How to Make Waffles in a Waffle Maker

Waffles with pecans and blueberries.

Nothings says weekend like hot homemade waffles, crispy and fluffy, topped with maple syrup and fresh fruit. Or maybe strawberries and powdered sugar or chocolate chips and whip cream! Learn how to make waffles in your waffle maker to have this delicious breakfast on your table in just about 20 minutes. Yum!

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Why This Recipe is So Good

Quick – Ready in about 20 minutes.

Easy – Mix, pour, bake in the waffle maker and serve!

Delicious – Crispy outside and fluffy inside. Plus it is fresh with no preservatives!

Looking for other breakfast ideas? Check out How to Make and Omelette. Breakfast may just become your most favorite meal!

What You’ll Need to Make It

Ingredients – Eggs, Oil, Milk, Vanilla are the wet ingredients. Flour, sugar, baking powder and salt are the dry ingredients. Fillings of your choice like pecans, walnuts, or chocolate chips. Toppings such as fresh blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream, syrup (regular or maple), and / or powdered sugar. Can’t have too many toppings!

Equipment – Waffle Maker, Mixing Bowls, Spoon and Spatula.

How to Cook Waffles

You will need a waffle maker for this recipe. I have an Oster that makes round waffles and a Cuisinart for square waffles. The particular waffle maker is not as important as preparing the grates for cooking. Even if you have nonstick grates, be sure to start with brushing or spraying oil on the grates and preheat before cooking so the waffles won’t stick. That is the number one mistake that causes waffles to stick to the waffle maker.

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Combine and mix gently. Pour waffle batter onto greased and preheated bottom grate of a waffle maker. Add nuts if desired. Close and bake about 6 minutes depending on your waffle maker. Lift lid and remove.


Add nuts to the batter or after you put batter on the grates of the waffle maker.

Add cinnamon, pumpkin spice or allspice to batter for a different flavor. Add chocolate chips or butterscotch chips to batter for sweet bites in the waffle or bacon bits for savory flavor.

Top with whip cream, fudge sauce, or caramel sauce. Mixed berries and seasonal fruit are delicious and fresh. Various syrup flavors like blueberry, cherry, or raspberry.

Chicken and Waffles is another popular serving idea that takes this breakfast to any meal of the day!

Pro Tips

Grease cooking grates with oil or non-stick spray, even if they are non-stick grates.

Keep waffles warm while cooking additional batches. Place them on a cookie sheet in the oven set on its lowest setting for warm.

Place on a wire rack to cool and refrigerate or freeze leftovers in an airtight storage bag.


What makes waffles fluffy on the inside?

Both baking powder and not overmixing the batter. If you overmix the batter it eliminates air that has been stirred in by causing it to escape. The air allows tiny pockets to form as the batter cooks – resulting in that fluffy light texture that delights your mouth!

What makes waffles crispy on the outside?

Preheating and greasing the griddle allows the batter to flash cook causing a crisp outside that protects the batter inside while it cooks to soft perfection.

What’s the best way to remove a waffle from a waffle iron?

Be sure to start by greasing the plates before cooking. Keep an eye on the batter to be sure it doesn’t overcook and burn.
Perfectly cooked waffle maker waffles should come out easily by lifting the edge of the waffle with a spatula. Once you have lifted the edge it is easy to slide the spatula under the waffle to remove it from the griddle.

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Waffles with pecans and blueberries.
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How to Make Waffles in a Waffle Maker

Easy waffle recipe for homemade batter from scratch to bake in your waffle maker. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Combine gently and use a ladle to spoon waffle batter into a hot waffle maker being sure to not overfill so the batter doesn't pour out the sides. Add nuts such as pecan or walnuts to the batter before closing the grates. Remove from waffle maker with a spatula and top with your favorite toppings such as maple syrup, powdered sugar, whip cream, blueberries or strawberries.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Salt
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 380kcal
Cost: $10


  • 2 eggs (medium or large)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups milk (whole or skim)
  • ½ cup olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 tsp sugar (white or brown)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup olive oil spray (to spray grates)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat waffle maker. Set to medium high.
  • Measure flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix eggs, milk, olive oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients (eggs, milk, oil and vanilla) into the large bowl with flour mixture.
  • Mix gently with a large spoon or cake spatula until all ingredients are combined and no dry ingredients remain visible.
  • Open waffle maker and spray olive oil onto grates. Spoon waffle batter with a soup ladle into hot waffle iron.
  • Add pecans or other nuts if desired. Cover grate area with batter just to the sides being careful to not overfill. It will expand when it cooks.
  • Close waffle maker and let bake. It will take about 6 minutes. They are ready when you gently lift the waffle lid and they are golden in color and crispy in appearance.
  • Open lid and remove with a flat spatula. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings: maple syrup, regular syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar, fresh blueberries, strawberries or other fruit.


Nutritional analysis is an estimate and will vary according to ingredients used and serving size.
Add additional fillings such as chocolate chips, canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice, or other sliced or chopped fresh fruits.
Toppings include pancake and waffle syrup, maple syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips or other berries.  


Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g

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