Even as an “adult,” there is something really magical about Christmas morning. I love that slow-to-rise sleepyness that accompanies the holiday, when you don’t have to rush right out of the house for family obligations. I like that hour or two before the craziness starts to enjoy the holiday. Growing up, I always looked forward to opening my stocking while waiting for my mom to whip up Christmas morning breakfast (usually cinnamon rolls and scrambled eggs – yum).
These waffles are truly waffles for a celebration. They are decadent and they feel so elegant. And let me tell you, if someone makes you these gingerbread waffles, they most definitely love you. They’re not hard to make, I don’t want to scare you! But they have more ingredients than the typical waffle recipe, but I promise they’re worth that little extra magic they bring to the table on Christmas morning.
And remember the cranberry apple compote recipe I shared last week?! You get to reuse it as a topping for these! We are a house divided over here. Husband is not a fan of the compote on the waffles, and prefers syrup. I think the compote adds a freshness and a brightness to the waffles. Also quite delish with syrup and compote. Just saying.
If you are a little short on time on Christmas morning, or don’t want to make a mess in the kitchen on a holiday, you can make these ahead! All you have to do is let them cool completely and then freeze them. You can reheat them in the oven or in a toaster. Easy!
I would love to hear about your Christmas morning traditions!
Gingerbread Waffles Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1.5 cups milk
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp all spice
- 3 tbsp molasses
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- Preheat your waffle iron.
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl, stir to combine, set aside.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, whisking until well combined.
- Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring until just combined.
- Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and spoon onto the preheated waffle iron. Cook according to your manufacturer's directions.
- Keep waffles warm in a 200 degree oven while you make remaining waffles.
- To make ahead, allow waffles to cool completely before freezing. Reheat in an oven or toaster.
- Serve with syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, cranberry apple compote or any of your favorite waffle toppings!