Homemade Brown Sugar, Lemon Zest Waffles

My kids love homemade waffles. Who, doesn’t right? And let’s face a made-from-scratch waffle that’s crispy on the outside, soft and chewy inside beats the heck out of those cardboard ones that come in a box. For a while I was just making a standard recipe. It was delicious but nothing special. Then one morning I decided to play around and came up with the AH-MAZING combination of brown sugar and lemon zest. It’s a crazy good combo because the brown sugar caramelizes a bit under the hot waffle iron and adds this amazing warmth and sweetness which totally compliments the bright, citrusy, flavor of the lemon zest.

They. Are. Addictive.

This recipe yields quite a few waffles which is perfect because I like to take the leftovers and wrap them in wax paper and aluminum foil and store them in a freezer bag inside the freezer. This way, when my family wants homemade waffles, they can have them  in a flash with no muss, no fuss. To reheat, all you have to do is pop them into the toaster (for crispy waffles) or if you prefer them on the softer side, microwave them for 15-20 seconds. You’ll never use a mix again after you try this easy and addicting recipe. Enjoy!

Brown Sugar, Lemon Zest Waffles

Yields 6 large round waffles


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup butter, melted and cooled

3/4 cup  brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Zest of one lemon

*maple syrup or confectioners sugar for topping


1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk, melted butter, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Whisk until all of the brown sugar breaks down and is no longer lumpy.

2. Beat the egg whites in the bowl of a standing mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold them into the wet mixture making sure to not over mix and deflate the egg whites.

4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Allow to sit for five minutes.

5. Meanwhile, heat your waffle iron. Ladle enough batter to cover 3/4 of the surface. Cook until desired doneness and according to your waffle iron’s directions. Serve topped with real maple syrup or a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.

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