Brimming with your favorite Christmas spices and ingredients, these gingerbread waffles are crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside! They are the perfect holiday breakfast item.

Gingerbread Waffles on a white plate against a wooden background.

If playing Christmas music, watching Hallmark Christmas movies and all the holiday decorations weren’t ringing in the holiday cheer, then this gingerbread waffles recipe definitely will! 

I would make these waffles just for the way they make my house smell! Oh man. The amazing thing is they taste just like they smell, if not better. I usually make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, but cinnamon rolls are going to have to share the day because gingerbread waffles are definitely going on the menu.

Gingerbread is the perfect holiday flavor, in my opinion. From frosting gingerbread cookies to icing a holiday gingerbread cake, there’s something about the spices and the flavor that sing Christmas

square Gingerbread Waffles on a wooden background.

I have many fond memories of Christmases past, gathering with my immediate and extended family singing holiday songs, wearing our best Christmas sweaters and exchanging gifts. My family always had special food around the holidays as well. Food we only got at Christmas time! There’s really nothing like good food and good company.

So as you celebrate the Christmas season with your loved ones, virtually or in-person, share some laughs, some carols, and some really good food. 🎄

Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Cornstarch — This creates a nice, crunchy exterior on our waffles.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Spices — Ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, ground nutmeg, ground cloves. The combination of spices in these waffles is a treat to each and to smell!
  • Salt
  • Butter, melted
  • Buttermilk — Make sure the buttermilk is at room temperature. This helps the dry and wet ingredients incorporate better, which traps air so when baked the air expands and results in perfect fluff!
  • Vanilla — Adding vanilla to breakfast foods is a huge game changer for me! 
  • Eggs, separated — We’ll beat the eggs whites into peaks and incorporate those into our waffle batter, adding that amazing fluff we love.
  • Brown sugar — light or dark, doesn’t matter!
  • Molasses — Wouldn’t be gingerbread without the molasses.

How to Make Gingerbread Waffles 

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and salt. 
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk, vanilla, and egg yolks. 
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until partially combined. 
  4. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites until very frothy. Add the brown sugar and beat until soft peaks form. 
  5. Fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Let the batter sit at room temperature for 10 minutes (this is a great time to start preheating your waffle iron). 
  6. Scoop waffle batter onto your waffle iron and cook for 4-6 minutes (all irons differ, so you’ll have to gauge how much batter to use and for how long). 
  7. Serve warm with syrup, plain (they taste amazing by themselves), with whipped cream, or with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. You can also try it with coconut whipped cream!

Recipe Tips

Mix the egg whites until soft peaks form. If you whip them too much (until stiff) it makes it harder to incorporate into the other ingredients. Remember, whipping the egg whites seems unnecessary but I promise it’s worth it! This extra step creates a lighter waffle than ones made without whipping the egg whites. 

Letting the waffle batter sit gives the batter time to let the baking soda react with the buttermilk. This resting period also allows the gluten to relax and expand creating a more tender interior.

If your waffle iron isn’t “non-stick” make sure you grease it before using! You don’t want your waffles sticking to the iron. You can use your fat of choice: butter, vegetable oil, or a generous dose of nonstick cooking spray. If using butter or vegetable oil, use a pastry brush to get all the nooks and crannies. My waffle iron (linked above and in the recipe card) is nonstick, so I don’t have to grease it before using. One other major reason why I love it so much. 

To keep the waffles warm preheat an oven to 200°F. You can place them directly on the oven racks or my preferred method is to place them on a cooling rack that has been nestled into a baking sheet. 


You can have gingerbread waffles with a cream cheese frosting or hot fudge sauce if you want to make them more dessert-like. Other toppings include: powdered sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon brown butter pecan syrup, or cinnamon butter.

Square gingerbread waffles on a white plate with a green towel to the side.

FAQ

Why add cornstarch to waffle batter?

The cornstarch will help give waffles a crispy exterior.

Why use room temperature ingredients in baking?

Room temperature eggs, milk, butter and other dairy ingredients help batters and doughs incorporate better. It also makes for more even baking.

Why should waffle and pancake batter sit before cooking?

This gives the leavening agents time to work in the batter.

What if I don’t have allspice?

Allspice is a blend of cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg. If you don’t have allspice you can add a pinch more of each of those ingredients and you should be good to go!

Syrup being poured over gingerbread waffles.

More Festive Recipes

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Cinnamon Chip Pancakes

Turtle Cookies

Pumpkin Waffles

Gingerbread Waffles

These are the perfect holiday waffles!! So much flavor, and your kitchen will smell AMAZING the entire day!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 6 square waffles

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/5 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - melted
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk - at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs - separated
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar - light or dark, packed

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and salt. 
  • In a medium bowl whisk the butter, buttermilk, vanilla, egg yolks, and molasses.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until partially combined. 
  • In a small bowl beat the egg whites until very frothy. Add the brown sugar and beat until soft peaks form. 
  • Fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Let batter sit at room temperature for 10 minutes (this is a great time to start preheating your waffle iron). 
  • Scoop waffle batter onto your waffle iron and cook for 4-6 minutes (all irons differ, so you’ll have to gauge how much batter to use and for how long). 
  • Serve warm with syrup, plain, with whipped cream, or with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal (19%)Carbohydrates: 47g (16%)Protein: 7g (14%)Fat: 19g (29%)Saturated Fat: 11g (55%)Cholesterol: 108mg (36%)Sodium: 390mg (16%)Potassium: 368mg (11%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 17g (19%)Vitamin A: 645IU (13%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 160mg (16%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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