Ski Shack Waffles

June 19, 2015
5 Ratings
Photo by Alpha Smoot
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

These waffles are a riff on a recipe my brother Dean discovered in Killington, Vermont. He has played around with the proportions over the years, but says the key to making them great is to use pearl sugar—and lots of it. —Amanda Hesser

What You'll Need
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons pearl sugar or partially smashed sugar cubes
  • Your favorite chocolate, melted, for garnish
  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Separate egg whites and yolks and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the yolks, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla, then mix in the dry ingredients until combined, being careful not to over-mix.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk egg whites to a thick foam.
  5. Fold sugar and foamy egg whites into the batter; the mixture should have lumps of sugar. 
  6. Cook each waffle according to the directions on your waffle iron, and drizzle the warm waffles with melted chocolate.

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Amanda Hesser

Recipe by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.

4 Reviews

Kevin February 26, 2022
So I weighed out 2.5 cups of flour and sifted it... Not what the recipe meant. I realize now I was to sift flour over a container untill I had a volume of 2.5 cups. This should really have been specified. Now I have no milk to try again and no waffles. :(
Peter November 28, 2019
Amanda, while I have not tried your brothers recipe above, I first had waffles with pearl sugar when working at the Pakatakan Round Barn Farmer’s Market in the Catskills. A vendor sells them there and there are one of the great culinary revelations of my life.

People, make this recipe! (And visit the farmer’s market — link below.)
Robyn G. February 16, 2021
So I just made these tonight. Breakfast for dinner! Anyway, while the were good, they definitely were not like at all like the Ski Shack waffles I remember and I even used the pearl sugar which I bought special from Amazon. They were not crunchy. What might I be doing wrong?
Rahel September 6, 2021
The waffles at the Pakataken market are yeasted Belgian waffles- a different technique.