Holiday Gingerbread Waffles Recipe

Overhead view of gingerbread waffles

Festive and robust flavored holiday Gingerbread Waffles are the perfect Christmas morning breakfast. A treat that will live on in the memories of those you love.

The spices of gingerbread are thick in the air when making these waffles. It’s like bringing Christmas to life.

And oh my, are they delicious! Honestly, could gingerbread anything not be delicious?

If you’re a gingerbread fan and want a quick treat, you might want to check out our 2 Minute Gingerbread Cake in a Mug recipe.

How to Serve Gingerbread Waffles

While these gingerbread waffles are no ordinary breakfast, they are incredibly easy to make. In fact, they can even be made ahead. See the notes at the bottom of the recipe card below for make-ahead tips. 

I like to serve Gingerbread Waffles with a light dusting of confectioners’ sugar and a pat of butter only. But they are also delicious with sour cream and tart lingonberry preserves. Or any berry preserves you like.

To make them even more perfect, serve them with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream or crème fraîche. And a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or nutmeg.

Top View of Gingerbread Waffle on a White Plate

Gingerbread’s World Wide History

I often associate gingerbread with Germany, where many of my family lines lead.

But “Gingerbread is claimed to have been brought to Europe in 992 by the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis,” or modern-day Western Greece.  He is said to have moved to north-central France where he taught gingerbread baking to French Christians. 

Stacked Gingerbread Waffles with Melting Butter

Also Known as Gingerbread:

Northern England: “Parkin,” a soft gingerbread cake. 

United States: Gingerbread, which is often a gingerbread cake or ginger cake. 

Netherlands and Belgium: “peperkoek,” “kruidkoek” or “ontbijtkoek” which is a soft, crumbly gingerbread served at breakfast.

Germany: “Lebkuchen” is a soft form of gingerbread, usually in cookie or biscuit form. The harder form is cut into shapes, decorated and served in Christmas Markets

Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine: “Honey Cakes” most often eaten at Rosh Hashanah (New Year). 

Nordic Countries: the most popular form of ginger confection is the pepperkaker (Norwegian), pepparkakor (Swedish), brunkager (Danish), piparkökur (Icelandic), piparkakut (Finnish) and piparkūkas (Latvian) or piparkoogid (Estonian). 

Switzerland: “Biber” a thick rectangular gingerbread cake with a marzipan filling. 

Russia: “Pryaniki” is a gingerbread made with rye flour, embossed ornaments, and sweet fillings. 

Poland: “Pierniki” 

Czech Republic: “Pardubický”

Romania: “Turtă dulce”

Panama: “Yiyinbre” 

Gingerbread Waffles Ingredients 

  • Pantry Ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, vanilla, cooking oil, and molasses.
  • Spices: ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves and maybe nutmeg to sprinkle after they are baked.
  • Refrigerated Ingredients: large eggs and milk

Happy Holidays!

Top View of Gingerbread Waffles with Powdered Sugar

Holiday Gingerbread Waffles

Holiday Gingerbread Waffles

Yield: 12 to 16 4-inch waffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Festive and robustly flavored Gingerbread Waffles are the perfect Christmas morning breakfast. A treat that will live on in the memories of those you love.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. In another medium bowl, whisk the eggs until frothy. Stir in the milk, oil, molasses, and vanilla. Add the egg mixture all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened, be careful not to overmix. The batter will appear lumpy. Add additional milk if needed for consistency.
  3. Pour the batter into your greased, preheated waffle maker and bake according to the manufacturer's instructions. When finished cooking, using 2 forks, gently lift the waffles from the grid. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve warm with butter and confectioners' sugar for dusting.

Notes

Make-Ahead Tip: These waffles can be made ahead and stored in the freezer. When it's time for breakfast, I like to microwave for 20 to 30 seconds and then pop them into the toaster.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 216mg Carbohydrates: 24g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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