Gingerbread Waffles for Christmas Morning

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

If someone makes these for you, they really, really love you. These gingerbread waffles are the perfect way to kick off a festive Christmas morning. 


  • 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! 

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