Make a batch gingerbread waffles for cozy winter mornings! They’re sweet and spiced, topped with powdered sugar and a drizzle of syrup.

Gingerbread waffles

Ready for the best winter tradition? Make up a batch of these Gingerbread Waffles! There’s nothing cozier than the smell of ginger and cloves wafting through the kitchen. We’d rather eat our treats as breakfast than in cookie form, so we created this fun recipe which has turned into a December tradition. Slather them in almond butter and top with a little powdered sugar and maple syrup as a deliciously cozy breakfast treat!

Ingredients in gingerbread waffles

These gingerbread waffles are similar to our Perfect Waffle recipe, with a few added ingredients to bring in that gingerbread cookie flavor. They’re just sweet enough: the ideal sweetness for topping with another drizzle of maple syrup. Here’s what you’ll need to bring it all together:

  • All purpose flour and whole wheat flour: Whole wheat flour makes a light and crispy texture, so make sure to grab it at the store
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Sugar
  • Spices: ginger, cinnamon, allspice and cloves
  • Molasses: this is the kicker; molasses gives warmth and depth to the gingerbread flavor
  • Butter
  • Milk of choice, either dairy or non-dairy like oat milk or almond milk
  • Eggs
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Belgian waffles vs standard

You can use this gingerbread waffles batter to make either Belgian or standard waffles. Of course, it simply depends on your waffle iron! Our personal preference is Belgian waffles, since they’re thicker and look more impressive. (Here’s the Belgian waffle iron we use.) What’s the difference?

  • Belgian waffles are twice as large as regular waffles. They’re 1.5 inches thick with a deep grid pattern. One serving size is half of a Belgian waffle, since it’s double the size of a standard waffle. When serving, we like to break them apart into wedges.
  • Regular waffles, aka American waffles are about 1/2-inch thick. If you’re making a standard waffle, the serving size is 1 waffle.

Tips on cooking gingerbread waffles

For these gingerbread waffles, we tried a new method for cooking them that makes ruffled edges. We love the look of these: and you can make more waffles in a single batch! This may be our new favorite method moving forward. Here’s how to do it:

  • Ruffled edges: Simply use a little less batter in your waffle iron: about 2/3 cup for a Belgian waffle maker or ⅓ cup for a standard waffle maker.
  • Full circular waffles: Use a heaping 1 cup for a Belgian waffle maker or a heaping ½ cup for a standard waffle marker.

Of course, these quantities depend on the waffle maker: so eyeball it and adjust quantities as necessary.

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Toppings for gingerbread waffles

One thing we like about these gingerbread waffles? They’re just sweet enough but not overly saccharine. Make sure to add a drizzle of real maple syrup, required to accentuate the sweetness. We like to top them with nut butter to bring some protein to the breakfast and balance out the sweetness. It really makes them stick! Here’s how we recommend serving them, and then a few other ideas:

Gingerbread Waffles

More Christmas breakfast ideas

And that’s it: we hope you love these gingerbread waffles! Here are a few more treats that would work as Christmas breakfast ideas:

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Gingerbread waffles

Cozy Gingerbread Waffles

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Make a batch gingerbread waffles for cozy winter mornings! They’re sweet and spiced: topped with powdered sugar and a drizzle of syrup.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon each baking powder and baking soda
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons each ground ginger and cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 3 eggs
  • Powdered sugar, maple syrup or gingerbread syrup, and almond butter (optional), to serve


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and kosher salt until thoroughly combined.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the melted butter, molasses, milk, and eggs. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk gently until the batter is smooth.
  3. Preheat your waffle iron, then grease or butter it. Add the batter to the center of the waffle iron: use about 2/3 cup for pointed edges* or a little over 1 cup for a full waffle in a Belgian waffle maker, or use ⅓ cup or a little over ½ cup for a standard waffle maker.
  4. Cook according to the waffle iron’s instructions until golden brown: about 3 to 4 minutes depending on your waffle iron. Remove the cooked waffles and place them on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet without stacking. Make the waffles to order, or place cooked waffles in a 250°F oven to keep warm.
  5. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup; it’s also great with a slather of almond butter or other nut butter.  Makes 2 to 3 large Belgian waffles (which can you can break into pieces for serving) or 4 to 6 standard waffles.
  6. Storage info: We prefer the flavor of these waffles the day of making, but cooked waffles can be frozen if desired. Place them in a plastic bag and remove the remaining air with a straw before sealing. To reheat, remove from the freezer and lightly toast in a toaster.


*Using less batter makes a waffle with ruffled edges like the ones you see in the photo. Use more batter to make a full circular waffle. The amounts listed are approximate and depend on the waffle iron.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffles
  • Cuisine: Waffles
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Gingerbread waffles

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. As one of my dear friends says, “THESE ARE THE BOMB.COM!”
    Thank you for a delicious recipe! it’s a new favorite in our house. :)