Waffle irons have been around since the fourteenth century, used to create all manner of delicious doughy dishes. From thick Belgian-style waffles to denser, thinner, American ones and everything in between, waffles are a delight to eat. But few people want to eat waffles on a daily basis, which means there are countless waffle irons sitting, dust-covered and forgotten, in dark cupboards across the world waiting for those special occasions that call for homemade waffles.
From cinnamon rolls, French toast, and macaroni and cheese to leftover pizza and hash browns, there are so many delicious things that can be transformed with those trademark grooves and pockets into snacks or meals for any time of day. Click onward for 20 delicious recipes for things you didn’t know you could make in a waffle iron.
Transform brownie batter into a chocolatey, waffle-y delight that is perfect for a morning treat or decadent ice cream sundae.
These ice cream sandwiches can be whipped up easily, using a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and your favorite ice cream.
Here is a simple recipe to brighten up any morning! Who doesn’t love warm cinnamon rolls drizzled with a cream cheese frosting?
This quick and easy recipe creates a cookie with a crisp exterior and lovely, soft center.
Fill your kitchen with the aroma of freshly baked cornbread by cooking it in a waffle iron.
Take your falafel to the next level with a waffle iron. Crispy, warm and fluffy inside, serve your falafel waffles with cool tzatziki and a crispy salad.
Here’s a mashup of two beloved breakfast dishes. Get all the custardy delight of French toast with crispy waffle edges.
Waffle your next quesadilla for warm, melty, cheesy goodness.
Heat up any leftover polenta using a waffle iron. Make sure to cook the polenta a few minutes past the waffle iron indictor to ensure a perfectly crispy crust.
Waffled hash browns are similar to latkes but with even more surface area, which means even more crunchiness and a perfectly steamed middle.
Panini lend themselves wonderfully to being cooked in a waffle iron. These ones are filled with ham and cheese for a delightful, crispy, melty combination.
This has got to be the best way to reheat leftover pizza. simply fold a slice of pizza in half and waffle away for a slice of pizza that tastes better that the original.
Mac and cheese in a waffle? That’s right! Waffle your next batch of mac and cheese and pair it with a silky, smooth cheese sauce.
A dessert kebab that is ready in minutes. Serve this with icing for a simple, sweet dish that is perfect to serve when entertaining.
Here’s an excuse to make extra mashed potatoes: leftovers! Cook leftover mashed potato to make these easy, savory mashed potato waffles.
Use refrigerated crescent dinner rolls for quick and easy waffles, no messy batter required.
Use ready-made biscuit dough to make these breakfast tacos for an easy spin on a classic egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.
Cook your next grilled cheese in a waffle iron for an evenly cooked sandwich that comes out crispy, crunchy, and cheesy.
A Belgian waffle iron works best for this recipe, yielding a better topping-to-crust ratio, but if you don’t have one, a standard iron will work fine.
Top these waffle tots with a crème fraîche and homemade sriracha for a gourmet spin on a classic comfort food.