How To Make Perfect Waffles

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Have you ever wanted to know how to make perfect waffles? I’ve got you covered. This easy waffle recipe makes crisp homemade waffles every time! They’re sweet, fluffy, golden and seriously the best!

Easy Homemade Buttermilk Waffles

You are in for a treat with my homemade waffles! I’ve finally developed a perfectly buttery crisp waffle that is better than any waffle I’ve ordered out. Yes that’s right, I’m going to say it: this is the best waffle recipe ever!

I have learned that it’s important to get to know your waffle maker. They are all going to cook a bit different, so test out timing with the first one to make sure you get the perfect golden brown color and crispness. The KitchenAid Waffle Baker is seriously the best waffle maker I’ve ever worked with. I’ve had it for many years and forget how much I love it every time I bring it out. If you are in the market for a new one, I highly recommend this one.

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pouring buttermilk into bowl

What You’ll Need

*See bottom of post for entire recipe in recipe card.

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • large eggs
  • buttermilk
  • milk
  • butter
  • pure vanilla extract

egg whites added to mixing bowl

How To Make Homemade Waffles

  1. Preheat waffle iron. 
  2. Mix dry ingredients. Place flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl, stir to combine.
  3. Whisk egg whites. Place egg whites into a medium mixing bowl, whisk continuously until stiff peaks form.
  4. Mix wet ingredients. Pour buttermilk, milk, melted butter, vanilla and egg yolks into a large bowl, whisk to combine.
  5. Slowly stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  6. Once combined, fold in egg whites until just combined.
  7. Cook the waffles. Scoop 1/2 cup of batter and place into center of waffle iron, close lid and let cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2 1/2 minutes depending on your waffle iron. Remove hot waffles and place on cooling rack. Continue cooking waffles until all batter is used.
  8. Make the buttermilk syrup. To prepare buttermilk syrup, place butter, sugar and buttermilk into a small saucepan. Stir until melted and comes to a low boil. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Syrup will foam up. Let sit aside and stir occasionally until foam has gone down. To serve, place waffles onto serving plates, top with fruit of choice and drizzle with warm buttermilk syrup.

pouring waffle batter into waffle iron

Pour your waffle batter into the center of your waffle iron. I can’t say enough about the KitchenAid Waffle Maker. We’ve used it for years and it makes the dreamiest homemade waffles.

Can I Use Any Kind Of Waffle Maker?

Yes, you can use any waffle maker you have for this recipe, just watch cook time according to each waffle maker as it will vary from brand to brand, size to size.

homemade waffles on serving plate

Waffles seem to make everything better don’t they? Perfect for weekends, holidays and any celebration really.

How To Serve Waffles

Serve  waffles warm with your favorite fresh fruit on top or on the side. We like to make our homemade buttermilk syrup to drizzle on top. See recipe below for our favorite syrup.

How To Store and Reheat Leftovers

Store any leftover waffles without syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, you can toast them to keep the crispness, or microwave for a soft waffle.

Can I Freeze These?

Yes! Let the waffles come to room temperature, then place in a freezer safe container. Place a sheet of parchment paper between each waffle to prevent them from sticking together. Waffles will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

syrup on homemade waffles on serving plate

Tips for Making The Best Waffles

Invest in a good waffle maker. I have really loved having our KitchenAid Waffle Maker. Do I use it every week? No I don’t, however what a treat when I do bring it out.

To prevent lumps in your waffle batter, make sure you add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and not the other way around. The best way to do this is to have all of your dry ingredients whisked together in a bowl and your wet ingredients all whisked together in a separate bowl as I recommend in this recipe.

Get creative with your waffle toppings. Use your favorite fruit, nuts, sweet candies and even fried chicken! Pretty much anything goes with waffles!

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How To Make Perfect Homemade Waffles

Have you ever wanted to know How To Make Perfect Waffles? I've got you covered. Perfectly crisp, yet sweet and soft in the center, this homemade waffle recipe is unbeatable!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Equipment

  • Waffle Iron
  • mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • measuring cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs whites and yolks separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk I used skim
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Classic Buttermilk Syrup from the Picky Palate Cookbook

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat waffle iron. Place flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl, stir to combine. Place egg whites into a medium mixing bowl, whisk continuously until stiff peaks form.
  • Place buttermilk, milk, melted butter, vanilla and egg yolks into a large bowl, whisk to combine then slowly stir into dry ingredients. Once combined, fold in egg whites until just combined.
  • Scoop 1/2 cup of batter and place into center of waffle iron, close lid and let cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2 1/2 minutes depending on your waffle iron. Remove hot waffles and place on cooling rack. Continue cooking waffles until all batter is used.
  • To prepare buttermilk syrup, place butter, sugar and buttermilk into a small saucepan. Stir until melted and comes to a low boil. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Syrup will foam up. Let sit aside and stir occasionally until foam has gone down. To serve, place waffles onto serving plates, top with fruit of choice and drizzle with warm buttermilk syrup.

Notes

Note: I use the KitchenAid waffle baker. Cooking time will vary per brands of waffle irons. Test out one waffle to see how long baking time is.

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 230mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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69 Responses
  1. Whitney

    I made these tonight with my new waffle maker and they were wonderful! My husband didn’t even need syrup and that’s a huge accomplishment, let me tell you, lol. This recipe is a keeper, thanks so much for sharing it.

  2. Emily @ Life on Food

    I just had waffles and I wish I had the buttermilk syrup recipe beforehand. That looks marvelous. I guess I will just have to have them again.

  3. Candi

    My kids bought me a waffle maker! That should tell you how they feel about them.

    When I make waffles I triple the recipe & freeze them in bags of 2. Great for big kids to pop in the toaster for breakfast. Yum!

  4. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    My husband was just saying it’s been too long since we’ve had waffles. Definitely going to make these this weekend. I love my KitchenAid Waffle Baker, truly the best!!

  5. Kris

    Will have to try that recipe and if it gets the thumbs up from my daughter. Trying to get her off the Bisquick mix.
    $299 for a waffle maker? I think not.

  6. Annalisa

    Every Tuesday night in our house is breakfast for dinner, so tonight I made these waffles, but I used whole wheat pastry flour and coconut sugar. They were delicious!

  7. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living

    Those are some of the prettiest waffles I’ve seen Jenny – love the buttermilk in both the waffles and syrup, and the beaten egg whites must make these extra fluffy. I have lots of kitchen appliances, but I don’t have a waffle iron – might have to finally get one so I can try these ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Matea

    Waffles are one of my favorite breakfasts! We usually substitute coconut oil for butter and they turn out so soft and yummy!

  9. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

    There is nothing quite as yummy as waffles for breakfast! Your syrup looks delicious too!

  10. Emily Salsky

    These look delish! I saw you and your hubby walk out of Liberty Market today! I was feeding my twins in their stroller and realized it was you as you passed by. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Annalise @ Completely Delicious

    I’ve never put whipped egg whites in my pancakes, definitely going to have to give that a try!

  12. Heather

    I am so excited to try these! My very favorite and waffles in the whole world are the ones a t Disneyland in the Mickey shapes. I have never found some I like more than those but these look close!

  13. Heidi @foodiecrush

    I made some homemade waffles this weekend and used egg whites too! They were really good but for some reason they just didn’t crisp up as much and didn’t get nearly as bronzed, even with my KA waffle iron. What temp and how long did you cook them for? These babies are GORGEOUS!

  14. Minnie@thelady8home

    That’s some really gorgeous. Too tempting and mouthwatering. They look fabulous!

  15. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Totally trying this version! Your waffles look super fluffy and gorgeous!

  16. Erin@WellPlated

    I’m always tempted to be lazy and skip folding in the egg whites, but it is WORTH it. Your perfectly fluffy and crisp waffles are the proof!

  17. Kathy

    I simmer my syrup for about five minutes after it has come to a boil. It gives it a more golden color and the taste is caramel-like. So delicious!! (I also add the soda in the beginning. Make sure you put it in a larger pot, because it will grow!)

  18. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    These do look SO SO perfect! That golden brown, crispety outside is making me swoon! I love that you made your own syrup too..pinned!

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