Buttermilk Waffles

For ages I’ve been taunted by waffle recipes. Just one here or there is enough to do it. My problem was that I didn’t have a waffle iron! One surely can’t make waffles if they don’t have a waffle iron. Finally I got one. I did a bit of research and found the perfect one, for me anyway. The crazy part is that the pretty new kitchen toy sat in it’s box on the kitchen floor for easily several weeks before I made a single batch of waffles.

I made my first batch of waffles over Mother’s day weekend and have been wanting to post about them, or really any waffle, ever since! Last night I even printed off a recipe and taped it to the microwave in hopes of reminding myself. I can’t say for sure that doing so had any real effect on me accomplishing this or not, but I did wake up knowing nothing else mattered today besides making waffles. Of course even before I was able to get downstairs to make them, the rest of the family had already eaten. I’m not sure how in 40 minutes they managed to forget I’d be making waffles. More for me. Okay, that’s a lie because we shared them. Kids are like seagulls. If I didn’t offer, they’d have been begging for a bite.

Everyone raves about ATK – America’s Test Kitchen. I love their variety and that they test to find the perfect balance in a recipe. I thought this recipe could be a winner  due to their claims… crisp crust with a fluffy interior. The only crisp waffles I’ve ever had in my life have been Eggos. I love Eggos. I can’t help it… cover one with grape jam and I’m a happy girl. It’s a quick fix that I can’t help but love. I was intrigued and hopeful that this recipe might be a nice homemade alternative. Crisp, they were not. That could be do to a number of factors BUT they are an easy homemade recipe that does give nice results.

I wish I had done a taste test side by side with the recipe I used for Mother’s day… that’ll have to come soon because I remember really liking those both for their flavor and their fluffiness. Again, neither recipe gave a crisp crust. I could crank up the cook level and see if that helps but I feared it just darkening the crust instead of crisping it. It’s a true fear. I hate to waste waffle batter!

If you’re looking for an easy homemade waffle recipe that gives nice fluffy results, you should definitely try this. If for nothing else but watching the bubbles in the seltzer water bubble up. Wow. I’d seriously never seen a drink give off such huge bubbles. The Mr could see them from a room away!

Do you have a favorite go to waffle recipe

Buttermilk Waffles

Total Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5


  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C buttermilk powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 C unflavored seltzer water


  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, salt, buttermilk powder and baking soda. Create a well in the middle. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine sour cream, eggs, vanilla and vegetable oil. Stir in seltzer water.
  • Pour wet mixture into the well of your dry ingredients. Gently stir until combined but still lumpy.
  • Heat your waffle iron. Spray with non-stick spray if desired (not all waffle irons will need this). Coat heated waffle iron with batter and cook until desired crispness is reached. Serve warm.
  • These may be stored in the refrigerator or frozen and reheated at a later date.


*Cook time will vary with each waffle iron.
Recipe source: America's Test Kitchen
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21 Responses to “Buttermilk Waffles”

  1. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic mama — June 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I never get a crisp waffle… so I started putting them in the oven after they come out of the iron. It works… sorta. I like Eggos too… I can’t help it.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

    These look perfect! I need a waffle iron :) I like waffles any way I can get them- crispy, fluffy, sweet, perfect!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I just made waffles this morning for breakfast and now I wish I had seen this first. I want to try the seltzer thing!

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    Deborah — June 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I think it’s hard to get the crisp exterior while keeping the inside fluffy. I usually only get one or the other! But these sure do look delicious!!

  5. #
    Stephanie — June 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I’ve never had a waffle maker either. Which one did you decide on getting?

  6. #
    Cassie — June 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I always manage to mess up waffles in some way, my husband says it’s because I always try to make them healthy! He worked at waffle house in high school so he is the breakfast cook in our house. He would adore these!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Beautiful photos!!

  8. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — June 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Oooh, the seltzer intrigues me! I want to make them right now!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I need to get a waffle iron. I have that cuisinart griddler where you can switch out the plates and they recently added a waffle one to their line. I MUST GET IT. I always mess up waffles though. They always ooze out the side so then I put less batter and they turn out to be oddly shaped waffles, haha..yours, on the other hand, look insanely perfect.

  10. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — June 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I love fresh waffles, but even better is toasted the next day, then they get perfectly crisp! These sound delicious!

  11. #
    Tracey — June 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I have a waffle iron, but I really don’t think it makes the best waffles so I’m in the market for a new one! I’ve tried this ATK recipe and I really like it, the waffles were delicious. Yours look perfect! I can’t remember if mine were crispy or not though…

  12. #
    ATasteOfMadness — June 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Wow, you can just read my mind. I was JUST looking for a waffle recipe when I stumbled upon your blog. This looks perfect!

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — June 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I love my waffle iron! I always make a double batch to have a stash in the freezer on hand to pop in the toaster. I always like trying new waffle recipes so I look forward to whipping this one up on my next batch. :)

  14. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — June 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I just love buttermilk waffles! My recipe needs a little tweaking, though. Yours looks perfect!

  15. #
    Helene — June 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t do waffles but my daughter do. I’lll give her the recipe. Thanks.

  16. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — June 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I need to get myself a waffle iron. I love waffles! Yours look so good! Crisp or not, they look fabulous and perfectly shaped! :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I fold egg whites (stiff peaks) into my waffles, and that tends to lead to a crispy crust. But I have a rather thin waffle iron, definitely not Belgian style. I like the idea of seltzer water, seems like they would be super light!

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      Rachel — June 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      I’ve done that too but still did not get a crisp crust. I’m sure it’s the setting or the general thickness to my waffles and not necessarily the recipe.

  18. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — June 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    dude, i like eggos, too + it’s all i can for now because i still don’t have a waffle iron. i must break down + buy one soon!

  19. #
    Baker Street — June 13, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I would have made these right away but my waffle iron is conked! They look so perfect, R! Great recipe! :)

  20. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Okay I need to get me a waffle iron now!

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