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Peanut Butter Waffles

These Peanut Butter Waffles are thick and fluffy, with a crisp outer shell and peanut butter twist. They’re a quick and easy breakfast or brunch for peanut butter lovers!

A stack of peanut butter waffles with melted peanut butter drizzled on top.

Why I Love This Recipe

Peanut butter waffles are the perfect treat for anyone who happily dollops peanut butter over everything—sandwiches, pancakes, French toast, crepes, and more. They’re super fluffy inside and crisp outside, with peanut butter flavor in every bite.

Better yet, waffles with peanut butter are quick to prepare, filling, made with only simple pantry ingredients, and contain added protein (thanks to the nuts!) to keep you feeling full for longer.

Load them up with all your favorite toppings for an enthusiastically adult and child-approved breakfast, brunch, or dessert. You can even make them ahead and/or keep leftovers refrigerated or frozen for later!

Tips for Making Peanut Butter Waffles

  • Don’t overmix the batter: It can overwork the gluten, leading to rubbery, tough, chewy waffles. Mix it until just combined. A few tiny lumps are fine.
  • Don’t overfill the waffle iron: For many standard waffle irons, covering about ¾ of the surface area (about ¼ cups) is perfect. Otherwise, it will overflow and get very messy.
  • Preheat the waffle iron: This ensures the peanut butter waffles cook evenly and form a wonderfully crispy outer shell.
  • Test and adjust: My waffle iron takes about 4 minutes to cook each waffle. However, use the first one as a test and adjust if needed. Generally, waffles are ready when the machine stops steaming.  
  • To keep waffles warm: Spread them across a baking tray in a preheated oven at 300F/95C until they’re ready to serve.  
  • For crisper waffles: After cooking them, place them on a cooling rack to allow air to circulate so they remain crispy. Then, pop the waffle into a toaster or toaster oven for a super crisp outer shell.

Recipe Variations

There are a few delicious ways to adapt this peanut butter waffles recipe you might enjoy:

  • Other nut butters: Try almond butter or other nut butters for a flavor twist.
  • Jelly: Swirl some jam/jelly over the batter before cooking the waffles.
  • Chocolate chips: Make decadent peanut butter chocolate chip waffles with about 1 cup of your favorite semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Spices: Try adding some cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
  • Cocoa powder: Add 3-4 tbsp to the batter or split the batter in half and add PB to one half and cocoa to the other. Swirl them in the waffle iron.
  • Instant coffee/espresso: Add 1- 1 ½ tbsp for a caffeine pick-me-up.
  • Peanut butter powder: Adding 1-2 tbsp of PB powder (plus an extra splash of milk if needed) enhances the peanut flavor and adds more protein.
A stack of peanut butter waffles with melted peanut butter drizzled on top.

The Best Waffle Toppings

Along with the classics, like a pat of butter, powdered sugar, and/or maple syrup, you can also enjoy peanut waffles with:

  • Caramel sauce
  • More peanut butter (melted to drizzle) or a sprinkle of peanuts
  • Peanut butter AND jelly (strawberry or raspberry jelly/jam work best)
  • Chocolate sauce, Nutella, or hot fudge sauce
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut butter cups
  • Whipped cream
  • Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or mixed berries)
  • Banana slices or caramelized bananas
  • Chocolate chips
  • Coconut flakes (raw or lightly toasted)
  • Granola
  • A scoop of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, or peanut butter ice cream)

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Can I make pancakes with the batter? Yes, it should double up wonderfully to make fluffy peanut butter pancakes.
  • Can I make it gluten-free? Although I haven’t tried, you should be able to use a 1:1 ratio to a gluten-free all-purpose blend, like King Arthur’s/ Bob’s Red Mill.
  • How to reheat waffles? Reheat them from frozen or chilled in a toaster oven or across a sheet pan at 350F/175C until warm (7-10 minutes, more from frozen).
  • Why are they tearing/sticking to the waffle iron? This can happen if you open the waffle iron too soon. Allow them to cook until golden brown and crispy.
  • Why are my waffles chewy? You likely over-mixed the batter if they are chewy, dense, and/or rubbery. Only mix it enough to incorporate the ingredients.

How to Store Peanut Waffles

Leave the peanut butter waffles to cool, then store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Alternatively, flash freeze them until solid (about 2 hours), then transfer them to a Ziplock or airtight container between layers of wax paper for up to 3 months.

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Peanut Butter Waffles

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 3/4 cup milk

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturers instructions.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until the dry ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, peanut butter, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until everything is just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are ok.
  • Lightly grease your waffle iron with cooking spray or melted butter.
  • Pour enough batter into the waffle iron to cover 3/4 of the surface area. This will be about 1/4 cup of batter for each waffle in a standard waffle iron.
  • Close the lid and cook until golden brown and crispy. This will be about 4 minutes in a standard waffle iron.
  • Carefully remove the waffles from the iron and serve immediately with your favorite toppings.

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