Crisp on the outside eggnog waffles with a light and fluffy inside are the perfect holiday season breakfast treat! Can't you envision it? Classic waffles, creamy eggnog and nutmeg spice coming together in many delightful bites for your holiday morning meal.
There is something about homemade waffles that feels extra indulgent. Maybe it's the way the butter melts and waits for you in all the little nooks, or the way the maple syrup clings to the texture so you get an extra sweet maple-drenched bite every time!
Whatever it is, they're a perfect choice for a holiday breakfast or brunch and I was determined to create a way to make them extra festive for Christmas morning. And then I thought of....eggnog!
The past several weeks I have been testing several different eggnog recipes. So needless to say, I ended up with lots of extra!
If you haven't already, you should definitely check out my classic eggnog recipe, eggnog cupcakes and eggnog cookies. Since eggnog is a super delicious dessert drink, it makes sense to use it in dessert recipes.
But, what about using it to create delightful breakfast dishes?? Cooking waffles with eggnog have become my new favorite way to incorporate this yummy holiday treat!
Ingredients to Make Eggnog Waffles
Making eggnog waffles recipe is super similar to making traditional waffles, but instead of using milk you use eggnog instead and the recipe adds in the traditional spices of nutmeg and cinnamon that commonly flavor eggnog.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg: It's best to buy quality spices and make sure they are fresh for the best flavor.
Eggnog: You can make your own eggnog or simply pickup a carton at the grocery store. It is most commonly available in the grocery store around the holidays.
Making egg nog yourself is super easy. You can check out the best homemade classic eggnog recipe right here.
But if you don't feel like making it yourself, you can always use store bought! Store bought will save you a little mess in the kitchen and a little bit of time.
What is Eggnog?
Eggnog is a holiday drink made from eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla and spices. It's smooth and creamy and tastes very similar to melted ice cream in a glass! It can also be served up as a holiday cocktail with a splash of brandy or dark rum.
How to Make Eggnog Waffles
To make fluffy eggnog waffles, you want to start by whisking together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. If you have a sifter, you can use that but I find a whisk is just fine for this recipe.
In a seperate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs. Then, add the vanilla, oil and eggnog.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to this mixture and mix just until incorporated. Do not overmix or your waffles will get tough!
Preheat your waffle iron and when it is ready, spray with a generous amount of cooking spray. Scoop about ½ cup of the batter into the iron and cook until no steam is escaping from the closed iron. Cooking times will vary.
When the waffle is cooked through, remove from the iron and serve immediately.
How to Serve Eggnog Waffles
I love whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg on my eggnog waffles. But these waffles are great with classic butter and syrup.
When it comes to fruit, the flavor profile of eggnog goes really well with bananas and blueberries!
Transform eggnog waffles into a decadent dessert with some vanilla ice cream and your favorite toppings.
Drizzle them with a little homemade Dulce de Leche for a caramel inspired waffle treat!
Serve them up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate for full on holiday flavor!!
How to Make a DIY Waffle Station
Making eggnog waffles for a crowd is perfect for holiday gatherings large and small!!
I love making eggnog, regular or belgian waffles for breakfast when there is a large gathering. Waffles are the perfect self-serve breakfasts guests can get themselves. When you are hosting a house full of people, it is nice to allow people to serve themselves as needed.
Making a self-serve waffle station is super easy!
- Start by picking an area to transform into your serving station. It will need to be near a plug, so you can plug in your waffle iron.
- Make a double (or triple!) batch of batter. I like to keep the bowl chilled by placing it on a server with ice. You could also use something like this.
- Place a ½ cup measuring cup into the batter bowl. Alternatively, you could use a pitcher and have your guests pour batter directly into the iron. I find a measuring cup is best. I have four children and it helps prevent little hands from pouring too much. Yikes!
- Plug your waffle iron in next to the batter station. You may want to check your manufacturer's manual to see if the iron needs to be open or shut in between uses.
- Finally, place toppings such as whipped cream, berries or syrup near the iron and you have just made a DIY waffle station!
Expert Tips and FAQS
These waffles don’t expand 50% like boxed mixes … so fill that waffle iron up!
The eggnog makes these a little more dense, so you want to make sure you cook these until there is no more steam.
The key to making sure your waffles don't stick is to preheat the waffle maker and don't forget to spray it well with cooking spray.
Waffles are always best when eaten fresh from the griddle so be sure to have all your toppings ready to go and let people get started digging in as soon as they are finish up.
Gently mix your waffle batter and stop mixing as soon as it's combined. Over mixing causes the gluten in the flour to stiffen up and you will end up with dense, tough waffles.
A while back, I did a eggnog taste test. I tested all of the major brands of store bought eggnog. Out of 10 major brands, Southern Comfort Eggnog won! I suggest this brand for all of my eggnog recipes.
These waffles can made gluten free by substituting the flour for your favorite gluten free brand. Make sure whatever blend you use is 1 to 1 replacement for wheat flour. I love Bob's Red Mill brand!
Some brands that use coconut oil will absorb moisture pretty quickly. You may find that you need to add a little bit more eggnog or plain milk to the batter to make it thin enough for cooking.
If you are vegan, your eggnog waffle dreams can still come true. Just swap out the regular nog for your favorite vegan version. Since plant based versions are often a bit thinner, you may need to add just a little more than the recipe calls for. And use your favorite baking egg replacement for the eggs in the waffles.
You can use any kind of waffle iron to make these!
In these photos, I used this belgian waffle iron. It's super easy to use and I love the flip feature. I own this one and use it almost every weekend with my family!
If you prefer something a little more compact, you could choose a waffle maker that's like this one here.
If you want to learn more, here is a complete guide to choosing a waffle iron for more details.
More Eggnog Recipes
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Eggnog Waffles Recipe
- Waffle Maker
- Preheat and lightly spray waffle iron with non- stick- spray.
- In a large bowl mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a medium bowl beat together eggs, vanilla, vegetable oil and eggnog.
- Blend into dry ingredients until completely incorporated..
- Scoop batter by ½ cupfuls (or more for larger waffles) onto heated waffle iron and cook until no steam is escaping from the closed iron.