You’ll love these delicious and easy waffles! They waffle recipes needs only one bowl and a spoon to make and produce classic waffles that are crispy on the outside and fluffy and flavourful on the inside. Perfect recipe for your waffle maker!
Why you’ll love these waffles!
I’ve tried a lot of waffle recipes over the years, but these are the best waffles, in my opinion. These delicious waffles have a perfect fluffy interior and are lovely and crisp on the outside!
And they have flavour, as well as great texture (and I discovered that not all waffles do).
The other reason I love these waffles? They’re easy! One bowl and a spoon is all you need. And you don’t even have to worry about lumps in the batter. I’m all about the easy. I don’t want to be separating eggs or busting out my mixer to whip up egg whites (followed by the requisite, ever so careful fold in thing). Nope. I’ve never had a waffle that is so good it justifies all that effort :)
Ingredients and Substitutions
These easy waffles need only 7 ingredients …
All Purpose Flour – regular or unbleached all purpose flour will work here. All purpose flour is also known as “plain flour” in some places. Do not use self-rising flour here.
Eggs – you’ll need 3 large eggs for these waffles. I haven’t tested this recipe with any type of egg substitute.
Vegetable Oil – I prefer vegetable or canola oil, though any neutral-tasting cooking oil will work here.
Milk – you can use any milk, though a higher fat milk produces nicer results, in my option. A non-dairy, milk substitute might also work here, though I haven’t tested it myself.
And yes! You can substitute buttermilk for the milk. The only catch though is that you need to add a teaspoon of baking soda to the batter (for the “1X” recipe. I’ve included these details in the recipe card below.
You will also need – baking powder, salt and a bit of white sugar.
Video: How to make homemade waffles
Waffle Making Tips
- Don’t be tempted to reduce the added oil to the batter. The oil is what ensures a crispy outside, so reducing the amount will result in softer waffles.
- With my round, Belgian waffle maker, I get about four 7-inch diameter/1-inch thick waffles from this recipe. Of course, you can double as needed.
- Depending on your waffle maker, you may need to spray with a little non-stick cooking spray before adding the batter, just to ensure that there is no sticking issues at all.
- Be sure to preheat your waffle iron well, setting it on medium-high-ish (or equivalent for your waffle iron). Cook these waffles until golden brown, to make sure the inside is cooked and the outside is crispy. While my waffle maker has a light that comes on when they are ready, I always watch for escaping steam from the sides. When the escaping steam is minimal, they are about done.
Blueberry Waffle Variation
If you’d like to add blueberries to these waffles, simply scatter some (fresh or frozen) over the batter after spooning your batter into your waffle maker.
Buttermilk Waffle Variation
Simply substitute buttermilk for the milk and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the batter, in addition to the baking powder already included in the recipe.
Making ahead, storing and freezing
These waffles actually keep quite well in the fridge, if you have leftovers or want to make ahead. Re-heat on a baking sheet in a 350F oven until warm (about 10 minutes) or the toaster may also work, but watch carefully to avoid over-heating and scorching.
Cooked waffles will also freeze well up to 2 months.
I wait until my waffle iron is preheated before I mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, so my batter doesn’t sit mixed very long.
Get the Recipe: Simply Perfect Homemade Waffles
- 1 3/4 cup (220 g) all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon white sugar
- 3 large eggs, *See Note 1 below
- 7 Tablespoons vegetable oil, or other neutral tasting liquid oil
- 1 1/2 cups (355 ml) milk, or buttermilk, but for buttermilk, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the batter
- **For buttermilk waffles, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the batter, in addition to the baking powder.
- Preheat your waffle iron before starting to mix your batter.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the middle. Break the eggs into the well and beat lightly with a fork. Add the oil and milk and stir until moistened (Some lumps are ok. Doesn't need to be smooth. Just moistened.)
- I like to spray my waffle iron with cooking spray right before adding the batter. Your waffle maker may or may not need that step.
- Spoon batter into hot waffle iron and cook until golden and crispy.
- Serve warm, with butter and maple syrup.
- If you are new to making homemade waffles and/or perhaps used to store-bought waffles, you may initially notice the taste of the eggs (since that flavour is lacking in the store-bought ones). Stick with it and I'm certain you will come to love it as much as I do. If you really don't, try reducing the eggs from 3 to 2 and see if that is more to your taste. The reduction may affect the finished texture though.
- If using buttermilk, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the batter (for the "1X" recipe), in addition to the baking powder.
- **Makes four 7-inch diameter round/1-inch thick waffles using about 1/2 cup batter per waffle. Nutritional information based on 1 serving = 1/2 of the 7-inch waffle.
Hi! I’m Jennifer, a home cook schooled by trial and error and almost 40 years of getting dinner on the table! I love to share my favourite recipes, both old and new, together with lots of tips and tricks to hopefully help make your home cooking enjoyable, stress free, rewarding and of course, delicious!
Greetings from Down Under, thank you for this amazing recipe. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by waffles, but this looks like an easy recipe for me to try. I don’t have a Belgian waffle maker though. I was given a waffle maker that is like a sandwich maker, my question is do you think this recipe will work with the simple waffle maker or do I really need a Belgian type one?
Thank you again & God bless.
Hi Reet, this should work just fine with any waffle maker. You’ll have to experiment with how much batter to add, as it doesn’t have as much room to expand in a shorter waffle maker. Other than that, it should be good :)
Thank you so much, Jennifer, you reply is much appreciated.
I love your recipe Jennifer. Thank you.
So glad to hear, Peter :) Thanks so much!
Thank you very much Jennifer. These are very good. I made the batter the night before and cooked the waffles the next morning, my whole family really loved them and it’s such a quick recipe to make. Congratulations for your work and for posting it. We appreciate it. Rita.
So glad you enjoyed them, Rita and also good to know that you can make the batter the night before :) Thanks!
Can you swap the oil for butter?
The oil is responsible for the crispness, so I feel like butter wouldn’t perform as well. I haven’t tested it, but my gut says the waffles with butter would suffer. If you try it though, I would use melted butter. Let me know how it works out.
my husband ate them without syrup. A great compliment to your recipe
So glad to hear, Suzy :) Thanks!
I want to take a moment to thank you. I have a new waffle maker and tried other recipes online and they were complicated and failed. Yours gave me the best results and it was the easiest. And I like the use of 3 eggs for protein. I highly recommend.
Thanks so much, Alexandra :) I tried a lot of recipes over the years as well, and always came back to this one. As you say, easy and delicious. Hard to beat that!
These are phenomenal! I added a tap of cinnamon and 1tbs of vanilla and topped them with sautéed bananas in brown sugar. To. Die. For. Thanks so much for posting this! It’s so easy I’m adding it to my weekend breakfast/brunch rotation.
So happy to hear, Katie! Thanks so much :)
So easy and tasty! Little one was obsessed with frozen waffles for breakfast so got us a waffle maker for Christmas! Tried a few recipes since then (including the ones with the careful folding of egg whites! lol) but this one simple takes the cake! So delicious! And came together so easy and fast! Definitely my go-to waffle recipe from now on, thank you so much!
So glad to hear, Steffie! Thanks so much :)
Omg these tasted like I was at a restaurant. Easy to make, only one bowl and soooooo fluffly and good.
So happy you enjoyed them, Stephanie! Thanks so much :)
Could I make the mixture the night before and refrigerate it?
Hi Natalie, I’ve never actually done it, but I’ve heard it works just fine to mix it up the night before.
Just made these for brunch for my hubby and added bananas and whip cream along with the syrup, and he gave me a big thumbs up!! Thanks!!
So glad to hear, Doris! Thanks so much :)
waffles are something which one can eat anytime and honestly i crave for waffles i can eat them in breakfast, after lunch or let it be after dinner to.
and you made it pretty simple, homemade waffles are such a treat man.
gonna try it today itself. will let you know, how was it.
Thanks Alicia :)
This is the simplest and tasty recipe i found. Thanks!xxx
Thanks so much, Helen :)
Wow, best recipe I used so far! Thank you for posting.
So glad to hear, Alex! Thanks :)
These were so easy and yummy! Made a second batch on demand!! … before the first batch
was even finished. Thank you!
Thanks so much Janet :) So glad you enjoyed them!
Hi Jennifer! I’m here to ask you a question. I am trying to make a surprise breakfast for my parents as they love waffles. My only concern (Since I barely cook or bake) is the amount of oil required for the recipe. At first I thought that there is a typo and it meant 7 tsp, but I dont think that is the case. I don’t like my waffles being to greasy and oily, so is it possible to add less oil? Maybe 5 tbsp or less? What effect would that bring to the waffles?
Thank You, I would love to hear your response!
P.s, These waffles look amazing and I cant wait to try them out! It would be a shame if the recipe will not work with the waffle iron I have.(Chefman Volcano Belgian Waffle Maker) I’m in love with the simplicity of the recipe!
Hi Kirill and I totally get how you think that much oil would make them greasy, but it truly doesn’t. This is one you just need to trust and use the full shot of oil. It’s what makes them crispy and they are not greasy (not a fan of greasy here, either :). It should work perfectly with any Belgian-type waffle maker, too. Enjoy!
Hi Jennifer – big fan of the site. Waffles aren’t overly popular here in Australia so I was wondering if you could maybe recommend a great waffle iron?
Hi Glenn! This is the one I ownand just love. It makes perfect, thick waffles and has removable plates for easy cleaning.
Simply perfect indeed, I love these waffles!
Thanks Laura :)
I never turn down a good waffle or three. The only reason I am reluctant to make them is cleaning our ancient waffle machine. Totally need to get the one you recommend – removable plates sounds like a blessing straight from waffle heaven!
A great waffle maker makes all the difference! I was the same with my old waffle maker. Now I never hesitate to make it waffle night :)
My idea of perfect too! Why are the simplest always the best?!!! Pinned!
Thanks Annie and yes, simple is always good :)
Homemade waffles are always such a treat Jennifer! These look delicious. Getting these on our breakfast menu soon!
Thanks Mary Ann :)
I’m thinking I may just have to have these for dinner with some bacon because they look delish, Jennifer! Nothing like homemade waffles…I love ’em more than pancakes!
Thanks Dawn and yes, perfect with bacon, for that sweet and salty thing :)
It’s evening but I’m wanting a waffle for dinner now These look wonderful and I love that they’re so easy!
Thanks Chris! We have waffles for dinner often. It’s my go-to when the pantry or the energy to cook is low :)
Love these photos, and I need a new waffle machine ~ sharing!
Thanks Sue :)
My husband would be so happy if I made these for him! I will try your recipe Jennifer – because they look and sound perfect. Such a great treat for sure. Pinning and printing ;)
Thanks Tricia and yes, my hubby always lights up when he sees the waffle maker come out, too!