Belgian Waffles

8 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Belgian Waffles are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside and EASY to make; ready in only a few minutes with pantry ingredients!

We’re big fans of Breakfast Recipes and this recipe is among our readers’ favorites from our kitchen along with Easy French Toast and Cinnamon Rolls!

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles are the PERFECT Sunday morning breakfast. They’re incredibly light and fluffy in texture, while having a sweet flavor and loaded with all of your favorite toppings. You can throw in a handful of chocolate chips or blueberries, and top with real maple syrup, Whipped Cream or Easy Strawberry Topping for the full effect.

There’s nothing that even comes close to homemade waffles. Once you try this incredibly easy fluffy waffle recipe, they will become your go-to when you have a free morning. It’s also great to make a batch for breakfast, then keep a few frozen for another day.

You can make these with brown sugar for a deeper flavor, or a dash of cinnamon. This Belgian Waffle recipe is better than any pancake mix version you’ve had before, I promise! Serve these alongside Breakfast Pork Sausage, Oven Bacon Cheddar Scrambled Eggs, and some fresh fruit for an amazing homemade breakfast.

How to Make Belgian Waffles

  • Prepare Belgian waffle iron by spraying with oil.

  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl then add the salt and sugar, mixing well.

  • Using a hand mixer with the egg whites in a small bowl, beat them until stiff peaks form.
  • In a second bowl whisk the egg yolks, butter, milk and vanilla together.

  • Whisk the butter mixture into the flour mixture until just combined then very very gently, fold in egg whites (do not stir). Be careful not to over-mix the batter, especially at the very end where you might flatten the air out of the egg whites. Fold until just combined, then leave it alone.

  • Pour ⅓ cup servings into your Belgian waffle maker and cook as directed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Belgian Waffle and a regular waffle?

A Belgian waffle has larger square pockets than regular waffles, making it more ideal for toppings! These waffles were traditionally made using yeast, but now the more modern method is to use leavening agents.

What is the difference between pancake batter and waffle batter?

Waffle batter is typically higher in fat and sugar, which helps the waffle achieve the slightly crispy texture on the outside. You’ll often find people using the batters interchangeably, though. The batter is also had egg whites folded into it, making it lighter and giving the waffle a slightly crispier texture.

Can you make Belgian Waffles in a regular waffle iron?

For this waffle recipe you need an iron specific to Belgian waffles, with deeper squares, allowing the dough to properly rise to the fluffy texture and crispy outside. If you make them in a regular waffle iron, you risk losing some of the airy texture, and of course the traditional shape. Some waffle makers have removable plates, so you can switch back and forth between regular and Belgian waffles using one one iron.

How do I make dairy free Belgian Waffles?

To make this recipe friendly for dairy free diets, substitute the whole milk for almond milk. Instead of unsalted butter, use melted coconut oil, but let it cool close to room temperature before mixing in. 

Key Ingredients in Belgian Waffles

  • Flour: All purpose flour works best for Belgian Waffles, and make sure to sift it to keep the texture light and fluffy.
  • Sugar: White granulate sugar helps to sweeten the waffle batter and adds to the crispy crust. If you are watching your sugar intake, you can also use a granulated sugar substitute option.
  • Eggs: By separating the eggs and whipping the whites, you will create airy Belgian waffles that still have a yummy richness and golden brown color thanks to the yolks.
  • Milk: Whole milk is always best to use when baking or cooking. The extra fat helps with the texture of the dish and keeps it moist.
  • Butter: Make sure to use unsalted butter for recipes, that way you can control how much salt is added. This is especially important for sweet recipes such as this where you do not want any salt at all.
  • Baking Powder: This leavening agent works by combining sodium bicarbonate with a powdered acid that creates gas in the batter when it combines with wet ingredients. Baking soda is fast acting, which eliminates the need for yeast in quick breads and these Belgian Waffles.
  • Vanilla: A small amount of vanilla adds a warm and sweet flavor to the waffles that tastes even more amazing when they’re topped with fruit and maple syrup.

Can Belgian Waffles be Made Ahead?

Fresh waffles are always the best. If you’re going to make waffles more than 24 hours in advance, I would recommend freezing them to keep the quality as fresh as possible. Place a piece of parchment paper between each waffle and freeze in an airtight container.

Otherwise, you can refrigerate them temporarily, then reheat these in the oven at 300 degrees for a total time of 10-15 minutes on a baking sheet. Depending on the size of your waffle, you can also put them in the toaster oven for a few minutes until warmed through to maintain the crispy texture.

Variations on Belgian Waffles

  • Toppings: The pockets are PERFECT for holding whatever toppings you go with, so I always serve these with extra syrup, honey, and whipped cream. You can also top them with butter, berries, bananas, Nutella, chocolate chips, peanut butter, sliced banana, or powdered sugar.
  • Flavorings: Add extracts to play with the flavor of these waffles. This recipe uses vanilla, try almond, lemon, or strawberry!
  • Chocolate Belgian Waffles: Replace ½ cup flour with ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolately waffle mix. Add a dash of cinnamon for Mexican Hot Chocolate Waffles.
  • Mix ins: Stir in mini chocolate chips for chocolatey waffles, or rainbow sprinkles for a birthday funfetti waffle. You can also swirl in your favorite sauce like strawberry or caramel sauce. 
  • Homemade Waffle Mix: Make a big batch of the dry ingredients and store in an airtight container on the counter to mix up easy Belgian waffle batter any time.
  • Buttermilk Waffles: You can substitute the milk with buttermilk for added flavor in this recipe. If you’re using gluten free all purpose flour, the buttermilk will provide necessary acidity for that type of flour, which makes a big difference in texture.
  • Ice Cream Waffles: Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? The crispy, sweet texture of Belgian Waffles makes them the perfect base to top with creamy cold ice cream. Don’t forget the whipped cream and chocolate sauce!

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How To Store Belgian Waffles

  • Serve: Don’t leave at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: Store in an airtight container to keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Re-heat in toaster oven.
  • Freeze: You can also freeze for up to 3 months. Re-heat in toaster oven or in a skillet with a bit of butter.
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Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and oh so easy to make; ready in just a few minutes with pantry ingredients!
Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs , separated
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Spray the waffle maker with a bit of oil.
  • Into a large bowl sift the flour and baking powder then add the salt and sugar, mixing well.
  • Using a hand mixer with the egg whites in a small bowl, beat them to stiff peaks which stand straight up.
  • To a second bowl whisk the egg yolks, butter, milk and vanilla together.
  • Whisk the butter mixture into the flour mixture until just combined then very very gently, fold in egg whites (do not stir)
  • Pour ⅓ cup servings into your Belgian waffle maker to cook as directed.

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 333mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. This is my favorite recipe, I’ve been using it almost every weekend for a year now. i am gluten intolerant and use gluten free flour and recipe works perfectly fine. Thank you !!!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m so glad to hear that the Gluten Free version is “perfectly fine”. Good to know Susie and thanks so much for the five star review!

  2. My teenage sons did not care for Belgian waffles until I tried this recipe! My husband and I love it as well. I make these waffles regularly now, but if I go too long between making them my boys will specifically request them

    1. So glad the family enjoyed the Waffles. Check out our breakfast recipes when you get a chance. It’s a favorite meal around here!

  3. These are literally the best waffles I’ve ever tasted. They’re the perfect texture and have so much flavor. They make the whole house smell amazing and my family is always excited to have them. I’m so happy that I found this recipe 🙂

  4. I just bought a waffle maker recently and have been experimenting with recipes. I love love this one! So light, airy, crispy and yum!!

    1. Can Belgian Waffles be Made Ahead?

      Fresh waffles are always the best. If you’re going to make waffles more than 24 hours in advance, I would recommend freezing them to keep the quality as fresh as possible. Place a piece of parchment paper between each waffle and freeze in an airtight container.

      Otherwise, you can refrigerate them temporarily, then reheat these in the oven at 300 degrees for a total time of 10-15 minutes on a baking sheet. Depending on the size of your waffle, you can also put them in the toaster oven for a few minutes until warmed through to maintain the crispy texture.

  5. Excellent recipe! If you are ready to separate the eggs and whip the egg whites- makes a world of difference! Not dry or hard! Delicious! Can’t wait to try again with add in flavors!

  6. Hadn’t made waffles in YEARS. A quick Google brought me to this one, and it’s a keepers! Super easy to throw together, and so light and airy. Absolutely delicious! Great with maple syrup, or a custard sauce and jam. Will be making this for years to come.