Gingerbread Waffles

These Gingerbread Waffles are the perfect combination of sugar and spice! Topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream or maple syrup, these waffles are a favorite autumn and holiday breakfast!

I love a delicious, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside waffle! You can top them with a variety of toppings ranging from syrups to fruit to whipped cream! Today I am adding these gingerbread waffles to our buttermilk waffles and pumpkin waffles collection! 

Gingerbread waffles with syrup, butter and powdered sugar

Perfect Holiday Breakfast

These gingerbread waffles are the perfect holiday breakfast because the aroma alone will make your house smell like Christmas!

The sweet and savory flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and molasses make you feel like you are having a classic gingerbread cookie for breakfast. Plus, these waffles get rave reviews when anyone has them so they’re especially great for visiting family and friends.

Besides smelling and tasting like Christmas, this recipe is very quick and easy, which is perfect for the busy holiday season.

Gingerbread waffle batter

How to Make Gingerbread Waffles

It doesn’t get much easier than the microwave! So in a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and milk and heat on HIGH for 1 minute. Whisk until butter melts. Then add molasses, brown sugar, and egg and whisk until combined.

Then in a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and allspice.

Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined. It doesn’t have to be completely smooth! 

Allow the batter to rest while preheating the waffle maker. Then Cook waffles according to your waffle maker’s instructions.

Waffles should be crisp and cooked through and topped with your favorite toppings like powdered sugar, whipped cream, syrup, sprinkles, lemon sauce, etc.

Waffle Tips and Tricks

What type of molasses? Typically in baked goods, you should use light molasses. If you want more of an overpowering flavor of molasses then use blackstrap molasses! 

How does molasses change the texture of the waffles? Molasses is a thick and viscous material, so the trick when adding molasses is making sure that the texture can still stay light and fluffy by adding egg and lightening ingredients. 

How to make these crispy? The waffles get their crispy texture from the butter in the recipe! The waffles might not seem crispy when you take them out, but they will crisp as they cool 

Gingerbread waffles in waffle maker

Storing, Variations + Toppings 

If you want to STORE these, we recommend doing that in an air-tight container or bag in the fridge for a few days. To FREEZE, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and the waffles. Freeze until hardened and then place in a freezer-safe bag for up to 1 month.

To reheat, place waffles on a wire cooling rack over a cookie sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes at 350 degrees. Or you can use your toaster or microwave!

If you are making these for a crowd or want to make them ahead of time and keep them warm, place the cooked waffles on a wire cooling rack over a cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees. The hot air circulates around the waffles making them crispy but not completely drying them out.


To make these waffles gluten-free, just substitute the all-purpose flour with oat flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour.

To make these vegan, just replace the milk with either soy or almond milk and replace the butter with oil! Then top with your favorite dairy-free whipped cream or dust with powdered sugar!

Another variation is to add in some healthy nuts/seeds such as ground flax seeds, and walnuts, or top them with pumpkin seeds.

Homemade gingerbread waffles recipe

As you can see this recipe is very straight forward, easy and delicious! Which makes it perfect for busy holiday weekends! 

For more holiday breakfasts, check out:

Gingerbread Waffles

5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 8 square waffles
Author: Natalie
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  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/4 c. whole milk or buttermilk
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 c. molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice


  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and milk. Heat on HIGH for 1 minute, then whisk until butter melts. Add molasses, brown sugar, and egg, whisk until combined.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and allspice.
  • Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix just until combined. Allow the batter to rest while preheating the waffle maker.
  • Cook waffles according to your waffle maker's instructions. Waffles should be crisp and cooked through.
  • Remove the waffles and serve with desired toppings.

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