Bacon Cheddar Waffles

There’s one thing we’re guaranteed to have in our freezer besides Freezer Burritos and that item is WAFFLES. It’s one of the most requested breakfasts from our 4 year old. He absolutely adores them and I like making them because they’re super easy and I secretly (not so secretly) like to stockpile them. I feel good about having a surplus of waffles in our freezer. I get twitchy when I see we’re running low.

Remember how last week I tried to get him to eat Bacon Fried Rice and failed? Well, I was on a mission to use the leftover bacon and get him to like a new recipe I made. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about parenting, it’s that you should never get in the way of a determined mother. You should also never get in the way of a tired mother. Just ask my husband.

These waffles from the Weelicious Cookbook are fantastic. The melted cheddar gives them a slight chewy bite and when you get a few little chunks of bacon mixed with maple syrup it’s like a sweet & savory explosion. Finally! Two foods combined that my son likes. We have a winner with Bacon Cheddar Waffles. VICTORY.  This pretty sums up how I feel about that.

And we’re off!

Simple ingredients. The only hard thing to do is make the bacon!

Here’s a pro-tip. If you have a Whole Foods near you, get some cooked bacon in the morning from their Breakfast Bar area. Not only does it not weigh A THING, you don’t have to make your house smell like bacon to get a few slices. Bam!

We whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Next comes the wet ingredients. Mix it all in the measuring cup. Try not to spill, TRACY. Ahem, cough cough.

Put the cheese & bacon in the dry mixture. Mix it around to coat. This makes sure that the ingredients get incorporated easily and that there’s no clumpage. Yes, I just made up the word clumpage and I’m staring at that word with a red dotted line underneath it now. Take THAT, spell check. I’m adding it to the dictionary. Done.

Now pour the egg/milk/ oil mixture into the dry ingredients.

Add some fresh cracked pepper and stir!

Get your waffle maker ready. This is the kind I have. It’s been fantastic throughout the years! We got it as a wedding gift and it beeps at you when the waffle is done. That’s important for a person who is a busy-body in the kitchen like myself.

Keep at it!

This recipe made 6 waffles. I got greedy and ate one before I could photograph it.

Please forgive.

And now we have a whole spread! You don’t have to worry about getting some bacon on the plate, it’s in the waffle!

Crispy on the outside, a tad savory and oh so perfect with maple syrup.

SIDE SHOT.

I just couldn’t resist….

Bacon Cheddar Waffles

makes 4 to 6 servings
recipe slightly adapted from the Weelicious Cookbook

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese (I used a Monterey Jack & Cheddar blend)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked bacon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • maple syrup for serving

Preheat waffle iron. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk until blended. Add the cheese and bacon and mix to coat with the flour mixture (this helps avoid clumping).

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and oil. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and whisk just until combined, taking care not to over mix.

Grease hot waffle iron. Pour about 1/2 cup batter into the waffle iron and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until waffles are golden and cheese is melted. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve with maple syrup.

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  • March 6, 2013

    Thank you – a) for keeping it real and b) for putting protein in waffles for my man, who is determined that waffles are for dessert only. Eegads, this is happening.

    • Tracy
      March 6, 2013

      Oh I bet he’ll like these then!

  • Beth
    March 6, 2013

    You said something that confused me… “Leftover bacon?” What is that?? The recipe looks great- can’t wait to try it!

    • Tracy
      March 6, 2013

      HAHAHA. Blasphemy, right?!!

  • March 6, 2013

    Oh I love you. I really need to get myself a waffle iron. These look amazing.

  • March 6, 2013

    Bacon + anything and I’m alllllll about it! These sound heavenly!

    xx Ashleigh
    http://www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

  • March 6, 2013

    These look so dang good. You can never go wrong with cheese and bacon.

    • Tracy
      March 6, 2013

      Nope. You really can’t.

  • Welp, now I’m craving bacon, cheddar and waffles…so THANKS! :)

  • March 6, 2013

    How long do these keep in the fridge? I love having ready to go breakfast like this on hand for a quick morning meal!

    • Tracy
      March 6, 2013

      In the fridge or freezer? I keep them in the fridge for up to 3 months. But in reality, we go through it in a few weeks.

  • Oooo la la!

  • March 6, 2013

    I’m moving next month to a new apartment and I’m totes getting a new waffle maker JUST to make this recipe. Facts.

  • March 6, 2013

    ummmm first, I want to live in your house that is consistently stocked with burritos and waffles. I promise to make guacamole every day to pay rent.

    second, these waffles look amaze balls. Totally obsessed. In fact, I wonder if you could eat them with guacamole? would that be weird. Let’s do it

    • Tracy
      March 6, 2013

      Oh I bet that would be AWESOME. I was thinking that something spicy would do the trick. YEAH, BABY!

  • March 6, 2013

    AH! I’m so excited to try these! You’re a genius!!!!!

  • March 6, 2013

    Oh, seriously. I’ve been wanting a waffle iron so badly and now you’ve just pushed me over the edge. These waffles are slammin.

  • March 6, 2013

    OH BOY. Cheesy bacony waffles sound so good! I don’t know if I’d have the willpower to get any into the freezer to save… :)

  • March 6, 2013

    These look so good! I have been meaning to buy a waffle maker – this might be the inspiration I needed!

  • Sue
    March 6, 2013

    OMG, can’t wait to make these!

  • March 6, 2013

    My grandma used to make these for us for breakfast, but they had a full strip of bacon in them. I think the crumbles are much more manageable. MMM HMM

  • March 6, 2013

    Isn’t bacon in waffles amazing? I made them once with a thyme infused maple syrup.These look so yummy :)

  • March 6, 2013

    I have been salivating over the pictures in my Instagram and newsfeed (shutterbean stalker much?). I’m definitely going to take my mom’s waffle iron (that she never uses) and go bonkers with waffles.

  • Great tip about the bacon! I love the smell of bacon just like any other person, but sometimes I don’t want it to linger in my house and clothes all day! Salty bacon and sweet maple syrup, yes please!

  • March 6, 2013

    WOW! Bacon and cheddar IN the waffles? That just about satisfies my every craving.

  • Holly
    March 6, 2013

    Those waffles look delicious. I know my son would LOVE them. Can’t wait to make them this weekend!

  • Dayanna
    March 6, 2013

    whaaaaaaat?! waffle meets bacon and cheddar?! GAME CHANGER !!!!

  • March 6, 2013

    I’m afraid if I make these I will never eat anything else… Soooo time to start stock piling Bacon & Cheddar! Yummmm!!!

  • March 7, 2013

    I’ve never seen bacon IN a waffle – this is a revelation!

  • Ashley Marti
    March 7, 2013

    Do you wrap them individually when storing them in the freezer?
    They look amazing,

  • March 7, 2013

    Breakfast? Me thinks dinner.

  • March 7, 2013

    This is exactly what I needed to start my day right!

  • While these waffles sound amazing for anytime, I’m sure they were dreamed up by a hangover. Most definitely.

  • March 7, 2013

    I guess I know what I’m making for our Sunday brunch! Yay! Thank you!

  • March 7, 2013

    Holy waffles, that is cray. Love it!

  • lynda
    March 7, 2013

    i just fall in love with you more every day.

  • mariah
    March 7, 2013

    Getting a waffle maker for getting married. I can’t wait to make these savory waffles you and Joy come up with! If I weren’t already getting married, I know these would make it a reality!

  • Amanda Barkey
    March 7, 2013

    bah! that Tina Fey clip! :)

  • jenny
    March 9, 2013

    just made these for brunch. my head is exploding with deliciousness.

  • March 9, 2013

    Thank you for this recipe! We had them for breakfast… and they must’ve been pretty darn good as they fuelled me whilst I wrote my first ever blog post! :) YAY! That, and they made my ‘joy’ photo of the day (and duly reference of course!)
    http://sweetsquiggle.com/sweet-joy/
    x

  • Wowza. Seriously want.

  • Those look amazing!!

  • March 16, 2013

    How did I miss this recipe in the Weelicious book? I’ve been making parmiggiano-prosciutto waffles for the last year or so and they’re a staple in our house. Yes to savory waffles!

  • April 12, 2013

    These look incredible, I love your photos!

  • Tori
    December 1, 2013

    Made these for breakfast, they were pretty good! Turned out a tad drier than I prefer — I possibly overmixed? Not quite sure. But the flavours were nice, and they cooked up quick in the waffle iron. Next time would use a stronger cheddar to make the cheese more apparent. Thanks for posting!

    • Tracy
      December 1, 2013

      Peculiar! Maybe your cheddar had less oil in it than mine?

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