If there’s one occasion that calls for waffles, it’s Christmas morning. But we’re talking Christmas here, so not any waffles will do. No, for the most fun and festive Christmas breakfast, we have to go with a big stack of gingerbread waffles with cardamom-vanilla butter and plenty of warm maple syrup for good measure.
Look, I’m not hating on other waffles. I love classic waffles, but we can have those any time of year. While it’s still the holidays, I insist on taking full advantage of the season and eating as much gingerbread-flavored treats as possible. Who’s with me? 🙋♀️
How to Make Gingerbread Waffles
Let’s get into it. As you would expect, you will need a waffle maker for this recipe. I have a Cuisinart square waffle maker, and it works beautifully. The nonstick surface works like a charm, and it has a wide range of heat levels, so you can make your waffles as soft or crispy as you’d like. I included a link below in case that’s helpful.
To start, we stir together flour, dark brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda and salt. If you’ve been following along for a while now, you already know my love of dark brown sugar versus light brown. Dark brown sugar has more molasses, which makes for a richer flavor. I definitely recommend it.
In another bowl, we mix buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla, egg yolks, molasses and orange zest and add the dry ingredients. I love how orange pairs with ginger, and that touch of zest makes these waffles extra special.
Now we just have one more step before we’re ready to put the batter on the waffle iron: beat egg whites until they’re stiff and fold into the mixture. Whipped egg whites give the waffles a fluffy texture. If you have a stand mixer, I recommend whipping the egg whites while you prepare the other ingredients for a speedier process.
From here, we pour the batter into our waffle iron, and within minutes, we have perfectly spiced, delicious gingerbread waffles. Is there a more festive Christmas breakfast? I don’t think so.
Perfect Pairing for Gingerbread Waffles
As I mentioned, I love how ginger pairs with orange, so these waffles are begging for a classic mimosa. A screwdriver is another delicious option and a fun breakfast cocktail.
I hope you make your Christmas morning extra festive and try these gingerbread waffles. Please let me know how you enjoyed these gingerbread waffles in the comment section and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. You can also catch me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.
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- Cuisinart WAF-150 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker, 1 Piece, Silver
- Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste, 4 Ounces
Full of warm holiday spice, these gingerbread waffles with cardamom-vanilla butter are the perfect Christmas morning breakfast.
For Cardamom-Vanilla Butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
For Gingerbread Waffles
2 cups flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
1 orange, zested
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 egg whites
- For the cardamom-vanilla butter, mash together butter, cardamom and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Stir together flour, dark brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make sure you stir it well enough to get rid of any lumps from the brown sugar.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, orange zest, buttermilk, molasses, melted butter and vanilla extract.
- Using a mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. If you have a stand mixer, you can take care of this step first and then prepare the other ingredients to make the process go a little quicker.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined. Fold in whipped egg whites.
- Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray and cook according to the unit’s directions. Serve with cardamom butter and warm maple syrup. Enjoy!
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Griddle
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: waffles, gingerbread, gingerbread waffles