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Maple Bacon Waffle Recipe: Homemade Touches on a Store-Bought Mix

Updated on August 3, 2012

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: sometimes, I'm a cheater. It's true. My husband loves it when I make things from "scratch". He doesn't insist on it, mind you, he's not a buffoon! He is, however, so appreciative and complimentary when I make homemade meals that I absolutely love making them for him. It feels great to have my hard work appreciated. Once in a while, though, I don't have time. That's when I cheat. I buy something store-bought, doctor it up a bit, and serve it to the family.

My cheating habit started when I first learned to prepare food from scratch. For most people, that would have been in their early twenties but for me, it was my early thirties. I made a homemade spaghetti sauce that my husband raved about. "I've never liked the stuff in the jars," he proclaimed. That left me in a pickle. The homemade sauce took hours to make. The jarred sauce takes minutes to reheat. So, the next time I made spaghetti and wanted to use a shortcut, I doctored up the sauce a bit. A dash of wine, a pat of butter, some chopped tomato and in no time I had made a sauce that seemed homemade but wasn't. My husband never knew the difference.


Bisquick Waffle Mix Plus Bacon

The recipe I'm sharing with you today is for Maple Bacon Waffles. As I looked at my pantry this morning, I realized I only had five slices of bacon. If the bacon were nice and thick, that would normally not be a problem. This bacon was not thick. Oh, sure, the label said it is thick-cut, but, the label lied. Five pieces of paper-thin bacon is not enough for my family. Also on hand was Bisquick mix and a fun item I picked up at Trader Joe's this week: organic maple sugar. One of my favorite things to do when eating pancakes or waffles with a side of bacon is to pour the syrup over the bacon. That salty, smoky, and sweet combination makes my mouth do a happy dance. So, why not combine all of those ingredients together? These maple bacon waffles are sweet and crisp. When you bite into them you are rewarded with that smoky, savory flavor of the bacon with a little crunch. This will most certainly be a regular staple in our breakfast repertoire.


  • 2 cups Original Bisquick mix
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar
  • 5 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. Preheat a waffle maker according to manufacturers instructions.
  2. Stir together the Bisquick mix, maple sugar, milk, oil and egg. Add crumbled bacon and mix.
  3. Pour onto center of a hot, greased waffle maker and close the lid.
  4. Bake about 5 minutes or until steaming stops. Carefully remove waffles.
  5. Drizzle with maple syrup.

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5 stars from 3 ratings of Maple Bacon Waffles

Shop for good ingredients

When I was checking out of Trader Joe's last week, the cashier asked me what I was making for dinner. "I don't know," I replied. "I just like the look of these ingredients." The fact is, it's a good idea to shop for good, high quality ingredients and develop a recipe around them. Sure you can buy produce year-round but truly ripe, local tomatoes are only available one time each year. When shopping at a place like Trader Joe's, you can find a lot of really great ingredients for very low prices. Sometimes, however, you return to buy the items again only to discover that they no longer carry them. The best thing to do, in that case, is to buy the ingredients and use them while you can. I still make a grocery list for regular items I keep stocked in my refrigerator and pantry but I always make room for those special items I want to try. You never know when one of those little purchases will help to make regular, old, store-bought waffle mix into something special.


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      Simon Cook 5 years ago from NJ, USA

      Mmmmmmmm bacon! This is a great recipe - going do a batch of these on the weekend!

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      I used to love eating maple syrup and bacon when I lived in the States, but haven't had any for years. Will see if I can get the ingredients together and treat my family one morning.

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Thanks! I'm making these waffles for Father's Day tomorrow morning.

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Love that sweet and savory!

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you, Kelly!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      You are a cheater! I love the way you opened this you grabbed my attention! Thanks for sharing! Take care, Kelley

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Thanks, wilderness!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      This sounds really good. My family loves waffles and I usually use a mix rather than making my own - adding your "special" ingredients should improve it consideably.

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Bacon makes everything better. Have you ever tried chocolate with bacon in it? Oh, man!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      I am always a cheater when it comes to cooking. You know it has never occurred to me to use bacon in waffles, but man does that sound good. I'll have to try it.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      These sound yummy! I have a tendency to improvise mostly because I don't always have all the ingredients on hand or I am hoping to get rid of a few leftovers. I will have to try these with my kids!

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      Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      You had me at bacon :) I have a waffle attachment on my George Forman grill that I've used maybe once. This would be a good reason to try it.