JJ’s Diner might be the home of Leslie Knope’s perfect waffles — golden brown, stacked high, and covered in whipped cream — but The Daily Meal has 12 waffle recipes that would surely receive a stamp of approval from Knope herself. Listen to the sage wisdom of our favorite waffle aficionado, who explained: “We need to remember what’s important in life. Friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. It doesn’t matter. But work is third.”
So take a break from work to pay homage to National Waffle Week (September 6 to 12). Top your favorite waffles with a rich a chocolatey homemade syrup, add a touch of fruit with this blueberry sauce, or classic maple syrup.
Try one of these waffle recipes at your next brunch gathering or just because waffles are the best. As Leslie Knope would say: “Everyone should love waffles. If they don’t, they’re crazy.”
Carrot Waffles with Mascarpone Cream and Roasted Pineapple
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These awe-inspiring waffles look beautiful and taste even better. Mascarpone cream is the perfect elegant touch: It’ll make you reconsider ever using syrup again. — Lauren Gordon
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The whole family will enjoy these sweet, tender waffles. Top each waffle with a dollop of whipped cream if you wish. Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa, not hot chocolate mix. — Atkins Nutritionals Inc.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.