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Crazy & Unique Recipes for Your Waffle Iron

Updated on October 26, 2014
Waffle Iron Cinnamon Rolls
Waffle Iron Cinnamon Rolls | Source

You Can Eat Waffles for Every Meal!

Last year, I received a new waffle iron for my Bridal Shower and I am in love! I have been trying out some new recipes, and much to my delight, I've discovered that waffles are no longer just for breakfast!

I had so much fun experimenting with my waffle maker and also finding new and unconventional ways to use it as well!

Read on to take a look at a collection that I compiled of waffle iron recipes for breakfast, dinner, and dessert. I also took pictures of some of the recipes I tried out for your viewing pleasure.

Many of the photos below were taken by me and belong to me, unless otherwise noted. Please ask permission before using.

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My Amazing GE Rotating Flip Waffle Iron

I just received a GE Rotating Flip Waffle Iron as a gift at my Bridal Shower. I've never owned a waffle iron before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I am extremely impressed with this waffle maker.

I have found that this particular waffle iron is very easy to use and cooks very quickly. Most importantly, waffle batter doesn't stick to the iron, even without cooking spray, which makes it a dream to clean! However, I did find that some thicker batters for breads or cakes do stick without cooking spray, but I don't consider that a huge set back.

When it comes to cleaning, even at one point when I did have sticking issues with a thicker batter, it was still easy to clean off of the irons. I just took a small brush with soft tassels and gently cleaned the irons and the stuck on batter just crumbled right off.

I have been having so much fun with this waffle iron. I did some research on unique waffle recipes and alternative uses for this wonderful appliance, and have tried out a handful of them. Read on to see some of my waffle iron experiments and to find more crazy and unique recipes as well.

Waffles for Breakfast

Frosted Cinnamon Roll Waffles

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As I was searching out easy and fun recipes for my new waffle iron, I ran across the idea of making canned cinnamon roll waffles on multiple websites. I figured since so many people recommend it, why not give it a try?!

I really loved this breakfast recipe. The whole process was super easy and very quick. Plus, making the cinnamon rolls into waffles was much quicker than baking them!

Rather than making one large cinnamon roll waffle, once the waffled cinnamon rolls came out of the iron, I broke them into four pieces. This made them much more manageable and easier to eat.

Take a look at the pictures below for step by step directions to make this easy and yummy breakfast.

Photo Instructions: How to Make Cinnamon Roll Waffles

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These cinnamon roll waffles were as tasty as they are pretty!This recipe has one ingredient and it comes prepackaged: a can of cinnamon rolls! I used jumbo sized rolls, but the regular sized rolls work too.Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and place two jumbo rolls in the waffle maker and close the lid. Cooking time varies by waffle maker.I tried putting 3 jumbo rolls in the waffle iron and it caused batter to ooze out the side. If you are using the jumbo rolls, only cook 2 at a time.Lift waffles out of the waffle iron and cut into triangles. Use a butter knife to spread the frosting that comes in the cinnamon roll can on top.
These cinnamon roll waffles were as tasty as they are pretty!
These cinnamon roll waffles were as tasty as they are pretty! | Source
This recipe has one ingredient and it comes prepackaged: a can of cinnamon rolls! I used jumbo sized rolls, but the regular sized rolls work too.
This recipe has one ingredient and it comes prepackaged: a can of cinnamon rolls! I used jumbo sized rolls, but the regular sized rolls work too. | Source
Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and place two jumbo rolls in the waffle maker and close the lid. Cooking time varies by waffle maker.
Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and place two jumbo rolls in the waffle maker and close the lid. Cooking time varies by waffle maker. | Source
I tried putting 3 jumbo rolls in the waffle iron and it caused batter to ooze out the side. If you are using the jumbo rolls, only cook 2 at a time.
I tried putting 3 jumbo rolls in the waffle iron and it caused batter to ooze out the side. If you are using the jumbo rolls, only cook 2 at a time. | Source
Lift waffles out of the waffle iron and cut into triangles. Use a butter knife to spread the frosting that comes in the cinnamon roll can on top.
Lift waffles out of the waffle iron and cut into triangles. Use a butter knife to spread the frosting that comes in the cinnamon roll can on top. | Source

The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook

The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook: 82 Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Recipes for Waffles & Toppings, Including Gluten-Free, Easy, Exotic, Sweet, Spicy, & Savory
The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook: 82 Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Recipes for Waffles & Toppings, Including Gluten-Free, Easy, Exotic, Sweet, Spicy, & Savory

Looking for Vegan Waffle Recipes? The best part about this book is that it features such a wide variety of waffle recipes, for all meals. Check out this book for your Kindle or in Paperback. This book has received rave reviews from Amazon purchasers, just click to see a free preview.

 

Waffles for Dinner

Leftover Chili & Spicy Red Pepper Cornbread Waffles

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I got my inspiration for this meal from Paula Deen's Cornbread Waffles with Spicy Chili recipe. I went grocery shopping with the intentions to pick up ingredients to make her Cornbread, like Paula does. However, I stumbled across Baker's Corner Cajun Cornbread Mix with Spicy Red Pepper at my local Aldi and I just couldn't resist! Sorry Paula!

I really enjoyed this recipe. It was unbelievably easy, fast, and super tasty. Even better, this recipe gave me an excuse to use up the rest of that leftover chili in the fridge!

Photo Instructions: How to Make Leftover Chili Cornbread Waffles

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This is such a unique and tasty way to use up that leftover chili in the fridge and also an excuse to dig that waffle iron out the cupboard!Prepare the cornbread batter per the mix's instructions on the box. You will also need leftover chili and shredded sharp cheddar cheese.After pre-heating your waffle maker and spraying the irons with cooking spray, pour in the cornbread batter.Cook the cornbread batter for allotted time, depending upon your specific waffle maker.Heat up your leftover chili in the microwave.Place 2 scoops of chili on the cornbread waffle and top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Then dig in and prepare to be amazed!
This is such a unique and tasty way to use up that leftover chili in the fridge and also an excuse to dig that waffle iron out the cupboard!
This is such a unique and tasty way to use up that leftover chili in the fridge and also an excuse to dig that waffle iron out the cupboard! | Source
Prepare the cornbread batter per the mix's instructions on the box. You will also need leftover chili and shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
Prepare the cornbread batter per the mix's instructions on the box. You will also need leftover chili and shredded sharp cheddar cheese. | Source
After pre-heating your waffle maker and spraying the irons with cooking spray, pour in the cornbread batter.
After pre-heating your waffle maker and spraying the irons with cooking spray, pour in the cornbread batter. | Source
Cook the cornbread batter for allotted time, depending upon your specific waffle maker.
Cook the cornbread batter for allotted time, depending upon your specific waffle maker. | Source
Heat up your leftover chili in the microwave.
Heat up your leftover chili in the microwave. | Source
Place 2 scoops of chili on the cornbread waffle and top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Then dig in and prepare to be amazed!
Place 2 scoops of chili on the cornbread waffle and top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Then dig in and prepare to be amazed! | Source

Waffles for Dessert

Red Velvet Cake & Ice Cream Sandwiches

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During my last trip to the grocery store, I saw Red Velvet Cake Mix on sale for a quarter...so of course, I bought a few boxes! I knew I could find something fun to make.

While searching for some waffle dessert ideas to make in my handy, dandy new waffle iron, I ran across a recipe for Cake Ice Cream Sandwich Waffles.

Of course, I changed this recipe up a bit by using Red Velvet, but it is just as delicious, believe me. One huge benefit about this recipe is that these cake batter waffles cook WAY faster than baking a cake in the oven.

I also made extra Cake and Ice Cream Sandwiches and placed them in the freezer for easy to grab ice cream treats. See my photos below to join me in some dessert fun!

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My husband and I both really loved this cake and ice cream treat! It was quick and easy and using the waffle iron really makes baking so much easier!All you need is the cake mix, ice cream flavor of your choice, whatever ingredients the cake mix requires, and roughly 20 minutes of your time.Heat up your waffle iron and prepare the cake mix per the instructions on the box.Make sure you spray the waffle irons with cooking spray to avoid sticking. Pour the cake batter into the waffle maker.Cook for the time specific to your waffle iron.Carefully remove the cake batter waffle from the waffle iron.Cut the waffle in half and place two scoops of your favorite ice cream on one half of the waffle.Place the remaining waffle on top of the ice cream, creating a sandwich. Then get your hands messy and take a big ol' bite! Yum!
My husband and I both really loved this cake and ice cream treat! It was quick and easy and using the waffle iron really makes baking so much easier!
My husband and I both really loved this cake and ice cream treat! It was quick and easy and using the waffle iron really makes baking so much easier! | Source
All you need is the cake mix, ice cream flavor of your choice, whatever ingredients the cake mix requires, and roughly 20 minutes of your time.
All you need is the cake mix, ice cream flavor of your choice, whatever ingredients the cake mix requires, and roughly 20 minutes of your time. | Source
Heat up your waffle iron and prepare the cake mix per the instructions on the box.
Heat up your waffle iron and prepare the cake mix per the instructions on the box. | Source
Make sure you spray the waffle irons with cooking spray to avoid sticking. Pour the cake batter into the waffle maker.
Make sure you spray the waffle irons with cooking spray to avoid sticking. Pour the cake batter into the waffle maker. | Source
Cook for the time specific to your waffle iron.
Cook for the time specific to your waffle iron. | Source
Carefully remove the cake batter waffle from the waffle iron.
Carefully remove the cake batter waffle from the waffle iron. | Source
Cut the waffle in half and place two scoops of your favorite ice cream on one half of the waffle.
Cut the waffle in half and place two scoops of your favorite ice cream on one half of the waffle. | Source
Place the remaining waffle on top of the ice cream, creating a sandwich. Then get your hands messy and take a big ol' bite! Yum!
Place the remaining waffle on top of the ice cream, creating a sandwich. Then get your hands messy and take a big ol' bite! Yum! | Source

Want Even More Waffle Recipes for your Waffle Iron??? - Check Out This Video Featuring Unexpected Uses for your Waffle Maker

March 25th is International Waffle Day!

"Waffle Day" actually came about as a misunderstanding. March 25th in Sweden is actually VÃ¥rfrudagen, which means Lady Day (a Christian Holiday.) This word ended up being mispronounced as VÃ¥ffeldagen, which means "Waffle Day" and the idea just stuck!

Thus, it became a custom for Swedes to celebrate the Feast of Annunciation on Lady Day with waffles.

Information on Waffle Day originates from: www.visitsweden.com

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      Monica 20 months ago

      Just made banana bread in the waffle iron. Came out perfect! Dont change anything about your recipe When done, top w icecream, chocolate chips or coolwhip and serve as desert. Next time I'm going to try with a crumble topping.

      You need to make an omlet/fritata in the WI 90 sec to perfection!

      Your cake waffles look great. Vanilla cake batter comes out tasting like sugar-cone only soft and warm, perfect for icecream!

      Brownies are a breeze, just adjust the temperature to medium and cook low n slow to make fudgie goodness.

      Even gluten free stuff cooks well in the WI!

      This weeks "experiment " kale chips...

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      Heidi Reina 2 years ago from USA

      Like the idea of the cinnamon bun waffles and the canned muffin waffles. My daughter will love them.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Mmmm...I could die for some of your cinnamon waffles!

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      You have the best ideas here for what you can do with your Waffle Iron! My favorite is the Red Velvet cake for sure! I will add this story as a link to your page on my story about my Grandma's waffles with Bacon and my daughters adaptation for Waffles. My story at Hubs is called: "The Best Summer Vacation country Breakfast - Waffles with Bacon."

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      What fabulous ways to use you waffle iron! Thank you for sharing these suggestions. They are really awesome!

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      SimonJay 3 years ago

      I love waffles and this lens as me drooling with ideas.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Great lens! We have one of those rotating waffle irons and yet to have used it... Now I certainly will...thanks for sharing!

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      I cannot eat waffles due to an allergy but they look great, and i am sure they will taste great, thanks for sharing

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      I love waffles -- all kinds, anytime. Mom used to make them a lot, but it was pretty basic. Thanks for the new ideas.

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      johnny-knox 4 years ago

      Loved your crazy Waffle recipes! I feel so hungry now..

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      @hntrssthmpsn: I agree completely!

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      I'm surprised at how many different ways to make waffles. They all look yummy.

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      CraftyStaci 4 years ago

      The cornbread and chili waffles are genius! I've been eyeing a rotating waffle iron for a while now. Thanks for the review.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      Those red velvet & ice cream waffles look amazing, and the chili waffles are so unique that I have to try them. Waffles, like pancakes, are a craving that rarely strikes me. However, when the craving does strike, it's as likely to be at dinner as at breakfast, and nothing but a great waffle will satisfy.

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      Splodgered 4 years ago

      I just love home cooked waffles - going to have to stop work now, i'm feeling hungry

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      A waffle iron is one gadget I've never owned. I hope to have one someday, though!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Yum!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      What cool ideas! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These look great and really different

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Wonderful recipes. It's easy to see that yo u love waffles and your enthusiasm is contagious.

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Fun lens. I certainly learned something new about waffles, Make it a great day!

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      WoW! You just opened up a whole new world for me with waffles! Great ideas!

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great lens with some fantastic waffle ideas. I love waffles, and I like the photos you took of each recipe.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I do quite love waffles - and so many creative ideas here! Thanks so much for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      gin001 4 years ago

      The frosted cinnamon roll waffle looks very tempting! Unfortunately, I'm trying to drop a few pounds. Really nice lens.

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      wilsonkht 4 years ago

      Like your lens. I love to eat waffle with an ice-cream on top.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I haven't had waffles for years and years as they're not really popular or available here. I really enjoyed your pictures, ideas and instructions. Well done!

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      employmentresources 4 years ago

      My favorite dessert AND breakfast is Belgian waffles with homemade strawberry syrup and whipped topping.

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      Thomo85 4 years ago

      This is so unfair, I so want one now and I can't. Damn protein only diet. Great page and I will be sure to come back and visit when my diet is over so that I can put it all back on again. lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your cinnamon roll waffle looks delicious. Hope you have a Happy Waffle Day tomorrow!

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      Valerie Bloom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      WOW! There are some crazy ideas here -- I may just try a few! Thanks for the new take on waffles!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I did a similar lens but with my sandwich maker! lol