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Chocolate Chip Waffles are fluffy, crisp and a delightful breakfast to start your day right. This is an easy homemade recipe that will make good use of that waffle maker!
Looking for ways to use that waffle maker sitting on your shelf? I got you covered. This recipe is an all time favorite in our family for kids and adults alike. My kids and my nieces ask for these all the time because these waffles are so dang delicious! They have a crisp outside and fluffy inside, exactly what you want in a waffle. Add some sweet chocolate chips and these waffles are over the top! A great homemade recipe for breakfast, brunch and even dinner! Do you ever have breakfast for dinner?
This post was originally posted on 09/03/2018 and updated on 02/24/2021.
Chocolate Chip Waffle Ingredients
- Unbleached All Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Salted Butter
- Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Substitution Options for Chocolate Chip Waffles
- Unbleached All Purpose Flour: This recipe is really good with whole wheat flour too.
- Milk: Substitute your milk of choice, any unsweetened type of milk will work. Buttermilk is a good substitute as well.
- Honey: Feel free to use your sweetener of choice or leave it out all together.
- Mini Chocolate Chips: You can use regular size chocolate chips if needed, however the mini chips work and incorporate a lot better in the waffles.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Waffles from Scratch
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, honey and vanilla extract.
- Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until just combined.
- Whisk in butter and then stir in the chocolate chips.
- Let the waffle batter rest while the waffle maker heats.
- Once the waffle maker is ready, add a ladle of batter, about ½ cup. Follow your waffle maker instructions for greasing and cooking.
- Cook the waffle according to your waffle maker instructions. My waffle maker takes about 3-4 minutes per waffle.
Tips for the Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Waffles
- Don't overmix the batter. Lumpy batter is always good batter when it comes to waffles and pancakes.
- Let the batter rest for 5-10 minutes while the waffle iron heats up. This lets the baking powder create air bubbles which makes the waffles extra fluffy.
- Read and follow your waffle iron instructions for greasing the iron and cooking the waffles. Every waffle maker is different.
- As you cook the waffles, place them on a baking sheet and then put in a 170°F oven to stay warm and crisp until ready to eat.
What is the secret to crispy waffles?
First, let the batter rest. It is important for the baking powder to have time to create air pockets and the gluten to have time to relax. This allows for a fluffy center and crispy outside. Also, make sure the waffle iron is preheated, adding batter to a cold iron will result in soggy waffles. Lastly, I recommend using a waffle maker that flips. It helps with even cooking and will allow the batter to evenly distribute which will also create crispy exterior pockets.
How to Freeze Homemade Waffles
- Cool the extra waffles on a cooling rack or baking sheet
- Once the extra waffles are cooled, slice them into 4 triangles, in half or leave whole, then place them on a sheet pan and freeze.
- Once frozen, place them in a labeled freezer bag and freeze.
To Reheat the Waffles:
From the freezer, just pop the waffles into the toaster or microwave to reheat, and you'll have a fast, easy and tasty waffle to enjoy!
Serving Suggestions for Waffles
- Serve them for breakfast, lunch, packed lunches, snack, and even dinner!
- Peanut Butter & Syrup
- Just Peanut Butter
- Peanut Butter & Sliced Bananas
- Strawberry Syrup
- Berries & Whipped Cream
- Make it dessert: Add ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream
- Make a sandwich: Cut the waffle into quarters and add some cream cheese & cinnamon or peanut butter & jelly.
FAQ About Homemade Chocolate Chip Waffles
Belgian waffles are usually larger and thicker in size, have deeper pockets, and are made in a Belgian waffle maker. Belgian waffles usually use a leavening agent, yeast or whipped egg whips in the batter to make them fluffy. Other waffles have much smaller grid pockets, are usually thinner, smaller in size and more dense.
Yes! This is a very important step, do not skip it! The baking powder in this recipe needs time to work its magic by creating air pocket in the batter which will result in super fluffy waffles.
More Delicious Breakfast Ideas:
- Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes
- Best Ever Egg Bake
- Family Favorite French Toast
- Easy Homemade Bagels
- Mini Ham & Cheese Frittatas
- Banana Belgian Waffles
- Biscuits & Gravy
- Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
- French Toast Casserole
- Strawberries & Cream Stuffed French Toast
- Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
- Tator Tot Egg Bake
Chocolate Chip Waffles
- I large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, honey and vanilla extract.
- Add wet ingredients to the flour mix and whisk just until combined.
- Add butter and whisk gently.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Let waffle batter rest while the waffle iron preheats.
- Add ladleful, about ½ cup, of batter to preheated waffle iron.
- Follow your waffle iron directions to make waffles.
- Mine usually takes about 3-4 minutes.