Grandma’s Waffle Sauce

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Creamy, rich, vanilla waffle sauce is the best possible topping for your favorite breakfasts.

For my family, Waffles-with-Waffle-Sauce is the only way to eat waffles. We pour Waffle Sauce over pancakes, German pancakes, waffles and french toast.

I’ve never served my grandmother’s Waffle Sauce to someone who hasn’t loved it, because Waffle Sauce has the ability to make an ordinary meal extra special.

Grandma's Waffle Sauce is like nothing else you've ever tasted. It's a must have for waffles and pancakes! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

In 1938, my grandmother moved to the Canal Zone in Panama as a newlywed. While there, one of my grandfather’s Navy friends came to a waffle dinner at their house.

He offered to make his mother’s “waffle sauce” to serve with their waffles that night. Ever since then, my family has been making waffle sauce to serve with pancakes and waffles.

Have you ever used fresh nutmeg? It is my favorite spice to use fresh because the aroma and the flavor is unforgettable.

I started grating fresh nutmeg over my grandmother’s waffles with waffle sauce years ago and ever since I’ve been grating nutmeg every chance I get.

Don’t be intimidated by this hard as rock spice. It’s easy as can be to use and once you’ve tried it, you’ll likely be as hooked on it as we are.

I’ve updated my grandmother’s recipe below with a gluten-free variation in the notes for the recipe below. However, other than that recipe note, this is the same recipe she served me through my childhood.

My kids have been known to actually cheer when they see the white sauce on the stove.

Pour Waffle Sauce over waffles or pancakes for an AMAZING breakfast treat!

The Blueberry Waffles pictured here have been a big personal favorite over the past year.

I know, I know, I am pretty sure I said that about the Ham and Cheese Waffles and the Green Chile Bacon Waffles that I still haven’t shared here yet. I promise they’re coming this fall!

Banana Waffles, Pumpkin Spice Waffles, and Banana Coconut Pecan Pancakes are a few more of our favorite things to serve with waffle sauce. Liege Waffles, Chocolate Chip Eggnog Waffles, and Quick Brioche Waffles would all be terrific with waffle sauce as well.

COOK’S NOTE: To grate fresh nutmeg, simply rub the whole nutmeg along the surface of a fine grater. (I love my Microplane for this task.) If you grate more than you need for the recipe, you can store the extra ground nutmeg in a small airtight container.

Waffle Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the flour and sugar. Add the milk and set the stove heat to medium. Whisk smooth and continue stirring or whisking frequently as it cooks.
  2. Continue cooking until the sauce begins to bubble and has thickened.
  3. Remove pan from the heat, add the butter and vanilla and stir to combine.
  4. Pour the warm sauce over hot waffles, and grate or sprinkle nutmeg over the top.

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Grandma's Waffle Sauce is like nothing else you've ever tasted. It's a must have for waffles and pancakes! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Waffle Sauce

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Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 10 servings, or about 2 1/2-3 cups

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour *
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (freshly ground or store-bought)

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the flour and sugar. Add the milk and set the stove heat to medium. Whisk smooth and continue stirring or whisking frequently as it cooks. 
  • Continue cooking until the sauce begins to bubble and has thickened. Remove pan from the heat, add the butter and vanilla and stir to combine. Pour sauce over hot waffles and grate or sprinkle nutmeg over the top. Enjoy!

Notes

* Gluten-free alternative: 1/4 cup brown rice flour may be substituted for the all-purpose flour in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal · Carbohydrates: 19g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 3g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Cholesterol: 10mg · Sodium: 41mg · Potassium: 64mg · Sugar: 17g · Vitamin A: 150IU · Calcium: 55mg · Iron: 0.1mg
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{originally published 1/31/13 – recipe notes and photos updated 9/4/18}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Karil Qualls says

    I grew up on this sauce. We called it “depression cake sauce.” It was served over dry or stale cake! In the Depression Era they used water, not milk. I like the thought of using it on waffles! That might be a new tradition! My grandmother lived with us so she was the one to introduce it to our family. She was born in the late 1890’s.4 stars

  2. Christina says

    My family has always made this sauce to pour on top of warm blueberry muffins! Blueberry muffins aren’t the same without it!

  3. Carolyn says

    This looks like something I’d like to try on the future. I’m wondering how much this makes…for how mamy waffles? Also, can the recipe be doubled etc. successfully? It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.😃

    • Mary Younkin says

      This recipe multiplies beautifully, Carolyn. I typically double it for my family. (The leftover sauce freezes and thaws beautifully as well.)

  4. Janet says

    Fantastic! I’ve added this to my recipe repertoire of favorite sauces. Such a nice change from sweet sticky syrups.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      The leftover sauce will keep very nicely in the fridge for several days and in the freezer for up to three months. I typically freeze it and thaw in the fridge when we are about ready to make waffles again. It will reheat nicely in the microwave or on the stove once thawed.

  5. Jelisa says

    Does it make more sense to make a roux first? The ingredients for a simple roux are there, but added in a strange order.

  6. Aylen Bauta says

    Thank you for the recipe. I just made it for breakfast this morning, it is absolutely delicious and essy to make.5 stars

  7. Micah says

    Where did you get that adorable white pitcher for the sauce? It looks yummy, andI need that pitcher… 🙂

  8. Kathy says

    We made this with Blueberry Waffles. the balance between the sweetness of the sauce (which was perfectly sweet, not too much) and the tartness of the blueberries made a great combination5 stars

  9. Jessica says

    I found some cranberry dark chocolate bread on clearance at the store and was so excited to make French Toast with it and try this recipe on top. I even got up super early (which I don’t ever do) to make it for hubby before work. I’m SO glad I did. It was incredible!! Thank you so much for sharing!5 stars

  10. Lisa says

    After making the sauce and eating most of the yummy blueberry waffles, I realized I forgot to put in the cinnamon. Without looking back at the recipe, I sprinkled on a few dashes of roasted cinnamon. Wow! It was fabulous! Tasted like a liquid cinnamon roll. Then, I realized, no cinnamon in the recipe. Oops! A discovery! Try it!5 stars

  11. Katherine says

    My Granddaughter has a dairy allergy. We use oat , soy Or almond milk and vegan butter in our house. Not sure if it would work the same but I think I may try it today.

  12. Mary says

    This is the same recipe my grandmother used to pour over strawberry shortcake while still warm. We loved it as kids and now my kids and grandkids love it too. Grandma called it white sauce. We called it GOOP! She would also add cocoa to make a chocolate sauce.

  13. Lisa says

    This is very similar to a waffle syrup recipe my Grandma would make! My kids call it ‘white syrup’ when they were little😂. Waffles were a Sunday evening meal growing up. We put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the waffle, then topped it with the syrup. Yummy!!!

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