20 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make In Your Waffle Iron

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. Read on 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.

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Cinnamon Roll Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

These ice cream sandwiches can be whipped up easily, using a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and your favorite ice cream.

For the Cinnamon Roll Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles With Cream Cheese Glaze

Here is a simple recipe to brighten up any morning! Who doesn't love warm cinnamon rolls drizzled with a cream cheese frosting?

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Clement's Sugar Cookies

This quick and easy recipe creates a cookie with a crisp exterior and lovely, soft center. And rather than bake the dough, put it in your waffle iron!

For the Clement's Sugar Cookies recipe, click here.

Maple Syrup Cornbread

Fill your kitchen with the aroma of freshly baked cornbread by cooking it in a waffle iron.

For the Fluffy Maple Syrup Cornbread recipe, click here.

Falafel Waffels

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.

For the Easy Falafel recipe, click here.

French Toast

Here's a mashup of two beloved breakfast dishes. Get all the custardy delight of French toast with crispy waffle edges.

For the 24 French Toast Recipes That Are Worth Waking Up for in the Morning slideshow, click here.

Green Chile Waffled Quesadilla

Waffle your next quesadilla for warm, melty, cheesy goodness.

For the Green Chile Waffled Quesadilla recipe, click here.

Polenta With Corn and Parmesan

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.

For the Grilled Polenta With Corn and Parmesan recipe, click here.

Herbed Parmesan Hash Browns

Waffled hash browns are similar to latkes but with even more surface area, which means even more crunchiness and a perfectly steamed middle.

For the Herbed Parmesan Hash Browns recipe, click here.

Honey Ham Waffle Sandwiches

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.

For the Honey Ham Waffle Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Leftover Pizza Waffle

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.

For the 29 Easy Weekend Pizzas to Make Right Now slideshow, click here.

Mac and Cheese Waffles

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.

For the Mac and Cheese Waffles recipe, click here.

Mini Cinnamon Roll Waffles on a Stick

A dessert kebab that is ready in minutes. Serve this with icing for a simple, sweet dish that is perfect to serve when entertaining.

For the Mini Cinnamon Roll Waffles on a Stick recipe, click here.

Potato Waffles

Here's an excuse to make extra mashed potatoes: leftovers! Cook leftover mashed potato to make these easy, savory mashed potato waffles.

For the Potato Waffles recipe, click here.

Quick and Fruity Crescent Waffles

Use refrigerated crescent dinner rolls for quick and easy waffles, no messy batter required.

For the Quick and Fruity Crescent Waffles recipe, click here.

Sausage and Egg Waffle Tacos

Use ready-made biscuit dough to make these breakfast tacos for an easy spin on a classic egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.

For the Sausage and Egg Waffle Tacos recipe, click here.

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Cook your next grilled cheese in a waffle iron for an evenly cooked sandwich that comes out crispy, crunchy, and cheesy.

For the Ultimate Grilled Cheese recipe, click here.

Waffled Tamale Pie

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.

For the Waffled Tamale Pie recipe, click here.

Waffle Tots

Top these waffle tots with a crème fraîche and homemade sriracha for a gourmet spin on a classic comfort food. If you're looking for even more delicious comfort foods, check out our 101 best casserole recipes.

For the Waffle Tots recipe, click here.

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