16 Ways to Use a Waffle Iron

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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!

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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