How to Make Waffles

Set aside the purchased frozen waffles! If you've been putting off learning how to make waffles at home, now is the time. It takes only 15 minutes to create fluffy, flavorful homemade waffles with just the right amount of crisp. And don't stop at basic butter and syrup -- we love making our waffles savory or adding tasty toppers to keep things interesting.

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The best waffle recipe yields waffles that are golden on the outside and airy on the inside. While the batter requires no mixer or special equipment, you will need a waffle maker to brand the waffles with the expected honeycomb pattern. Those grooves are more than just visual; they hold the butter, syrup, and other toppers that make waffles so wonderful. Read on to learn how to make waffles the right way.

The Perfect Waffle Recipe

In a medium bowl, stir together 1-¾ cups all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 1 Tbsp. baking powder, and ¼ tsp. salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and set aside.

In another medium bowl beat 2 eggs lightly, then stir in 1-¾ cups milk, ½ cup vegetable oil or melted butter, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture, and stir just until moistened (batter should be just slightly lumpy).

Add batter to a preheated, lightly greased waffle baker. Pro tip: Add batter to the center of the baker and don't fill the grids completely -- the batter will spread to the edges when the lid is shut. Close lid quickly; do not open until done. Bake according to manufacturer's directions.

When the waffles are done, you should be able to easily lift them off the grid with the tines of a fork. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm.

The Test Kitchen's Favorite Variations

Buttermilk Waffles
Prepare as directed, except reduce baking powder to 1 tsp. and add ½ tsp. baking soda. Substitute 2 cups buttermilk or sour milk for the milk.

Cornmeal Waffles
Prepare as directed, except decrease flour to 1 cup and add 1 cup cornmeal to the flour mixture.

Gingerbread Waffles
Prepare as directed, except increase flour to 2 cups and omit the sugar. Add ½ tsp. ground ginger, ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, and ¼ tsp. ground cloves to the flour mixture. Add 2 Tbsp. molasses to the egg mixture.

Chocolate Waffles
Prepare as directed, except decrease flour to 1-½ cups, increase sugar to ¼ cup, and add ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder to the flour mixture. Fold ¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces into the batter. (You might need to lightly coat the waffle baker with nonstick cooking spray between each waffle to prevent sticking.)

Other Delectable Additions:

Fold one of the following into the batter: ½ cup raisins or finely snipped dried fruit; ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries; ½ cup finely chopped nuts (toasted if desired); ½ cup chopped banana; ½ cup crumbled cooked bacon; ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese; or ¼ cup shredded coconut.


Waffle Toppers
Top cooked waffles with one of these tasty combos.

  • Waffle Melt: Spread each waffle with cranberry sauce or honey mustard, layer on thinly sliced deli turkey or ham, and top with sliced Swiss or cheddar cheese. Broil or bake in a 450 degree F oven until the cheese is melted.
  • Waffle Pizzas: Spread each waffle with your favorite pizza sauce. Top with pepperoni or assorted toppers and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in a 350 degree F oven until the cheese is bubbly.
  • Waffle and Fudge Fondue: Cut waffles into bite-size pieces. Warm purchased fudge sauce (thin with milk if needed). Using fondue forks, dip waffles and strawberries into the sauce.
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