Brown Butter Waffles

brown butter waffles

These waffles don't need much of an explanation. All you really need to know is that there's browned butter AND brown sugar in the batter. You know what that means? There's so much flavor packed in one waffle that maple syrup seems totally unnecessary. Don't give me that weird look!


I know, I know. I put syrup on my waffle here but I didn't really need too! Since there's brown sugar in the batter, you get tasty bits of caramelized sugar on the surface of the waffle. And inside the waffle? It's nutty and sweet. Still don't believe me about not needing syrup? See for yourself.

A big thanks to my pal Cheryl who introduced me to these me waffles a few weeks ago. She made them with a side of corned beef hash, poached eggs, candied bacon & a blood orange salad! It's not such a bad thing befriending a food blogger is it? As you can see Cheryl, I couldn't stop thinking about them. I feed you next! Deal?

And we're off!

Gather your ingredients!


Brown the butter!

making brown butter

Mix the dry ingredients together and make a well. Add the yolks.

two yolks

And the buttermilk....stir...


And then comes the best part...browned butter!

hello brown butter!

Stir to combine.

waiting for the fluffy to begin

Get crackin' on those two egg whites.


Whip them to soft peaks.

soft peaks

And then gently incorporate the whites into the batter.. One half at a time.

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After the whites have been folded in, you're ready to go!


Get that waffle iron ready! Lube it up!

waffle making

Because some of the best waffles you've ever had are about to come out!

brown butter waffles

Add a few slices of your favorite fruit (mine is banana!) on top...drizzle with some syrup...or not...

Brown Butter Waffles

Makes about 6-7 waffles

(recipe adapted slightly from The Craft of Baking Cookbook)

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • unsalted butter- for the waffle iron

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until the butter turns brown and has a nutty fragrance, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk and the egg yolks. Whisk the wet ingredients together, gently working them into the dry ingredients until just combined. Add the browned butter and whisk until fully absorbed.

In a bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks with a hand mixer. Gently fold the whites into the batter in two additions. Lightly brush the waffle iron with butter and cook the waffles according to the manufacturer's instructions. Top with your favorite fruit & serve!

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  • March 21, 2011

    We made waffles this weekend too!! But I didn't take any pretty pictures and yours look so much more delicious. Ah, the browned butter :)

  • March 21, 2011

    Ok, I agree in theory that with the brown sugar and brown butter you don't NEED syrup, but I'm glad common sense prevailed and you drizzled some anyways!
    These look great and I too am a fan of the bananas (and peanut butter) on mine:)

  • March 21, 2011

    Brown butter makes life so much more enjoyable.

  • March 21, 2011

    You're right, browned butter and brown sugar are just about all I need to know. I'm in!

  • March 22, 2011

    Mmmm this recipe looks perfect! Yum!

  • JennaLynn Self
    March 22, 2011

    These looks delicious! Would this batter work for pancakes? I don't have a waffle maker but would love to try these!

    • March 22, 2011

      I'm not so sure. I think you wouldn't have to whip up egg whites- just use the eggs whole and perhaps cut down on the browned butter! It might be too much!

  • Marci
    March 22, 2011

    Mmmm...the egg whites look like they make the waffles very fluffy. They look amazing.

  • March 22, 2011

    Deal! Thanks for the nod, too. Also, next time I'm totally going to saute some bananas in brown butter and throw them on top. Don't you think?

    I inspire you, you inspire me, and so it goes.

    • March 22, 2011

      and this is why I keep you around! browned butter bananas!

  • March 22, 2011

    The waffles look perfect. Adding them to our weekend menu.

  • March 22, 2011

    Brown Butter makes *anything* magical! Now I just need to get a waffle-maker....or make brown butter pancakes!

  • March 22, 2011

    Wow yummy waffles adding brown butter is new to me Tracy.

  • rachel
    March 22, 2011

    Tracy; Do you love your waffle iron? Does anyone love theirs? I have been delaying getting one since I resist appliances that only do one thing, but these might put me over the edge and get one! So just wondering if you do, and if the pockets are deep enough for Belgian style. Thanks so much for posting!!

    • March 22, 2011

      YESSSSS!!! I love my waffle iron. The best part is that it beeps at me when the waffle is done. This means that I can tinker with other stuff in the kitchen while I'm making them. It's not a Belgian style waffle maker though...the ones that come out are a lot thinner. I think the brand is Villaware- Waffle Tone. Good luck with your search! You won't regret it!

  • March 23, 2011

    I think the whipped egg whites totally make a good waffle. I know this by all the waffles my husband has made me. : ) I'll have to add this one to our bookmarks!!

  • March 24, 2011

    This looks extremely delicious!

  • March 25, 2011

    Oh! I think I need to make these this weekend, they look awesome.

  • March 28, 2011

    I have only made waffles at summer camps way, way back, but they sadly did not have brown butter batter. These must be so fluffy with the whipped egg whites! I might need to make them with my waffle-maker-possessing friend... (bananas are my favorite, too!)

  • sarah
    April 9, 2011

    These looked promising, but I just tried them and they were kind of a disaster. The flavor was very nice, but the texture was an epic fail. They stuck to the iron and were soggy and spongy. I would suggest just adding brown butter and brown sugar to any already tried and true favorite waffle recipe.

    • April 9, 2011

      Bizarre! I wonder what went wrong with your attempt?

  • Belle
    April 10, 2011

    These are, by far, the best waffles I have ever made. My fiance and I are head over heels in love with them. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Maria
    April 16, 2011

    These were superb! I had to throw out the first one because it was too soggy, but once I figured out the baking time they were perfect. YUM

  • Don
    May 19, 2012

    Just finished making these for the first time and they were wonderful! They are light and full of great flavor. Thank you for this post.

  • Elizabeth Kellett
    February 23, 2013

    These are sooo good! My husband said they were the most bangin' thing he ever had haha :) thanks for the great recipe!

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