How To Make Perfect Waffles

Have you ever wanted to know how to make perfect waffles? I’ve got you covered. Perfectly crisp homemade waffles, while sweet and soft in the center, this waffle recipe is unbeatable!

pouring syrup over homemade waffles

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.

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

Ingredients For Homemade Waffles

*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. Place flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl, stir to combine.
  2. Place egg whites into a medium mixing bowl, whisk continuously until stiff peaks form. Pour 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 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.

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 lump free 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!

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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66 Responses
  1. Param Kanu Patel

    I love waffles, although I’ve never tried them with whipped egg whites, I feel like they’re going to be light, fluffy, and crispy can’t wait to give this a try. I’ve heard heating up your egg whites make the peak more stiff and stable have you tried that?

  2. Mary E

    I usually don’t take the time to write out a review. (pretty busy life), however, this is the very BEST waffle recipe that I have ever found. It has been a total hit with my family. Just wanted to let others know.

  3. Tracy

    These are a family favorite in our house. Love this recipe. Just curious, have you ever froze and toasted up later on? Are they as good, if so?

  4. Kerri

    I am looking for clarification on the amount of butter in the batter. When I saw the recipe it said 1 cup and then 1 stick later on. I know the syrup is a different recipe so I am not confused about that.

  5. Stacey

    I followed the recipe exactly, but my waffles turned out super-floppy. No crispy or hard outside. Is it definitely 1 full cup of butter and not 1 stick?

  6. Holy sugar batman

    Holy sugar … 3/4 of a cup?! It’s breakfast not dessert. That’s nuts. I can’t even imagine eating these. I dont add sugar to pancakes or waffles unless it’s for a dessert and even then it may be 1/4 cup. Wow. I am just shocked.

  7. Elizabeth

    Been looking for a really good waffle recipe, some i thought were good did not stand the test of time. This recipe is awesome, my daughter told me not to lose this one and thats a huge compliment from the jaded teen!

  8. justin peterson

    Thanks. Good waffles, BUT … readers should be warned that these are SWEET waffles … I reduced the sugar to just 2 tbps and they were still too sweet for my taste. Still, the buttermilk is key, and beating the eggs whites. Nice.

  9. Monica

    I’ve tried several waffle recipes, & this one is the best by far. I made a few tweaks to them to make the recipe absolutely perfect. I cut the sugar to 1/2c because they were a bit too sweet for us in the first go-round with the recipe. I also added a tablespoon of malted milk powder. It makes the waffle taste truly out-of-the ordinary. Guests are completely blown away by these waffles! Thank you!

  10. Marci

    I made these tonight and the flavor was very good but they did not get crispy at all, rather mushy no matter how long I cooked them. They did turn a nice brown color.

  11. Sam

    First recipe trialled on my brand spanking new waffle iron & they were better than any waffle I’ve tried ? thanks for a fantastic, easy to follow recipe!!

  12. Teresa

    I was intrigued by the addition of the whipped egg whites. I will definitely add that technique into my weekend waffles! However, I question amount of butter. There is no way 1 cup is correct. I used my usual 1/4 cup of melted butter. And next time, I will likely use less sugar. Too sweet for my taste. It is probably what helps make the crust extra crispy. The sugar seems to caramelize on the waffle iron.

  13. Kristen

    Yum!!! I love a good crispy waffle. I will be making these soon. I have two different waffle makers because I couldn’t commit to one waffle shape, round or square. Hee Hee!

  14. Karen

    Made these this morning and they were a huge hit! Lightly crisp on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. Don’t even need syrup, they melt in your mouth! Definitely making this my go-to waffle recipe! Thanks!!

  15. Margaret Ann

    Just finished making these and they were delicious! Even my husband proclaimed them “Great!”…I usually get a “Good.” Will be making again!! Thanks for a terrific recipe!

  16. Danan

    Hi I just made these and they seem really greasy and heavy. The recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, is that correct?

  17. michele

    Just made these this morning and the whole family devoured them…even my youngest picky eater son. Hubby responded: “These are the best waffles I have ever eaten!” Yep-it’s a keeper recipe…thanks for sharing it. :0)

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