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Gingerbread Buttermilk Waffles

We created this recipe so folks could enjoy the festive flavor of gingerbread at breakfast. For a pretty look, sprinkle the waffles with confectioners’ sugar.— Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 waffles


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. In a small bowl, beat the brown sugar and egg yolk until fluffy; add the buttermilk, molasses and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined.
  • In another small bowl, beat the egg white and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Quickly spoon onto a preheated waffle maker. Bake according to manufacturer's directions until golden brown. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired.
    Freeze option: Cool waffles on wire racks. Freeze between layers of waxed paper in a resealable freezer container. To use, reheat waffles in a toaster on medium setting. Or, microwave each waffle on high for 30-60 seconds or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
2 filled pita half: 353 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 621mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Martha
    Feb 1, 2021

    Recipe worked great! I thought it seemed like a lot of ginger, but it is so good. The second time I switched out some of the white flour (1/2 c for 1/3 c of quick oatmeal and 1/4 whole wheat). I let it set a couple minutes for the oats to absorb liquid. They were also good, not crispy, but moist enough to reheat in the toaster. This is a keeper for me. I have my breakfast prepped for this week.

  • Jan
    Jan 15, 2020

    Not sure what I did wrong ... glad I decided to do a test the day before ... the waffles stuck to the top and bottom plates even though I let them cook longer than normal ... Failure! Tried to make pancakes with the batter ... Fail! Plan C was gingerbread and pear muffins: Success!

  • JMartinelli13
    Jan 15, 2020

    I grated the spices fresh on a microplane. Great the day off and also froze/reheated well. We'll be enjoying these year round!

  • ubu
    Jan 8, 2020

    I made these for Christmas morning and they were delicious! Nothing is better for Christmas than gingerbread. I topped them with a dollop of whipped cream. Even the leftovers were great the next morning.

  • lululand
    Dec 25, 2019

    We had these this morning. LOVE THEM! Made to recipe, used melted butter unsalted in the waffles and on the waffle iron. That gave the waffles another layer of flavor, browned butter. YUM!!!

  • ms11145
    Dec 20, 2019

    I just made a preview run of this recipe. Yum. This will be great for Christmas morning.

  • Darkae
    Dec 18, 2019

    I’m curious about the calorie content for these waffles. It refers to 2 filled pita half: 353 calories. ????

  • Melissa
    Dec 28, 2018

    These waffles are delicious! Planning to freeze a double batch to share with family in a new year's trip. I didn't have cream of tartar but I just substituted white vinegar (1\4 tsp) and it was just fine. Yummmmmm!!!!

  • dkl_rn
    Dec 22, 2018

    This recipe is very tasty! I’ve never had a waffle that you could eat without syrup, but this one is that flavorful!! The recipe only makes about 5 large round waffles, so plan accordingly if your family is big.

  • suefalk
    Dec 3, 2017

    Wonderful!! The aroma is intoxicating! Perfect for Christmas morning. I will be making these ahead and freezing for a quick, mess-free holiday. Delicious with whipped cream too!