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

They’re fluffy on the inside, perfectly crisp on the outside, and these waffles are delicious drizzled with melted butter and syrup.

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

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The Secret to Perfect Waffles

You want to know what makes this the best waffle recipe?

Separate the egg whites from the yolks and beat the whites until stiff peaks form. Then, fold the beaten egg whites into the waffle batter. This adds air to the batter for waffles that are super fluffy inside with a crisp exterior.

If you are short on time, you can skip this step, but it will only take an extra 2-3 minutes. It does make a big difference in the texture of these waffles..

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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 easy waffle recipe is great for a crowd and can 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 Perfect Waffles

  • For the fluffiest waffles, don’t skip the step of separating and beating the whites.
  • Do not overmix the waffle batter; it should be a little bit lumpy.
  • Preheat the 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 can be topped with almost anything sweet or savory. We love fresh berries, syrup, and whipped cream of course. They can also replace bread in in a gravy-rich meal (like a hot turkey sandwich) or used to make a breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese.

Recipe FAQs

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 (a 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 them 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 leftover 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 to 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 extra fluffy homemade waffles with a crisp exterior!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

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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 gauge).
  • 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. Hi, has anyone ever made these a day before for big breakfast the next morning? I am wondering how they will be!5 stars

  2. Hi, has anyone ever made these a day before for big breakfast the next morning? I am wondering how they will be?

  3. Im excited to try these! Has anyone tried making a big batch and saving the batter to use over the course of a couple days? Would it work since the egg whites were whipped?5 stars

  4. I’m so glad I found this recipe! My little kids were begging for waffles this morning. They are crispier on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. I doubled the recipe, tons of leftovers. I’ve added this to my files. It’s a keeper!5 stars

  5. I made these today as my Grandson was spending the night. He and my husband absolutely loved them. Fluffy and light some I cooked longer as my husband likes them crispy.
    I did make a double batch so I can freeze them. I made about 16 (5×5 inch waffles) Great recipe! Thank you!5 stars

  6. This is my go-to recipe for waffles! I’ve made them over 10 times and they are perfect every time. Exactly as described,, they are fluffy on the inside and a little crisp on the outside.5 stars

  7. Best. Ever. Waffles!
    I’ve never whipped egg whites before asks I felt like a fancy baker for a few minutes. I’m making this again!5 stars

  8. I loved making this recipe. We all enjoyed it. Do you think they’ll turn out right, if baked in an oven using a waffle mould?

    1. I have never baked them this way MJ, so I can’t say for sure. I would love to hear how it turns out if you decide to try it!

  9. I like my waffles crispy so I didn’t separate the eggs and beat the whites. This recipe is a KEEPER! Excellent flavor and texture. I’m a vanilla fiend so I added a Tbls and I also like to put crumbled bacon in the batter. Goes good with syrup!5 stars

  10. awesome recipe! make it all the time for the kids. I use king Arthur gf flour to make it gf and it worked perfectly.5 stars

  11. It didn’t tell us where to put the butter so we put with the wet ingredients and froze and got chunky. It didn’t tell us to mix the wet and dry ingredients but we knew. Plus didn’t tell us to add chocolate chips.

    1. Hi, step 3 says In a small bowl, mix egg yolks, milk, butter, and vanilla extract. In step 5, you mix the wet and dry ingredients together. This recipe does not call for chocolate chips, but they could be folded in with the egg whites. Hope that helps.

  12. Great waffle recipe. I halves the recipe since it’s just two of us at home. I had to make alterations since I was out of fresh eggs. I used powdered egg instead so I wasn’t able to whip the egg whites separately AND I missed the note about the milk adjustment for the whole eggs but the waffles still came out delicious. Also, instead of vanilla extract I used 3/4 of Cake Batter extract and 1/4 of Maple extract5 stars

  13. The best! This recipe is fluffy, light, and tasty. It is the right balance and we love it in my home and business.5 stars