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!

Below you’ll find the secret to perfect homemade waffles!

a plate of waffles with syrup and butter

The Secret to The Best Waffles

This tip is what makes this the best waffle recipe; extra fluffy with a crisp exterior. It will only take an extra 2-3 minutes, but it will make a big difference in the texture.

Separate the egg whites from the yolks and beat them until stiff peaks form. Then, fold the beaten egg whites into the waffle batter.

If you are short on time, you can skip this step, but I highly recommend it!

Ingredients for homemade waffles on a wood board

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. Pour the batter onto a preheated waffle iron and cook until lightly browned and crispy, about 5 minutes.

Serve with your favorite toppings.

To Keep Waffles 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 waffle 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.

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.

Can you use pancake mix for waffles?

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 be as crisp on the outside.

How much batter do I add to the waffle maker?

This can vary based on the type of waffle maker, if you have the manual for your waffle maker it will usually indicate how much batter to use (Belgian waffle maker will need more batter than a regular waffle maker).

Add enough batter so the bottom of the waffle is almost full. A little batter will run out to the edges so you don’t have to fill the whole plate and the batter will expand as it cooks.

What temperature do I cook waffles at?

Some waffle makers just have an off and on, but others require you to select a temperature. If your waffle maker requires a temperature, cook the waffles At 400°F. This gives the a great crust.

How to clean a waffle maker.

Unplug the waffle maker and let it cool. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove crumbs and any leftover batter. Wipe off any stuck-on bits with a silicone or wooden spatula (don’t use metal, it can damage the surface).
Wipe the inside of the waffle maker with a damp cloth or sponge, then dry.

Avoid using sharp tools or products on the nonstick surface.

How to Reheat Leftovers

Mix up some extra batter because waffles store well in the fridge or freezer and are easy to reheat in the microwave, toaster, or oven.

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

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Fluffy Homemade Waffles Recipe

Nothing beats fluffy homemade waffles! These waffles are extra fluffy with a crisp exterior.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

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

Instructions 

  • Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions (or to 400°F if your waffle maker has a temperature guage).
  • Place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • In a small bowl, mix egg yolks, milk, butter, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. *see note
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Gently fold in the egg whites.
  • Drop by large spoonfuls onto greased waffle iron until most of the wells are covered. Close the lid and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.

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Notes

I use unsalted butter. If your butter is salted, skip the salt in this recipe.
Egg Whites:  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 of 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.
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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. I didn’t have an electric beater, so I hand beat the egg whites. They probably didn’t turn out as fluffy as they were supposed to because of that :/

    Overall, a great recipe! The first waffle came out dry and crispy, so we had to take care not to over cook them.

    They were just a tad sweet, great for savory or sweet waffles! I personally prefer a sweeter waffle, so I might add more sugar next time.4 stars

  2. The best waffle recipe!! I love the fluffy-ness that the beaten egg whites add to the waffles. A bit more work but seriously worth it!! The recipe also isn’t too sweet, whichis great when adding syrup and ice cream.5 stars

  3. This is a good recipe, if you like making things from scratch this is a good one there’s a little more to it but not too complicated.5 stars

  4. My husband’s loves waffles and i never ever liked them until he made your recipe and OMG AMAZING! We have added savory and sweet to the mix and omg yum. Thank you for this recipe it truly has turned a yuck poo non waffle eater to a want them for breakfast lunch and dinner eater lol.5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried making this batter overnight. I’d suggest preparing your wet ingredients (and refrigerate) and dry ingredients, and mix together in the morning. But if you do try mixing the night before, let us know how it works for you!

  5. My 9 year old son loves it when I make these waffles. I use half the sugar only bc that’s our preference. I use vinegar to make “buttermilk.” Whipping the egg whites makes all the fluffy difference! Thank you for the great recipe.5 stars

  6. Loved them added pecans and they were great I didn’t have to separate the eggs. They crisped and were soft too. Thanks for sharing ! We got 5 waffles from one batch.5 stars

  7. Came here after being disappointed at the taste of store-bought mix. My first time making homemade waffle batter and it was PERFECT. Added a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg into the batter per other comment suggestions. Thanks for such a great recipe, we loved every bite!5 stars

  8. Kids said the waffles were extra fluffy and soooooo good. Thanks for making Dad’s breakfast for dinner a great meal!

  9. I wanted to try this recipe after reading all the great reviews. Unfortunately this wasn’t a good experience. Mostly because I am from south Africa and one cup is 250ml.

    Could you please redo this recipe for me, but in grams or ounces please. An American cup is a different size to other countries. And of course we are in the internet age now, and you get international readers now, so kindly accommodate us unworthy people who don’t hail from the great United States of 1 american cup to rule all other cups. (Said with tongue in cheek)

    I really do want to retry this recipe again, and give another review after I, I mean after you get the measurements sorted out .

    Thanks

    1. Hi Jeremy, we actually hail from a little farther North in Canada so of course, we would love to help you out! I don’t want to lead you astray so I do find it best to print the recipe and use this recipe converter to change everything into grams. Hope that helps!!

  10. Tasty recipe and easy to follow directions. I added 1 tsp vanilla to the egg yolk mixture and some cinnamon would have been good too.5 stars