Belgian Sugar Waffles

Belgian sugar waffles stacked along side sugar crystals

The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Rise Time: 60 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 10 waffles
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
377 Calories
20g Fat
44g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 377
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 222mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 67mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These are the real deal Belgian sugar waffles called Liège, named after a city and a province in Belgium. They have a beautiful crunchy sugar coating and are soft and chewy on the inside. They smell like vanilla and taste like heaven. You can find them all over Europe and in the U.S. In restaurants, you can get them plain or with chocolate drizzled on them.

Luckily, you can easily make these wonderful waffles at home with any waffle iron and only one special ingredient. You will need pearl sugar. You can order it off of Amazon, and it is not too expensive. Some specialty baking stores also carry it. If you are in dire straits and must have these waffles sooner than Amazon will deliver them, you can also just break up some sugar cubes. 

You don't have to have a Belgian waffle iron to make these waffles, but the nice deep ridges are a plus in making these waffles amazing. These ridges are perfect for holding puddles of delicious maple syrup or whatever other flavors you enjoy. And you can also slather on some Nutella or whatever suits your taste when no one is looking.

These waffles are definitely best served immediately, preferably with some bacon and eggs. They do not store or reheat well since they tend to lose their crunchy coating and deliciousness. Some authentic waffles will include saffron, but the eggs will give the waffles their nice golden color, and the vanilla extract creates an amazing perfume of sweet deliciousness. 


  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1/2 cup water, lukewarm (or for a richer flavor, substitute scalded milk)

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) butter, melted

  • 1 cup pearl sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Whisk the brown sugar and yeast with the water and let stand for about 5 minutes, until it is nice and foamy.

  3. Place the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Gradually add in the yeast mixture until the dough is sort of dampened and shaggy looking.

  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each addition.

  5. Whisk the vanilla in the butter and add to the batter gradually. Mix for about 1 minute or until smooth. It will be very sticky and have a thick but not stiff texture. Cover and let rise for about 1 hour.

  6. Right before you are ready to cook the waffles, mix in the pearl sugar. If you add it too early, it will dissolve and not create that crispy coating.

  7. Using 2 spoons, pull off about 2 tablespoons worth of batter and place onto a preheated waffle iron. Cook until golden brown.

  8. Place on a cookie cooling rack over a sheet pan. Keep warm in a preheated 250 F oven.

  9. Drizzle with chocolate sauce if you're feeling saucy and serve warm.


  • Top with your favorite topping: fresh fruits, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, you name it, the sky's the limit.