These red velvet waffles are fluffy and crisp with that classic red velvet flavor! Topped with a cream cheese glaze, this red velvet waffle recipe is sure to make your breakfast extra special!
This post was originally published on June 27, 2023. It was updated with new recipe information on February 8, 2024.
Red Velvet Waffle Ingredients
To make this red velvet waffle recipe, just grab the following ingredients.
- Flour - Makes the waffles fluffy and light while also providing them structure.
- Sugar - Granulated white sugar makes the batter slightly sweet and helps the batter to caramelize when cooked for the perfect crispy outer layer.
- Cocoa Powder - Natural cocoa powder for the chocolate taste red velvet is known for.
- Salt - Fine sea salt is best.
- Baking Powder - A waffle essential, the baking powder gives waffles the right lift for fluffy waffles that fill the waffle maker.
- Eggs - Eggs bind the batter together and help give it a light and fluffy texture.
- Buttermilk - This ingredient is what sets these waffles apart and makes them superior to those made with a mix or just-add-water-style batter. Buttermilk gives necessary fat for waffles that brown and cook to a crisp and the tang of buttermilk balances the chocolate flavor.
- Butter - Melted butter works into batter easily and helps waffles crisp up when cooked.
- Oil - Use a neutral flavored oil like avocado, grapeseed, or light olive oil.
- Vanilla Extract - For warm flavors in this comforting breakfast food. For best flavor, use pure vanilla extract.
- Instant Coffee - Coffee complements and enhances chocolate in any baking recipe, optional.
- Red Food Coloring - Food coloring gives these waffles vivid red coloring. For best results, use liquid food coloring. If using gel food coloring, you will need to use just a fraction to get the deep red color.
Cream Cheese Glaze Ingredients
- Cream Cheese - Full-fat cream cheese makes for the most decadent glaze-drizzled waffles.
- Powdered Sugar - Powdered sugar, also called confectioners sugar, melts into the other glaze ingredients for a smooth, drizzle-worthy glaze you’ll be topping more than just waffles with.
- Vanilla Extract - Vanilla adds a sweet and familiar flavor to any glaze.
- Milk - Thins out the glaze. Adjust the amount needed for your desired glaze consistency!
- Flour - A 1-to-1 gluten-free flour can be substituted for all-purpose flour to make these waffles gluten-free.
- Instant Espresso - Use espresso powder instead of instant coffee to complement and enhance the chocolate flavor. You can also use decaffeinated instant espresso to limit the caffeine in this recipe.
- Buttermilk - Storebought buttermilk is ideal for this recipe but you can also make homemade sour milk by following the directions in the recipe variation section below!
How to Make Red Velvet Waffles
Red velvet waffles mix up similarly to other waffle recipes and are ready to pour into the waffle maker in just a few simple steps. Here’s how to make them:
Make the Red Velvet Waffles
Step 1: In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
Step 2: Add all of the wet ingredients and whisk together until a batter forms. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes if using gluten-free flour.
Step 3: Preheat the waffle iron and spray or grease with oil.
Step 4: Pour about ⅓ cup of red velvet waffle mix on the waffle iron for each waffle. The exact amount will depend on the size of your waffle iron. Cook until golden, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Optional: Keep the waffles warm until serving by placing the wire cooling rack of waffles into an oven preheated to 200°F.
Step 5: Take the cooked waffles and place them on a wire rack to keep them crisp.
Make the Cream Cheese Glaze
Step 1: Mix all ingredients together with a hand or stand mixer.
Step 2: Add additional milk if needed to thin the glaze for drizzling.
Step 3: Drizzle the desired amount of glaze on top of each waffle just before serving.
Recipe Success Tips
- How to Make Homemade Buttermilk or Sour Milk. Don't have buttermilk? No issue! It's super simple to make your own buttermilk (also known as "sour milk"). Here's how: add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a 1-cup measuring cup and fill the cup to the line with whole milk or 2% milk. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes, or until the milk has curdled. Alternatively, you can also mix plain yogurt and milk in a 1:1 ratio and let sit for 5 minutes before using it in the recipe.
- Preheat Waffle Maker. Preheating your waffle maker is essential for crispy and fluffy waffles. Preheating allows the waffle iron to be hot enough to cook the batter at just the right rate which prevents the batter from spilling out the sides or the waffles from having undercooked, gooey centers. Most waffle makers will have a light or sound that indicates that they are preheated and ready!
- Cool on a Wire Rack. The best way to keep cooked waffles crispy on the outside is to place them on a wire cooling rack while you continue cooking additional waffles. The wire rack allows air to circulate so that the steam and moisture the waffle lets out as it cools won’t cause the waffle to become soggy.
- Adjust the Batter Amount as Needed. After making your first waffle, adjust the amount of batter you place in the waffle maker if needed in order for the waffle to fill out the iron but not overflow. Having a few measuring cups handy will make sizing up or down your batter portions easy.
- Make Cleanup Easy. Put a piece of foil or an aluminum baking sheet under your waffle maker to catch any drips or batter overflow and make cleanup easier.
- Freeze Extra Waffles. These waffles are so good, you might want them over and over. Extra waffles can be refrigerated or frozen and then reheated using a toaster or toaster oven. So cook up all that batter or double the recipe for the tastiest easy breakfast without mixing or cooking. You’ll be trading those pre-made freezer waffles for homemade in no time!
Red velvet waffles can be topped with your favorite pancake or waffle toppings or try one of these variations:
- Double Chocolate: Mix ½ cup of mini chocolate chips or mini white chips into waffle batter before cooking. Use additional chocolate chips to sprinkle the top of the cooked waffle before glazing.
- Fruit: Top glazed waffles with your favorite fresh fruit like strawberries, bananas, or blueberries.
- Maple Bacon: Add 3 tablespoons of maple syrup to the cream cheese glaze and drizzle waffles. Serve alongside or topped with bacon.
- Whipped Cream or Ice Cream: Serve waffles as a dessert by topping with whipped cream or ice cream and finishing with cream cheese glaze and chocolate syrup.
- Waffle Sticks. Use a square waffle maker and cut cooked waffles into perfectly dip-able and easy-to-hold sticks. Dip waffle sticks into cream cheese glaze for a kid-friendly and fun variation.
- Store: These red velvet waffles can be kept covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- Freeze: Cooked waffles can be kept in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Separate waffles with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- Reheat: Reheat refrigerated or frozen waffles in the toaster on a low to medium setting. For frozen waffles, use the frozen setting on your toaster or flip and rotate waffles and toast a second time.
- Gluten-Free: Substitute a 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend for the all-purpose flour and follow the recipe directions as listed.
- Dairy-Free: Use plant milk to make vegan or dairy-free sour milk (directions above) in place of the buttermilk, substitute vegan butter for unsalted butter, and use vegan cream cheese to make a dairy-free waffle recipe!
Pancake and waffle batter are not the same and using one in place of the other will have disappointing results. Waffle batter contains more sugar and fat, usually from butter or buttermilk, to help waffles have a crispy outer layer that locks in their fluffy centers. Pancake batter will not caramelize if used in a waffle maker and will likely spill out the sides.
Waffles lack crispiness when undercooked, cooked on a cold waffle maker, or when the batter does not contain enough fat or sugar to create a caramelized outer layer. For crispy waffles, use a batter that contains butter and other fat-containing ingredients like buttermilk and cook waffles in a preheated waffle maker.
Waffles will also become soggy if they are stacked after cooking, so they are best cooled by spreading out on a wire cooling rack. Additionally, If your waffle maker has an adjustable heat setting, select a setting that gets hot enough to cause the batter to sizzle when it’s poured in. A hot waffle iron will help the moisture in the batter to evaporate and create steam when cooking for waffles that are crispy not soggy.
More Breakfast Recipes
- If you want more waffles, try these gluten-free waffles! They have the best texture and the batter comes together in just one bowl.
- Are you more of a pancake person? These super easy muffin mix pancakes are for you!
- If you've always dreamed of making your own donuts, try these homemade donuts or these blueberry-filled donuts! The dough can be easily made in a bread machine and they're so fluffy!
- Love muffins? My blueberry muffins and cranberry orange muffins are both so fluffy and delicious!
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Red Velvet Waffle Recipe
Red Velvet Waffles
Make the Red Velvet Waffles
- In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
- Add all of the wet ingredients and whisk together until a batter forms. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes if using gluten-free flour.
- Preheat the waffle iron and spray or grease with oil.
- Pour about ⅓ cup of batter on the waffle iron for each waffle. This will depend on the size of your waffle iron. Cook until golden, about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Take the cooked waffles and place them on a wire rack to keep crisp.
Make the Cream Cheese Glaze
- Mix all ingredients together with a hand or stand mixer.
- Add additional milk if needed to thin the glaze for drizzling.
- Drizzle the desired amount of glaze on top of each waffle just before serving.