Fluffy Homemade Waffle Recipe

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This Homemade Waffle Recipe uses just a handful of ingredients that you likely have on hand already!

Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, these waffles are delicious drizzled with melted butter and syrup. The perfect start to any weekend morning!

a plate of waffles with syrup and butter

Is Pancake Mix The Same as Waffle Mix?

The batter in this waffle recipe is not the same as pancake batter.

Waffle batter uses more egg (plus we beat the whites separately and fold them in) for the most fluffy waffles ever! The extra egg in a waffle batter makes a crispy exterior surrounding a moist fluffy inside with lots of air pockets.

While you certainly can cook pancake batter in your waffle iron, they won’t have the same texture or flavor that classic waffles have. Pancake mix or a pancake recipe will be a bit denser and won’t have the same texture on the outside.

Ingredients for homemade waffles on a wood board

The Secret to Extra Fluffy Waffles

If you want extra fluffy waffles with a crisp exterior, there’s a simple trick. It will only add about 2-3 minutes to the prep time, so it’s totally worth the effort.

For extra fluffy waffles, separate the egg whites and beat them until stiff peaks form. Fold them into the batter. This step only takes a few minutes and makes a big difference. If you are short on time, you can skip this step but I highly recommend it!

beaten egg whites for extra fluffy waffles

How to Make Waffles

This light, fluffy homemade waffle recipe is easy and takes just minutes of prep. The rave reviews will make it worth the extra step of whipping the egg whites!

  1. Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until stiff. (Optional but recommended). This extra step makes this recipe extra fluffy compared to other waffle recipes.
  2. Mix dry and wet ingredients (per recipe below). Fold in whipped egg whites.
  3. Ladle batter into a hot waffle iron and cook until lightly browned and crispy, about 5 minutes.

Serve with your favorite toppings. Some waffle makers just have an off and on but others require a temperature. If your waffle maker requires a temperature, cook the waffles At 400°F for a nice brown on the outside.

mixing waffle batter in a bowl

To Keep Warm

This waffle recipe is great for a crowd and can easily be doubled or tripled. Keep waffles warm in the oven as you make more batches so everyone can eat at the same time (and make oven bacon to keep warm at the same time too)!

Preheat the oven to 225°F and place a baking pan in the oven. As the waffles are finished cooking, place them on the baking pan to stay warm while you make the remaining waffles.

Tips for The Best Waffles

  • You can skip the step of separating the egg and beating the whites but it really makes these waffles amazing.
  • Do not overmix the batter, it should be a little bit lumpy.
  • Preheat your waffle maker and lightly oil with vegetable oil. Cooking spray isn’t recommended as it can cause a sticky residue.
  • Put enough batter so the waffle is almost full, it will run out to the edges a little bit.

Homemade Waffles being cooked on a griddle

 

Our Favorite Waffle Toppings

Waffles are incredibly versatile and accommodating to so many different toppings.  They can be served as bread in a gravy-rich meal (like a hot turkey sandwich), or as a dessert.

Make Ahead & Reheating Leftovers

Mix up some extra batter, because waffles store well in the fridge or freezer, and are easy to revive in the microwave, toaster, or oven for quick breakfasts or even snacks.

  • To Store: Cool completely before storing in freezer bags or containers. They will keep up to two weeks in the refrigerator, and up to four-six months in the freezer.
  • To Reheat: Just remove as many as you need and place straight into the toaster oven on the medium or light setting until heated through. They can burn easily, so keep an eye on them.

Yummy Breakfast Options

Did you enjoy this Waffle Recipe? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

a plate of waffles with syrup and butter
4.94 from 396 votes
Review Recipe

Fluffy Homemade Waffle Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Nothing beats them for home-cooked comfort and making the kids or weekend guests feel special.

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs divided
  • 1 ⅔ cup milk
  • cup melted butter or oil

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Instructions

  • Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • Place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • In a small bowl, mix egg yolks, milk, and butter. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. *see note
  • Add egg yolk mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in egg whites.
  • Drop by large spoonfuls onto greased waffle iron, close the lid and cook about 3-5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Beating the egg whites and folding them in makes the fluffiest waffles. This recipe can be made without beating the egg whites as well. If you do not beat the egg whites, reduce milk to 1 1/2 cups, and add whole eggs to the butter mixture.
To Keep Warm if Making Batches
Preheat the oven to 225°F and place a baking pan in the oven. As the waffles are finished cooking, place them on the baking pan to stay warm while you make the remaining waffles.
Buttermilk Waffles
To make buttermilk waffles, reduce baking powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons and add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Replace milk with buttermilk.
Tips for the Best Waffles
  • Don't overmix the batter, it should be lumpy.
  • Preheat the waffle maker and lightly oil with vegetable oil. Do not use cooking spray.
  • Put enough batter in the iron so the waffle is almost full, it will run out to the edges a little bit.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 308, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 336mg, Potassium: 365mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 523IU, Calcium: 186mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
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  1. Hi, going to be on a time frame when I make these to get my guests to the airport, wondered if I could make the batter the night before? I am worried that the beaten egg whites might not survive an overnight in the fridge.

    1. I would suggest measuring all of the ingredients and then beating the eggs and mixing the batter just before cooking.

  2. I was looking for a recipe that would come out fluffy and light like Eggo’s because that is the waffle of choice for my husband. We both loved them he even though they were Eggo’s which was a great compliment. I used buttermilk and adjusted the recipe as instructed for the use of buttermilk.5 stars

  3. Great flavor! This came out nice and light/fluffy, as promised. Thank you for posting such great recipes. I’ll be trying out many more of your recipes.5 stars

  4. I usually use waffle mix but didn’t have any and tried this recipe. Found a keeper for sure. Took a little more time and effort but it was worth it! It just added more “love” to the outcome (cooking for your family is love)..5 stars