You asked for it! Today I’m sharing my all-time favorite waffle recipe! Ready in just 15 minutes, this recipe yields golden, crisp-on-the-outside, soft-and-fluffy-on-the-inside buttermilk waffles (and I include a simple substitute if you don’t have buttermilk!). I can’t wait for you to try it!
If you follow me on Instagram you’re probably just as invested as I am on this journey to the perfect waffle recipe. My sisters and I spent several days making waffles, non-stop, batch after batch, until this recipe was 100% dialed in and 100% perfect. I shared dozens of recipe fails and almost-successes in my Instagram stories. We got sick of eating waffles. Even the dogs seemed to get tired of them.
That is, until this version was finally perfected. And, guys, this recipe is it. And this recipe is for you if you like waffles that are:
- Crisp and golden on the outside
- Insanely soft, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside
- Flavorful enough to enjoy on their own, without being so rich that you can’t cover with syrup or sugar and still enjoy.
- The most beautiful golden/brown color in existence
- Easy, but you will need to dirty an extra bowl to make them (it’s worth it!).
This recipe joins the ranks of my other over-tested breakfast favorites including my crepes and French toast.
What You Need
- Flour. We are using all-purpose or “plain” flour for today’s recipe.
- Baking powder and baking soda. We use the two together for the fluffiest, best tasting waffles. The baking powder really does most of the lifting and makes the waffles fluffy, and the baking soda reacts with the buttermilk for tender waffles with a tasty tang (and helps contribute to giving them a little lift, too).
- Corn starch. The secret ingredient from some of my favorite recipes (like my coffee cake and chocolate chip cookies) makes an appearance here, too. It helps to thicken the batter without drying it out and contributes to the perfectly golden crisp exterior.
- Sugar. A bit of granulated sugar helps flavor the waffles (without making them terribly sweet on their own).
- Vanilla extract. Again, to enhance the flavor.
- Salt. We are all about the flavor here, and the salt helps to enhance it as well.
- Eggs. You’ll need two, and you’ll need to separate the yolks and whites. The yolks will be mixed in with the wet ingredients, then you’ll whip the whites to stiff peaks before stirring into the batter. More on this below!
- Butter. Many waffle recipes tout the benefits of using oil over butter. I tried to make oil work. In fact I was insistent on it in the beginning. But when I finally broke down and tried using butter instead, the flavor of the waffles improved incredibly. Once the butter got into the picture, we were finally on track to waffle perfection.
- Buttermilk. So important for the flavor, don’t make them without . If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, use my simple, two ingredient buttermilk substitute.
Growing up my mom often made us pancakes and waffles using the same batter. While the batter for my buttermilk pancakes made for decent waffles (and the best pancakes of your life), it needed some tweaking before it yielded waffles that had just the right crispness on the outside and fluffiness on the inside.
Technique: Separating the Egg Whites
I didn’t come up with the idea of separating the egg whites and egg yolks, but as I did my waffle research I encountered this technique in more and more recipes.
“Nobody needs more dishes.” I insisted, determined to incorporate the yolks and whites together. But, after about 15 good, but not fantastic waffles, I caved. We gave it a shot and, oh, what a difference. By whipping the egg whites separately to stiff peaks and then folding them into the batter we take our homemade waffles to a new level of fluffiness, airiness, and deliciousness. See my video in the recipe card if you’ve never whipped egg whites before (it’s easy).
Can’t I just skip this step?
Why must you be so difficult? Sure, you could just stir the egg whites and yolks into the batter together. However your waffles won’t be as fluffy and they will taste more “eggy”. I mean, they’ll be alright, so if you’re looking for “alright” waffles instead of the “best” waffles, then sure. Fifty taste-tests down the drain for nothing.
Look, it’s worth the extra dishes and extra 3 minutes, in this waffle-aficionado’s humble opinion.
How do you serve your waffles? Buttered? Drowned in pure Vermont maple syrup? Plain (this recipe actually is quite delicious plain, thank-you-very-much)? Here are a few of my favorite suggestions.
- Go classic with salted butter and maple syrup.
- Powdered sugar. When I was a kid this is the only thing I put on my waffles.
- Fruit! Fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream are great waffle toppings.
- Blueberry sauce or strawberry sauce.
- Make it a waffle sundae by topping off with ice cream, sprinkles, and chocolate sauce.
- You can add chocolate chips straight into the waffle batter before cooking. I recommend using mini chocolate chips (regular sized will be too large and may keep your iron from closing properly) and add ⅔-3/4 cups. Stir them in at the end.
You could also go savory and have yourself a plate of fried chicken & waffles. Confession: I’ve never had the two together before. Am I missing out?
More Great Breakfast Recipes to Try:
Be sure to check out the how-to video in the recipe!
The Best Waffle Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 cup buttermilk please click the link for instructions on how to make a simple buttermilk substitute (473ml)
- 2 large eggs whites and yolks divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled a bit
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl,
- Add buttermilk, egg yolks (reserve the whites, you will need them in a moment), and vanilla extract to the well. Gently whisk together wet ingredients (avoiding the dry) and drizzle butter into mixture while whisking.
- Whisk all wet ingredients together in the well to combine and scramble the egg yolks. Use a spatula to gradually incorporate the rest of the batter until all ingredients are well-combined (but don’t over-mix). There will likely be some small lumps in the batter.
- In a separate (completely clean and completely dry) bowl, use an electric mixer to beat egg whites to stiff peaks.
- Fold egg whites into batter, stir gently until completely combined,
- Let the batter sit for about 5 minutes while your waffle iron preheats.
- Once waffle iron is ready, portion batter into hot iron (for my Belgian iron I need about 1 ¼ cups of batter). Cook until golden brown. How long the waffle takes will depend on your iron, for my Presto Belgian iron it takes about 4 minutes. The first waffle is usually a test to judge how much batter to use and how long to cook.
- Serve warm, topped with butter and syrup, whipped cream and berries, or powdered sugar!
Making in AdvanceThis batter can be made and stored, covered, in the refrigerator for two days. Gently stir the ingredients together again before using.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.
Can you make the batter a little ahead of time? I want to make some for work but not take my mixer.
Emily @ Sugar Spun Run
Hi Jack! We cover making in advance in the recipe notes 😊
Just made these for the first time and they were amazing!
I have also made your pancakes, french toast, and brownies and your recipes are amazing every time!
I’m so glad you enjoyed them so much, Walter! 🙂
Can I use tapioca starch instead of cornstarch?
Thanks! I love every recipe I use of yours, Isabel
Emily @ Sugar Spun Run
Hi Isabel! We haven’t tried this, but it’s worth a shot. Let us know how it goes if you do! 😊
Maria B Rugolo
Another excellent recipe! Light, fluffy and delicious. Sam never fails! ❤️
Crispy and fluffy. A tight rope to walk. Well done!
Emily @ Sugar Spun Run
We’re so happy you loved them, Matt! 😊
yes this is the bomb of waffles… so good! I thought I already had the best waffle recipe and although it is very similar this recipe beats it. Thank you!
Emily @ Sugar Spun Run
We’re so happy you found our recipe, Natalie! Enjoy the waffles 🙂
These are the fluffiest waffles I’ve ever had! I’ve made these for Father’s Day & Mother’s Day, and my family loved them & looks forward to when I make them! My only note is to make sure they’re cooked thoroughly, until they’re nicely browned and not just lightly golden, because otherwise they can get a bit soggy (especially when they’re stacked) since they’re so light & delicate.
I’m so glad you enjoyed them so much, Lynne! 🙂
This is the absolute best waffle recipe. They taste delicious, hold up their fluffy texture to fruit toppings, and look picture perfect.
I have tried many recipes in my search for the best.
Sugar Spun Run never disappoints!
They freeze well also!
Emily @ Sugar Spun Run
We’re so happy you enjoyed them, Mary! Thanks for trusting our recipes ❤
Always looking for new waffle recipes. Just made this and kids love it!
Can they be frozen? I always make a 2nd one to store for later days.
Hi Christina! My mom actually freezes them all the time when she makes them. 🙂
When she freezes them does she put anything between them or just stack them as is?
This recipe is do good.My waffles were so tasty.Thanks Sam.
I’m so glad you enjoyed them so much, Victoria! 🙂
As usual your recipes never disappoint! My kids destroyed these! These were the best tasting waffles I’ve ever had!
I’m so glad everyone enjoyed them so much, Bethany! 🙂
I made this recipe this morning for my wife and grandkids. We could not believe how much the grandkids ate. They couldn’t eat them fast enough. They were so light and fluffy. Great flavor. I grumbled about having to whisk the egg whites. But I took your word for it that it was necessary. Once I added them to the batter I could not believe how lite it made it. Totally worth the 3 minutes. Thanks for another great recipe.
I am so glad everyone enjoyed them so much, Bill! The extra work is definitely worth it here. 🙂
Is the recipe ok to double
I wanted to explain about the box mix comment. My cooking was so bad I was asked to bring paper plates to family outings. So my children only had box mixes growing up. So when they thought this was so good no way I made it myself.
Hello! Thanks you! they were very nice but too many so can I keep the batter in fridge or how I storege the waffle.
Hi Naji! Yes you can store the batter in the fridge (covered) for two days :$
The cooled waffles may also be frozen if desired.
Hi Sam, Just doing some late night recipe hunting ready for that day when my grown up children are finally able to visit again – not seen them since Christmas 2019 – and I know that they like waffles and this looks like the perfect reunion recipe! Just one quick question (sorry that I always ask for conversions) what is the equivalent in mls for the buttermilk? All the other measurements are fine. Thank you once more for all the conversions that you have sent to me! Always appreciated, never a bad recipe from you, thank you again for making me look good!!! I hope that you and yours are keeping well! Let’s hope that Covid is soon seen on its way by vaccinations for us all and families can be reunited and I can bake again for my boys ( and my daughter in law too), as much as my ‘at home’ daughter loves your recipes and my baking, she misses arguing with her big brothers over the final slice!! Thanks Sam, from Bitsie (Wales, UK).
I hope everyone loves these! You will need 473 ml of buttermilk. It has been tough being away from everyone but hopefully soon all will return to normal. 🙂
First I do not cook or bake. So I used every dish in the house making these. My grown kids asked me what Box mix I used? That was the best complement I could have been given. Thank you.
I am so glad everyone enjoyed them so much, Jackie! 🙂
So good! Just made these this morning and my husband, my 8 month old daughter, and myself loved them! They are so yummy just on their own we didn’t even need syrup!