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Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and full of the flavor and aroma of vanilla, these are the best homemade waffles!

Close up of homemade waffles topped with berries on a white plate.Close up of homemade waffles topped with berries on a white plate.

Waffles are a big hit around here, especially on weekends. We have mini waffles and Elle LOVES having mini waffles of her own.

Yes, I said “some”. We have more than one and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

We have a mini waffle maker which makes standard circle-shaped waffles, but we also have one mini waffle maker. She is obsessed with mini waffle sticks.

I usually make a batch of bisquick waffles, but sometimes I want to make homemade waffles from scratch. And when I do, this is the recipe I use because it's the best.

If you are looking for waffles that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with just the right amount of vanilla flavor, this is the recipe for you.

A spoonful of whipped cream and fresh berries on a homemade waffle next to bacon on a plate.A spoonful of whipped cream and fresh berries on a homemade waffle next to bacon on a plate.

The best homemade waffles

I love waffles. There's something about the crunchy texture and the way the syrup pools inside the waffle cavities that makes me a very happy woman.

When I say I like crispy waffles, I mean it. I usually turn the waffle maker all the way up to make sure the outside of the waffles get super crispy, just how I like them.

So you shouldn't be surprised to find that one of the reasons I love this homemade waffle recipe so much is because the outside gets perfectly crispy every time, while the inside remains light and fluffy.

And that's even without turning on the waffle maker!

These waffles also have a heavenly vanilla aroma and flavor. They are light, buttery and delicious when drizzled with syrup or other sauces. (We'll talk more about your options in a bit.)

Syrup is drizzled onto homemade waffles on a white plate.Syrup is drizzled onto homemade waffles on a white plate.

How to make my homemade waffles

You know what else makes these homemade waffles so great? They are easy to make.

Ingredients you will need

You will need a few basic ingredients to make these waffles:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
Homemade waffle ingredients arranged on a work surface.Homemade waffle ingredients arranged on a work surface.

I think these waffles turn out best when I use whole milk, but you can substitute your favorite dairy-free milk and dairy-free butter alternative if you need a dairy-free option.

This recipe is a perfect way to use up your fancy vanilla bean paste. If you don't have vanilla bean paste, you can use 1 tablespoon vanilla extract instead.

Make sure you know how to properly measure flour before starting this recipe. This will help your waffles always come out perfect.

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As you begin making the waffle dough, set your waffle maker preheat.

If you've made my strawberry cake, the process for making this batter will be familiar to you.

Eggs and sugar whisked together until thick in a white bowl.Eggs and sugar whisked together until thick in a white bowl.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs on medium-low speed until frothy. Add the sugar, then increase the speed to high and mix until the eggs have tripled in volume, turned pale yellow and thickened slightly.

It should take about 5-7 minutes, so don't try to rush it.

With the mixer still on high speed, beat the milk, melted butter, oil, and vanilla bean paste until well combined.

Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix over low heat until the dough is well combined. This will only take about 30 seconds.

Now your batter is done and ready to cook. Lightly spray the waffle iron plates with nonstick spray. Pour the batter into the bottom, being careful not to overfill the waffle maker.

Close the lids and cook until the waffles are golden brown – the time needed will vary depending on your waffle maker.

Carefully remove the waffle from the griddle and place it on a baking tray to keep it warm in the oven. You can also transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely before refrigerating or freezing.

Continue the process with the remaining waffle batter, regreasing the waffle iron if necessary.

Homemade waffles cooling on a rack.Homemade waffles cooling on a rack.

Tips for flavoring and serving

I love these homemade waffles served with plenty of butter and maple syrup, but there are also so many other ways to flavor and garnish them!

Try adding some almond extract and top them with the cherry pie filling.

Make a lemon version! Add a little lemon zest or lemon extract and top with my microwave lemon curd or cranberry sauce.

Some other great coverage options include:

Top view of two white plates, each containing homemade waffles, bacon and fresh berries.Top view of two white plates, each containing homemade waffles, bacon and fresh berries.

Tips for storage and heating

You can store homemade waffles in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

You can also freeze them in an airtight container or zippered freezer bag for up to a month.

To reheat the waffles, I recommend using a toaster oven or toaster, this way the outside can become crispy again. They won't be as perfectly crispy as fresh out of the oven, but they'll still be delicious!

If your toaster or oven has a “frozen” setting, you can use it to both defrost and reheat frozen waffles. If not, let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating them in the morning.

Homemade waffles on a white plate next to eggs and bacon.Homemade waffles on a white plate next to eggs and bacon.
  • While making the waffle batter, preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions.

  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat eggs on medium-low speed until frothy. Add the sugar, then increase the speed to high. Stir until eggs are bulky (should triple in volume), light yellow, and slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Beat milk, melted butter, oil, and vanilla paste over high heat until combined. Add the flour, yeast and salt; mix on low speed until well combined, about 30 seconds.

  • Lightly spray the cooking surface of the waffle iron with nonstick spray. Pour the batter onto the bottom surface. Make sure you don't overfill the waffle maker. Close the lid and cook until golden brown; the time needed may vary depending on the waffle maker.

  • Carefully remove each waffle from the griddle; Transfer cooked waffles to a baking sheet to keep warm in the oven, or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before refrigerating or freezing.

  • Continue with the remaining batter, greasing the waffle iron with more oil if necessary.

If you don't have vanilla bean paste you can replace it with pure vanilla extract.

Serving: 1waffle, Calories: 468kcal, Carbohydrates: 50G, Protein: 10G, Fat: 25G, Saturated fats: 10G, Polyunsaturated fats: 7G, Monounsaturated fat: 6G, Trans fats: 0.5G, Cholesterol: 100mg, Sodium: 515mg, Potassium: 209mg, Fiber: 1G, Sugar: 11G, Vitamin A: 518UI, Soccer: 313mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is calculated automatically, so should only be used as an approximation.

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