Secret Ingredient Ice Cream Pie

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A surprising addition makes this recipe for Secret Ingredient Ice Cream Pie a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, and it can be made with your choice of ice cream flavors and toppings!

A slice of ice cream pie topped with whipped cream with chocolate sauce drizzled on top

Naming a favorite recipe in my cookbook is akin to naming a favorite child. I just can’t do it! However, when it comes to the Desserts chapter, let’s just say that of all the chocolate-topped, fruit-filled, cream cheese-frosted, sprinkle-studded options, this recipe for Secret Ingredient Ice Cream Pie is top of my list.

Each of the 125 family-friendly recipes in The Secret Ingredient Cookbook stars a surprising addition, and the fun twist in this recipe actually came about as a way to turn an often discarded food into a stellar pie crust.

So what is the secret ingredient in my best-ever frosty pie? None other than waffle cones!

Every time I buy ice cream cones, I open the box and am met with a handful of intact cones and a whole lot more broken pieces. So when life gives you shattered cones, make ice cream pie, I say!

Both waffle and sugar cones are easily transformed into pie crust, but I prefer the buttery flavor of the waffle variety. It’s only the first of several decisions you’ll be making when using this ultimate ice cream pie template. Get creative with your ice cream flavors and toppings, because the combinations are truly endless, and don’t forget to pick up your copy of The Secret Ingredient Cookbook to get re-inspired in the kitchen!

A slice of ice cream pie on a pink plate with whipped cream and chocolate sauce
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Secret Ingredient Ice Cream Pie

Grab your ice cream of choice for this family-friendly recipe for Ice Cream Pie made with a surprising twist!
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 1 vote
A slice of ice cream pie topped with whipped cream with chocolate sauce drizzled on top
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freezing Time 6 hours
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 1/4 cups crushed waffle or sugar cones (See Kelly's Note)
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 6 cups ice cream(s) of your choice
  • 1/2 cup chopped toppings of your choice, such as candy, sprinkles, cookies or nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped cream, for serving
  • Chocolate sauce or caramel sauce, for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the crushed waffle cones, butter, and sugar until combined. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch metal pie plate.
  • Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set it aside to cool completely. Remove the ice cream from the freezer to soften slightly while the crust cools.
  • Once the crust has cooled, add alternating layers of the ice cream and your choice of toppings into the crust. Wrap the pie securely with several layers of plastic wrap, then freeze it until frozen solid, a minimum of 6 hours.
  • When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and top the pie with the whipped cream. Slice and serve with your choice of sauce.

Kelly's Note:

  • The ice cream cones must be finely crushed so that they can be tightly packed into the pie plate to form the crust.


Calories: 450kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 191mg, Potassium: 269mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 669IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 156mg, Iron: 2mg


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  1. 5 stars
    I used waffle cones, peanut butter ice cream and chocolate chips. It was delicious! THanks for a great recipe, Kelly!