Spiced Stout Waffles

April 10, 2021
4 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 6-7 waffle squares
Author Notes

This recipe uses beer to create a fluffy yeast-type batter without haven't to work with dry yeast. Don't worry, you don't need to be a beer lover to love these waffles! I use a local stout beer with vanilla and coffee notes and add cinnamon and floral cardamom to the batter. When the maple syrup hits the waffle, you're in for a treat. This recipe is adapted from Amanda Clarke's Serious Eats recipe. —Nicole Dula

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: DulaNotes is a food lover from Michigan with a trusty chef's knife.
WHAT: A yeasty waffle that makes it okay to have beer for breakfast.
HOW: Wet meets dry meets hot waffle iron. And don't forget the syrup.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The beer does all of the work in these waffles -- so forget working with yeast. They're forgiving and quick, though they don't taste like it, and we plan to eat them on many Saturday mornings ahead.
—The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup stout beer
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinammon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Melt butter in a medium pot over low heat. Add buttermilk and stout, stir and heat until warm. Turn off the heat.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. Whisk to combine.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk eggs until well beaten. Add vanilla and whisk. Pour about one cup of the warm butter/buttermilk/beer mixture into the eggs and whisk vigorously to combine. Pour the rest of the warm butter/buttermilk/beer mixture into the bowl while whisking constantly.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until the flour disappears, but the batter is still a little lumpy. Take care not to overmix, but make sure the flour is incorporated. Let the batter sit as your waffle iron heats up.
  5. Spread a thin coat of butter on the preheated waffle iron to prevent the waffles from sticking. Pour batter into the waffle iron and cook until waffles are golden brown. Serve immediately with real maple syrup.

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19 Reviews

Jacqueline May 30, 2015
Outstanding!I used Young's Double Chocolate Stout, and had too replace about 1/3 of the flour with whole wheat because I ran out. They were great!
Monica February 2, 2014
My buttermilk curdled. Just a warning to anyone else who wants to try these and maybe hasn't ever had to heat up buttermilk before...
Katie Z. March 2, 2013
I made these last night for dinner, and they were fantastic! I used Otter Creek Brewery's Russian Imperial Stout, and was pleasantly surprised by the richness of flavor it added, in addition to the chewy-crispness already mentioned. As an added bonus, leftover waffles freeze well, and are just as good when reheated in the toaster, making them great for an on-the-go breakfast! Definitely putting this in my breakfast rotation. I slathered mine with peanut butter and maple syrup, but I bet Jay's Peanut Butter Maple Syrup would be AMAZING ( ) Thanks so much, DulaNotes!
Nicole D. September 18, 2013
So glad to hear that, Katie!
SuzanneBaggett January 21, 2013
Just made these for Our Inauguration Day breakfast. Enchantingly light and chewy crisp. In other words simply perfect. Topped with some sliced bananas. Our new favorite waffle.
Nicole D. January 18, 2013
Thank you for all of the well wishes!
SamanthaK January 13, 2013
Not being a beer lover, can someone tell me if I can use a non-stout beer in this recipe?
em-i-lis January 13, 2013
the beer is primarily for fluffiness (re: rather than yeast), rather than flavor. i didn't notice any sort of prominent beer taste...these are great!
Nicole D. January 18, 2013
Thanks, Em-i-lis! Yes, there isn't a distinct beer flavor as it is more to have the batter act like that of a yeasted waffle. That being said, I have tried lagers and light ipa's from local breweries that worked great in the recipe, too.
Hannah H. January 11, 2013
These look so delicious and fluffy, I love the idea of having beer in waffles!
BoulderGalinTokyo January 11, 2013
Have to admit I have no beer recipes in my repertoire. But I'm going to start with these waffles, they look luscious! Congratulations.
EmilyC January 10, 2013
Many congrats to you -- these look so tasty!
darksideofthespoon January 10, 2013
I can't wait to try these, dear husband just got me a waffle maker for christmas. Perhaps I can make another waffle recipe other than Aretha Frankensteins ;)
gingerroot January 10, 2013
These sound great. Congrats on being a finalist!
Kitchen B. January 10, 2013
Yum, we love waffles. Congratulations on being a finalist.
fiveandspice January 10, 2013
Love beer waffles. congrats on being a finalist!
em-i-lis January 10, 2013
congrats, dulanotes. i tested these and absolutely loved them!!
Nicole D. January 10, 2013
Aw, thanks em-i-lis! So glad you loved them :)
em-i-lis January 10, 2013