This easy waffle recipe has an apple pie flair, made with apples and all your favorite fall spices. Then topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and caramel sauce! A fantastic dessert or special treat for breakfast.
Every fall I dust off my waffle maker so I can make these apple pie waffles with the hoard of apples we bring back from Apple Hill. And I kick myself for not making them more frequently. Loaded with traditional fall spices and fresh fruit, then topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and homemade caramel sauce, they are truly a wonderful dessert or indulgent breakfast!
The best waffle recipe should be crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They should never stick to the waffle iron once done cooking, and should remain light and airy once they’ve cooled – doesn’t matter whether they’re square, round, Belgian waffles or American waffles. You can make them sweet or savory, add mix-ins to the batter, or change how you top them.
Here’s a quick summary of the ingredients you’ll need for these apple waffles.
- Dry ingredients you need: all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and baking powder.
- Spices you need: cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, allspice, and salt.
- Wet ingredients you need: eggs, whole milk, and unsalted butter.Additional ingredients you need: shredded or chopped apple, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and caramel sauce.
Waffle Recipe Notes
- What type of apple to use? Any type of sweet apple is delicious in these. I love Honeycrisp or Pink Lady, but use your favorite!
- Add in some nuts. Feel free to add a small handful of fresh chopped pecans to the batter.
- These are really meant to be dessert waffles. They’re not particularly sweet on their own, so if you’re going to omit the toppings, I would recommend adding in additional sugar to the batter.
How To Store Waffle Batter
Can you refrigerate waffle batter? Yes. Cooking waffle batter right away is ideal, but you can make it in advance. It must be kept in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator. Typically the batter separates a little as it stands or is stored, but it can be whisked gently to bring it back together. Also be aware that the baking powder may lose some of its potency if storing this overnight, so the waffles might not rise as much.
Can you freeze waffle batter? Yes, waffle batter can be frozen. Seal the container tightly so no air, moisture, or odors may enter the batter. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
How long does waffle batter last? This particular batter can be made and stored in the fridge up to 1 day in advance or frozen up to 3 weeks.
I actually recommend cooking up all the batter right away and then storing the cooked cooled waffles.
Storing Leftover Waffles
I often make a double batch of waffles, so I can have some ready in minutes!
To store leftover waffles in the refrigerator: Let the cooked waffles cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
To store leftover waffles in the freezer:
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place cooled waffles in a single layer. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper.
- Flash freeze for a few hours until they’re somewhat stiff.
- Transfer the waffles to a freezer safe plastic bag with pieces of parchment paper in between each one (which helps prevent sticking.)
- Layer as many as can fit in the bag and remove as much air as possible.
- They will keep in the freezer for 1-2 months, although quality will diminish over time.
How To Reheat Frozen Waffles:
- Oven: The best way to bring frozen waffles back to their original texture is by baking them in the oven, directly on a clean oven rack, for about 10 minutes at 300 degrees F.
- Toaster: If the slots on your toaster oven are wide enough, you can simply drop a few waffles in and toast for a few minutes.
- Microwave: You can reheat waffles in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds if you’re in a pinch, but they won’t be crispy.
Other Breakfast Recipes
Apple Pie Waffles
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- pinch kosher salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cups whole milk
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly
- 1 medium sweet apple , shredded or finely chopped
- whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce , for serving
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and salt.
- Add in eggs, milk, and butter, until thoroughly combined and smooth. Stir in the apple.
- Preheat a waffle maker to your desired setting and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray; pour some batter onto grids (amount will vary depending on waffle maker.) Close lid quickly; do not open until done.
- Cook according to manufacturers directions (about 3 minutes or until golden brown). When done, use a fork to lift waffle off grid. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Eat immediately and enjoy!