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This Chocolate Waffles Recipe with Swirled Vanilla Batter baked right in is easy to make and sure to impress! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

I’m not going to outright say that I am anti-Valentine’s Day because then I get pegged as one of those crabby bitter folks that hates love, puppy and adorable children wearing penguin costumes. Nor do I want be the guy that professes to hate how “commercial” the holiday is. You know the rant, how it’s a made-up holiday that forces people to run around and buy needless things for each other. I’ll save that particular grievance for Sweetest Day, a purely fictional holiday that is mostly celebrated in a region of the US that I don’t live in anymore. Instead I will fully admit to the fact that I am relatively apathetic towards Valentine’s Day, and everything that is involved with it; thankfully AJ is too. Of course that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the excuse to make something chocolate – which, according to my Pinterest feed, is what people do for Valentine’s Day. Enter my Chocolate Waffles Recipe with Vanilla Swirl. The easiest way to impress a loved one, regardless of the time of year.

Now homemade waffles are probably one of those things that pretty much impress anyone, truth be told. My own experience with waffles growing up were pretty much limited to the frozen kind that you popped into a toaster. I wasn’t the only one. My friend Ruben was obsessed with frozen waffles, with boxes of them in his freezer. He had a specific method of toasting them and then generously pouring the syrup all over the waffle then the plate itself. He once confided in me that he felt the plate needed to be seasoned with a healthy moat of syrup as well as the waffle itself. I can completely understand that sentiment.

But here’s the thing with these chocolate waffles with vanilla swirl, you can serve them for breakfast or you can serve them as dessert. Totally versatile, they’re the perfect food. And because they’re made with chocolate, you don’t necessarily need to douse them in syrup. I personally add some lightly sweetened whipped cream and some fresh fruit on them, along with a tiny drizzle of maple syrup. But if you serve them for dessert, a healthy scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream would be pretty awesome too. And though I don’t talk to my friend Ruben much anymore, I think he would approve.

Chocolate Waffles Recipe with Vanilla Swirl

By Irvin Lin

Though they look like they might take some time to make, waffles from scratch aren’t that difficult to make. Don’t be scared by the “marbling” that I do with the vanilla and chocolate batter. Obviously I’m a fan of marbling and swirling different batters (I’m writing a whole cookbook about the subject) but I’ll walk you through the steps on how to do it in the recipe below. It’s fairly straightforward and definitely looks more impressive than the effort involved. By the way, the addition of the cornmeal is for texture and crunch. If you don’t have any on hand, you can leave it out.

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2 cups (280 g) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (50 g) cornmeal (optional, see note above)
1/3 cup (65 g) white granulated sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 cups whole milk, divided
6 tablespoons (85 g) melted butter
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
2/3 cup (70 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2/3 cup (145 g) dark brown sugar

Serve with your choice of:
Slightly sweetened whipped cream
Fresh fruit
Maple Syrup
Ice Cream of your choice

1. Place the flour, cornmeal (if using) sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Place the egg yolks, 1 1/2 cups of the whole milk (saving 1/2 cup for later), melted butter and vanilla extract in a medium bowl and beat to blend.

2. Place the egg whites and the cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a wire whisk and beat until stiff peaks form. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the milk mixture in the middle. Stir with a rubber spatula by hand until the ingredients are blended (but try not to overmix). Add the egg whites and fold until they are incorporated (draw the spatula down sideways, and lift up flat “folding” the batter over the egg whites, repeating until they are blended in).

3. Scoop out 1 1/2 cups of the batter and reserve it in a glass measuring cup with a spout. Place the remaining 1/2 cup milk, cocoa powder and dark brown sugar in another bowl and whisk until blended (feel free to use the egg white bowl without cleaning it – that’s what I did). Add the chocolate mixture to the remaining waffle mixture and stir with a rubber spatula by hand until blended.

4. Heat your waffle iron according to the instructions. Once heated, drizzle 3-4 tablespoons of vanilla batter over the iron, then immediately pour the recommended amount of chocolate batter over it. Cook until done and repeat with remaining batter. Place finished waffles on a baking sheet in the oven turned to 200˚F if you wish to keep warm. Serve with slightly sweetened whipped cream, fresh fruit, maple syrup or ice cream of your choice.

Makes 6-8 Belgian style waffles.

If you like these chocolate waffles, check out my recipe for:
Quinoa Goat Milk Belgian Waffles

And check out these other waffle recipes from around the web:
Orangette’s Marion Cunningham’s Raised Waffles
Shutterbean’s Pizza Waffles
Recipe Girl’s Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Joy the Baker’s Savory Cornmeal and Chives Waffles
101 Cookbooks’ Multigrain Waffles

Reader Interactions


  1. The Suzzzz says

    You’re killing me here. I made the 2 hour trip to Salt Lake City with a friend over the weekend just to eat at Bruges Waffles & Frites. I thought they were the best waffles this side of Belgium…and then I saw this and wanted to run right home and make some.


  2. Julie says

    The swirl looks so pretty, and vanilla + chocolate is always a winning combination. Nice work!


  3. Cookin Canuck says

    What gorgeous waffles (and photo)! I’d take a plate of these over a heart-shaped box of chocolate any day of the week.


  4. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons says

    These look amazing!!!! I’ve been on a waffle kick for the past week and have had them nearly daily! These blow my plain buttermilk waffle faceplants out of the water though! I’ll be over for brunch in 5. Have one ready? <3


  5. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says

    I JUST bought a waffle maker this month and I have been making waffles like nobody’s business. These are the boss!!


  6. Kathy - Panini Happy says

    I’m going to make sure my husband gets this recipe — he makes waffles for me (one of a handful of dishes he cooks) for my birthday and Mother’s Day. I would love for him to make these for me. 🙂 We have this same waffle iron, so I know it’ll work!


  7. Shikha @ Shikha la mode says

    I just got a waffle iron and I’ve been looking for recipes like these to try out! Breakfast for dinner/dessert is one of my favorite things to do, so I’ll never complain! I’d be interested in using semolina instead of cornmeal and seeing what happens.

  8. Risa says

    This looks delish. I was on the fence about dinner tonight, looks like we’re having breakfast! Thanks for the inspiration 😉


  9. Kate@Diethood says

    I’ll take them for breakfast AND dessert! 😉 Beautiful!!


  10. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Ha, I’m indifferent to Valentine’s Day as long as I get flowers. 🙂 And how I wish I hadn’t set the bar so high so everyone is expecting heart shaped boring pancakes. I want these waffles! Stunning.


  11. Annie says

    Yes, that’s all very well but they are neither RED nor HEART SHAPED, you Valentine’s grinch.


  12. Miss Kim @ behgopa says

    Wow looks really delish. Yeah, valentines day is totally overrated!


  13. Harmony says

    These are making my mouth water! Would whole wheat flour work in place of the all-purpose?


  14. Wendy Sanchez says

    Made these today! Great batter recipe! Will make them over & over:D


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