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A white plate with 2 red velvet waffles on it drizzled in a white cream cheese glaze, against a white background.
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Red Velvet Waffles

These red velvet waffles are vibrant in color and taste! To make these the traditional red velvet taste we use real chocolate and cocoa powder and top it with a cream cheese glaze. Is it breakfast or dessert? I'll let you decide!
Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Servings: 12 waffles


  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate - finely chopped, about 2 oz
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs - separated
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
  • gel red food coloring

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 6 oz cream cheese - softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • In a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval. Let cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl whisk the flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
  • In a medium bowl whisk the egg yolks, buttermilk, vanilla, butter, and a few drops of gel red food coloring. Add the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix until partially combined. 
  • In a small bowl beat the egg whites until frothy, then add the sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Fold the egg white mixture into the batter until combined. Batter will be lumpy but you don’t want large pockets of flour. 
  • Heat waffle iron. Cook waffles until your desired doneness. Be careful not to cook for too long as the chocolate can burn in the waffles. Place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm and to crisp them up even more. 
  • Serve with syrup or a cream cheese glaze. I suggest the cream cheese glaze if you want the full “red velvet” effect. 

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Place cream cheese in medium sized bowl. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add milk, vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add more milk or powdered sugar to make it your desired thickness. 
  • Drizzle the glaze over the waffles when ready to eat. To get the nice squiggles you see in the picture, I placed the glaze in a ziplock bag and snipped off the end then squeezed it overtop for the prettier look. You can also serve these with syrup and/or sprinkled powdered sugar.


I recommend using a gel red food coloring. The color is more vibrant and you don't need as much to get your desired color. I used this one here (found on Amazon). If you use a liquid food color it might throw off the waffle batter by adding too much liquid. Something to keep in mind :) 
If you want to make them into heart waffles you have 2 options: 
1- buy a heart shaped waffle iron. 
2- use a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut the waffles using that. 


Calories: 386kcal (19%), Carbohydrates: 45g (15%), Protein: 6g (12%), Fat: 21g (32%), Saturated Fat: 12g (60%), Cholesterol: 79mg (26%), Sodium: 277mg (12%), Potassium: 283mg (8%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 25g (28%), Vitamin A: 660IU (13%), Calcium: 141mg (14%), Iron: 2mg (11%)