surprisingly not good. When you add weird shit like coconut, red hots (inedible crunch candy of fire and doom), and mini marshmallows that have gone a bit stale, they’re really not very good at all. I ate one anyway because I’m a scientist (not really), but now I sort of feel the holiday vomits coming on.

om nom tree

Also? Very messy. Again, do with 5-year-olds at your own risk.

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees
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Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees
Making cute, festive Christmas trees (edible ones!) out of ice cream cones and green frosting. The challenge is actually EATING them.


  • Jodee Rose December 7, 2013 - 4:37 pm Reply

    I’d rather do that with royal icing so it dries and doesn’t smudge green frosting on everything in my home.

  • Robin Parks December 7, 2013 - 5:13 pm Reply

    I went with the Charlie Brown Christmas tree this year. Everything in one nice neat package including the one ornament. and very little mess to clean up after Christmas.

  • Rachel Gaughan December 7, 2013 - 8:27 pm Reply

    My tree doesn’t come down. I just take the breakable shit off it and shove it in my spare room!

  • Jennifer Bickford December 7, 2013 - 9:04 pm Reply

    I think they’re cute…even the one with dandruff 😉 My kids are bugging me for a Christmas craft and I just might try this!

    • Carolyn December 11, 2013 - 11:45 pm Reply

      I did this today in my daughter’s K-4 class. We used a shaker with powdered sugar inside instead of coconut to do a snow effect =)

  • Crystal Kelly Yzaguirre December 8, 2013 - 12:33 am Reply

    I’m also not putting up christmas decorations. I have candy canes lining my walkway and thats only because they were in my way so I had to do something with them. Just not feeling it this year.

  • Llama spit December 8, 2013 - 9:37 am Reply

    I feel ya on the decorations. I have to do mine or my kids would revolt, so I get to put them up no matter what. Every year, I’m eagerly awaiting December 26, because I take all the crap down and put it away. It’s not that I mind the decorations, it’s that I dislike clutter and my tree is fucking enormous (my mom bought it for me, not my idea) at a 5′ diameter. Oh well, it looks pretty and the kids are happy.

  • MamaJ December 8, 2013 - 10:01 am Reply

    wonder what else you could cover in green icing and candy that might be a little more tasty….

    • Ashley December 8, 2013 - 3:15 pm Reply

      Are you insinuating what I THINK you’re insinuating?

      • MamaJ December 8, 2013 - 3:20 pm Reply

        umm…pretzels? 😉

        • Ashley December 8, 2013 - 3:49 pm Reply

          Yeah, sure, we’ll say you were insinuating ‘pretzels’ and not “penis”. *snarf*

          • Heather January 2, 2014 - 4:37 pm

            Mmmm. Green frosted penis.

  • kittentoes December 8, 2013 - 2:22 pm Reply

    I think the winter holiday vomits go well with your autumnal runs.

  • Carrie Stewart Davis December 8, 2013 - 4:48 pm Reply

    I think that the undecorated green cone looks kind of sort of what a Proctologist would find after examining the GRINCH! 🙂

  • jadestormcloud December 9, 2013 - 9:18 pm Reply

    The extent of my holiday decorating this year was draping a Christmas necklace over my TARDIS. It’s more than I usually do.

  • ChickieD December 10, 2013 - 11:42 am Reply

    would be cute with a gingerbread house.

  • Beth December 10, 2013 - 12:58 pm Reply

    I wouldn’t be able to find a way to put it down after frosting it without smearing and getting fingerprints all up in it. I’d be stuck wandering around with cones on my fingers before I tripped and dropped them on the floor, thus freeing up my fingers for more cones.

  • Heather Jackson December 11, 2013 - 7:32 pm Reply

    EIGHTY drops of food coloring?! I’m not sure that’s a cone I’d want in my mouth if it takes that much artificial assistance just too keep it from looking peckish. Heh.

  • saltgrain December 12, 2013 - 10:50 am Reply
    I want to see you try this cake.. looks to be pretty easy.. but I am thinking it probably is harder than it looks!

  • Coco Beau December 15, 2013 - 12:25 am Reply

    Your posts always crack me up. I totally agree with your description of red hots as “inedible crunch candy of fire and doom.” They’re awful!

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