These chocolate waffles are crispy on the outside and so soft and fluffy on the inside. Perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or dessert!
I often serve waffles for breakfast or dessert because they’re easy to make and customizable with so many different toppings. These chocolate waffles are one of my favorite recipes because they make me feel like I’m having cake for breakfast! On a lazy weekend, I love to make them for my family so we can all indulge together in our pajamas.
These chocolate waffles have a rich chocolatey flavor that’s contrasted with perfect light and fluffy texture. When topped with fresh berries or prune jam, they taste like chocolate covered fruit!
What’s better? These waffles freeze well and are perfect for meal prepping. Say goodbye to processed, store-bought waffles for good…
How to Make Chocolate Waffles
Making chocolate waffles only requires a couple simple ingredients and steps. Below, find a quick hitter overview of the recipe before you dive in.
- Mix the Wet Ingredients: Melt chocolate and butter over low heat in a heavy bottom pan. Once melted, stir in the sugar and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract together. Slowly, add the chocolate mixture to the milk mixture. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a small bowl, combine the flour, cacao powder, and baking powder. In small portions, add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.
- Make the Waffles: Spoon the batter into the waffle maker. Cook for 4-6 minutes, or until the outer edges turn crispy. Serve with your favorite toppings for breakfast or dessert!
Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Waffles
Below, find some pro tips to help you make the best chocolate waffles.
- Sift the dry ingredients to remove any lumps. For a perfectly consistent waffle texture, use a flour sifter to remove any lumps from the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
- Use whole milk. Whole milk provides the richest flavor and texture. While you can get away with non-fat or 2%, nothing beats whole!
- Cook the waffles until slightly crispy. Make sure to cook the waffles long enough to form a nice, outer crisp. Nothing is worse than a soggy waffle!
Serving Chocolate Waffles
You can serve chocolate waffles as a decadent breakfast item topped with fresh fruit, raspberry jam, maple syrup, or chocolate syrup. They are also super tasty topped with peanut butter and bananas. If you’re serving them for dessert, top them with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
- Refrigerator: Store leftover waffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should keep for up to a week.
- Freezer: Freeze leftover waffles by placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop the baking sheet into the freezer for a couple of hours, or until the waffles are completely frozen. Store in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.
Reheating Tip: The best way to reheat refrigerated or frozen waffles is in a toaster. They will get so crispy again!
How do I reheat frozen chocolate waffles?
Reheat frozen chocolate waffles by popping them in a toaster. If you don’t have a toaster, you can reheat them in the oven.
Can I make this recipe without the cocoa for classic waffles?
Yes, you can make this recipe without the cocoa if you prefer classic waffles. They will be just as tasty!
How long should I cook chocolate waffles in the waffle maker?
Waffles take anywhere from 4-6 minutes to make in a commercial waffle maker.
What type of flour should I use for chocolate waffles?
Regular, all-purpose flour works perfectly for chocolate waffles. Try using a higher quality brand like Bob’s Red Mill for best results.
Should waffles be crispy or soft?
A great waffle will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
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- Perfect Crepes Recipe – Light, delicate crepes
- Croffles – Croissant waffles that make the tastiest of treats
- Banana Apple Bread Recipe – Hearty banana bread
- Stuffed French Toast – Cream cheese & blueberry stuffed french toast
- 3/4 cup salted butter
- 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- In a heavy bottom pan, melt chocolate and butter on low heat. Once completely melted, stir in sugar and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs with milk and vanilla extract.
- Slowly add the chocolate mixture into the milk mixture, stirring constantly until well-combined.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, cacao powder, and baking powder.
- In small portions, add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture to make the batter.
- Spoon the waffle batter into the waffle maker until each hole is completely filled. Cook until the outside is perfectly crispy.
- Serve chocolate waffles warm with fresh berries, jam, or syrup, or freeze the leftover waffles for a busy morning. Alternately, serve the waffles with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a fun dessert.
Hi can we substitute chocolate chips instead if chocolate bar. Which bar should I use. Dark or milk chocolate????
Hi Mehreen, I use semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can use whichever chocolate you prefer. I hope this helps. Enjoy!
Hello. I'm Svitlana. Are you supposed to spread the batter? Because mine didn't work out well.
Hi Svitlana, it should spread with help of a waffle maker. What exactly didnt work out?
chocolate waffles are a baking recipe and it is a butter recipe. However, I have decided to use ghee, which is a healthy butter substitute. I prefer ghee to waffle baking because ghee is more flavorful, nutritious, and offers higher smoke point, which is safer for baking process.
Hi Sofia! Thanks so much for the helpful tips! I appreciate the feedback! Enjoy!
Can you mix the batter a day before? Very delicious!
Thanks for the question, Jessica. Yes, you can make the batter a day in advance! Hope they turn out great.
Hello Natalya! Can I make these waffles without cocoa powder? Do you think they’ll still taste good?
Thanks so much for your advice 😊
Hey, yes for sure. They are light and airy. We love them.
These are amazing and quick to make! My three year old kept calling them brownies! These chocolate brownies were perfect with tea as a quick fix 'desert'
Man, you are so so awesome for sharing all those photos! I agree with you, they do kinda taste like brownies. And they are so so good frozen.
Oh you are way awesome for sharing all these amazing recipes with the rest of us! Keep doing that girl, and we'll be sharing with you our end products!
Thank you! 😉
When you freeze them, what are the defrosting instructions?
Usually I use toaster to reheat them. But half of the time we eat the frozen, they taste incredible!
Made it.... Tastes like brownies! Yum:)
So glad you liked them, they ready do taste like a dessert. I like them when they are frozen, just as amazing!
Looks delicious! Makes me want to try it. 🙂
Hey Valya, I hope you love them. It seems like they are pretty popular, according to Instagram 😉