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Cheddar waffles on a blue background with maple syrup dripped over them

Crispy Cheddar Waffles

These cheddar waffles are perfectly crisp, meltingly tender, and just the right balance of sweet and savory. They are great for any time of day!

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American, American Southern
Keyword breakfast, cheddar, cheese, savory, umami, waffles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 round waffles
Calories 389 kcal
Author Raquel Pelzel


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour see Note
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter melted, plus cold butter for serving (optional)
  • 3 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese grated on the medium-hole side of a box grater (about 1 cup)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Warm maple syrup for serving


  1. Whisk the flour, rice flour, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Preheat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Set a sheet pan in the oven and preheat it to 250°F.
  2. Whisk the buttermilk, egg yolks, and vanilla together in a medium bowl. In a separate medium bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment), beat the egg whites with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar until the whites hold stiff peaks.
  3. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture, pour in the melted butter, add the cheese, and stir to combine. Use a whisk or rubber spatula to fold in the egg whites.
  4. Spray the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and then add enough batter to fill the waffle mold about two-thirds of the way to the edge. Close the waffle maker and cook until the waffle is browned and crisp. Transfer the waffle to the sheet pan, cover with a kitchen towel, and keep warm in the oven while you make the rest of the waffles. Serve immediately with more butter (if you likand warm maple syrup.

Recipe Notes

Sweet rice flour is ground short-grain sweet rice. It’s available in most health food stores and online. Bob’s Red Mill brand was used for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Cheddar Waffles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 866mg38%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 702IU14%
Calcium 181mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.