These savory Belgian cinnamon waffles are super crispy on the outside and soft, tender and fluffy inside. It’s not your standard homemade waffle recipe. Plus, they are easy to make and can be frozen as well!
Belgian waffles are a classic breakfast and brunch staple that are so popular because of their amazing crispy golden exterior. Not to mention, their deep pockets are perfect for holding syrup and butter! I love getting waffles for breakfast or brunch at restaurants, but they’re truly just as easy to make at home!
My family would have these cinnamon waffles every single weekend if I let them. And I really should because they take less than 15 minutes to make for the entire family. But there’s just so many good breakfast recipes out there, like these chocolate yogurt parfaits, for instance!
We like to serve our cinnamon Belgian waffles with powdered sugar, syrup, sliced fruit, and sometimes whipped cream for topping! These cinnamon waffles make a hearty breakfast on their own, but, they are also great with savory sides like scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, or bacon!
Another unique way to serve them is in a brunch charcuterie board! But be warned, your guest will love it so much they will be asking for your recipe the entire party.
What Makes These The Best Homemade Waffles Ever!
Another bold claim I know! There are millions of waffle recipes out there so why should you make this one? Easy! As in they are easy to make! Plus, these waffles are perfectly crisp and golden on the outside while being light and fluffy on the inside, with cinnamon for a little extra spice. Traditional American waffles can often come out flat, but I can assure you this authentic Belgian waffle recipe does not.
Belgian waffle maker
Electric hand mixer, whisk or stand mixer
Ingredients in our Cinnamon Belgian Waffles Recipe
Eggs: The best eggs for the recipe are large eggs. The eggs in this recipe don’t have to be at room temperature because you will be whisking them. Some waffle recipes call for whisking egg whites but that’s not necessary for this one. Whisking eggs usually results in fluffy waffles.
Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract is the way to go with this recipe but imitation vanilla will do just fine.
Ground cinnamon: This spice is optional but will take the flavor of your waffles to a whole other level! Feel free to add more if you’d like.
Butter: Use melted unsalted butter. Olive oil can also be used if you prefer.
Sugar: I use white granulated sugar for this recipe but you can use brown sugar as well.
Whole milk: The milk you use needs to be at room temperature. You can use buttermilk or non-dairy milk like almond milk for this recipe. If you choose to use buttermilk the waffle batter will end up being thicker than whole milk waffle batter.
Baking powder: Baking powder helps the waffles rise and makes them fluffy on the inside.
All-purpose flour: Some people sieve the flour but you don’t have to. I usually don’t.
Toppings: You can put whatever you like on your waffles. People have been known to put fresh fruit, whipped cream, maple syrup, and even fried chicken!
How to Make Fluffy Waffles Every Time!
These fluffy, crispy waffles are made by first preheating the waffle maker, then separately mixing the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients. Just make sure you beat your eggs into soft, stiff peaks before adding the other wet ingredients.
You then combine all the ingredients. The secret to fluffy waffles is making sure not to over mix! After that, place them on a waffle maker and cook them to crispy golden brown perfection.
Homemade Cinnamon Belgian Waffles FAQ
What’s the difference between Belgian waffles and classic waffles?
Belgian waffles are yeasted waffles that are more on the thicker side compared to classic American waffles. They also tend to have deeper grooves than American waffles.
How long does it take for whole eggs to get into stiff peaks?
It usually takes about 5-8 minutes.
Can I use buttermilk instead of regular milk?
You certainly can! Your waffle batter will be thicker and firmer than those made using regular milk! Also, the acidity in buttermilk usually reacts with the baking powder, which causes the waffles to rise.
Can I substitute the vegetable oil with melted butter or avocado oil instead?
Certainly. Feel free to use either one of those.
How can I reheat waffles?
Putting waffles in a toaster oven on the lowest setting is usually a great way to reheat waffles.
Could I add mashed banana to the batter to make banana waffles?
You certainly can. Just substitute the 2 eggs with 1/2 a cup of mashed bananas. You can use frozen, ripe, or overripe bananas.
How can I make this recipe eggless for someone with an egg allergy?
Flax eggs or applesauce are good egg substitutes. The equivalent of 1 flax egg can be made by mixing 1 tablespoon of flax seeds with 1 1/2 tablespoons of water. You can also replace 1 egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce.
How do I keep my waffles warm while making them?
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and then preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Place your made waffles on a wire rack that’s on top of a baking pan and put them on the middle oven rack. Be sure not to stack them. Doing this will also make your waffles crispy.
How do I prevent my waffles from drying out?
Covering waffles with a dishcloth will keep them from drying out.
Can I make waffle batter a day in advance and put it in the fridge?
Yes! Be sure to put it in a clean airtight container. The waffles won’t be as light as the ones made the same day though. You can make waffles with batter that you’ve just taken out of the fridge. You don’t need to let the batter rest.
What’s the best way to freeze waffles?
I recommend putting a piece of parchment paper in between each waffle and then placing the stack in a freezer bag. This ensures they don’t stick together and works well!
Can I use a pre-made waffle mix instead?
You can, but nothing beats homemade waffles, they are the best waffles ever. They fall under the category of quick breakfasts and are perfect for a weekend morning.
How to Make Cinnamon Belgian Waffles – Step-by-Step
Preheat your waffle maker according to the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder together.
In a large mixing bowl, pour in the eggs and beat them till they become fluffy enough to form soft peaks or stiff peaks. Next, add milk, butter, as well as the vanilla extract.
Add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients and mix them together until you don’t see any large lumps of flour in your pancake batter. Small lumps are fine. When mixing, try not to over mix. Over mixing will result in tough waffles that aren’t fluffy.
Lightly coat the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and then add about ½ a cup of batter to the center of the iron.
Cook the waffle according to the manufacturer’s instructions or until it stops steaming and turns crisp and golden brown. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes.
Repeat with the rest of the batter.
Serve the waffles warm with either maple syrup, buttermilk syrup, and your favorite toppings.
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The Best Cinnamon Belgian Waffles
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup butter melted
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1½ cups whole milk at room temperature
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat your waffle maker according to the instructions in the manufacturer's manual.
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder together.
- In a large mixing bowl, pour in the eggs and beat them till they become fluffy enough to form soft peaks or stiff peaks. Next, add milk, butter, as well as the vanilla extract.
- Add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients and mix them together until you don’t see any large lumps of flour in your pancake batter. Small lumps are fine. When mixing, try not to over mix. Over mixing will result in tough waffles that aren’t fluffy.
- Lightly coat the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and then add about ½ a cup of batter to the center of the iron.
- Cook the waffle according to the manufacturer's instructions or until it stops steaming and turns crisp and golden brown. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes.
- Repeat with the rest of the batter.
- Serve the waffles warm with either maple syrup, buttermilk syrup, and your favorite toppings.