Start your day off with a warm mug of coffee and homemade buttermilk waffles and everything is just right with the world. This buttermilk waffles recipe is easy to make and results in fluffy waffles that are perfectly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and filled with the most delicious buttery flavor! The best addition to any breakfast or brunch spread!
best buttermilk waffles!
Big, fluffy, decadent waffles always make me think of special times with my beautiful grandma, working her magic in the kitchen. Very sweet memories – the best! Most times when we visited her and my grandpa, she would make an amazing breakfast of Belgian waffles. My sister, brother and I begged for those fluffy waffles, smeared with plenty of butter and drizzled with her homemade maple syrup.
She knew how much I loved those waffles and even gifted me a waffle maker the first Christmas after getting married. I still use that waffle iron (similar) almost every single day to make my protein waffles. At this point, it’s over 20 years old and pretty much on its last leg, but since it’s such a sentimental gift to me, I just can’t seem to give it up.
Unfortunately, I don’t have my grandma’s Belgian waffle recipe, but these buttermilk waffles are almost just as delicious. I love to cook up a big batch on the weekends and they’re a go-to dish when I’m hosting guests for brunch. Perfect for Mother’s Day, Easter or even Christmas morning. But often times, I whip them up on lazy weekend mornings for a special treat. They definitely get everyone’s day off to a very tasty start.
This buttermilk waffles recipe is a spinoff of my buttermilk pancakes recipe, which has been in my family for years. These waffles are absolutely incredible and they cook up perfectly every time! The recipe comes together quick, is pretty much foolproof and these waffles always get a thumbs up by whoever eats them!
ingredients needed for buttermilk waffles
Buttermilk waffles are made with basic baking ingredients. Grab the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Nutmeg is an optional ingredient, but is the perfect touch to give these waffles a lovely depth of flavor. The wet ingredients are eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Nothing too complicated! Here’s a note on each of the ingredients:
- Flour. For light and fluffy waffles, I recommend using regular all-purpose flour.
- Sugar. Just a touch of regular granulated sugar is needed for a lovely sweetness, that isn’t overpowering.
- Baking essentials. We’re using baking powder, baking soda and salt to ensure these waffles cook up with the perfect rise and texture.
- Nutmeg. Major flavor booster that I highly recommend! Cinnamon is great too, if you don’t have nutmeg available.
- Eggs. You’ll need two eggs to help with binding, give the waffles structure and ensure they cook properly.
- Buttermilk. Adds moisture and richness to the waffles. If you don’t have buttermilk, but want to make these waffles, keep reading for my favorite trick to make buttermilk in a pinch.
- Butter. Melted butter gives these waffles classic crisp edges with soft and tender centers and a wonderful butter flavor.
- Vanilla extract. A flavor enhancer that I think is necessary for any pancake or waffle recipe.
how to make buttermilk waffles
This classic waffle recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just grease your waffle iron and mix the ingredients in one bowl. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s involved, but the full printable recipe is at the bottom of the post.
- If you’d like to keep the waffles warm while you’re making the whole batch, heat your oven to 225ºF and place a large sheet pan inside.
- Mix dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
- Add the wet ingredients. Stir in the eggs, buttermilk, butter and vanilla. Stir until just mixed. Some small lumps are fine.
- Preheat and grease waffle iron. Once waffle iron is heated, pour batter onto the hot iron and use the back of a spoon to spread the batter over the surface of the waffle iron. I use about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter per waffle and this will make 6 large waffles.
- Cook waffles until crisp and browned. Grease waffle iron again and continue cooking remaining batter.
- Serve with the toppings of your choice and enjoy! I’ve included all of my favorite topping ideas below.
what is buttermilk?
Back in the day of churning your own butter, buttermilk was the thin, slightly tart liquid remaining, after butter was churned. Pioneers and settlers used it in things like cornbread, biscuits, stews and gravy.
Now cultured buttermilk is what is available at the grocery store. It’s processed and made from low-fat milk that is soured by adding lactic acid bacteria, much like yogurt.
Buttermilk is an awesome ingredient in baking. It adds rich flavor and makes breads and cakes ultra moist. It also reacts to baking soda to create nice and fluffy pancakes and waffles. No need to have half your carton of buttermilk go to waste – use it to make Mexican Cornbread, Easy Lemon Pound Cake, Buttermilk Pancakes and Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins.
can I use regular milk instead of buttermilk for buttermilk waffles?
Yes, you can use any other variety of milk, even nondairy milk, in place of buttermilk! Just follow my buttermilk substitute instructions, below!
what is a substitute for buttermilk?
For the BEST waffles it’s all about the buttermilk! The combination of buttermilk and baking soda will help your waffles rise and make them thick and fluffy. Buttermilk is also what makes waffles taste amazing! If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make a buttermilk substitute. Simply stir together slightly less (to account for the additional liquid from the lemon juice) than 2 cups of milk with about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, then you can use it in the recipe in place of the buttermilk. The “real” thing is highly recommend, but this trick will work in a pinch.
tips for the best buttermilk waffles
These waffles are super simple to make, but here are a few tips to make sure they live up to the hype!
- Do NOT over mix batter. If you stir the batter too much, these waffles may not have the best texture and could end up tough, rather than light and fluffy. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Lumps are a normal indication that your waffles won’t be tough or rubbery. Here’s more info on over mixing and why it’s a no go.
- Let the waffle batter sit. After mixing your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, let the batter rest for about 10 minutes. This resting time allows the gluten to relax and expand, which results in a more tender texture as the waffles cook. Meanwhile you can be heating your waffle iron.
- Make ahead. Buttermilk waffle batter can be made in advance. You can refrigerate the batter for up to 4 hours before you plan to use it.
- Mix-ins. I honestly LOVE the flavor of these waffles as is, but feel free to get creative and add other ingredients to the mix such as almond extract, chocolate chips, blueberries or even a handful of shredded coconut.
- Waffle iron. Not all waffle makers work the same way. Make sure to check the instructions that come with your waffle iron for the manufacturer recommendations on cooking time.
best waffle toppings
While I honestly love to eat waffles with just a little butter and syrup, there are so many fun topping options to try. You could even set up a waffle bar for a special occasion. How perfect would that be for Easter or Mother’s Day brunch?! Some of my favorite toppings for waffles are listed below!
- Powdered sugar. Dust it over the top with a sifter or spoon.
- Fresh fruit. Berries, cinnamon apples, sliced bananas are all delicious choices!
- Whipped cream. You can add a dollop of whipped cream for the ultimate topping. Grab my homemade whipped cream recipe for major deliciousness.
- Caramel sauce. A drizzle of salted caramel sauce would be amazing on these waffles!
- Sliced almonds or chopped pecans. Love that nutty flavor and added crunch!
- Nutella, almond butter or peanut butter. This is the way to go for a little extra decadence!
what to serve with buttermilk waffles
These easy buttermilk waffles pair well with a variety of breakfast sides. Below are some of my favorite sides to serve with a waffle breakfast.
- Hash browns or breakfast potatoes. Yes, please!
- Fresh fruit or fruit salad. To keep this breakfast on the lighter side, fruit is such a great option.
- Yogurt. Serve on the side or add a spoonful on top of your waffle.
- Bacon, sausage, or ham. Anyone else love the bacon/maple syrup combo?
- Eggs. Scrambled on the side, or perhaps over easy and served on top.
how to store and reheat buttermilk waffles
These waffles will stay fresh in the fridge for up to about 5 days.
Bake the waffles as instructed. Once you remove them from the waffle iron, immediately place them on a cooling rack.
Once the waffles have cooled completely, store them in a large zip-top baggie or another airtight container of your choice and place them in the refrigerator.
Reheat the waffles in the toaster or oven at 350ºF for about 5 minutes and until they’re hot and crispy.
can you freeze buttermilk waffles?
Yes, these buttermilk waffles freeze beautifully! I make the full batch or sometimes I double the recipe, and keep extra waffles stored in the freezer for busy weekday mornings.
Bake the waffles as instructed. Once you remove them from the waffle iron, immediately place them on a cooling rack.
Once the waffles have completely cooled, place them into freezer bags individually. Alternatively, place them in a single layer on a lined baking sheet and freeze until solid (about 1-2 hours) and then store stacks of waffles in freezer bags.
Freeze the waffles for up to three months. Reheat them in a toaster or bake them for 10-12 minutes at 350°F in your preheated oven.
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This buttermilk waffles recipe is easy to make and results in fluffy waffles that are perfectly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and filled with the most delicious buttery flavor! The best addition to any breakfast or brunch spread!
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups buttermilk*
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To keep waffles warm while you are making the whole batch, heat oven to 225°F and place a large sheet pan inside.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg (if using).
Add the eggs, buttermilk, butter and vanilla; whisk until just combined. Some small lumps remaining are fine. (Do not over stir the mixture. Mix until a few streaks of flour are remaining.) Let batter sit for about 10 minutes.
Preheat waffle iron and grease. Pour about 1/3 - 1/2 cup of batter into the waffle iron (or until batter reaches about 1/2-inch to the edge of the iron). Cook until ready - probably about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and either serve immediately or keep warm in the oven. Spray or grease waffle iron again and continue cooking remaining batter.
Serve with butter, warm maple syrup and any other favorite toppings. Enjoy!
*If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can quickly make a buttermilk substitute by mixing 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar with slightly less than 2 cups of milk.
Photos by Molly at Yes to Yolks.