Gingerbread Waffles

Make some gingerbread waffles for breakfast! A touch spicy, a touch sweet. Perfect for special occasions, or just a cozy weekend breakfast.

Gingerbread Waffles
Lisa Lin

When I think of the holidays, gingerbread is always the first thing that comes to mind. I can just close my eyes and smell the sweet aromas of spices and ginger swirling in my kitchen right now. Mmm...

I often start off the holidays with a loaf of gingerbread cake, but this year I thought I'd add a fun twist by making gingerbread waffles instead!

Gingerbread Waffles
Lisa Lin

These gingerbread waffles have a nice sweetness. They're great with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar over top. Of course, if you want a more decadent holiday breakfast, feel free to pile on the whipped cream and maple syrup!

Gluten-Free Waffles

If you want to make a gluten-free version of these waffles, you can replace the all-purpose flour with oat flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour. I've tested it both ways, and find this to be a straightforward and easy swap.

For extra-crispy waffles, make sure to use butter in the batter — don’t be tempted to substitute it with oil. The waffles won’t be crispy when you first remove them out of the waffle iron but will crisp up as they cool.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and let’s enjoy some gingerbread waffles together!

Gingerbread Waffles

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 to 5 servings
Yield 4 to 5 Belgian waffles

For gluten-free waffles, replace the all-purpose flour with oat flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour.

You can make a double batch of these waffles and freeze the leftovers for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat the waffles, pop them into your toaster or bake them at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes.


  • 1 1/3 cups milk, warmed to room temperature

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

  • 1/2 cup molasses

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 3/4 cups (290g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • Melted butter or cooking spray for coating the waffle iron

  • Powdered sugar for serving, optional


  1. Make the waffle batter:

    In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, melted butter, molasses, brown sugar, and egg until everything is well incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder and salt together.

    Gradually mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. (I usually pour half of the flour into the wet ingredients and stir until the flour is absorbed before adding the rest of the flour.) Mix until you no longer see streaks of flour. Small lumps are okay.

    Gingerbread Waffles
    Lisa Lin
    Gingerbread Waffles
    Lisa Lin
  2. Let the batter rest as you preheat your Belgian waffle iron to medium-high:

    Warm the waffle iron for at least 5 minutes, or until a drop of water sizzles on contact with the griddle.

  3. Make the waffles:

    Brush melted butter onto the waffle iron or coat with cooking spray. Scoop 2/3 to 3/4 cup of the batter into the waffle iron and use the bottom of the cup to spread the batter around into the edges. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or according to your waffle maker's instructions, until the waffles are golden brown on the outside. Remove the waffle from the iron with tongs or a fork and place on a cooling rack.

    Cook the remaining waffles and serve immediately. Sprinkle waffles with powdered sugar, if you like, or serve with whipped cream and maple syrup.

    Gingerbread Waffles
    Lisa Lin
    Gingerbread Waffles
    Lisa Lin
    Gingerbread Waffles
    Lisa Lin
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
493 Calories
10g Fat
92g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 5
Amount per serving
Calories 493
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 525mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 92g 34%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 294mg 23%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 704mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.