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A stack of gingerbread waffles from the top down.

Gingerbread Waffles

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 waffles 1x


Waffles have never tasted so festive! 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
Cooking spray


  1. For the cardamom-vanilla butter, mash together butter, cardamom and vanilla extract until well combined.
  2. 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.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, orange zest, buttermilk, molasses, melted butter and vanilla extract.
  4. 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.
  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined. Fold in whipped egg whites.
  6. Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray and cook according to the unit’s directions. Serve with cardamom butter and warm maple syrup. Enjoy!


  • For full tips, please see blog post.
  • 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


  • Serving Size: 1 waffle
  • Calories: 400
  • Sugar: 27
  • Sodium: 564
  • Fat: 17
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 53
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 10
  • Cholesterol: 175

Keywords: waffles, gingerbread, gingerbread waffles