Classic Waffle Recipe

This Classic Waffle Recipe makes perfectly crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside waffles that are to die for!

This Classic Waffle Recipe makes perfectly crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside waffles that are to die for!

Crispy waffles on white plate with syrup and strawberries. pinterest

We have been making these delicious classic waffles non stop at our house. I’m not joking when I say that my kids request them every weekend.

Belgium waffle cut into 4 pieces

I figured I better share this awesome recipe with you all, just in case you’re looking for THE BEST waffles out there!

What Makes These Waffles The Best

In my humble opinion, these waffles are the best because the batter is super quick to prepare (no beating egg whites and folding them into a batter). You can mix the whole thing up with a simple whisk or fork!

The texture of the waffles are crisp on the outside with a delightfully fluffy inside, with a hint of butter and vanilla throughout. They really are magical.

Mixing bowl with waffle batter inside.

I actually found this recipe on AllRecipes and fell in love with it the first time I tried it.

Ingredients Needed –

  • All Purpose Flour – some have used a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour with great success
  • Sugar 
  • Baking Powder – this is what helps give the waffles their perfect rise!
  • Salt
  • Butter – you can use salted or unsalted
  • Milk – I use either 2% or whole milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract

Pouring waffle batter into a hot waffle iron

The Secret To Successful Waffles

Are you ready for the secret trick that makes these waffles the absolute BEST?!

Warm Milk.

Yup, that’s it! And here’s why – the warm milk allows the melted butter to stay in a liquid, without seizing up and clumping. This means the butter is woven beautifully through each and every waffle, every little waffle pocket and you can really taste it! 

To warm the milk, I simply measure it out into a microwaveable measuring cup and heat it in the microwave for just 1 minute. You don’t want it hot, just warm.

Waffles cooling on a wire baking rack

Tips for Keeping Waffles Warm:

  • If you’re not going to enjoy the waffles straight off the waffle iron, place them in a single layer on a wire cooling rack.
  • Turn your oven to the “warm” setting or about 220 degrees F. and place the fresh waffles in an even layer in the oven until ready to enjoy.

PRO TIP: Unlike pancakes, where you can toss them all on top of each other to keep them warm, waffles have a crispy outer coating that is highly desirable. If you stack them while they’re hot, they are going to create steam and quickly loose that crispiness.

Can You Freeze Waffles?

  • YES! These waffles are great for storing in the freezer and popping straight into the toaster oven.
  • Place the cooled waffles in a zip close bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

I make a triple batch of these and my kids can enjoy them throughout the week. We love them with fresh berries, whipped cream and of course a little syrup never hurts!

Large waffle on plate with butter and syrup

We also just recently upgraded our waffle iron to a double waffle baker and it’s life changing.

I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a new waffle maker!

Syrup dripping down side of waffle with butter on top

I hope you enjoy these waffles as much as we do!

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Classic Waffle Recipe

These Classic Waffles are buttery and delicious and use basic pantry ingredients that come together in minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 waffles
Calories: 397 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted (see notes if using salted butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat waffle iron.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine.
  • In a separate small bowl whisk the eggs and stir in the warm milk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until blended.
  • Scoop the batter into the preheated waffle iron and cook until the waffles are golden brown and crisp. Serve immediately or lay on a cooling rack until cool. Store in zip close bags in freezer.*
*To reheat waffles, place frozen waffle in toaster and cook until heated through and crisp on the outside.
If using salted butter, reduce the salt in recipe to just 1/4 tsp.


Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 802mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 639IU | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: Breakfast, Classic Waffles, Waffle Recipe
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Food on a plate, with Waffle and Butter

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
287 Responses
  1. Renata

    5 stars
    I just made this recipe and it’s just wonderful. i’m from Brazil and eating these waffles reminded me of my travel days to the USA. thank you so much !

  2. Kelly

    5 stars
    This is my go to waffle recipe for a long time now! We discovered, by running out of milk one day, that almond milk makes these waffles even more light and even more crispy! My kids normally hate new things, and even they thought the waffles were better!

    On a recipe note- I wish the comment about salted butter was up by the salt!! More than once I’ve put the salt in normally, then got to the salted butter comment and couldn’t fix it.

  3. Carole Mitchell

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious. We had them for supper. Topped with strawberries and blueberries. You couldn’t as for a better meal on a hot Florida day.

      1. Isabelle

        Would you recommend this recipe if I want to try out my mini waffle maker for the first time? 🙂 I’ve never made waffles before haha

    1. Shawn

      You can cover loosely with a paper towel to help capture the steam and it’ll keep your waffles moist on the inside. You might lose some of the crisp outside though.

      1. Dax

        With the amount of milk it uses, the recipe would likely not be good if you just used water. But a milk substitute would be fine (almond milk, coconut milk, etc)

  4. Lin H

    5 stars
    I first tried this recipe myself and it was the best one I’ve ever tried in my 70 years and it was so easy the batches made since then my grand children have made all on there own every weekend. Thank you so much for sharing, we just make the waffles according to your recipe and they have never failed.

    1. Shawn

      That warms my heart to hear Lin! I love that you’re creating memories with your grandchildren while also making waffles!

  5. Dolly Wade

    I make these all the time I love this recipe, I freeze them when I use my square waffle maker and the kids can put them in the toaster. Thank you for all those good recipes.

    1. Shawn

      I’ve never tried to substitute the butter for oil here, but my gut would say to use equal parts. You’ll have to let me know how it works if you do try it!

    1. Shawn

      Hey Donna, I would try my Classic Pancake Recipe for now and maybe try ordering a waffle maker from Amazon! Best Classic Pancake Recipe

  6. Julie

    5 stars
    Just made these! I love a good waffle but have never had a recipe that was a keeper, until now! Saving this recipe.
    This is a perfect waffle recipe. Yum!

  7. Jane

    Hi, I made this waffle recipe. It was so yummy that I made double recipe. My family enjoyed it for breakfast. Most easiest recipe. Thank you, Jane from Fremont CA.

  8. Erin

    This recipe is great. It’s my go-to recipe to use when I make waffles for my family (sometimes as often as every weekend). They’re a hit every time.

  9. Jonathan

    3 stars
    This recipe is good, but honestly I felt like the 4 tsp of baking powder was overkill for leavening. I went against my better judgement and put the 4 tsp in and the waffles blew up so much that the waffle iron could hardly shut. Also, the sodium content with 4 tsp of baking powder plus the teaspoon of salt is kind of high. If I made it again I’d only use maybe 1-2 tsp of baking powder and maybe a 1/4 tsp of salt. Otherwise a good solid waffle recipe. Thanks!

    1. Shawn

      Sorry you struggled with them rising too much. I’ve never had an issue with them overflowing. I would use less batter on your waffle iron if that’s happening.

  10. Janet Miller

    5 stars
    This was easy, all basic ingredients on hand and made tasty waffles. I did reduce butter just a little and used whole milk. Freezing the extras and I may mix up dry ingredients to make with grandkids with less fuss.

  11. Laraine

    3 stars
    They were cooked on the outside but doughy and uncooked inside. They were cooking for 8 minutes. Our waffle maker has no heat setting control. Also they tasted salty. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Shawn

      Sounds like a waffle maker malfunction? My waffles only take about 2 1/2 minutes to cook all the way through. I would look into seeing if you can increase the heat or possibly find a new waffle maker.

  12. Zed LaSaulle

    Loved the recipe,especially heating the milk,great tip.
    If I may suggest,use buttermilk instead of milk. Just finished eating my waffles, thanks again.
    PS. Good luck with,’5’ kids !!

  13. Mary Helen Moreira Holt

    Love the recipe!! We dont have the premix my husband usually used to do waffles for us here in Brazil so I google it and found yours! It come out great and easy!
    I did butter milk instead milk it come out delicious!

  14. Tamera | Campfires & Coffee

    5 stars
    These are my favorite waffles I’ve tried! I’m going to pre-mix the dry ingredients and try to make this recipe with an outdoor waffle iron on our next camping trip. I can’t wait to try it 🙂

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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