Mini waffles are surprisingly easy to make, and you don’t need any special equipment to create them. We are excited to show you how you can make mini waffles using a normal waffle maker, with our easy recipe. If you are looking to mix things up for your breakfast or brunch, this mini waffle recipe is perfect for you.
Reasons to Love Them
There are so many reasons to love mini waffles, not only are they adorable, but they are also great for kids, and when you’re having a large breakfast or brunch. Mini waffles work well for a large breakfast or brunch because you often want to enjoy a little bit of everything, and little waffles allow you to do just that.
Plus, mini waffles are just plain cute and add a bit of extra delight to your meal. They are great for picky eaters, or kids that don’t want to eat much.
What Waffle Maker To Use?
The million-dollar question is what type of waffle maker do you have to use in order to make mini waffles?
Although there are waffle makers you can purchase that specifically make miniature waffles, you can also use a regular waffle maker to make baby waffles.
The one kind you want to steer clear of is a waffle maker that requires you to pour the batter into it.
The key to making little waffles, in a large waffle maker is to put just a little bit of batter in the center of the maker before closing it, this makes a small waffle.
When you have the kind of waffle maker that requires you to pour it in, you are not going to get the same effect.
Now that you know what kind of waffle maker to use, let’s look at what you will need in order to make delicious mini waffles.
Homemade Mini Waffle Recipe
Eggs. Eggs are an essential ingredient for waffles. Eggs help to hold the batter together. If possible we recommend using large eggs for this recipe.
Milk. Although you can use any grade of milk or any type of milk, we recommend that you use whole milk for the best results.
Oil. Vegetable oil works best for this recipe but may be substituted for quinoa oil or olive oil if needed.
Flour. Your favorite type and brand of all-purpose flour as what we recommend using for this recipe.
Sugar. Granulated sugar serves to sweeten your little waffles. We recommend using granulated sugar as the sweetener as opposed to any other type of sweet ingredient.
Salt. You can use your favorite type of salt for this recipe. Some good types include kosher salt, iodized salt, or sea salt, any type will work.
Baking Powder. Baking powder helps to make this better rise. It is in an essential ingredient.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon is an optional ingredient, but we do recommend including it, as it provides a hint of flavor, and improves these mini waffles overall.
Vanilla. Vanilla extract helps to provide a delightful flavor to these mini waffles as well.
How to Make Mini Waffles
To make mini waffles you first start off by making the batter. In a mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk, and vegetable oil. Whisk until combined.
Into the mixing bowl add all-purpose flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Whisk into the mixture, until very few lumps remain. Add vanilla extract and whisk just until combined. Set the waffle batter aside.
Next, take your waffle iron and allow it to heat up. Once heated, spray both sides of the inside with cooking spray.
Now, using a tablespoon, scoop the waffle batter into the center of your waffle maker. Close the waffle maker and allow it to cook until your mini waffle is done to your liking.
Repeat the process with all your waffle batter. Once completed, add your desired toppings, serve, and enjoy!
How to Serve
The best way to enjoy these mini waffles is fresh from the waffle maker. You can add toppings to the small waffles before serving, then enjoy them fresh.
Some of our favorite waffle toppings include:
There are many more great toppings, but these are a few of our favorites!
How to Store Mini Waffles
Room temperature. Mini waffles should be kept at room temperature for no more than two hours before they are transferred into the fridge for longer storage.
In the fridge. You can place small waffles into an airtight container, or seal them in a plastic storage bag. Then place them into the fridge for up to three to four days.
In the freezer. If you wish to store leftover little waffles for longer, you can also freeze them. To freeze, first, allow the waffles to cool.
Then transfer them to an airtight container, or seal them in a plastic freezer bag. Label and date them, then place them into the freezer for up to three months.
How to keep them warm?
There are a few different ways you can keep miniature waffles warm as you are cooking them if you wish.
Oven. To keep them warm in the oven, we recommend turning your oven on to the warm function or set your oven to the lowest possible temperature. Typically, the lowest temperature your oven can go is 170°F (77°C) or 175°F (79°C). whatever that may be, turn your oven on.
Then as you are cooking, add your mini waffles to a cookie sheet, or a casserole dish with a lid. Cover with aluminum foil if you do not have a lid and keep the mini waffles in the oven as you are cooking more.
Microwave. You can also use the microwave to help keep your mini waffles warm as you are cooking them. We recommend placing them into a microwave-safe dish and place in the dish in the microwave.
If your dish has a lid, it’s even better. Keep adding your small waffles to the dish and covering them, keep the microwave closed as you are cooking them. Then when you’re done remove and serve.
How to Reheat
If you happen to have any leftovers, which is highly unlikely, you can reheat them using your oven, air fryer, or microwave.
Reheat in the oven. To reheat your leftover mini waffles in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F. Please share mini waffles onto a cookie sheet and cover it with aluminum foil. Add into the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until they are warmed through.
Reheat in the air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F, then add your mini waffles into the air fryer basket. Air fry for approximately 3 to 6 minutes or until the mini waffles are warmed through.
Reheat in the microwave. Add your mini waffles onto a microwave-safe plate, or dish, and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for one to two minutes, or just until the mini waffles are warmed through. Please note the time may vary depending on your microwave.
Pro Tips for Success
Batter Thickness. For these mini waffles, we recommend that you keep the batter fairly thin. It is helpful if the battery is slightly runny when it is added to your waffle maker.
Grease the Waffle Maker. Because your mini waffles are so small, and if you are using a regular-sized waffle maker, you want to be sure to grease both sides of the waffle maker each time you are adding new batter. This will help you easily remove the mini waffles once cooked.
Add in the Center. No matter if you’re using a large waffle maker, or a miniature waffle maker, you want to be sure to add your waffle batter into the center of each waffle.
Super Easy. Did you know that you can also make mini waffles using a super easy method? To do this, you can simply pick up a box of pancake mix that is just add water and use it to make mini waffles.
This will help you so that you do not have to make your own waffle batter but simply use a box mix.
If you follow the waffle instructions, you may need to add a few other ingredients besides water as well. Otherwise, follow the instructions above for how to add your waffle batter to your waffle iron.
What to Serve With Mini Waffles
There are many delicious foods that you can enjoy along with your mini waffles. Below are a few ideas for you.
Why are they not crispy?
The most common reason why your mini waffles are not crispy is that they have not cooked long enough. You can add them back into your waffle maker and continue cooking them for a few more seconds or minutes depending on the case until they become crispy enough for your liking.
Can this be frozen?
Yes, once your miniature waffles have been fully cooked, they may be frozen for up to three months.
How to Freeze?
To freeze the mini waffles, you want to prepare the mix instructed above, then allow them to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer them to an airtight container, or seal them in a plastic freezer bag, label and date each package, then place them into the freezer for up to three months.
How long do mini waffles take to cook?
Not very long. The amount of time it takes for her mini waffles to cook may vary depending on what kind of waffle maker you are using. Do you want to be sure to keep a close eye on them so that they do not burn as they will take less time than a normal waffle.
Mini Waffles: the best recipe for bite-sized waffles
We are so excited to share your recipe with you for mini waffles. They are surprisingly easy to make, and they add a fun take to your breakfast. We hope that you will give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much as we do!