Perfect Every Time Homemade Waffles

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Crisp and buttery on the outside, fluffy on the inside, this easy waffle recipe is perfection. Included are loads of options for sweet or savory waffles, plus all the toppings you could ever desire.

I like sweet waffles, savory waffles, snack waffles (handheld Ham and Cheese Waffles, I’m looking at you). If you can waffle it, I will probably love it.

Homemade Waffles are the ultimate breakfast!

Homemade Waffles

Want to know a secret? I almost never order waffles at a restaurant. That’s how picky I am about my waffles.

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I know exactly how I like my waffles and restaurant waffles are never as good as the homemade waffles from my own kitchen.

I take my waffle enthusiasm too seriously to waste a meal on waffles that are anything less than spectacular. Rest assured, I’d never share a waffle recipe with you that I didn’t absolutely adore. My standards are just too high.

Easy Waffles

Considering how deep my love for waffles runs, it’s high time I shared with you my ultimate list of best waffle recipes.

I’ve been making waffles a long time and I’ve discovered that, while everyone has their own preferences, there are a few things that all great waffles have in common.

The ultimate waffle recipe is crispy on the outside (but never oily or greasy!) with a soft fluffy interior. The best waffles won’t fall apart when you lift them from the iron, they won’t bend in half, and they also won’t get tough and dense as they cool.

Rest assured that when I say this is the best waffle recipe ever, I don’t make that claim lightly. Part of the reason this recipe is the best is simply because it’s as easy as can be.

The Best Homemade Waffles are crispy, fluffy, buttery, and they're everyone's favorite meal of the day!

These are a few of my all-time favorite waffle recipes, ranging from savory to sweet and everything in between.

Waffle Ideas

Want the best ever classic Homemade Waffles Recipe? Scroll straight to the bottom of this post and print the recipe.

This is our go-to recipe and it’s also the base for countless sweet and savory waffle combinations here on the website. This recipe is from my Weekday Lunches & Breakfasts Cookbook and it’s a huge favorite with everyone who tries it.

A lightly sweet waffle topped with a pat of butter and drizzled with maple syrup makes any morning beautiful. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a Whole Wheat Waffle covered in your favorite waffle toppings.

Few things make me smile like a plate of Blueberry Waffles. My blueberry waffle recipe features what I think is the exact right ratio of berries to batter, and never disappoints.

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

Waffles from Scratch

You’ll need the following ingredients to make perfect waffles every time:

  • all-purpose flour
  • kosher salt
  • baking powder
  • sugar
  • milk
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
Banana Waffles with Maple Syrup

Waffle Recipe

  1. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the milk and the eggs. Whisk to combine. (I LOVE my dough whisk for making pancakes and waffles!)
  3. Pour the melted butter and the vanilla into the batter and stir until mostly smooth. Take care not to over-stir the batter. Let the batter rest for at least 10-15 minutes while heating the waffle iron.
  4. Heat the waffle maker. (This is my favorite Belgian waffle maker!) Pour batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions. Serve warm or let cool completely before storing.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftover waffles, completely cooled waffles may be frozen in zipclose bags. Reheat from frozen in the toaster, microwave, or on a rack in the oven.

Ham and Cheese Waffles are a sweet and savory breakfast that everyone loves! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Gluten Free Waffles

Light and fluffy waffles that are crisp on the outside and tender inside are a year-round favorite in our house. My family has been making waffles along with my grandma’s waffle sauce since long before I was born. I was happy to discover that both the waffles and the sauce freeze beautifully, making this a dream of a make-ahead breakfast.

The added starches in the gluten-free version of this recipe make them extra crispy on the outside. I might be guilty of loving the gluten-free recipe even more than the original, but truly they are both delicious.

Cheddar Chive Waffles with Sausage Gravy are BETTER than Biscuits & Gravy! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Savory Waffles

While I love a sweet waffle, I sometimes think savory waffles don’t get nearly the amount of attention they deserve. Whether I’m serving them for breakfast, brunch or dinner, they always disappear almost as fast as I can get them on the table.

Cheddar Bacon Green Chile Waffles are the ultimate cheesy waffle with southwestern flavors. The green chiles add a little spice to the savory, cheesy waffle batter with pieces of bacon providing smokiness and even more flavor.

Speaking of southwestern flavors, Cornbread Waffles topped with chili and cheese are simply divine. We love this meal anytime of day and it’s become one of our favorite ways to enjoy homemade chili!

Cheddar Chive Waffles are yet another “must try” waffle on my list of best waffle recipes. Served with a fried egg and sausage gravy, they’re a hearty and delicious comfort food meal.

Cornbread Waffles topped with pulled pork and coleslaw on a plate. Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

A few years ago I started making Pumpkin Spice Waffles inspired by the pumpkin muffins my family has loved for years. They’re lightly spiced and sweet and perfect served with a hot cup of coffee, especially on a cool crisp autumn morning (or anytime you need to be transported to fall!).

If you like banana bread as much as the members of my household, then Banana Waffles are for you. We enjoy them on their own or topped with slices of fresh bananas, chopped nuts, and maple syrup.

Some mornings you can’t choose between homemade waffles and homemade donuts, and I believe you shouldn’t have to. Enter Maple Glazed Doughnut Waffles. They’re the ideal sweet indulgence for breakfast (or any time of day).

Whole Wheat Zucchini Waffles , Buckwheat Waffles and Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles are even more homemade waffle recipes I enjoy on the sweeter side.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Waffle Sauce

Waffle Toppings

One of the joys of making waffles is the many different ways that you can top these waffles! The same waffle recipe may taste entirely different depending on what you choose to top them with and that, for me, is part of the fun.

I’ve been making my grandmother’s Homemade Waffle Sauce for years and it’ll always have a special place in my heart (and in my kitchen). This sauce is delicious on a waffle on its own or alongside fruit and nuts.

Have you tried my Kahlua Cream Sauce yet? I first made it to pour over a Challah Bread Pudding and immediately knew it would also be perfect on waffles.

Buttermilk Syrup, Brown Sugar Butter Syrup , Strawberry Simple Syrup, and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream are more topping ideas that I love on my waffles.

I also love just about any variation of fresh sliced fruit and chopped walnuts or pecans on top of my waffles!

The Best Homemade Waffles

On savory waffles, I love toppings like chili, cheese, sour cream, and even guacamole. A fried egg or a helping of warm savory sausage gravy is a welcome sight served next to a stack of savory waffles.

Can’t get enough waffle recipe ideas? Strawberry Shortcake Waffles with Maple Whipped Cream from Well Plated and these Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed Almond Crusted Waffles by The Noshery are what breakfast dreams are made of.

For a classic sweet side, toss together this almost effortless Rainbow Fruit Salad.

Kitchen Tip: I LOVE my double Belgian waffle iron for making loads of waffles in no time at all!

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Best Homemade Waffles Recipe

Perfect Every Time Homemade Waffles

4.52 from 169 votes
Crisp and buttery on the outside, fluffy on the inside, these homemade waffles are a breakfast (or a dinner!) for which everyone cheers.
Servings: 5 full size Belgian waffles

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1⅔ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Gluten-Free Alternative

  • 1⅓ cups brown rice flour
  • cup tapioca starch
  • ¼ cup potato starch

Instructions

  • Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the milk and the eggs. Whisk to combine. (I LOVE my dough whisk for making pancakes and waffles!)
  • Pour the melted butter and the vanilla into the batter and stir until mostly smooth. Take care not to over-stir the batter. Let the batter rest for at least 10-15 minutes while heating the waffle iron.
  • Heat the waffle iron. (This is my favorite waffle iron!) Pour batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions. Serve warm or let cool completely before storing.

Notes

FREEZER NOTE: Freeze completely cooled waffles in zipclose bags. Reheat from frozen in the toaster or microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal · Carbohydrates: 46g · Protein: 10g · Fat: 17g · Saturated Fat: 10g · Cholesterol: 106mg · Sodium: 637mg · Potassium: 549mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 7g · Vitamin A: 605IU · Calcium: 269mg · Iron: 3mg
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{originally published 8/9/19 – recipe notes and photos updated 11/27/23}

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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. Lisa says

    I would like to know which ‘syrup’ is on the waffles in the main picture. I was hoping it was stated on the recipe card. Saw the picture with biscuits & gravy … going to have to try that too! Thanks!5 stars

    • Betty Jo Speck says

      It looks like White Sauce. It’s the only thing I eat on waffles. My grandparents were Mennonite and it came from them. 1 cup milk (I like to use evaporated milk) ,bring to simmer ,add 1/3 cup sugar, stir to incorporate, add 1Tablespoon of cornstarch mixed into 1/8th cup milk to simmering milk, stir till thickened. Add 1-2 teaspoons real vanilla! Serve over warm waffles. So very good!!

  2. Tony says

    I only put 3 star because they didn’t turn out well and I need some help. I got a new waffle maker for Christmas. I just made a batch and cooked them all for under 3 minutes. I lowered the amount each time until I was at 1.5 minutes and it wasn’t cooked all the way through. My waffles are fluffy, but are fairly dark brown and taste slightly like pretzels. Any advice?3 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      To be honest, that sounds a bit like an issue with the waffle iron. I can’t imagine what is causing that though. I’ve never cooked a waffle in under 3 minutes and definitely not to a dark brown at that point.

    • Mikedupree699 says

      Was your walffle iron at the crispy critter setting by chance? Anything to hot will give you crispy instead of fluffy. Try again with the iron set to a lower heat.

  3. Miranda says

    This has been my go to recipe for 2 years now, the best simple recipe by far. I make them in a Mickey Mouse waffle maker and never have any problem. Thank you for sharing it!5 stars

  4. Steve says

    My 8 year old son and I make these each weekend together. The recipe is excellent and the waffles are crisp in the outside and soft in the center every time. Plus, he has so much fun mixing the batter. It has become his dish. Thank you for sharing it!5 stars

  5. Charles C says

    Made today (6/26), great recipe. Makes a lot of batter. I will halve the recipe next time to use with my non-Belgian waffle maker. Cooking for 6 minutes worked best for me: a little crunchy outside, soft and cake-like inside.5 stars

  6. TACEY LUCAS says

    I usually just pick a random waffle recipe online and make it, saving only the ones I like and making them again. WELL since I found this one, I have deleted ALL the other waffle recipes I’ve saved, seriously. I have not made the waffle sauce yet, but as amazing as the waffle recipe is, I can only imagine how delicious it will be! Next on the agenda is to make the Blueberry Lemon Baked French Toast. Now that sounds delectable!!!5 stars

  7. Sherrie says

    After YEARS of flabby waffles, you helped us out of that rut! Thank you SO much! We LOVE YOUR RECIPE and your “secret” for crispy waffles! Thank you!5 stars

  8. Sandi says

    The best waffles we’ve every had!…I added crumbled bacon to the mix and they were for sure PERFECT!!!!5 stars

  9. Suzan Polzine says

    Just a perfect waffle! Thank you for sharing this great recipe- I’m going to work my way through your collection, as I’m sure they are all delicious.🌻Suzan5 stars