Extra Light and Fluffy Homemade Waffles

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This recipe for extra light and fluffy homemade waffles will create the waffles of your dreams, and they’re easy enough to make all the time for a fun breakfast or brunch treat!

Stack of waffles with cream and red sauce on top and red strawberries next to plate.
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I am a bit of a waffle connoisseur, and I am here to teach you all of the best-kept secrets about how to make waffles. Not just any waffles, though – these are extra light, fluffy, and completely delicious homemade waffles, perfect for a sweet blueberry sauce! 

Several waffles stacked on a black wire rack with blue and white towel underneath.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Dreamy extra light and fluffy texture
  • Pairs well with either sweet toppings or savory like this juicy and crispy fried chicken
  • Easy to make with regular pantry ingredients
  • Family-friendly meal perfect for breakfast or dinner!

Recipe Ingredients

  • Flour – Regular all-purpose flour is best here for the light texture.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar for just a bit of sweetness.
  • Baking powder – The leavening agent for airy and light waffles.
  • Salt – Just a bit!
  • Eggs – The yolks and whites will be separated.
  • Oil – Any light vegetable oil will work.
  • Milk – The liquid for the batter.

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How To Make Extra Light and Fluffy Homemade Waffles

sweet cherry waffle batter

These homemade waffles are light and fluffy, perfect for layering up the sweet or savory toppings or keeping it classic with good ol’ butter and syrup. Either way, you will be in heaven when you take a bite of these ridiculously amazing waffles!

  1. Preheat the waffle iron for 5-10 minutes, depending on your appliance. 
  2. Use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, making a well in the center.
  3. Beat the egg whites with a hand mixer in another medium bowl until they form stiff peaks.
  4. Add the wet ingredients EXCEPT the egg whites to the well of the dry ingredients, and combine slowly with a whisk until very few lumps remain.
  5. Fold in the beaten egg whites, taking care not to over-mix. 
  6. Spray the waffle iron with non-stick spray and pour in the batter according to the manufacturer’s directions. 
  7. When the waffle is done cooking, place it on a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  8. Serve the waffles hot with your favorite topping!

Recipe FAQs

How do you make waffles crispy?

Even though these waffles are light and fluffy on the inside, they will normally get a slightly crispy exterior due to how they cook in the waffle iron. If you want extra crisp, place them on a wire rack in a 200-degree F. oven for 5 to 10 minutes to make them extra toasty.

Should you let waffle batter rest?

This is not a recipe where you need to let the waffles rest. I like to start cooking them when I have them mixed up so that the whipped egg whites don’t have time to deflate.

How do you keep waffles from getting soggy?

A good-quality waffle maker will allow you to get a well-cooked (and not soggy) waffle. This one is great! Plus, do not stack your waffles once they’re done cooking! These traps steam between them, causing them to get moist and soggy—bleh. Let them cook on a wire rack with plenty of room to breathe.

Stack of waffles on white plate with cream and red sauce on top and strawberries by plate.

Expert Tips

  • Beating the egg whites and folding them in is a trick that will result in the most fluffy, puffy, and incredible waffles ever! This step seems kind of extra, but trust me—it makes a huge difference in the texture and taste of the waffles. It’s worth it 100%!
  • If you’re serving a crowd and want to eat all together, simply place cooked waffles directly on the rack of an oven heated to 200 degrees F. This will prevent sogginess and everyone can dine together -WIN!
  • This recipe just begs you to add your favorite little bites of flavor, like mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, blueberries, coconut flakes, and more! Just add a half or full cup of whatever you love in waffles to the batter right before cooking.
Several waffles stacked and spread out on black wire rack with blue and white towel underneath.

How to Clean a Waffle Iron

Nobody wants to pull out a dirty waffle iron when it’s time to make waffles again. Cleaning the waffle iron is a good practice that only takes a couple of minutes and will preserve the life of your waffle iron.

The easiest way to clean a waffle iron:

  1. Unplug and let cool off until it’s just a bit warm
  2. Use a paper towel or dishcloth to remove any oil, batter, or cooked-on bits
  3. Dislodge any stuck-on gunk with a soft brush
  4. Clean with a damp dishcloth and a very tiny amount of dish soap
  5. Let air dry or dry with a clean towel

If you get into the habit of cleaning your waffle iron after every use, it will be a cinch to maintain

How to Store Leftover Waffles

Yes, you can! Although, they might get a little soggy in the fridge. Store them in a plastic sealable bag or airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for 2 to 3 months, and reheat them in a 350-degree F oven for 10 minutes or until heated through and crisp on the outside.

More Waffle Recipes to Consider

classic waffles, perfectly golden and fluffy with whipped cream and a strawberry sauce
5 from 10 votes

Extra Light and Fluffy Homemade Waffles

These extra light and fluffy homemade waffles are a delicious breakfast recipe made with simple ingredients and an easy technique you’ll love!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 large waffles


  • Waffle Iron


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 3/4 cups milk


  • Preheat your waffle iron as directed.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a whisk to combine. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  • In a second medium bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
  • Add the egg yolks, oil, and milk to the well, and use the whisk to slowly combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir well until very few lumps remain.
  • Fold in the beaten egg whites, taking care not to over-mix.
  • Pour the batter into your waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • When the waffle is done cooking, carefully place it on a wire rack to cool, taking care not to stack the waffles on top of each other. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Serve waffles hot with your favorite topping, such as buttermilk syrup, fruit, or whipped cream.


  • Place cooked waffles directly on the rack of an oven heated to 200 degrees F to keep them warm while cooking the rest of the waffles.
  • Waffles aren’t just for breakfast!  This is a perfect recipe to serve for dinner with either sweet or savory toppings.
  • It’s best to use this batter right away as soon as it’s done mixing so the whipped egg whites don’t have time to deflate.
  • Do NOT stack your waffles once they’re done cooking!  This will result in icky soggy waffles.


Serving: 1 of 6 large waffles, Calories: 386kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 358mg, Potassium: 167mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 194IU, Calcium: 219mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    AMAZING recipe!! I would recommend it to friends/family! I did use Cream of Tartar not baking powder, but still, AMAZING!! I will make it again! Thank you Melissa!!

  2. I finally have my cast iron waffle maker cleaned and seasoned…which recipe to make first…this one or the cornmeal one? You’ve had me craving waffles all week!!!! I think I’m gonna have some fun with all of these and my waffle maker! Happy waffle week to ya!

    1. What?! Is it electric or is it one you use over your stove or something? I’m intrigued!

    2. Its old school…like 100 years old. They were made to be used on the wood cookstoves of the past….but can still function over an electric or gas burner. I’m so excited to master waffle making in it!!!