Perfect Chocolate Waffles are easy to make at home in about 30 minutes!  These waffles are crisp on the outside, with a tender and rich chocolate inside!

chocolate waffles stacked on a plate

So many readers have come raving fans of my traditional Belgian Waffles Recipe that I thought it was time to do another fun flavor!  Like my other waffles, these are Belgian style, but super simple to make!  They come out nice and crisp on the outside and they’re light and fluffy on the inside.  The chocolate flavor is out of this world too.  They almost taste like a brownie, but, they aren’t overly sweet at all.  These are so decadent topped with a bit of chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and strawberries!

How To Make Chocolate Waffles:

For anyone that hasn’t made homemade waffles before, I’ve included a few process shots below to help walk you through the process.  It only takes about 10 minutes to put these together!

  • First, grab three bowls.  Use one large bowl and two medium sized.
  • In the large bowl, you will whisk together your dry ingredients.  This will be flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  • Next, and this is important because it’s the trick to those light and airy waffles!  You will separate your egg whites into one of the medium bowls, and place the egg yolks in the other bowl.
  • Use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form.  This will take about 3 minutes.
  • Then, mix the remaining wet ingredients with your egg yolks until combined.
  • Stir the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture.  Then, use a spatula to fold the egg whites into the batter until no white streaks remain.

steps to make chocolate waffles

Your batter may look a tad lumpy, and that is ok.  Next, you will want to preheat your waffle iron.  Since waffle irons are all different, please preheat and cook the waffles according to manufacturers directions.  For example, my waffle iron makes two BIG waffles at one time and I use about 3/4 cup of the batter per waffle.  However, yours can vary.

This recipe generally makes anywhere from 6-10 waffles.  You can store them in the refrigerator for two days, or freeze them in freezer bags for about 3 weeks.  They are best reheated in the oven at a low temperature of 250 degrees for about 10 minutes.

A quick note, you can see that this recipe calls for 1/2 cup of coffee.  I simply use leftover cold coffee.  We love that the coffee depens the chocolate flavor!  However, you can use 1/2 cup of milk in place of the coffee if you prefer!

chocolate waffles with strawberries



4.93 from 65 votes

Perfect Chocolate Waffles

Perfect Chocolate Waffles are easy to make at home in about 30 minutes!  These waffles are crisp on the outside, with a tender and rich chocolate inside!
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings 8



  • Preheat your waffle iron, spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  • In a medium bowl beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl mix together the egg yolks, vegetable oil, milk, coffee if using, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Fold in the egg whites.
  • Pour the batter onto your hot waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's directions**
  • Serve immediately with butter, syrup, powdered sugar or any other favorite toppings.


**NOTE:  You can also use milk in place of the coffee in this recipe.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Wow my family loved these!! I left out the cinnamon because I wasn’t feeling it, but did everything else as written including the coffee! We topped with whipped cream and raspberries. My entire family LOVED these! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  2. Phenomenal! Made precisely to instructions on first run. Wonderful result.

    When it comes to waffles, bit of forewarning: A little bit relies on waffle iron quality and settings. But that’s true of just about anything in cooking. We tested the recipe on two lower end waffle makers — Cuisinart and Oster. Loved it from both, but there was the expected difference in texture, time to cook, etc, between them. Our preferences? Cuisinart’s round iron with beeper, put setting on 4, perfect. And for the cheaper, $19 Oster (which lights at temp, not a timer), just let it go a couple/three minutes longer after light comes on. Won’t get the same crispy finish, but mmmmmm….. still delivers a nice, chocolate waffle (had butter and powered sugar on ours).

    But flavor, winner!

  3. 5 stars
    Holy moly, these were incredible. I used all milk and no coffee for the first run. I’m a chocolate and a coffee lover, so I will definitely have some cold coffee on hand the next time I make these. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. 5 stars
    My family is addicted to these waffles! We’ve made them several times over the last year and I thought it was time for me to come say THANK YOU for putting this on the Internet for us to find! =D

  5. 5 stars
    I’m a professional chef and this recipe ROCKS!!
    true success first time. VERY HAPPY

    i did eventually tweak a few little things, but still still to the main amounts

    GREAT recipe

    Thank you
    Chef Martin

  6. My oldest son said my waffles were not waffles but glorified pancakes lol. He said he likes his waffles crispy. . I made your recipe and they were what he expects out of a waffle. Thank you for being there when I was seeking you! I also used your batter to make plain waffles. I substituted the oil. I substitute all butter and other oil ingredients for coconut oil. Came out perfect and as expected plus more!

  7. 5 stars
    These are really good! Somehow they weren’t crispy on the outside though. However, I used a regular waffle iron instead of a Belgian. Is that probably the reason or do you think it’s for another reason?

  8. 5 stars
    Made these with my sister and they were great! They were fluffy and cooked well. We opted out of the coffee and cinnamon, I’m kind of new to baking and don’t feel quite that adventurous yet but they weren’t lacking without it. We had them with homemade vanilla ice cream my sister made. Would for sure recommend!

  9. Made these this morning for my family, they were yummy! Thank you for the recipe! I’ve tried various chocolate waffle recipes over the years and this is my favorite so far, they had a nice taste and they didn’t stick (we did spray the waffle iron well before the first batch). I used a regular waffle iron, not a Belgian type.We had them with butter, whip cream, and some liked a little added syrup. Wasn’t sure I’d like the cinnamon in the recipe, but it didn’t stand out to me, maybe just added a little depth of flavor. Will definitely make again!