Classic Waffles

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

Easy Classic Waffle recipe for perfect homemade waffles! Crispy, light, and fluffy waffles made with butter, eggs, whole milk, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Belgian Style Waffles and Classic Pancakes are delicious and well-loved weekend Breakfast favorites that never go out of style.

Classic Waffles on plate with whipped cream and berries


These Classic Waffles are light and buttery on the inside, crispy on the outside, and so easy to make! This simple recipe is made in just minutes in one bowl, with no need to whip egg whites or let the batter rest for a long time. Make a double batch and freeze these Waffles for later and reheat in the toaster like your favorite freezer brand.

This crispy Waffle recipe has a sweet vanilla flavor that everyone will love and is made with ingredients you definitely have in your pantry. You’ll love having this simple, easy recipe on hand for whenever you get a craving or need to make breakfast for a crowd. You can mix a big batch of dry ingredients ahead to time and keep for months in an airtight container, then simply scoop out 2 ¼ cups with the wet ingredients and prepare as usual.

Prep Steps for Classic Waffles, ingredients in bowl, batter being stirred, batter in waffle iron.

This recipe is made for a regular waffle maker, not a Belgian waffle iron. The difference between a classic waffle maker and Belgian waffle maker is there are deeper wells or divots, which allows the Belgian style waffle batter to rise. Since these classic light and fluffy Waffles don’t rise as much, you want to use a regular waffle maker so they cook evenly on both sides. The size of your waffle maker doesn’t matter, just make sure you add enough batter to cover the entire plate without overfilling.

There are so many ways to make a Classic Waffle into something special! You can serve Waffles with the traditional maple syrup and butter, load them up with sweet toppings like Chocolate Sauce, or serve them with savory sides. Waffles make a great substitute for English muffins or toast on breakfast sandwiches too. Check out the variations section for delicious mix-in ideas or below for some topping ideas to get you started!


Toppings for Classic Waffles

  • Berries and Cream: Top with sliced fresh berries or fruit and a dollop of Whipped Cream.
  • Ice Cream Sundae: A scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, drizzle of Salted Caramel Sauce, and crushed toasted pecans.
  • Apple Pie: Warmed up Apple Pie Filling and a cinnamon powdered sugar icing glaze.
  • Breakfast Sandwich: Top one Waffle with a fried egg, cooked bacon or sausage patty, and American cheese slice, then a second Waffle.
  • Grilled Cheese: Use two Waffles to make grilled cheese, either in a skillet or a toaster oven, and serve with Tomato Soup.

Tips for Making Perfect Homemade Waffles

  • Use warm milk and room temperature eggs to keep the butter melted in the batter so it spreads evenly. This will make your waffles light, fluffy, and perfectly crispy.
  • Wait to mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients while waffle iron heats up and don’t let the Waffle batter sit for too long.
  • Turn oven on warm, about 200 degrees F, while you are heating your waffle maker. Place a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet. Transfer cooked Waffles to baking sheet on rack in single layer to keep waffles crisp as you make them.

Cooked Classic Waffles in waffle iron


  • Buttermilk: Swap out the whole milk with buttermilk to make Buttermilk Waffles that are rich and tangy. If you don’t have buttermilk, make some from scratch by substituting 1 ½ tablespoons milk with white vinegar or lemon juice.
  • Blueberry Waffles: You can use fresh or frozen blueberries for your Waffles. Once you spoon batter into waffle maker, sprinkle fresh berries and close lid. Try this with other fresh berries, diced small so they will spread evenly.
  • Chocolate Chip Waffles: Use mini chocolate chips and fold into waffle batter right before scooping batter into waffle iron so they don’t sink to the bottom. Make birthday Funfetti Waffles with mini rainbow chips or colored sprinkles.
  • Other Mix-Ins: Sprinkle in chopped nuts, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, mini M&Ms, cinnamon chips, crushed peppermint candies, cooked bacon crumbles, ground cinnamon, cocoa powder, or instant espresso powder.



  • Serve: Fresh Waffles are best served warm and can be kept at room temperature for 2 hours. The dry ingredients can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • Store: Cool prepared Waffles completely and keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Reheat in the toaster or in the oven on a baking sheet until warmed through so they stay crispy.
  • Freeze: Once cooled, wrap Waffles in a plastic wrap tightly and store in a freezer safe plastic bag. Freeze Waffles for up to 3 months and reheat from frozen in the toaster or oven.

Classic Waffles on plate with whipped cream and berries

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Classic Waffle

Easy Classic Waffle recipe for perfect homemade waffles! Crispy, light, and fluffy waffles made with butter, eggs, whole milk, sugar, and vanilla extract.
Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter , melted
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat waffle iron to medium heat.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar twice into a large bowl.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together butter, milk, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add in flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Scoop batter onto lightly buttered waffle iron on medium heat and cook until ready light goes off and waffles are browned and crispy.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg

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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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