16 Ways to Use a Waffle Iron

Waffle irons aren't just for weekend brunch. Unconventional batters—plus foods you didn't know you could waffle—will make you want to keep your iron hot all day long!

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    Chocolate Waffle Cake

    Special Ingredient: Dark chocolate cake mix

    Now this is the ultimate waffle dessert recipe! Layers of dark chocolate cake waffles are sandwiched with a banana cream and topped with chocolate ganache for a towering treat that will make jaws drop.

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    Brownie Waffles a la Mode

    Special Ingredient: Brownie batter

    There's no way to pass these off as breakfast, so go ahead— pile on the ice cream and toppings.

     

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    Mini Bacon Waffles

    Special Ingredient: Crumbled bacon

    Bacon makes breakfast better—even waffles. These once-separate breakfast staples find happiness together in your waffle iron.

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    Savory Corn Waffles Four Ways

    Special Ingredient: Cornmeal

    Not all waffles are sweet. We call for cornmeal instead of sweeter ingredients like sugar in this waffle batter. From there, choose your own topping adventure: Southern chicken and waffles, chili, Mexican breakfast, or taco.

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    Gadettes

    Special Ingredient: Bourbon

    These buttery cookies are spiked with bourbon before getting perfectly pressed by a waffle iron. The light and airy texture (and dusting of powdered sugar) makes them taste like a mash-up between a beignet and a sugar cookie.

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    Strawberry-Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches

    Special Ingredient: Whole grain bread

    No need for a panini press when your waffle iron can serve double duty (if you have both, we won’t judge). Just think of all the possibilities for waffled sandwiches!

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    Barbecue Chicken and Ramen Waffles

    Special Ingredient: Ramen noodles

    Bet you've never tried this! Bake the ramen noodle mixture in a waffle iron for a crispy-on-the-outside, moist-on-the-inside starch. Then top with coleslaw, barbecue chicken, and an egg for a hearty meal.

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    Pumpkin Waffles with Maple-Pecan Cream

    Special Ingredient: Canned pumpkin

    It's comfort food time! Pair up pumpkin with your waffle iron for a match made in baking heaven. And that maple-pecan cream? It's heavenly, too.

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    Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies

    Special Ingredient: Cookie batter

    Up your cookie-exchange game with these elegant, shareable treats. For those of you who like to plan your parties in advance, you can freeze these chocolaty cookies for up to 3 months.

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    Ginger-Green Tea Waffles with Summer Peach Sauce

    Special Ingredients: Loose green tea and grated ginger

    Your waffle iron can bake a variety of foods, and it also isn't intimidated by beverages. The green tea in these waffles lends a subtle flavor that's perfectly complemented by the fruity peach sauce.

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    Waffle Latkes

    Special Ingredient: Hash browns

    Hash browns are made from potatoes, and these waffles are made with hash browns. So waffle latkes are basically vegetables. Channel baked potatoes and top with sour cream and chives, but swap the typical bacon bits for smoked salmon.

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    Chocolate Waffles with Mocha Syrup

    Special Ingredient: Chocolate

    Chocolate and coffee: classic flavors that can completely transform a recipe. These tender waffles are best served warm with a generous scoop of ice cream.

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    Tomato-Avocado Wafflewich

    Special Ingredient: Refrigerated biscuits

    This ooey-gooey sandwich looks like a typical waffle, but take a bite and you'll discover crispy bacon, creamy avocado, and melty mozzarella hiding inside!

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    Sweet Potato Waffles with Cranberry Syrup

    Special Ingredient: Sweet potatoes

    Celebrate Thanksgiving any morning of the year with this holiday-inspired recipe. The taste of sweet potatoes and cranberries will have you feeling extra thankful all year long.

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    Bacon-and-Apple Waffles

    Special Ingredient: Bacon and apples

    Instead of serving waffles, bacon, and apples at brunch, why not combine all three in one dish? The waffle iron continues to make mealtime much more efficient.

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    Waffle Cookies

    Special Ingredient: Cookie batter

    Here, the waffle iron steals another recipe from the oven. The only appliances your kitchen needs for this one are a waffle iron and a sink.

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