Waffle iron brownies recipe


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Video: 5-Minute Brownie Waffles

Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 5 minutes Yield: 4 waffles


  • 1 box store-bought brownie mix
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • Sprinkles, for serving


Preheat the waffle iron and grease it lightly with cooking spray.

In a bowl, prepare the brownie batter per the box instructions then stir in 1 additional egg. Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter into the waffle iron and close the lid. Cook the waffle for about 5 minutes then open the lid and remove the waffle. (It may be easiest to remove the waffle one quarter at a time depending on your waffle iron.)

Top the brownie waffle with whipped cream and sprinkles and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts Video: 5-Minute Brownie Waffles Amount Per Serving Calories 16 Calories from Fat 9 % Daily Value* Fat 1g2% Cholesterol 40mg13% Sodium 16mg1% Potassium 15mg0% Protein 1g2% Vitamin A 60IU1% Calcium 6mg1% Iron 0.2mg1% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. ×

Brownie Waffles (Brownies in 3 minutes – yeah.)

Brownie waffles – otherwise known as brownies in 3 minutes. Otherwise known as dangerous…dangerously delicious!

I’m in the midst of planning a retreat this summer. I’ll be meeting up with nine other food bloggers in beautiful northern Michigan. We’ll be learning from each other, experiencing all the things northern Michigan has to offer, getting to know each other better, and of course, we’ll be eating. Probably way too much eating.

One morning we’ll be gathering in the kitchen to make waffles. Seeing as we’ll need to crank out a lot of waffles quickly to feed 10 hungry food bloggers, KitchenAid was generous enough to send us some of their Waffle Bakers to use. These beautiful countertop appliances put out two perfect Belgian waffles in 3 minutes. We could get the whole crowd fed in 15 minutes! And let’s just say I’ve been practicing, a lot.

(PS: I am under no obligation whatsoever to write this post or say good things about the Waffle Baker. I am however under obligation to make brownie waffles and share them with you. It would be criminal not to.)

Note: It appears that KitchenAid no longer makes the Waffle Baker. This one from Cuisinart looks very similar.

About these Brownie Waffles

I almost feel bad posting this recipe because it’s barely a recipe…but it’s a brownie waffle! If you haven’t tried this, you must. No shame in my game — even right down to the brownies from a box. I swear, Ghirardelli brownies are the best around. Every time I make them for anything, I get a compliment on my delicious brownies.

Every. Single. Time.

And of course, I happily oblige.

“They’re Ghirardelli!!!” Again, absolutely no shame in my game. I own every shortcut I take. When they taste this good, who freakin’ cares if you didn’t get out a measuring cup for flour?

Ben’s exact words after trying one of these were, “These should be illegal.”

Good news–they aren’t! It’s as easy as whipping up the brownie mix (add in an extra egg!) and throw the batter in the waffle maker! In three minutes, you’re dining on the perfect brownie waffle — soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

The hardest part is trying to decide how to top it! Whipped cream, sprinkles, strawberries, hot fudge, caramel sauce, ice cream….all of the above?

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  • 1 box brownie mix (I use Ghirardhelli Triple Chocolate for this recipe)
  • eggs, oil, and water, as directed on brownie mix box
  • 1 additional egg
  • desired toppings
  1. Whisk together eggs, water, and oil until combined. Add brownie mix and mix until just combined.
  2. Pour into preheated waffle maker and bake for 3 minutes or as directed on your waffle maker.
  3. Remove and enjoy topped with fruit, whipped cream, or ice cream. Hot fudge would be good too, just sayin’. And sprinkles are always a good decision.


  • Serves 6 (1/2 large waffle).

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  • Ghirardelli Triple Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Tovolo Waffle Tongs
  • Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker
Nutrition Information:

Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 waffle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 62mg Sodium: 37mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 2g RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice. Verdict: Too dang good. They’re best fresh but still pretty good after a few days storage in an airtight container.
Husband’s take: Remember the illegal comment?
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy! Warning – it might take you a little time to clean your waffle maker but it’s fully worth it.

Yes, You Can Use Brownie Mix to Make Waffles

Imagine finding yourself in a nightmare situation where you absolutely need to make waffles, but you’re out of flour and sugar. You can’t sneak away to the store, but you did find a box of brownie mix in the pantry. Will it work? Challenge accepted.

Just as Funfetti, Red Velvet, or Devil’s Food cake mix can be whisked into a breakfast batter, so too can a box of brownie mix. Crack a few eggs, add a bit of oil and butter, then get waffling. As a hater of milk chocolate, I prefer to use dark chocolate brownie mixes, like Ghiradelli (they also make the best chocolate chips). You should use whichever mix makes you happy.

Dump the brownie mix into a large mixing bowl along with ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Crack 3 eggs into the bowl, then pour in ⅓ cup grapeseed or canola oil and 5 tablespoons melted butter. Mix until well combined, then add a big splash of very fizzy seltzer.

At this point, you can heat the waffle iron and get down to business. Alternatively, you can jazz up the brownie waffle batter with some mix-ins. Classic brownie lovers may want to go with finely chopped walnuts, while chocoholics may opt for chopped chocolate. Peanut butter, butterscotch, and white chocolate chips also won’t disappoint. Whatever you choose, fold in about ½ cup of the mix-in into the batter.

Heat your waffle iron and grease it with cooking spray or melted butter. Cook waffles in whatever manner the waffle iron’s directions recommend.

Brownie waffles go best with less sweet fixins, like unsweetened nut butters or plain Greek yogurt. However, if you have a sweet tooth, don’t be afraid to free-pour maple syrup, scoop ice cream, or smear jam. My favorite way to devour a massive brownie waffle is to lightly drizzle it with nutty tahini, cover it with a heap of sliced bananas and strawberries, and dive into it fork-first for a 50-50 split with a buddy.

Waffle Brownies from Scratch are perfect when you don’t want to turn on the oven! They make a delicious, unique dessert. Just top ’em with ice cream and enjoy.

A few weeks ago my kids came home from a play date talking about Waffle Brownies. Always curious when the word “brownies” is involved, I questioned my friend who had hosted them for the afternoon.

Turns out, Waffle Brownies were her mother’s solution to the dog days of summer. When it’s too hot to turn on the oven, Waffle Brownies to the rescue.

I talked her into texting me a photo of the recipe so I could make the magic happen at my house. The photo showed a wrinkled, stained, and water marked recipe with all the handwritten notes in the margins – the hallmark of a well-loved and sure-to-be-delicious recipe. It did not disappoint.

With the August temperatures here in New Mexico hitting the 90’s daily, oven-free desserts are the only kind of desserts happening in my kitchen. I made quick work of that well-loved recipe and figured out for myself why they’re such a hit. Quick, simple, delicious, and a little more fun than an ordinary pan of brownies.

There’s just something a little extra special about a waffle shaped brownie. And when you stack them up? Well, you have an irresistible dessert that is sure to get people talking!

And can I tell you again how much I love not turning on the oven in August?! The Waffle Iron is such a handy kitchen tool. Thank you waffle irons everywhere for making hot fudgy brownies possible, even during the dog days of summer.

If you’re aiming for simple, these are delicious with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar. If, however, you’re looking for something to show off, this recipe is your golden ticket. Just stack them up, drizzle hot fudge, add a big, melty scoop of ice cream (or whipped cream), and put a strawberry (or cherry) on top. It will for sure elicit some wows.

Then, dig in. They’re not cakey, because I hate cakey brownies. They are, however, crispy on the outside, fudgy on the inside, and incredibly delicious while they’re still hot.

Here are a few recipe notes before you get cooking:

  • How many waffle brownies you end up with will depend somewhat on your individual waffle iron. I used this Cuisineart Round Belgian Waffle Maker and it made 4 full 8 inch waffles (16 wedges).
  • How much batter you put on the waffle iron at a time will also depend on your waffle iron. The original recipe said to put a tablespoon of batter. This did not work for my Belgian Waffle Maker. I put approximately 1/2 cup of batter onto my waffle iron and spread it around just a little before closing the lid.
  • These cook quickly, but exact cooking time may also vary with different waffle irons. I set my waffle iron temperature dial to 5 (out of 6) and let it cook until the ready light came on – approximately 45 seconds.
  • The original recipe, as written by my friend’s mother, says to use a “largeish” pan. This made me laugh, so I kept it in my version too.
  • When the brownies are ready to remove from waffle iron, they are still very soft and delicate. After they are removed they begin immediately to crisp up into that delicious brownie texture and they won’t be delicate at all. However, you will need to remove them from the waffle iron very gently. I found that it helped to open the waffle iron and let them sit for a few seconds before I tried to remove them.
  • If on your first try at “gently” removing the waffle brownies, you happen to crumble a few, no worries. Just make Waffle Brownie Ice Cream Parfaits and enjoy every crumb.
  • These are really excellent fresh off the waffle iron. Because we haven’t yet managed to not eat every single hot (or warm) waffle brownie this recipe makes, I can’t speak for how they are cooled.

Waffle Brownies from Scratch Prep time 10 mins Cook time 2 mins Total time 12 mins Serves: 8 servings, 2 waffle wedges each Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (or 1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 7 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat waffle iron. Spray generously with cooking spray.
  2. In a largeish saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the cocoa and remove from heat. Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed and stir well to combine.
  3. When waffle iron is hot, drop spoonfuls of batter on and cook approximately 30 seconds. Please see detailed notes for cooking above.
  4. Serve warm plain or with favorite brownie toppings.


Brownies in a Waffle Maker

Did you know you can make brownies without an oven? That’s right! You can make brownies in a waffle maker. Below I’ll show you how to plug in your waffle maker, whip up our brownie batter, and you will be eating warm brownies in no time!

Skip the Oven for Easy to Make Brownies

Brownies are a classic American dessert (read about the history of brownies here!) so they are clearly a necessity in every household. But many people don’t have an oven, and even if you do, brownies can take a long time to make.

First you have to make the batter, then you have to pre heat the oven and then you still have to wait another 30 minutes while the brownies bake- so annoying! So let’s skip some of those steps and go from batter to brownies in under 5 minutes.

Waffle makers are quick to heat up (most only taking around 5 minutes) and the waffle iron plates get very hot. I don’t know about you, but my oven takes a lot longer than 5 minutes to pre-heat.

When the brownie batter comes in contact with the hot waffle iron, it instantly cooks. If you were to bake in an oven, the brownie batter slowly heats up while you wait…wait…wait. And when I’m craving brownies, I want them right now!

So say goodbye to the oven and get excited about a new use for your waffle maker! (Check out our ultimate guide to waffle makers to find the best machine for you!)

Brownie Batter for your Waffle Iron

Making brownie batter for your waffle maker will only take a few minutes. While you can definitely use a box mix to make brownie batter, we have a fantastic recipe (below) that we have customized for the waffle maker.

Even the most novice baker will be able to follow our waffle iron brownie recipe below! The dry ingredients are whisked together and the wet ingredients are then added in. A few stirs and the batter is done! Heat up that waffle maker and we are ready to go!

‘Baking’ the Brownies

Once the waffle iron is preheated (check out the Krups 4 Slice Waffle Maker that beeps when it is ready!), you are ready to bake. If you have a waffle maker with a non-stick coating (the Oster DuraCeramic Flip Waffle Maker works great for this recipe!), then there is no need to grease the waffle iron plates, simply pour the batter right in!

Snap your waffle maker closed and let the brownies cook for the same amount of time that you would cook a waffle. Oven the waffle maker and voila! Fresh, hot brownies. I highly recommend eating them while they are warm…

Our Special Recipe for Making Brownies in a Waffle Maker

These brownies are definitely a dessert but with that classic waffle shape, you may be able to get away with eating these for breakfast (why do we eat dessert last anyway? Find out here!). Your kids will love them as a special birthday breakfast treat for sure! They will also be great with a scoop some vanilla ice cream on top. However and whenever you serve these brownie waffles, your chocolate craving will be satisfied!

Quick, easy and oh so delicious, brownies in a waffle maker is an amazing dessert discovery!


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Whisk in the egg, oil and vanilla. The batter will be fairly thick.
  3. Add the hot water and whisk again. The batter should be thinner and pourable after adding the hot water. If it is still to thick, microwave the batter for 10 seconds, stir it and microwave for another ten seconds,
  4. Pour the batter into a pre heated waffle maker, close the machine and let the waffle cook (about 3-4 minutes).
  5. Remove from the waffle maker and serve while hot with extra chocolate chips, powdered sugar or chocolate sauce!

Conclusion: I hope you enjoy my recipe and making these brownies in a waffle maker! If you don’t have time to try the recipe, I totally understand, but that shouldn’t stop you from making a warm dessert for your friends or family.

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