Ice cream isn’t a top contender as a dessert in November. When Thanksgiving rolls around the desserts and treats can vary but rarely is ice cream on the menu. That’s no reason why you can’t serve ice cream cones! Especially if those cones have a theme that goes along with Thanksgiving. Use ordinary ice cream cones – minus the ice cream – to make fun tepee treats for kids and adults alike. They’re really easy to make and they fit right in with the Thanksgiving theme.
Sugar cones – the ones with the pointed bottom – have the perfect shape to become tepees. Turn a cone upside-down and you’re ready to turn it into a tepee. It can be helpful to use an implement for holding the cone while you create the tepee designs. Paper toweling wrapped around the handle of a wooden spoon works great but you can use the paper towels with a butter knife or other object. Place the cone over the paper towels so that it stays put and doesn’t spin around at all.
Use three toothpicks to make the stakes that stick out above the tepee. For now, just set the toothpicks out; you’ll insert them later. Use an ice pick or other implement to make a small hole in the point of the cone. From the underside, push a dab of white frosting into the point of the cone, enough to cover the hole. However, don’t put in so much that it goes through the hole to the other side.
Spread white frosting, very thinly, all over the outside of the cone. Spread it so that it has a very smooth appearance. Do this to all the cones and set them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Take care removing each cone from the wooden spoon handle and setting it on a tray. Remove the cones and decorate them like tepees.
Frosting that dispenses thin lines work great to decorate the tepees. Draw a triangle shape to represent the flap of the tepee then use the frosting to create other designs. Zigzag lines that go from one side of the flap, all the way around, and back to the opposite side of the flap, look fabulous and are simple to make. Do two or more of these designs all the way around the bottom area of the cone. Do that design once again at the top of the tepee. Use Skittles or other colorful candies to add embellishments and color to the tepees. Stick these into the frosting, evenly spaced, above and/or between the zigzag lines. To finish, insert the three toothpicks into the point of the cone and spread them apart.
Make different, much simpler tepees by using the cones in their natural color of brown. Make white, blue, red or other color schemes with tube frosting to embellish. It’s too cold for ice cream, alright, but it’s never too cold for ice cream cones!