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Buttermilk Waffles

Serve warm with sweet butter and Fruit Syrups.

  • Servings: 6
Buttermilk Waffles

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1999


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) melted unsalted butter, plus more for waffle iron
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Grease waffle iron with a small amount of melted butter, and heat. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. Pour into dry mixture, and combine.

  3. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold whites into batter.

  4. Ladle about 1/3 cup batter onto each section of the waffle grid; spread batter almost to the edges. Close lid, and bake 3 to 5 minutes, until no steam emerges from waffle iron.

  5. Transfer cooked waffles to a baking sheet; place in an oven set to low heat, about 200 degrees, while using remaining batter.


On the TV show, Martha used 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, instead of vanilla extract and baked waffles 5 to 7 minutes.

Reviews (15)

  • Debr8 26 Sep, 2014

    Best waffle recipe I've tried. All my grand kids love it. I think it's the buttermilk and cinnamon.

  • cattfamily 11 Dec, 2011

    These are easily the BEST waffles I've ever made or eaten. YUM! Everyone devoured them. This will become our waffle recipe for Sundays!

  • tracyt 4 Dec, 2011

    I've been making these since the magazine came out. Absolutely the best waffle recipe! I often use 1/2 nutriflour to make them a little healthier and the family doesn't even notice.

  • KateInDE 20 Nov, 2011

    These are the BEST waffles!!! They even freeze well and I reheat them in the toaster. There is one glitch though, the melted butter always hardens and lumps up when added to the milk. So I slowly warm the milk and butter in a saucepan over very low heat until combined, being careful not to heat too much as I don't want to scramble the eggs!! I'm sure if my buttermilk was room temp this wouldn't happen, but this is an easy fix. I've folded in fresh blueberries as a last step with yummy results!

  • southerndaughter 27 Sep, 2011

    Incredible! I can't stop eating them!

  • cheftb 24 Aug, 2011

    Very nice! Had to press out the lumps in the batter (my sifter is broken). Taste great!

  • Tryingsomethingnew 25 Jul, 2010

    This was the first time I've ever attempted waffles from scratch. Awesome recipe! Really great.

  • gananoque 22 Oct, 2009

    This recipe is amazing! Delicious waffles! And so easy to make!!! I topped them off with whipped cream flavoured with Martha Stewart's homemade pumpkin pie spice mix from the November Living issue. Perfection!

  • Aminasmom 14 Mar, 2009

    I have been using this Martha Stewart recipe for several years. They are the best waffles ever! My husband and I have been dieting, but he wants a really good cheat this morning so he asked for waffles. I couldn't find the recipe on my computer, but here it is again. For the person not finding buttermilk, you can take 1 cup of regular milk and add in 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Google it and you will find the exact way to do it. I will be making them that way this morning too.

  • MerceCordero 18 Feb, 2009

    Can I substitute buttermilk with regular milk? I can't seem to find buttermilk where I live.

  • JellyRivers 4 Jan, 2009

    Loved them!

  • KatrenaHaze 25 Aug, 2008

    these waffles are amazing! before this i always screwed up waffles, but now i get it!

  • KatrenaHaze 25 Aug, 2008

    Thank u sooooooo much! i was out of waffle mixand didn't know how to make them!

  • sbteri 23 Feb, 2008

    Super delicious! Saturday favorite!

  • amywhitfield 6 Feb, 2008

    I think what makes this recipe better than most is the brown sugar. this is the best buttermilk waffle recipe!

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