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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.*
Notes
*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.

Nutrition

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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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.
275 Responses
  1. Monique

    5 stars
    I added 1 cup of white whole wheat flour for the two cups of flour. I also added 2 tsp of flax meal, and 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. They came out great! Made enough to freeze. I made sure to cool them on wire rack prior to freezing.

  2. 5 stars
    I would like to thank you for sharing this simple and quick recipe. I have tried it so many times for family and guests and they have really enjoyed it. I am the owner of Harsha Enterprises. We manufacture and supply waffle powder Mix. I tried this recipe with the same premix. If you have a gluten-free recipe, I would love to try it.

  3. Christine

    so I have tried a few different Waffle recipes and by far this is the BEST ONE! I just doubled the recipe last weekend for a small Bridal shower brunch I gave and they were a hit as I expected. I always make a few extra to freeze and eat thru out the week!

  4. Addie

    5 stars
    This is our all time favorite waffle recipe! My husband will refuse to eat any other waffle recipe. I took about a 6 month break from making waffles and told him I couldn’t find the recipe again and he about lost it lol but after many searches for waffle recipe with light blue logo We found it! Thanks for making a delicious and easy recipe! We live in Colorado so I half the baking powder!

    1. Aww!! That’s so awesome that you guys love this recipe so much. 🙂 Thank you for your comment and I’m so glad you found the recipe again! Hope you printed it this time! 😉

  5. Jen

    5 stars
    These have been a family favorite for years, it was seriously love at first bite. I hadn’t even tried another recipe since going vegan and GF. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a suitable replacement. So I decided to attempt to fit this recipe to my needs. Obviously if it was a flop, I wouldn’t post a review as that would be my fault. Anyway, I’m happy to report these turned out just as amazing! I used a gluten free flour (better batter), flax eggs, almond milk, and earth balance butter. The kids are still raving about them.

  6. Merry

    5 stars
    I made these this morning came out so good. Kids loved it. I ran out of waffle mix and now I dont need to buy it because this recipe is perfect. I added a tsp of pumpkin pie seasoning because I’m dreaming of fall lol

    1. DAVID MOSBY

      5 stars
      You will “lose the crispness”, not “loose”. Social media uses these words wrongly all too often and more learn the wrong way.

      1. Al

        Thanks for sharing your recipe. I substituted maple extract in lieu of vanilla extract. Your recipe will be our go to waffles. David, I believe you meant to say incorrectly instead of wrongly. Too often those on social media feel the need to correct other’s trivial mistakes and it is rude.

    1. Hi Sharon, I’m thinking it might be an issue with your printer or low ink? I’ve tested the print on a few printers and I’m not running into any issues. I’m sorry you’re having issues with it.

    2. Irene

      Sharon… If you hit the ‘print’ button on the site and got the format for printing, it will print in a grey tone. It isn’t your printer. I’m a techie and mine printed in grey which is really light. Just Select All and go to your Ink button and choose black ink and you’ll be fine.

  7. Kathy Hostetter

    5 stars
    So happy to find a waffle recipe that comes together quick and cooks up well in my 6-inch belgian griddle. (I made about 7 waffles with this recipe.) And they taste great! Thanks. 🙂

    1. Almond milk – yes. If you subbed the self rising flour for all purpose flour, just reduce the amount of baking powder you add to maybe just 2 tsp? I haven’t tried this yet so I’m not sure of the results.

  8. Patty Patzman

    I made these for breakfast today. I was out of milk, but had powdered buttermilk. Added 6 TBS. powder to the dry ingredients and 1 1/2 C. warm water to the wet. I also added 1 tsp. cinnamon and finely diced 3/4 of an apple. My husband told me to make them again.

  9. Mom On Middle

    5 stars
    We made these last night for Breakfast for Dinner. Instead of warm milk. I made soured milk. They came out great! Thanks!

  10. Camille

    5 stars
    Loved these waffles! I used gluten free flour and Earth Balance “butter” and they still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!!

      1. Steve

        5 stars
        It’s nice how simple it is. I’m glad you acknowledge that you got it from Allrecipes.

        One more thing. Either you are living on a budget, or your not. Don’t pretend. It looks disingenuous.

        Thanks for the recipe.

        1. Haha! I say I’m pretending because my husband constantly jokes that we set budgets, but I never really closely follow them. Oh well! 😉 Glad you like the waffles!

  11. Kemmy

    5 stars
    This is the most amazing waffle I’ve ever had. Everyone loves it and the recipe was so easy to make. Thank you

    1. Becky

      Tried this but they came out of the waffle maker still stodgy on the inside and outside would have burnt if left for longer! Any ideas?

      1. Sounds like you might have the heat of your waffle maker too high if it’s scorching the outside before it cooks the inside all the way? Can you adjust the heat settings?

  12. Jade

    5 stars
    I was looking for a waffle recipe last night for next day breakfast and i found yours.
    It was a great recipe! Cooked perfectly and delicious. Thanks for sharing

  13. Trisha

    3 stars
    Used this recipe for my first time making homemade waffles. Its decent and tastes nice but the only complaint I have is that the waffle is very dense and heavy.

    1. Hi Trisha, I’m sorry your waffles weren’t light and fluffy like they normally are. Could it be that you over mixed your waffle batter? That could deflate them quite a bit when baked.

  14. Brandie

    5 stars
    We loved this recipe! Easy, and it fills the whole house with a warm toasty vanilla aroma that I wish I could bottle! Thanks for the delicious recipe. Keeper!

  15. Jacqueline Harrison Orlov

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I ran out of regular flour, so I used the self rising flour I had, and omitted the baking powder. Didn’t use butter but smart balance works great. Also I had little tiny lumps in my batter and it did not affect the outcome at all. Love the batter, it is loose any very easy to pour, especially in a Mickey Mouse waffles iron. My grown child is very particular how Mickey looks before eating it. Lol. thank you love the recipe

  16. Lori E

    5 stars
    Truly delicious! Crispy exterior N fluffy interior. I’m ashamed to say my husband N I ate them all, topped with blueberry sauce!

  17. Sarah Rose

    2 stars
    I add the is seemingly simple recipe and it was a really thin batter. I also don’t know how well whisking works given that there were lumps and doesn’t that knock the air out of it? Perhaps that’s why the recipe uses 4 TSP of baking powder? Anyways, it didn’t come out correctl, shape and consistency wise. Taste was fine. I won’t use this recipe again.

    1. Sorry you didn’t have great results with the recipe Sarah. It sounds like you might have added too much liquid or didn’t have the right amount of flour because this batter should not be really thin. I would suggest giving it another try and making sure you follow the directions and correct ingredient amounts.

  18. Julia

    2 stars
    I used a Belgium Waffle Iron, followed the directions to a ‘T’, and they came out hard as a rock. Grandson was NOT impressed, and he loves waffles! I am so disappointed…

    1. You must have missed something there Julia, because no way would these waffles be hard as a rock. These waffles are light and fluffy. I would definitely give it another try!

      1. Juli

        I will definitely try them again, I am not one to give up! To be fair, I made sure that the baking powder was a fresh container, so I know it wasn’t that. I bought a new bag of flour so all of my ingredients were fresh.

        The granddaughter did have hers later in the day. I put them in a zip lock in the fridge and, when she got home, she popped them in the toaster to heat. She said they were good, just kinda super crunchy, lol!

        I will try again soon, and let you know if my second attempt is any better.

  19. Mirna Jiron

    5 stars
    I needed a quick recipe for waffle to make for my daughter who’s 25. I don’t get to see her that often now so I cook anything she wants when she comes over and waffles were something I used to make for her literally every day before school because she wouldn’t eat anything else in the morning and this recipe reminded her of that time 😉
    Thank you for sharing your recipe and bringing me Lots of hugs and kisses from my munchkin. I make the same recipe with a gluten free type flower for my Mom Joy all around. It’s fast, fresh and NO preservatives!

  20. Georgia

    Amazing waffles and super easy. Made them with the kids this morning and theres none left. The only complait I had was, that the waffles had holes in them as I didn’t put enough batter into the waffle iron. Hahahahaha
    Will definitely make again. Thank you from the UK xxx

  21. John

    1 star
    Definitely needs more milk (at least another 1/2 cup or even 1 cup) and way less baking powder (probably half). Batter was super dense and waffles had bad after taste (as someone else has said probably the baking powder) and really thick and pasty and not fluffy. Kids did not enjoy them at all.
    I think you need to review the ingredient portions again

    1. Sorry John, you must have missed something cause I make this recipe weekly and it’s always a success. I would try it again using the proper measurements.

    2. Autumn King

      It is possible that we are both at higher elevations than the recipe originated John 🙂 I live at about 500′ above sea level and this is twice the amount of baking powder needed for this amount of flour, and it explains the awful aftertaste. Halving the amount of baking powder and adding milk might just help you too. Good luck!

  22. Caroline

    5 stars
    Made these this morning when I realized I was out of the store bought mix. Doubled up everything to make extra but used oil instead of butter (out of that too!) they came out awesome! Fluffy and crisp just like you said. Thanks for making this recipe so accessible! Going to try your lasagna recipe for dinner tonight!

  23. Hillary Williams

    I’m not sure where I went wrong, followed directions exactly, but my batch turned out really dense and almost crumbly dry. Threw them out. Any ideas?

  24. Laurel

    This is a seriously amazing waffle recipe! Will it change the texture much if I decrease the baking powder a little, like only 2-3 tspns? While it didn’t really bother me, I felt like the baking powder came through in the flavor just a little too much, but otherwise these were incredible!

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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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