Since Valentines day is on a weekend this year, I thought a special breakfast was a necessity! Enter Double Chocolate Waffles. I still remember being a kid and having my Mom make us heart shaped toast, pink milk, and stuff like that. We love fancy breakfast days at our house, and Valentines day is the perfect excuse to go a little nuts. This was also the perfect excuse for me to come up with a recipe that I’ve been imagining in my head for a while now. I’ve seen and tried some recipes for chocolate waffles and here are my major complaints:
1. Too soft/soggy. So many turn out the texture of a pancake in waffle form. A good waffle should be light and slightly crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy in the center.
2. Not chocolaty/sweet enough. Most just have enough cocoa powder in them to make them brown but they end up tasting like regular waffles.
3. Too complicated. The good ones are too much work for me! Melting chocolate, whipping egg whites, boo. I wanted a quick and easy recipe that tastes as good as the fancy ones.
So I came up with something I liked. If you’re looking for a new Valentines Day tradition, this just might be it. These come off the waffle iron feeling soft, and then magically get perfectly crisp on the plate and stay soft and chocolaty on the inside. I used mini-chocolate chips so they’d disperse better in the batter and you get tiny pockets of fudgy goodness. Plus, it’s easy. Mix the wet with the dry. That’s it! I’m so happy with how they turned out, these will be a keeper in our house for sure.
I made up an easy berry sauce to go with them because I love the slight tartness of the berries with the sweetness of the waffles. Gotta love chocolate and berries. These would also be out of this world as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and this buttermilk caramel syrup. And this would be over the top with either the berries or the ice cream and caramel. Ooooh, I’m getting giddy just thinking about it.
(uh, ya. and pretend there’s some baking soda in this picture. Also, you can use non-fat/lowfat milk.
I just used vit. d for the picture’s sake)
I just used vit. d for the picture’s sake)
I drizzled mine with melted real butter (because c’mon, what isn’t improved with melted butter?!) and then some berries and sauce. Top with sweetened whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder if desired.
I have a standard 8″ round waffle iron and I got 4 full waffles (so 16 quarters) from this recipe. So if you’re cooking for a crowd, increase accordingly! Sometimes people assume they need a whole plate-sized waffle for every person, but remember these are sweet and filling, so 1 or 2 quarters may be fine for each person. For dessert with ice cream, one quarter should be enough.Edit: Tried it with the ice cream and buttermilk caramel syrup. Suspicions correct: Mind-numbingly delicious.
Seriously now folks. Click on this picture to enlarge it and look at that center! This is totally an excuse to eat brownies in the morning and call it breakfast.
Need a special drink too? Try it with some Sunrise Punch. Now that’s a Valentines breakfast!
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Double Chocolate Waffles with Berry Sauce
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 4+ minutes per waffle
- Total Time: 22 minute
These Double Chocolate Waffles crisp up after cooking, while maintaining a tantalizingly soft, chocolatey interior. The berry topping puts them over the top! Perfect for a holiday breakfast or any time you’re feeling like something extra special.
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup corn starch
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
BERRY SAUCE & TOPPING
3 cups berries (see Notes below), diced if large
1/4 cups raspberry jam (you could use strawberry if you prefer)
2 tablespoons hot tap water
optional: powdered sugar to taste
cocoa powder for dusting
Start by making the berry sauce. Combine jam and warm water and whisk until combined. Add in the berries and gently stir until combined. Gently smash with a fork to break up larger berries an leave as chunky as you like. Depending on the sweetness of the berries, you can add a little powdered sugar if you’d like (see Notes below). Set berry sauce aside and make waffle batter.
Preheat a waffle iron.
Combine flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda, salt, and cinnamon. Use a whisk to combine.
In a separate bowl whisk together sugar, milk, oil, egg, and vanilla. Whisk for a minute so it gets a little frothy.
Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry a little at a time, whisking to combine. Just stir until they’re combined and don’t overmix. Stir in the chocolate chips. This is a pretty thin batter, so don’t be expecting something that looks like a pancake batter. It’s supposed to be thin.
Lightly butter waffle iron. I have one with non-stick finish and I actually don’t grease mine at all. You may not need to. Place batter in and cook according to your iron. (See Notes below.)
- You’ll need about 3 cups of berries and you can use any combo you like. I decided to use a combo of fresh and frozen. I used 1 cup of fresh strawberries and then 2 cups of a frozen mix of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries (thawed in the fridge before use). It worked great. If you need to, you can definitely use all frozen as well.
- I don’t add any powdered sugar to my topping; I think the jam adds plenty and I prefer it on the tart side to balance the sweetness of the waffles. However my husband likes it sweeter, so go with what you like! You might want to try the sauce on the waffles first and then just sprinkle powdered sugar on top if you’d like it sweeter.
Instead of pouring batter, use a ladle and spoon it in, making sure to stir the batter each time. Otherwise the chocolate chips won’t be distributed.It’s a little harder to tell when chocolate waffles are done because you can’t go so much on color. Go by smell and touch and realize that they will crisp up after they come off the iron.
what size jar did you use for gifting of the dry ingredients? I am thinking about doing a fundraiser, selling these waffles and the dry ingredients on the side. Do think it is a better idea to prepare each jar separately vs mixing the dry ingredients all together and then putting into jars?
Although it would be easier to mix a giant batch and distribute into jars, I would probably mix them individually. And I used pint jars. Hope that helps!
Okay…leave it to me to mess up the easiest recipes; jello…rice…and waffles! I tried these tonight and they were a disaster. I mixed the ingredients exactly. I didn’t grease the waffle iron. I used my mom’s and it has a temperature dial so I went with medium (between light, dark, and medium). I ended up with half the batter stuck to the top plate and half stuck to the bottom. Sounds like commenter #33 initially had the same problem. What did I do wrong? The only thing I can think of is the temperature was wrong or I cooked the waffle too long or not long enough? Maybe I checked it too early? I’d appreciate some tips because this batter was yummy and I would love to figure out a way to make these turn out. I ended up trying to make pancakes instead and while they didn’t work well they sill tasted okay. Maybe someone has a suggestion on how high of heat to use or approximate cooking time? Thanks a bunch!
THESE ARE AMAZING!!!! THE PERFECT RECIPE!!! I MADE TWO BATCHES THIS MORNING! I DID A FRUIT MIX RATHER THAN A GLAZE BUT THIS IS NOW ONE OF MY FAVORITE RECIPES! THANKS FOR SHARING!
Made these this morning for my birthday breakfast, they were fabulous! Oh my goodness! The berry sauce may be my new favorite thing and was so easy! Thanks for the great recipe!
Another AMAZINGLY, DELICIOUS, SINFUL recipe from ourbestbites. Best recipes anywhere!!! Thank you !
Okay that was like eating chocolate cake for breakfast! WOW! So delicious. I broke my “protein only for breakfast” this morning just for these. I couldn’t resist. thanks!
Holy Hambones!!! These are off the hook! I was trying to find a chocolate pancake recipe that I had used and really enjoyed and thought it was from your site. Long story longer…I could not find that recipe but stumbled upon your chocolate waffles. Incredible. I think my boys and I like them better that the pancakes. I served them with strawberry greek yogurt and they were awesome. A PERFECT Mother’s Day treat!! Thanks.
Making these right now. Can’t see where the bkg soda goes in, I assume it’s with the dry ingredients? I love your recipes, thankyou!
Made these today for Valentines day breakfast and I think we have ourselves a new tradition! Deliciousness!! Thanks for helping me start my family's day with love in their belly!
Amazing! Seriously amazing. I am posting these on The Sisters Cafe tomorrow. Thank you a million times for this fabulous recipe!
Jangathing- You *can* but while this recipe makes an amazing chocolate waffle, I don't think it's the best plain waffle recipe- the batter will be really thin so you may need a few Tbs of flour to replace the coco powder.
Can you omit the chocolate and make a plain waffle?
After I figured out not to put in too much batter at a time, and not open the lid until they were ready (my first trial cost me an hour clean-up scraping the crusted batter that had oozed out) I LOVED them! We actually opted for the vanilla ice cream version with buttermilk caramel syrup (aka HEAVEN) and it was a hit. I think people actually like me better now that I can seduce them with your delicious recipes. Now if only I could make my food look as delicious and perfect as it does in your pictures…
THIS WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I made it this morning for a Valentine's Breakfast for my family. WOW!!!!! Now I'm excited to try some of your other recipes. This was the first.
These are just the thing for my new Texas-shaped waffle iron!