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Apple Butter Waffles

October 9, 2021 (Last updated August 31, 2022) · Nicole Triebe

Need a recipe for the perfect Fall weekend breakfast or brunch? My Apple Butter Waffles made with homemade cinnamon whipped cream make a quick fall breakfast everyone will love!

Fall is in the air! The weather here in Chicago has been just dreamy, and after our trip to the pumpkin farm the other weekend, I’m in a fall baking mood! Apple picking is another favorite fall activity, and there are so many apple recipes that come out of it! Apple pie, apple cinnamon oatmeal, apple chips, and apple butter!

These easy Apple Butter Waffles are another one of my favorite fall recipes! So fluffy and spiced with all of your favorite fall flavors. Apple butter is mixed right in the batter, and creates the most incredible smell that fills your home for a special weekend breakfast. Drizzle them in maple syrup, powdered sugar, more apple butter, and homemade cinnamon whipped cream to this fall treat.

What do you need to make apple butter waffles?

apple butter waffle ingredients in bowls on backdrop, whole apples and cinnamon sticks laying next to bowls

A waffle maker

Apple butter





Brown Sugar


Baking powder and baking soda


Why should you use buttermilk in waffles?

apple butter waffles on plate next to cup of coffee and maple syrup in wood cup

Similar to pancake batter and cake batters, buttermilk reacts with baking soda to create a beautiful rise, creating extra fluffy apple butter waffles. A little extra baking powder is included to ensure the best lift. If you can’t find buttermilk at the store, you can make your own at home by combining 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Let the milk sit for 5 minutes and you’ll have homemade buttermilk!

Tips for making the best waffles:

  • Don’t Lift The Lid Too Early. As a general rule you should always wait until your waffle maker says it’s okay, by way of its indicator light or beeping mechanism. Opening the waffle maker too soon could cause your waffle to rip, leaving one poor half of the apple butter waffle stuck to the top and the other half sadly adhered to the bottom. If your waffle maker doesn’t have a doneness indicator, watch the steam coming out of the waffle maker as it cooks. When the steam stops, lift the lid. The apple butter waffle should be done.
  • Use a cookie scoop with release for easy clean up. I find that using a this cookie scoop with release makes for easy clean up when making waffles. It beats a ladle or regular spoon any day.
  • Cooking for a crowd? Keep them warm! If you’re cooking for more than one person, you’ll probably want everyone to eat at the same But if you have a standard waffle maker that makes one waffle at a time, that’s tough to do. Turn your oven on to a keep warm setting or 250 degrees and as the waffles come out, move them to the oven. It will actually improve the texture of your waffles, because A short time in the oven can actually improve the crispness of your apple butter waffle. Think of it as giving your waffles a light toasting right after you make them.
  • Keep the butter soft. Always have room temp butter or margarine and warmed syrup ready for your waffles. Trying to spread cold butter on anything is the worst! Your picture perfect apple butter waffles will rip, and no one wants that!
apple butter waffles garnished with cinnamon whipped cream and apple butter on plate next to cup of coffee and maple syrup in wood cup
close up shot of apple butter waffles garnished with cinnamon whipped cream and apple butter on plate

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Apple Butter Waffles

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American



1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup apple butter

2 eggs

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Cinnamon whipped cream

 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

 3 tablespoons Powdered Sugar

 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon


Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs, apple butter, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla and whisk well to combine.  

Pour your batter into a non-stick heated waffle iron and let cook until you have a nice golden outside and soft inside. 

To make the cinnamon whipped cream:

Add Heavy Whipping Cream in a chilled mixing bowl.

Add the vanilla, cinnamon and Powdered Sugar to the whipping cream.

Whisk on medium until the cream reaches stiff peaks.  Top waffles with cinnamon whipped cream and dollop of apple butter

Keywords: waffles; apple; breakfast

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  • Reply Krista Stechman October 22, 2021 at 2:20 am

    These are so delicious! The perfect fall breakfast!

  • Reply Allison September 24, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Tastes like fall! Yummy!

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