Vanilla bean adds a delicious fragrance to these Homemade Buttermilk waffles—the perfect addition to any breakfast.


Recipe Summary

Serves 4 to 6


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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


On her TV show, Martha baked waffles 5 to 7 minutes.

Reviews (18)

304 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 70
  • 4 star values: 102
  • 3 star values: 80
  • 2 star values: 39
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 5 stars
I really enjoyed this recipe. Quick, easy to make and delicious. Worked great for a week night supper. Not too complicated for a weekday breakfast either. The brown sugar added an interesting dimension.
Rating: 5 stars
My boyfriend said these were the best waffles he's ever had. We used vanilla bean paste for the vanilla bean: one tablespoon=one vanilla bean. I warmed my buttermilk the slightest bit in the microwave and had no problem with the butter clumping. When I folded in the egg whites I added one third of the whites first to lighten the batter before folding in the rest so that the heavy batter would not cause them to deflate. Sooo good!
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How do I change the serving size or I can't. I really need to get this for different serving sizes
Rating: 4 stars
Best waffle recipe I've tried. All my grand kids love it. I think it's the buttermilk and cinnamon.
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These are easily the BEST waffles I've ever made or eaten. YUM! Everyone devoured them. This will become our waffle recipe for Sundays!
Rating: 5 stars
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.
Rating: 5 stars
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!
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Incredible! I can't stop eating them!
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Very nice! Had to press out the lumps in the batter (my sifter is broken). Taste great!
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This was the first time I've ever attempted waffles from scratch. Awesome recipe! Really great.
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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!
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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.
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Can I substitute buttermilk with regular milk? I can't seem to find buttermilk where I live.
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Loved them!
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these waffles are amazing! before this i always screwed up waffles, but now i get it!
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Thank u sooooooo much! i was out of waffle mixand didn't know how to make them!
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Super delicious! Saturday favorite!
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I think what makes this recipe better than most is the brown sugar. this is the best buttermilk waffle recipe!