Churro waffles are light and fluffy but also covered in a delicious cinnamon and sugar coating. They are the perfect combination of breakfast and dessert!
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In fact, I’m not sure if these waffles should be considered a breakfast or if they really are just a dessert. They are super sweet and overly decadent but, then again, the same could be said for lots of breakfast foods. Doughnuts are breakfast. Lucky Charms are breakfast. So I say that these churro waffles are also perfectly acceptable for breakfast. Hurray for breakfast desserts!
Churro Waffle Recipe
Churros are a classic, dessert that is made by frying dough into long sticks and then rolling it in cinnamon and sugar. I wanted to take the sweet flavors of the churro and transform it into a waffle. I started with a buttermilk waffle that I make using coconut oil to give it a slightly tropical taste. My recipe uses a little brown sugar to make the waffles rich and some cinnamon baked into the waffles as well. I must admit, these waffles are amazing even without the churro sugar.
But, of course, that isn’t the end of these waffles. Once baked, they are dipped in melted butter and then into a cinnamon sugar mix. The waffles are coated in that amazing, churro-style sugar making them taste just like the dessert. You can top the churro waffles with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, dulce de leche, or just eat them plain. They are so, SO good, you really don’t need more than just the waffles themselves.
Ingredients for Churro Waffles
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Buttermilk – Tangy buttermilk helps make the waffles not overly sweet. All that cinnamon and sugar can be a lot! Buttermilk helps balance the flavors perfectly.
- Coconut oil – Melted coconut oil adds a very subtle, tropical flavor to the waffles.
- Vanilla extract
- Brown sugar – I use light brown sugar but dark brown will make the waffles have an even more complex flavor.
- Flour – All-purpose flour is best but if you have a gluten-free all purpose baking flour, you can use that as well to make gluten-free churro waffles.
- Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon goes into the waffle batter and also into the cinnamon sugar coating for the waffles.
- Baking powder
- Butter – I use unsalted butter for this churro waffle recipe.
Here are a few substitutes and variations for my churro waffles that will work well.
- Replace the coconut oil with vegetable oil.
- Use whole milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to create your own, homemade buttermilk.
- Cut the waffles into sticks after they come out of the waffle iron. Dip the waffle strips into the butter and cinnamon sugar to make churro waffle dippers.
How to Make Churro Waffles
- Start the waffle maker: Plug in your waffle maker to preheat. Follow the manufacturer’s directions about heating up the waffle iron.
- Make the waffle batter: Add the buttermilk, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla to a large bowl and whisk to combine the ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and whisk into a smooth batter. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes to thicken.
- Make the cinnamon sugar: Add the cinnamon and sugar for the topping to a small bowl and whisk together. Set the cinnamon sugar aside for now.
- Melt the butter: Melt the butter for the topping in a shallow bowl and set aside.
- Cook the waffles: Cook the waffle batter in the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s directions. If you are making a single, Belgian waffle, you will use about ¾ cup of batter and it will take about 4-5 minutes to cook. Your waffles are cooked when they are golden brown and easily pull away from the waffle iron.
- Coat the waffles: Remove the cooked waffle from the waffle iron and brush both sides with the melted butter using a pastry brush. Dip the buttered waffle in the cinnamon sugar.
- Add toppings: Add chocolate sauce, whipped cream, dulce de leche or just enjoy the waffle plain while it is warm!
If you’d like to make churro waffles in advance, prep and cook the waffle batter but skip adding the butter and cinnamon sugar on the outside. Freeze the plain waffles in a gallon sized freezer bag for up to three months. When you are ready to enjoy them, pop the waffles into the toaster oven to reheat for about 2 minutes. When they come out of the toaster, then brush them with butter and dip them in the cinnamon sugar. The churro waffles will be as good as new!
How to Store Churro Waffles
If you have leftover waffles, you can store them in a gallon sized, zippered freezer bag in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat the churro waffle in the microwave for about 30 seconds to warm it back up. The cinnamon sugar may melt on the waffle when it is reheated so you can add a little extra if you’d like. However, the sweet taste will still be there!
These churro waffles are the perfect example of a great dessert waffle. They are sugary, sweet and go well with lots of toppings. Dessert waffles usually have ice cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, whipped cream and tons of other decadent toppings, just like these churro waffles!
Yes! Letting the waffle batter rest will help the flour absorb some of the liquids, making the batter thick. It helps the waffles cook light and fluffy rather than bake chewy and dense.
You should not need to flip a waffle since a waffle iron cooks from both the top and bottom. The waffles will be baked an even golden brown on both sides. However, some waffle makes are designed with a flip feature. Pour the waffle batter into the waffle iron, close it, and then flip it over once. This makes the batter drip down into the bottom baking tray and makes the waffles hollow in the center and, therefore, fluffier.
- Large mixing bowl
- Shallow dish
- Waffle Maker
- Pastry brush
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoon
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 3 eggs
- 5 tablespoon melted coocnut oil
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- Dulce de leche
- Chocolate sauce
- Whipped cream
- Plug in your waffle maker and turn it on to preheat.
- Add the buttermilk, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla to a large bowl and whisk together.2 cups buttermilk, 3 eggs, 5 tablespoon melted coocnut oil, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Add the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, salt, and ½ tsp of cinnamon to the bowl and whisk to make a smooth batter. A few small lumps are okay.2 cups flour, 2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Let the batter sit for 10 minutes. This will let the flour absorb some of the liquid and make the batter nice and thick.
- While the batter is resting, stir the granulated sugar and tablespoon of cinnamon together in a separate shallow dish.1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Scoop the batter into your hot waffle maker and cook the waffles according to the manufacturer's directions. Most Belgian waffle makers will take about 4-5 minutes to cook. The waffles will be golden brown and easily pull away from the waffle iron plates.
- Remove the waffle from the waffle iron and brush both sides with the melted butter then dip the waffle in the bowl of cinnamon and sugar, coating both sides.4 tablespoons melted butter
- Repeat cooking the remaining waffle batter, buttering the hot waffles, and dipping them all in cinnamon and sugar.
- Drizzle the churro waffles with warm dulce de leche, chocolate sauce, or top with whipped cream. They are also delicious just with the cinnamon and sugar coating!Whipped cream, Dulce de leche, Chocolate sauce
- Place the buttered, sugared waffles on a baking tray lined with foil and keep them in a 200 degree F oven while you cook all of the batter. This will keep the cooked churro waffles warm while you make the whole batch.
- Cut the waffles into strips and serve with dipping sauces (chocolate sauce, caramel etc). Churro waffle sticks are a delicious dessert or breakfast!