Do you remember me telling you about my son, the little waffle monster?  Yeah, that title still stands.  This kid just plain loves waffles.  Since it is now officially the holiday season I’ve been craving gingerbread something fierce, and these seemed like a great way to please both mom and kiddo.  The recipe is not so different from a regular waffle batter, but the addition of fall spices and molasses lends that warm, spicy gingerbread flavor.  The smell of these cooking and the sound of The Nutcracker was a lovely way to welcome in the holiday season.

Not surprisingly, these were a big hit all around.  The full recipe made about 10 waffles in our waffle maker.  Normally I would halve such a recipe for our family, but lately whenever we make a batch of pancakes or waffles we go ahead and make the entire recipe and then freeze the leftovers.  It’s nice to be able to pull a single frozen waffle or pancake from the freezer whenever you want a quick breakfast a little more exciting than cereal, or when the child who already had a plate of scrambled eggs and fruit declares that he is still “horngry”.


2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves
4 large eggs
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup milk
½ cup sour cream
3 tbsp. unsulfured molasses


  • 01

    In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.  Whisk to blend.  In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, butter, milk, sour cream and molasses and whisk to blend well.  Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk to combine until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.

  • 02

    Preheat a waffle iron.  Fill waffle wells and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Cook until crisp and golden.  Serve immediately.

  • Those sound delicious! It’s definitely the time of year for gingerbread flavors!

  • Elizabeth

    Oh my, Annie…these look so scrumptious! I can’t wait to try them!

  • Oh, yum! I make waffles a lot, but mostly the plain kind. We’ll have to give these a try.

  • Annie-
    These gingerbread waffles are the perfect addition to a holiday breakfast!
    I also love your little waffle monster. Bahahaha. “Horngry”.

  • Um….we are making these now. Gingerbread flavored waffles!? These sound amazing.

  • I am SO mad I’ve already had breakfast and didn’t see this. I’ll make this recipe tomorrow then. Mmm.

  • i really wish i had a waffle maker now!

  • i also LOVE waffles! the gingerbread flavor sounds so yummy, and perfect for the holiday season. these would be great to on christmas morning, actually any morning! :)

  • I’ve been looking for a Gingerbread Waffles recipe for this season to try – this looks perfect! I love anything Gingerbread whereas my husband really doesn’t so I was planning to freeze the leftovers so I can have them whenever I want to. I imagine that works great with a little Waffle Monster in the house too!

  • OMG these waffles look amazing! I got a waffle maker for my bridal shower last year and don’t use it nearly as much as I should. I will definitely be making these waffles this weekend!!!

  • OMG… I am DROOLING… amazing, what a great idea! You are amazing, seriously.

  • Oh my……gingerbread waffles…..fabulous idea! I must make some…possibly now. ;)

  • I could so have this for breakfast right now as I sit with my soy milk :-), they look divine. I need to start using my waffle maker more often and freeze these puppies :-)

  • I have 2 little waffle monsters in my house and FINALLY bought a waffle maker (no more eggos for us!) last weekend. Im SO excited to see this recipe!!!

  • How delicious. I skipped breakfast this morning so now my mouth is watering! I love anything gingerbread this time of year.

  • I am right there with your son. I am a waffle monster too, but the one thing I am lacking is a waffle iron…:-(
    I am also a huge fan of gingerbread. As soon as I get my waffle iron I am going to try these.

  • These look so good! I’ll have to get a waffle maker soon. They look delicious!

  • Looks great! I also have a little waffle monster, so I am always trying new recipes! Thanks for a winner!

  • I would get my waffle maker out for this. What are unsulfured molasses though? Thanks!

  • Annie

    Try Googling.

  • Looks amazing! I bet it smells even better!

  • These look divine! I love gingerbread and never would have thought to put it in a waffle! Great idea and gorgeous photos as always.

  • How do you always have so many great recipes while also being a mom and a doctor?! I am at a loss. Or maybe I’m just a slacker :)

  • This is getting tested out in my waffle iron on Sunday morning — or maybe even sooner! They sound festive and delicious.

  • Further proof that I need a waffle maker… These look absolutely scrumptious, Annie! What a beautiful and delicious breakfast.

  • I can’t think of anything better for a holiday brunch!!! YUM

  • What kind of waffle maker do you have? I would love one that makes huge crispy waffles like yours!

  • These look yummy. My kitchen is in the middle of a re-model but will be one of the first things I try in my new kitchen.

  • Annie

    It’s a Krups model I think, but the waffles actually aren’t that big. I really want a WaringPro which is highest rated by Cook’s Illustrated. We bought one for my father in law for Christmas a couple of years ago and it makes the best waffles ever.

  • Jenifer

    When you reheat the frozen waffles/pancakes do you toast them/bake them/microwave them?? That is such a great idea!

  • Claire

    Delicious! The WaringPro Waffle Maker also works great for making homemade waffle cones for ice cream. It’s tricky to do at first, but so worth it…especially with homemade ice cream. Happy eats!

  • Annie

    I usually just thaw in the microwave and then reheat in the oven if needed.

  • Tarra

    Made these for dinner last night (Yes – we have breakfast for dinner) – AMAZING! Even my finicky 2 year old – who does NOT try new foods – loved them; she devoured one before I was even done making all of them! Will definitely be making these again; thanks for sharing!!

  • Oh, man! I love gingerbread, and I love waffles! I can’t wait to make these during the holidays!

  • Hilary

    My 3 y.o. and I made these for breakfast yesterday. I assumed she didn’t like it b/c I had smothered them in homemade whipped cream & she took one bite and declared “I’m all done.” However, she came back and gobbled down a plain one a few minutes later … with the pear no less. She (& I) loved the pics. Very very yummy and festive breakfast!

  • So, I finally got around to making these this morning. The only change I made was 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of cake flour. I usually make my waffles with all whole wheat flour, but I figured I’d do a half and half combo with cake flour in order to maintain the textural qualities. They were quite tasty, and I think everyone absolutely loved them. Apart from that, I realized I need to experiment with my normal waffle batter. I’ve realized the recipe I have is more like a pancake cooked in a waffle iron, and I noticed that your recipe mostly has the same amount of fluids in different proportions. Definitely want to see what I can do with my normal waffles. Oh! And I noticed my waffles seemed soggier when coming out of the waffle iron, but they were perfect after staying toasty in the oven. Usually, they come out of the warm oven feeling too crispy, so I’m very impressed with the final product. Thanks for sharing and for inspiring me!

  • Oh how heavenly do these waffles look. Gingerbread is my favorite I am definitely going to give these a try. I am your newest follower.


  • Thank you for the recipe – these were delicious this morning! I made them for my family just before we headed out into the wind and rain for a Christmas tree.

  • Melanie

    So glad I came across your website! I made these waffles 2x over the holidays – yum!! I found them to be dry, any suggestions for when I make them in future?

  • Annie

    Probably just don’t cook them as long. Ours weren’t dry at all.

  • Andrea

    Hello! Just wanted to tell you that I made these waffles for a Christmas Day brunch with my side of the family, and they were a HUGE hit! Not only did they taste great (and make a LOT of waffles) but the smell just completed the holiday scene in my house…nothing like the smell of gingerbread around the holidays!

  • Stephanie

    I have been making these for a while, and I have found that a pear sauce or apple-pear sauce is divine on them. You can use canned pears, blended and then heat on the stove top.

    Apple-pear sauce is my favorite though – I chop up apples and canned pears, and cook them with a little butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. <3

  • Anne-Huston

    These waffles were delicious. I made them Christmas morning and everyone loved them. They were a special treat. I assembled all the dry ingredients the day before so all I had to do in the morning was mix the wet ingredients then add to the dry.
    Had a few waffles leftover they are just as good on day two. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • I just tried these waffles and they are a hit with my family. We will add this recipe to our favorites for sure.