I love making paper cones. I first learned this technique in a baking class I took years ago; we filled the cones with melted chocolate, to pipe fine dots and lines on our finished desserts. Once I got the hang of it, I found that they were quick and easy to make. And while they don’t give me the precision or options of metal tips they are a great choice for, let’s say, writing a message on a cake or cookie. Or adorning chocolate-dipped fruits with fancy dots, lines and squiggles. Or getting all “Food Channel” with yourself and decorating the edge of a plate with a sweet or savory puree.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a parchment paper cone!

Start with a large square – about 24”. Fold it in half diagonally and cut the square into two triangles.

Position one triangle with the short point closest to you (and the longest side furthest away). Take the right point and bring it down to meet the short point. Hold it in place with your right hand.

Now take the left point and, while lifting the paper, bring it around to meet the other two points at the top.

You should now have a cone. Pull up on that left point till the bottom of the cone is closed. Fold the innermost point over the outer edge and staple to secure.

Place the cone in a tall glass and pour in your filling, leaving a few inches at the top. Roll the top closed to seal.

Snip a small opening at the base of the cone.

To use, pipe the filling out by rolling the top down (like you would a tube of toothpaste). You may want to practice on a cutting board or piece of waxed paper.

And there you have it!

But don’t stop there – by simply switching the type of paper, you’ll discover lots of other ways to use these cones.

For example – cellophane paper cones are perfect for packaging a food gift. Fill them with a batch of homemade cookies or an assortment of jelly beans, tie it all up with a ribbon and you’ve got a pretty (and delicious) gift.

And how cute would these be filled with little candies or party favors? I used reversible gift wrap and alternated the sides.

The possibilities are endless – share your creations here!

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  1. Hotly Spiced on January 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    That is excellent. All your photos make the process so very easy to follow. I haven’t made paper cones before. I use piping bags with those metal nozzles on the end but I know a lot of chefs and cooks make their own cones.

    • sheri silver on January 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Oh I’m so glad! For piping stars and other shapes and just more precision work in general, you can’t beat the metal tips. But the paper cones are quick (and disposable) if you’re doing simple decorating. Let me know if you make some! 🙂

  2. Amanda Austin on January 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Hi! Stopping by from our Blogging Buddies group on FB via the Sits 31BBB, and THIS is a fantastic idea. I’m getting into decorating my sweets and this is a perfect idea. I’m pinning it 🙂

    • sheri silver on January 22, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thank you SO much! I had a great week “meeting” many of you and look forward to expanding my circle! Thanks for writing!