Caramel pecan waffle sundae (photo © St. Pierre Bakery).
 Deluxe dessert waffle plate (photo © Screme Gelato).
 Fudge waffles; the recipe is below (photo © King Arthur Flour).
 Chocolate sauce for the fudge waffles; the recipe is below (photo © King Arthur Flour).
 You can use the chocolate sauce to make s’mores waffles (photo © Posie Harwood | King Arthur Flour).
 Or, just use a simple chocolate drizzle (photo © Linus Mimietz | Unsplash).
 Or, make a banana split waffle sundae. Here’s the recipe (photo © Krusteaz).
August 24th is National Waffle Day.
With roots dating to the Neolithic Age (ca. 6000 B.C.E. to ca. 2000 B.C.E.), waffles, along with pancakes and bread, began as a rustic hotcake made of cereal pulps, cooked on heated stones.
As is still done thousands of years later, the cake was “flipped,” so that both sides could be cooked by the heat.
But these were bland sustenance foods: no syrup, no whipped cream and no chocolate sauce, of course; and likely, no salt and pepper.
Check out the history of waffles.
Before we jump into dessert waffles, check out How To Make Better Waffles, which includes cooking tips plus an introduction to savory waffles for lunch and dinner.
Also, the different types of waffles.
RECIPE #1: FUDGE WAFFLES (Photo #3)
Think of dessert waffles as waffle sundaes: the same ingredients as a sundae, with a waffle added.
This recipe, from King Arthur Flour, is like a hot fudge sundae on a waffle.
Prep time is 10 minutes, cook time is 30 minutes.
There are more dessert waffle recipes below, plus a template to customize your own dessert waffle recipes.
2 large eggs, room temperature
4 tablespoons (57g) butter, melted and cooled, or 1/4 cup (50g) vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (227g) buttermilk
1 cup (120g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (or substitute)
3/4 cup (149g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (43g) unsweetened cocoa, Dutch-process or natural
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup (57g) chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup (85g) chocolate mini chips
1. COMBINE the eggs, butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat until light, about 2 minutes. Blend in buttermilk, then flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Gently fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
2. COOK the waffles in a preheated, well-greased waffle iron until done, following manufacturer’s directions.
3. SERVE with the ice cream of your choice and fudge sauce (recipe follows). The waffles can be served immediately, or wrapped in plastic wrap and served the next day. Warm them in a toaster oven if you wish.
Variation: S’mores Waffles
Top with toasted marshmallows and graham cracker streusel. Here’s the recipe.
RECIPE #2: FUDGE SAUCE/CHOCOLATE SAUCE (Photo #4)
People interchangeably use the terms chocolate sauce, fudge sauce, hot fudge and chocolate fudge sauce. The difference is in the details.
The main difference between hot fudge and chocolate sauce is the texture. Hot fudge tends is thicker and richer from the cream and butter used, while chocolate sauce is thinner, less rich and more pourable, due to corn syrup for added for pourability.
Ingredients For 1 Cup
1/2 cup (3-1/2 ounces, 99g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (3/4 ounce, 21g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (5-1/2 ounces, 156g) light corn syrup
1/4 cup (2 ounces, 56g) half & half or evaporated milk
2 tablespoons (1 ounce, 28g) butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1. COMBINE the sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup and milk half & half in a small saucepan. Stir to blend.
2. COOK over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil; then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.
3. REMOVE the sauce from the heat and add the butter and vanilla, stirring until the butter melts. Cool to room temperature, then store in the refrigerator.
4. SERVE warm or at room temperature. The sauce reheats easily in a glass cup in your microwave.
Candied Pecan Waffles: Top waffles with Candy roasted pecans, chopped pecans and whipped cream, syrup optional. Alternatively, you can mix the chopped nuts into the waffle batter.
Cheesecake Waffles: Combine two treats in one recipe.
Chocolate Waffles: Here’s a recipe.
Hot Fudge Sundae Waffles: Serve with ice cream, top-quality fudge sauce, strawberries, nuts and whipped cream.
Key Lime Mousse Waffles: Here’s a recipe for any citrus mousse you desire.
Lemon Berry Waffles: Top with lemon curd (or other fruit curd) and seasonal berries. Garnish with whipped cream and fruit sauce (either puréed berries or a fruit syrup).
Orange Blossom Waffles: Add mangoes, mixed berries, and nutmeg cream. Here’s the recipe.
Sticky Bun Sundaes: Top with cinnamon or vanilla ice cream, raisins and walnuts, garnished with a sprinkling of cinnamon and brown sugar (mixed). Add a very light drizzle of caramel sauce and whipped cream.
MORE SWEET DESSERT WAFFLE RECIPES
Candy: brittle, toffee chips.
Chocolate: chips, ice cream, syrup, shaved chocolate.
Cream cheese: with chocolate chips, jam.
Ice cream or frozen yogurt: with sundae toppings.
Fall & winter 1: raisins or other dried fruits, sautéed apples or bananas, maple syrup.
Fall & winter 2: pumpkin pie filling, whipped cream, caramelized nuts and nutmeg garnish.
Fruit: seasonal fresh fruit, caramelized fruit, fruit butter, fruit chutney, fruit curd, marmalade or preserves with whipped cream.
Fruit yogurt: with fresh fruit and fruit syrup or cinnamon syrup.
Sweet spreads: nut butter, Nutella, with coconut or honey and whipped cream.
SWEET WAFFLE TOPPINGS
Banana Split Waffle Sundae
Cheesecake Waffles & Key Lime Waffles
Hot Fudge Sundae Bar With Waffles
Pumpkin Dessert Waffles
Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
MORE DESSERT WAFFLE RECIPES