Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cheesecake Cones


Cheesecake is one of my favorite things about life.  And sometimes I don't want to spend an hour hovering around the oven window, crossing my fingers in hopes that the water bath is working.  I want cheesecake without the fuss.

This recipe is about as close to instant cheesecake gratification as you can get.  I've taken my favorite no-bake cheesecake recipe and adapted it into a fluffy vanilla-bean batter that can be piped into ice cream cones like soft-serve.  It's almost like cheesecake mousse.

These cones are so very easy to make.  If you are short on time and need something cold, creamy and delicious for a summer party - this just might be the ticket!


Before I filled the cones, I dipped the rims in melted white chocolate and then into a mix of jimmies, nonpareils and jumbo sprinkles. The added color makes them look so fun and cheerful!



Cheesecake Cones
Serves 8-10                                                                                                     [click for printable version]
1 cup + 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 oz. cream cheese, slightly softened (should still be a little cold)
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
8-10 sugar cones (or other ice cream cones)
Multicolor nonpareils
  1. Pour heavy whipping cream into a large bowl and beat on high speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add in half the granulated sugar and beat until soft peaks form.  Add the cream cheese and beat again, gradually adding the rest of the granulated sugar.  Add vanilla bean seeds or extract and beat until stiff peaks form.
  2. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip (Wilton star tip #133).  Pipe batter into cones and into a large swirl on top like soft-serve ice cream.  Sprinkle with multicolor nonpareils. Refrigerate until ready to serve.  You could also freeze them for an extra frosty treat.
Tip: To make these extra colorful, dip the rims of the sugar cones in melted white chocolate then into multicolor sprinkles. Place them on parchment paper and allow them to harden before filling with cheesecake batter.

92 comments:

Ashley said...

Yay for this post!!! I am soooo doing this, this weekend....My kids are looking at the pictures begging to make these asap =) Xo, Ashley

Christina Marie said...

Never would have thunk! Yum.

Come check out some easy Pineapple Cupcakes over at Because of Madalene. :)
http://www.becauseofmadalene.com/2012/06/pineapple-cupcakes.html

Christina

vanillasugarblog said...

oh how cute are these?

Kelsea @ Pink Wonderland said...

Oh this looks GOOD! I am seeing a trend of people making unexpected foods into cones these days and I have to say - I love it!

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

these are SO cute and probably incredibly addictive! the sprinkles are beautiful!

Krissy's Creations said...

Adorable! Love the colors!

Courtney @educatedderelicts said...

I never knew it was possible for cheesecake to become more awesome - you have made it so!

samantharose said...

Where do you buy straws like that?!? They're adorable!
Also will be trying this recipe for sure :) Thanks!

Kim said...

Best...Cheesecake...Idea...EVER! I'm totally freezing mine.

Back for Seconds said...

These are so pretty! Perfect for a party!

Lynna said...

omg, this is so cute and pretty! and it sounds delicious!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

so adorable and I'm loving the old-fashioned straws. Ive been resisting the urge to order some online but cannot find them in stores. So cute!

Katie said...

What a wonderful idea. Love the sound of freezing them too

monsterscircus said...

Uhm lovely inspiration, they looks like a Birthday party! Thank you so much and have a lovely day

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

De licious and so pretty! A great idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

Heidi Hawyes said...

I make cheese cake a very similar way! Its all the flavour without the fuss :) I love it in the cones! Such a sweet idea!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Easy cheesecake? Count me in! Love these pretty cones.

Alex said...

WOW what a fantastically inspired idea. Love it!!

Heather said...

ADORE! This one is on my list for the very near future...XOXO

thyme (Sarah) said...

Cheesecake...MOUSSE. You mean delicious, luscious cheesecake in a light heavenly-like mousse consistency. Oh, la.la. Now I'll never look at what the ice cream truck comes around with in hope again. Not when these as a possibility! Congrats on the book launch!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Oh boy....these look so freaking fabulous! Love this idea!

Anonymous said...

I love the sprinkles, all different shapes, where did you get those? Thanks

Megan! said...

Such a good idea! And I'm super crazy about the sprinkle rim on the cones. Skillz!

Hannah @ All-Purpose and Semi-Sweet said...

Just spent an hour browsing your blog...I absolutely adore it! You've done such a nice job...Congrats on your book! Very inspiring for us hopefuls out there!

Therese Marie said...

Your book just arrived in the mail. WOW! Great work. Can't wait to start baking :-)

Shirley@bells-bakery said...

How pretty are these!

Lori said...

Where do you get your straws?? Love this idea, and your styling! :) I tried to google striped straws, but didn't have much luck finding your awesome colors. lol

Cassie/Bake Your Day said...

This is brilliant. Cheesecake is my husband's favorite but he despises waiting for it to bake and then cool. I love this!

Becca said...

This is amazing! I seriously can't wait to make it :)

By the way, if I didn't havea need to eat them all right away, would putting them in the freezer be ok for storage or should I stick to the fridge?

SprinkleBakes said...

I'm afraid the cones would get soggy after several hours in the fridge. I'd freeze them, then let them stand for a little while at room temp before serving -if you prefer the soft "mousse' texture.

TidyMom said...

Shut the front door! What a fabulous idea for cheesecake!! I LOVE it!

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

Oh goodness, they look marvelous! So whimsical, creative and delicious!

Jenn/Rook No. 17

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Eeeeee!!! I love these!!!

Christina @ Oven Adventures said...

so pretty and YUM!

Lacey said...

I'm loving the look of these little cuties!

Sara Thompson said...

I can't wait to try this recipe. We started making our own cream cheese last month and this would be perfect.

Stephanie said...

How adorable! And fun for kids!

Casey's Sweet Creations said...

these are so cute!!! the kiddos would LOVE them :) AND I can't wait to try the cheesecake "mousse" in my cakes and cupcakes yummm!

jamie @ green beans & grapefruit said...

I'm currently obsessed with stuffing cones and this is a great idea. Cool presentation too!

Laura said...

Wow!! Such a great idea! Can it be used as a filling in that wedding cake you posted?

Jennifer said...

These are so cute!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

What a genius idea! These would be perfect for children's parties.

Karrie said...

Totally genius! LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Thinking of trying with a lemon cheesecake mix too and love the white chocolate and sprinkles finish. Good enough for a wedding dessert IMHO.

Rachel said...

YUM! I'm in love with your blog and this recipe looks delicious! :)

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

So pretty, Heather! The sprinkles are my favorite part ;)

Jennifer {Mother Thyme} said...

Such a cute idea! Love these!

Beth @ Hungry Happenings said...

Now that is a clever dessert idea!

Sue said...

Okay Heather, This is a little scary...these look sooo good, and too easy! The sprinkles and colored straws make me happy:)

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Heather, this is such a wonderful idea, and perfect for parties! I don't know an adult and child alike who wouldn't smile at the site of this.

Dharma said...

Fantaasstic idea. I love this

kaceyt said...

Absolutely brilliant idea to put no-bake cheesecake in a cone...definitely going to have to try this one! I love taking cheesecakes to get-togethers, but they're just so labor intensive:P

Deirdre said...

Delicious! So cute!

http://thekitschcook.blogspot.ie/

Jo and Sue said...

Ummmm...so...yeah....you are my hero. These are super genius!

bobbysock said...

I absolutely LOVE your blog! Such a huge sprinkle bakes fan! I wait for your next post every few days! This looks completely delicious!
If you wouldn't mind, I'd be so stoked if you checked out my baking blog!
www.bobbysock.wordpress.com
:D

pennaeforchetta said...

Simply fantastic. I discovered your blog and...I love it!

Baker in the Basement said...

I've had ice cream cone desserts on the mind lately, too! These look so good... kind of like the American answer to cannoli!

My hubby is a cheesecake freak. I have to make these for him now.

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

Insanity! I LOVE this!!!! Brilliant!!! Let's take over the world with our faux ice cream cones! ;)

Misbah said...

I have made other yummy stuff in cones, but not cheese cake, what a brillinat idea.

Cake bomber said...

Really want to try this recipe as a topping for cupcakes where cream cheese buttercream would normally be used. Looks like a very straightforward recipe too!

Vicki Bensinger said...

This is a fabulous idea. I wish I had thought of it. My daughter loves cheesecake and with her bday coming up in August I think I will make these. Thanks for the inspiration!

funnyloveblog said...

Delicious! I nominated you for the Food Stories Award (foodstoriesblog.com) because we love your site. You're a wonderful writer!

Lindsay @ funnyloveblog.com

Rachel Cooks said...

I love these! Would be great for a kiddos bday party!

aftertheivyleague said...

This is a genius idea! Soft serve cream cheese ice cream in no time! Sign me up!

Irene said...

Wow, I'm new to your blog and am now hooked! beautiful photos and creative recipes!!

Catalina @ Cake with Love said...

This is such a fun idea, I am sure this will be great for a party and the kids will love it too!

Kristen @ Sugar & Love said...

These are brilliant! I am also just about to order your book, something I have been meaning to do forever :)

Ashley said...

Going through your posts is a dangerous and dreamy way to spend a rainy day here! I can't wait to make these for my moms surprise party!!

Tasha Zee said...

This looks amazing. I need one now!!!!

Anonymous said...

Heather, I love your recipes! I have tried a ton and they all turn out gorgeous and delicious! It's always the talk of the party. I send everyone to your blog. I feel like an idiot on this recipe though, it keeps falling. I.can't seem to get it right. Could you help me with what I may be doing wrong? Thanks, I'm dying to try these :).

SprinkleBakes said...

Sorry you're having trouble! Can you tell me what happens? Is the mixture not whipping properly?

cookies and cups said...

DO you know that I was on a plane to Seattle and I had a brilliant idea to make cheesecake in a cone and I wrote it down in my notebook and put a little smiley face next to it because I knew it would make me famous?
THEN I turned my phone on when I landed and opened up facebook and saw that you stole the insides of my brain while I was flying and created an even more gorgeous cone than I could have ever dreamed?
Yep. That totally happened.

SprinkleBakes said...

Whaaat!? Well, I must admit it was your cannoli cones that inspired me. :)

And I have to tell you that I am so totally jealous that I didn't get to go to Seattle and hang out (eat donuts) with you guys. I might have cried a tear.

Okay I did.

Anonymous said...

YUMMMMMYYYYYYYY!!! And colorful!

Lora said...

Cheesecake Mousse? WOW! Filling the cones is so clever. Thanks for the mention up top! xoxo

Ashley said...

I tried this recipe this past weekend, the cones turned out great but the mixture did not, I made it three times and turned out terrible.....Oh well, better luck next time!

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Ashley! Hard to say what happened. What do you mean by terrible? Taste? Didn't set?

Thanks!

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Ashley! Hard to say what happened. What do you mean by terrible? Taste? Didn't set?

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

No it becomes runny like it fell. I waited for a soft peak to form and added 1/4 sugar, but after that it seemed as though the peaks were stiff, so when the cream cheese was added it just got really runny. I know I'm doing something wrong, I just don't know what it is. I'm somewhat new to baking. I've learned most I know from you :) you're like my baking idol :). Thanks for trying to help. I so want to try these babies out.

Sugarshoxcrafts said...

Mine came out really runny too, and I couldn't figure out why because I followed the recipe to pretty much the T. The only thing I did differently was I used a plastic tip that may have not been a star. I had actually gotten a nice metal one when I was at the store, but then dropped it before I got to the register :(

Once it was in the fridge, it wasn't runny anymore, and was really delicious, but I couldn't build the cone that high because the mixture was runny. Another thing that may have happened was maybe the cream cheese was too warm--I made this right when I came back from the store.

Definately trying again...it was still VERY delicious!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Sugarshoxcrafts said...

The reason why I think it was the temperature that made it more runny was because the first cones I made were a bit firmer coming out of the decorating bag but the mix had gotten so runny by the end that it was everywhere lol.

SprinkleBakes said...

I love you guys but you're making me sad with all the runny cheesecake mixture. I may have some tips to help with this.

Put your bowl and beaters in the refrigerator and let them get good and cold before you start.

Make sure you get heavy whipping cream. It should have a milk fat content of between 36 and 40 percent. It should be cold.

Don't soften the cream cheese in the microwave. Let it stand at room temperature until it loses some of its firmness. It should still be a little cold when you add it to the whipped heavy cream/sugar mixture.

Add sugar a little at a time.

I hope this helps. I may have to bust out the video camera for a tutorial!

Thanks so much for the feedback!

Sheila Bernier said...

I literally just finished and had the same issue with the mix being so runny, however I placed it in the fridge and Im hopimg it gets firm enough so I can put cheesecake balls in my cones instead :D thanks for all the inspiration Heather, xoxo

Karyl said...

These turned out so cute. I didn't have any problems with consistency, but I used the heavy whipping cream and non-microwaved cream cheese as you suggested to the folks above. And maybe some of those with trouble are trying to use the paddle attachment instead of the whisk in their mixers?

I can't wait to do this filling with orange and black jimmies in little shot glasses for Halloween. Thanks for a lovely idea!

Rosie @ Sweetapolita said...

Cutest. Ever! I just love these, Heather. You know I am your biggest adorer, but these are up on my list of favourite SB delights. I have your book in my hands, and I am loving every single last morsel. You're amazing, lady! xo

Michelle said...

Since the day you posted this recipe, I had been dying to make these ever since, so today I did just that... Let me tell you, they turned out perfect! Super easy, yummy, and the most adorable things ever! I did put the large bowl and beaters in the refrigerator like you suggested. My daughter's were so thrilled to have these after dinner tonight, and I can promise you that I will be making these again soon! Thank you for sharing this recipe....

Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

These are so cute, they make me smile and I love the dipped rims of the sugar cones!

Lili said...

Oh I love this idea so much!! No bake and white chocolate too. Oh goodness!! xo ~Lili

The Cake Flake said...

Wow! I really like the idea of these because cheesecake can be so heavy. The cones look light, like soft serve. And I like any excuse to avoid a water bath.

Anonymous said...

Can you make a video of this? Mine was a failure not because of the recipe but because i didnt have heavy whipping cream, i didnt follow your recipe. however i dont have a stand mixture and i wanted to see a video on how to do it correctly*beating heavy cream into stiff peaks has been a trial and error (mostly an error) for me.* Thank you

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Kaela B said...

Making these this weekend! Yummy!

Karen said...

I made these adorable treats in triple-digit temperatures, which made me love them even more. They turned out perfectly! The batter is divine, the cones are magically delicious, and it made me happy to be able to make something this special as opposed to typical no-bakes. Thank you! My entire family LOVES THESE! :o)

Hugs and blessings!

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