Let’s Have a Waffle Frolic, Shall We?

Get in, we’re going on a Waffle Frolic! Take out your waffle irons and bust out the waffle toppings – these homemade waffle recipes are bringing back a centuries-old celebration of everyone’s favorite breakfast food!

Waffles with fruit on a rustic table top.

Are you ready for a (f)rollicking good time? Why not turn your next breakfast or brunch, or even dinner, into a celebration of everyone’s favorite breakfast food: homemade waffles! These soft and fluffy, classic hot-pressed delicacies can be made any which way you like, from sweet to savory, for any meal of the day. What’s not to celebrate? 

We’ve rounded up 24 fun and easy waffle recipes as we revisit an 18th Century American tradition, the waffle frolic! 

What is a Waffle Frolic?

Once a laborious task, waffle-making used to be cause for a celebration. It was super exciting to get to eat waffles.

As far back as 1774, early Americans held lavish parties that served waffles hot off the iron.  Attendees described these “waffle frolics” as a “magnificent supper” and “luxurious feast” that indulged partygoers’ love of waffles to much fanfare and hoopla.

These waffle frolics remained all the rage during the Civil War and well into the 20th century. Evolving from waffle-eating parties among friends into Bridgerton-scale extravaganzas in the 1900’s: themed invitations made from satin, guest participation in waffle-making, a feast to pass the time, even a Master of Ceremonies to oversee the festivities. And while other dishes were served, the “Diamond” of every season was always fresh waffles!

After nearly 200 years, waffle parties have faded away. This could be because waffles became less of a specialty and more of a breakfast staple, thanks to inventions like the waffle maker. But maybe it’s time we brought the waffle frolic back? After all, I’m still super excited to eat waffles and I could totally throw down for an epic waffle party.

Why Are They Called Waffles Anyways?

The waffle gets its name from the Dutch word wafel, meaning “honeycomb”. This seems fitting given the overall look of a waffle! The indents in waffles made by the iron – called “pockets” – are perfect for holding butter and syrup.

23 Easy Waffle Recipes to Try

From something sweet to something savory, these easy and delicious waffle recipes are worthy of a celebration.

A stack of sourdough waffles topped with berries and whipped cream

The Best Sourdough Discard Waffles

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Use the discard from your sourdough to make the most flavorful, golden, and crispy homemade waffles!
Top these with whipped cream and berries for a classic breakfast.

A stack of homemade waffles topped with cherries

Belgian Waffles

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You only need a handful of ingredients to make perfect Belgian waffles! A classic recipe for waffles that are crisp on the outside and super fluffy on the inside.

This Buttermilk waffles recipe is topped with berries and coated in maple syrup

Buttermilk Waffle Recipe

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Could this be the best waffle recipe ever? There’s only one way to find out – by whipping up a batch of these unbelievably fluffy and soft buttermilk waffles!

Banana waffles on a white plate with fresh bananas and blueberries.

Homemade Banana Waffles

Homemade banana waffles are bursting with sweet fruit flavor with an incredible soft and fluffy texture. Level up Sunday brunch!

Waffle Sandwich? Yes! This fun and easy Apple Cheddar Waffle Grilled Cheese recipe is so delicious and only has 5 ingredients! The simple flavors of the maple dijon sauce blend perfectly with the creamy cheddar, crisp apples, and sweet waffles.

Apple Cheddar Waffle Sandwich (Waffle Grilled Cheese)

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Waffle. Grilled. Cheese. Enough said! Prepare yourselves for a feast for the family and for your tastebuds. You’ll thank us later!

A Stack of Cinnamon Roll Waffles being Drizzled with Maple Cream Cheese Syrup

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

All the cozy flavors of a freshly baked cinnamon roll in waffle form! Two breakfast favorites collide in this easy recipe, and the results are crazy delicious.

banana waffle with butter and syrup on top

Gluten Free Banana Waffles

Waffle batter that you make in a blender! This is an easy recipe for gluten-free waffles that use no flour at all, just wholesome whole grain oats and sweet bananas.

Keto Chicken and Waffles on a white plate

Keto Chicken and Waffles [+Video]

What’s better than a good old fashioned plate of chicken and waffles, minus the carbs? Not much. This almond flour waffles recipe is super flavorful, topped with juicy and crispy air fried chicken!

A stack of buttermilk waffles topped with butter on a white plate

Buttermilk Waffles

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Another classic waffle recipe that you can make quickly and easily at home. These buttermilk waffles are moist and airy, all they need is a good dousing with syrup!

overhead shot of a number of chaffles placed on a baking sheet and topped with dollops of sour cream

Easy Chaffles Recipe

Quick and delicious low-carb waffles are so versatile and craveable! Make these keto-friendly chaffles anyway you like with all your favorite mix-ins. The sky’s the limit!

fried chicken and waffles on plate

Best Chicken and Waffles Recipe

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For something a little more indulgent, try this classic version of savory chicken and waffles! Made with buttermilk “fried” chicken that’s actually oven baked, served with light and airy waffles.

Cinnamon Pecan Waffles

Cinnamon Pecan Waffles

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Warm cinnamon and crunchy pecan nuts come together in this spiced and flavorful take on homemade waffles. Perfect for sweetening up brunch!

Vanilla pecan maple syrup being poured onto three quarters of a waffle

Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

Delightful pumpkin waffles are irresistible, topped with maple syrup infused with pecans and vanilla! Even better, these easy and flavorful waffles are totally gluten-free.

Chili and cheese on top of cornbread waffles on a white plate

Cheesy Cornbread Waffles with Chili

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And now for something completely different: hearty, cheesy cornbread waffles, topped with a scoop (or two) of homemade beef chili! The ultimate savory waffle recipe.

Stack of waffles with a slice taken out, topped with berries, cream and syrup

Fluffy Brown Sugar Pumpkin Waffles

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Caramelized flavors of brown sugar and an autumn hint of pumpkin come together in this fluffy waffle recipe. The perfect cozy recipe to make this weekend!

You'll never make waffles any other way again after you've tried these yeasted berry waffles. The yeasted waffles are ultra light, crispy, & even custardy! You will want to make a giant batch of this mix for future brunches!

Yeasted Berry Waffles (aka The Best Waffles Ever)

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Revel in the incredible flavor of these waffles made with bananas, blueberries and indulgent chocolate chips! With minimal effort, your breakfast spread gets a major upgrade!

Churro Waffles made with Rapid Rise yeast! These are out of control...you can make the batter the night before and be ready to have waffles in the morning!

Churro Waffles

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If you love the rich and sugary, cinnamon flavor of a churro, you’re going to love this waffle recipe! A creative mashup of two carnival treats that you can serve for breakfast!

Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Bacon Butter

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This waffle recipe forms the trifecta of cozy flavors: savory pumpkin waffles, smoky bacon butter, and sweet maple syrup! These waffles are perfect for a special breakfast or brunch.

Syrup being drizzled on a stack of banana bread waffles.

Banana Bread Waffles (with Chocolate Chips)

These are the lightest and airiest gluten-free waffles, sweetened with bananas and melty chocolate chips. Serve these up for an easy dairy-free and gluten-free breakfast treat!

pouring syrup over homemade waffles

How To Make Perfect Waffles

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Perfect the art of the perfect homemade waffle with this easy recipe! You’ll end up with deliciously crisp and tender waffles, every time!

A stack of Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles on a plate.

Easy Buttermilk Blueberry Waffles

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Blueberry waffles don’t get easier than this! A foolproof recipe for the most gloriously fluffy and soft buttermilk waffles loaded up with juicy blueberries.

Ice Cream Waffles

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Knock your waffle frolic out of the park with these easy waffles that are made with ice cream in the batter, then cut into fun ice cream shapes for serving. Great for kids, and tasty for the adults!

Strawberry Banana Quinoa Waffles - a healthy breakfast perfect for a special occasion! [gluten-free]

Strawberry Banana Quinoa Waffles

A healthy waffle recipe you’ll never tire of, these fruity strawberry banana waffles made with nutritious quinoa are also gluten-free!

How to Store and Reheat Waffles

Store your leftover waffles within two hours of making them, in a sealed container or resealable zip top bag.

The easiest way to reheat individual waffles is to pop them into the toaster for a few minutes. For larger batches, use your oven: transfer the frozen waffles to a parchment-lined baking sheet and place them in a 350ºF preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until warmed through.

Can I Freeze Extras for Later?

Yes! Whether you’re storing extras for the longer term or if you’ve made your waffles ahead, they can be kept frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, stack the waffles in an airtight container or freezer bag with parchment paper between the waffles to keep them from sticking.

Reheat the waffles directly from frozen in your toaster or oven.

Looking for more ideas? Take a frolic through the recipe finder for even more round-ups of your favorite breakfast recipes!

Sources: MyRecipes.com

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