Red Velvet Waffles

red velvet waffles

 Leah Maroney

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
997 Calories
56g Fat
105g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 997
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g 72%
Saturated Fat 34g 169%
Cholesterol 225mg 75%
Sodium 1353mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 105g 38%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 513mg 39%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 448mg 10%
*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.)

Sweet and dreamy, these red velvet waffles make the perfect breakfast for a special day. They fit right in on Valentine's Day or Christmas, but after trying them you may want to make them year-round. Their rich chocolate flavor goes perfectly with a drizzle of creamy icing.

Red velvet is traditionally chocolatey and we took that history to heart. These waffles have both bittersweet chocolate chips and dark cocoa to make sure the chocolate really shines through. There aren't a lot of ways to replace the red food coloring, but you can leave it out if the red color is not important to you.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 2 1/4 cups milk

  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) butter, melted

  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

  • Red food coloring, optional

For the Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar

  • Whipped cream and berries, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather your ingredients.

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  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Then set aside.

    red velvet waffles
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  3. Melt the chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Stirring every thirty seconds until it is completely smooth and melted. Cool slightly.

    red velvet waffles
     Leah Maroney
  4. Whisk the melted butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla together with the melted chocolate. Whisk in the red food coloring until you reach the desired redness.

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  5. Gently mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. It is ok for the batter to be lumpy, but make sure that there are no large pockets of flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl thoroughly with a rubber spatula. If you want it darker or redder, add more red food coloring.

    red velvet waffles
     Leah Maroney
  6. Heat your waffle iron and pour the batter into the iron. Cook until your waffles are crispy. Remove them from the iron and keep them warm in a 200 F oven until you are ready to plate and serve.

    red velvet waffles
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  7. While the waffles are cooking, prepare the cream cheese icing.

    red velvet waffles
     Leah Maroney
  8. Whisk together the icing ingredients until completely smooth.

    red velvet waffles
     Leah Maroney
  9. Drizzle the icing over the waffles and top with whipped cream and berries. Enjoy!


  • Try to find gel food coloring, which provides deep color without adding a lot of water. You will need fewer drops if you use gel, so keep this in mind when adding it.
  • Make sure your butter and chocolate has cooled slightly before whisking in the eggs to avoid scrambling the egg!
  • If you're looking to save some time, use a store-bought cream cheese frosting (in a can) place it in a baggie, snip off the end and frost it over the top of the waffles.