Chocolate chip waffles are an easy way to make your standard waffle recipe a little more fun! Add your favorite toppings and enjoy a restaurant-style breakfast at home.
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I don’t know about you, but chocolate chip waffles are something I order when I go out to breakfast, but I never think about making them at home.
They’re fluffy, golden brown on the outside, slightly crispy on the edges, and loaded with chocolate in every bite. Oh yes, these chocolate chip waffles are good!
Homemade Chocolate Chip Waffles Recipe
If you’ve made chocolate chip pancakes, you can totally make chocolate chip waffles. The recipe is practically the same—you make the batter and fold in the chocolate chips. Easy! The only difference is that instead of cooking them up on the stovetop, you’ll use your waffle iron.
Cook each waffle until golden brown and crispy on the edges, then top the finished waffles with butter, syrup, powdered sugar, or whatever you like! Enjoy them as a special treat for weekend brunches or as an easy weeknight meal. (Breakfast for dinner is always a win with the kids, right?!)
Be sure to try my Sweet Potato Waffles next!
Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Waffles
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- All-purpose flour – Swap in a measure-for-measure gluten-free flour substitute to make these waffles gluten-free.
- Brown sugar – Both light or dark brown will work here.
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Kosher salt
- Eggs – Here’s the best way to crack eggs.
- Buttermilk – You can make a buttermilk substitute, but store-bought buttermilk is best.
- Unsalted butter – Melt this before making the recipe.
- Chocolate chips – Miniature is preferable because you’ll get more chocolate in every bite.
- Maple syrup
- Whipped cream
- Fresh berries
- Powdered sugar
- Add some cinnamon to the batter for a little bit of cozy flavor.
- You can also sub out the chocolate chips for other mix-ins like white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or even chopped candy bars.
- Substitute half the chocolate chips with chopped walnuts or pecans for some crunch.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Waffles
- Mix the dry ingredients: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Finish the batter: In another bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir together until just combined. Let the batter rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Prepare: Preheat your waffle iron for about 6 to 7 minutes, depending on the model. It may also be necessary to use a small amount of nonstick spray. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
- Cook: Pour ½ to ¾ cup portions of batter into the waffle iron (or the amount recommended by your waffle iron’s manual), close the lid, and cook until the waffles are golden brown and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
To keep your finished waffles nice and warm, set a baking sheet in a 200ºF oven. Place the finished waffles on the sheet pan in the oven until you’re ready to serve them all together.
Serve your chocolate chip waffles with butter, syrup, whipped cream, fresh berries and/or powdered sugar. Or try something creative like peanut butter and banana slices!
How to Store Leftover Chocolate Chip Waffles
Leftover waffles can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. To freeze, place them on a baking sheet in a single layer and place in the freezer until frozen solid. Transfer to an airtight container and keep for up to 3 months.
To store in the refrigerator, place them on a baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for up to a week.
When ready to eat, warm the waffles in the oven, toaster, or microwave before serving.
Yes, you can freeze your chocolate chips before adding them to the batter. This will help prevent them from melting and sinking into the waffles during cooking.
Chocolate chips should be added after the dry and wet ingredients have been combined, but before the batter is cooked. This will help ensure that the chocolate chips are evenly distributed throughout the waffles.
Miniature chocolate chips are preferable for waffles because they’re small and distributed evenly throughout the batter. You can also use regular-sized chips, but you may want to chop them into smaller pieces first.
Chocolate chip waffles can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. The ingredients used to make them are not inherently unhealthy, but it is important to keep portion size in mind when enjoying this treat-worthy breakfast.
Chocolate Chip Waffles
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup chocolate chips (miniature is preferable)
- Maple Syrup
- Whipped Cream
- Fresh Berries
- Powdered Sugar
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.2 cups all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined. It is okay if there are still some small lumps in the batter. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.2 eggs, 1 ½ cups buttermilk, ½ cup unsalted butter
- Preheat your waffle iron, about 6 to 7 minutes depending on the model. It may also be necessary to use a small amount of nonstick spray.
- Gently stir the chocolate chips into the batter. Pour ½ to ¾ cup portions of batter into the waffle iron (or the amount recommended by your waffle iron’s manual), close the lid and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Serve with maple syrup, whipped cream, fresh berries, and powdered sugar, if desired.1 cup chocolate chips, Maple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Powdered Sugar, Fresh Berries