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How to Make Classic Waffles in the Waffle Maker

If you have a waffle maker, then it’s so easy to make a classic waffle at home. And waffles make a great breakfast for something different.

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One of the boy’s favorite “breakfast for dinner” meals is pancakes. And though we make them often, there are times we want something different. So, one such night, I suggested waffles instead. Tyler wasn’t too excited about that at first, but then was ok with it when he got to help me pour the ingredients in the mixer and watch me cook them.

We were given a waffle maker for a wedding gift, and have used it quite a few times. I actually tend to forget about it because it’s deep in a lower cabinet. But as long as you have a waffle maker, these are super easy! I believe this classic waffle recipe came with my waffle maker. To me, a great waffle is all in the toppings.

Two young boys in pajamas standing on a stool at the stovetop
Don’t be fooled by the pjs, we were eating these for dinner…. the boys just had a pajama day!!

These are so easy. Just dump all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients in your bowl and mix them up. I use the stand mixer, just because it makes it easier for me, but you could use a regular electric mixer as well. I haven’t ever tried mixing the waffle batter by hand, so I don’t know how well that works.

Every waffle maker is going to be a little different, so make sure you know how to operate yours before starting. Mine has to be at just the right setting to work well. If it’s too low, the waffle splits when we try to take it off the cooker and if it’s too high then it burns. There’s also a big difference in a regular waffle maker and a Belgian waffle maker. 

Classic Waffle Topping Ideas

Like I said, waffles are all about the toppings, and there are so many ideas! Our family favorite toppings are the sweet ones, but you can try savory toppings as well. 

  • Pure maple syrup (a classic)
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh fruit and fresh berries
  • Whipped cream
  • Pecans and other nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter
  • Fried chicken
  • Sausage gravy

Waffle Maker Tips

  1. If your waffle batter is sticking to the waffle maker, spray with nonstick spray or add a bit of melted butter to the waffle irons
  2. For fluffy waffles, make sure you don’t overmix the batter
  3. Add a bit of vanilla extract for a sweeter waffle
  4. If you waffle is not golden brown when the indicator lights up, leave them in another minute or two
  5. Read the instructions to see how much batter you need per waffle. If you have too much batter, it will spill out of the edges and make a mess. Not enough batter will make smaller waffles and you won’t get the crispy edges. 

Waffles Step by Step

Ingredients for Classic Waffles

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs


In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the waffles. Whisk with an electric mixer until the batter is smooth.

For the best waffles, let the batter rest for 5 minutes while you preheat the waffle maker. Setting 3-4 (out of 5) tends to work well for mine, but they are all different.

Pour 1/2 cup of the batter onto the center of the lower grid on the preheated waffle iron. Spread evenly with a spatula if needed.

Close the cover of the waffle maker. If yours is like mine, the light will turn red. Once the light turns green, or whatever indicator your waffle maker has, open it up and carefully remove the waffle from the machine. Repeat with the remaining batter until all of the waffles are made. Serve warm with desired toppings such as butter, maple syrup, fruit, etc.

Two waffles with a pat of butter on a white plate with syrup pouring onto them and a cup of coffee and a yogurt parfait in the background on a wooden surface (vertical)

Classic Waffles Leftovers

Storage: One of the best ways is to place leftover waffles in a single layer in an airtight container. Or, you can add a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil between layers. Refrigerate for 2-3 days. 

Reheating: For best results reheat waffles in the toaster, toaster oven, or air fryer. That will help keep the edges crispy and prevent soggy waffles. 

Freezing: To freeze cooked waffles, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. After a few hours, once they are frozen, you can move them to freezer bags. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or cook from frozen. 


Originally Published On: September 18, 2016

Last Updated On: December 2, 2024

Two waffles with a pat of butter on a white plate with syrup pouring onto them next to a tan napkin with a fork and a cup of coffee and a yogurt parfait in the background on a wooden surface


If you have a waffle maker, then it’s so easy to make a classic waffle at home. And waffles make a great breakfast for something different.
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 waffles
5 from 12 votes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs


  • Place ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine until well blended and smooth
  • Let batter sit 5 minutes before using
  • Preheat waffle maker on setting 3
  • Pour 1/2 cup batter onto the center of the lower grid and spread evenly using a spatula
  • Close cover of waffle maker, light will turn red
  • When light turns green, waffle is ready
  • Open cover and carefully remove baked waffle
  • Repeat with remaining batter
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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 441mg18%
Potassium 360mg10%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Calcium 182mg18%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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48 thoughts on “How to Make Classic Waffles in the Waffle Maker”

  1. 5 stars
    We do breakfast for dinner one night most weeks! My toddler is not a big breakfast fan, but she will usually eat breakfast foods when they are given at dinner time. I have a waffle maker and will be trying this recipe soon!

  2. Breakfast for dinner is always great. My waffle iron is shoved in a cabinet as well, think I may break it out tonight. I always add a touch of vanilla and/or cinnamon to my ingredients for a little extra flavor!

  3. Funny story, I was driving down the road yesterday and I suddenly got a craving for a waffle, I still don’t know where that came from. haha And I was thinking “I should get a waffle maker”. Now after seeing your photos and reading the recipe you’ve convinced me that I need a waffle maker in my kitchen!

  4. Haha, I make waffles all the time with Bisquick, but never from scratch! Have you ever tried different flours? (part whole wheat, or some almond flour, or flaxmeal in place of some of the oil?) Just curious how those would turn out! 🙂

  5. I always forget about our waffle iron! We also received it as a wedding present and we keep it in the depth of a lower cabinet as well! They are such a crowd pleaser in our house, I should make them more often.

  6. Waffles are always our go to breakfast on the weekend. The boys have loved them since they began to eat. My husband sought to find a good waffle machine and now he thinks he is a pro. This looks super yummy and I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  7. I insisted we get a waffle maker for our wedding and we have used it exactly once! I really need to make homemade waffles.

  8. I really love waffles! My kids would definitely love to see this! We put peanut butter and sometimes we put banana with chocolate syrup

  9. 5 stars
    I love Waffles and I can eat them anytime. My and my son literally fight for the last piece. I like this recipe since it is plain and simple

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