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Homemade German Waffles (Herzwaffeln)

Make German waffles, known as Herzwaffeln, at home with this authentic recipe. These heart-shaped waffles are slightly sweet and incredibly rich and buttery – perfect for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or dessert. They’re a firm family favorite in our house and I’m sure they will be at yours as well.

Heart shaped German waffles dusted with icing sugar on a white plate
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Belgian vs. German Waffles

In comparison to thick, rectangular Belgian waffles, German waffles are typically baked in a heart-shaped waffle maker and are much thinner. The batter has more sugar which makes the waffles incredibly delicious on their own. Belgian Liege waffles are typically sweeter as the batter includes pearl sugar.

Ingredients

  • Flour – This recipe works best with all-purpose flour.
  • Milk – I use full-fat milk for extra flavor but you can substitute it with a lighter milk of your choice.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar works best for this recipe.
  • Butter – Unsalted butter works best for this recipe but simply omit the salt if you only have salted butter on hand.
  • Eggs – Rich egg yolks and butter give these waffles their golden color so make sure you’re using farm fresh eggs at room temperature.
  • Vanilla – I use vanilla extract but you can also opt for vanilla sugar, essence, or a fresh vanilla pod. For a fresher taste, swap the vanilla flavor with 1 tsp of lemon peel.

Variations

Chocolate waffles: Add 1/4 cup of cacao or cocoa powder to the waffle batter for a chocolate twist in these regular waffles. Alternatively, you can add chocolate chips to the batter.

Christmas waffles: Simply add 1 tsp of Christmas spice or pumpkin spice to the batter for a festive breakfast or dessert.

How to make German waffles

Steps 1-4 on how to make German waffles.
  1. Combine melted butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until fully combined and fluffy.
  3. Add the dry ingredients.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients until you have a lump-free waffle batter.

Serving

A delicious way to enjoy these German waffles is with a simple dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup. For more ideas, check out 50 delicious waffle toppings but here are a few of my favorite serving suggestions:

Serve with a cup of Moka coffee, hot cacao, or tea such as my winter spiced tea.

Close-up of a white bowl with stewed apples and pears with a cinnamon stick and a pear blurred in the background.

FAQ

How can I store homemade waffles?

You can store these German waffles in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can slightly reheat them in the oven, microwave, or toaster.

Can you freeze waffles?

The best way to freeze waffles is to stack them in a freezer-proof container with a piece of parchment separating them so they don’t stick together. They will store for up to 3 months. You can reheat them in a toaster, microwave, oven, or simply defrost them at room temperature.

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Heart shaped German waffles dusted with icing sugar on a white plate

Homemade German Waffles (Herzwaffeln)

Caro Jensen
An easy recipe for homemade German waffles (Herzwaffeln). Slightly sweet and incredibly buttery, they are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American, German
Servings 10 waffles
Calories 246 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup whole milk

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, mix melted butter and sugar using a stand mixer or hand mixer until well combined.
    1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar
  • Add vanilla extract and eggs. Mix well.
    1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 eggs
  • Add the dry ingredients including flour, a pinch of salt, and baking powder to the wet ingredients.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 pinch salt
  • Slowly stir in the milk and combine everything for 1-2 minutes until you have a lump-free, smooth batter. The mixture will resemble a thick pancake batter.
    1 cup whole milk
  • Preheat the waffle iron and bake your first waffle. Store the finished waffles under a tea towel until serving to keep them warm.

Notes

Waffle maker: I use a standard, non-stick heart-shaped waffle iron to bake these waffles. Make sure you’re pre-heating the waffle iron the first time you’re adding the waffle mixture to prevent it from sticking to the iron.
Non-stick waffles: The recipe includes enough butter for the waffles to easily be removed once baked. If your batter however sticks to the waffle iron, simply grease the iron with extra butter before baking.
For fluffier waffles, separate the eggs and whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold the stiff egg whites into the batter and cook the waffles immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 190mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 395IUCalcium: 91mgIron: 1mg
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