Imagine this; crunchy sweet waffles combined with creamy sweet whipped maple butter… I mean… do I need to continue? These brown butter waffles are every bit as good as it sounds!

brown butter waffles

Brown butter waffles

Ever since I can remember I have this thing for waffles. Whenever I see them or rather, smell them, they call out my name and I just have to have one… Sometimes that is good, other times it is slightly disappointing. I’m sure we’ve all had those moments where you bite into a waffle and the crunch you’re expecting is just not there… I even once tried one of those prepackaged waffles they sell at the gasstation. Man, that was a serious mistake. Yuck in ten fold…

But then there are all the good ones. Where you have this crispy outer layer and that soft middle, usually topped with something yummy like ice cream or fruits and whipped cream… Heaven…

Waffle iron

Why I have not gotten a waffle iron before is a big mystery to me really. Or maybe it was more of a self preservation thing and now that I have one I’m in big trouble. Big waffle trouble that is… Because this is just my very first try and I’m already addicted. They were sooooo good!

brown butter waffles

What you need to make these brown butter waffles

This is one of Donna Hay’s recipe and if you follow her you might know that she uses buttermilk quite a lot. The buttermilk haters are always afraid that using buttermilk in baking will make everything taste like buttermilk. But fear not; that is definitely not the case.

The buttermilk acts as a rising agent making the waffles super delicious and fluffy. You’re never going to want anything else after this.

How to make brown butter

Now for this particular recipe we’re going to make brown butter waffles. And the brown butter is featured twice. Once in the waffles themselves and once in the topping of the maple butter. Making brown butter is nothing more than caramelizing the milk solids that are in the butter. When it starts to brown and than smell like roasted hazelnuts you’re getting there. Do keep a close eye on it as it can go from brown to black pretty quickly.

Brown butter maple topping

You should start by making the brown butter maple topping as that will need to cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes minimum before you can whip it. After the butter has the desired color and smell you add some maple syrup to it. Let it simmer a bit on the stove and thicken slightly. Pour into a small bowl and let it set in the fridge.

Once the butter is set you can whisk it until it becomes light and creamy. If you’ve never made whipped butter before? This is your chance to make it as it is so good, it’s addictive. And on top of those brown butter waffles? It’s heaven on a plate.

Brown butter waffles

Baking the waffles

Making the batter for the waffles is as simple as mixing all the ingredients together. With another batch of browned butter in the batter. Once you’re waffles are hot it’s time to dive in and enjoy them!

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brown butter waffles

Brown butter waffles with maple butter

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Prep time 30 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Total time 40 minutes

4 large ones


  • waffle iron


  • 100 gr burned butter
  • 130 gr flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 60 gr icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 190 ml buttermilk

For the maple butter:

  • 150 gr butter unsalted
  • 80 ml maple syrup

How to make the brown butter waffles

  • Start by making the maple butter. Melt the butter in a small pan, bring to the boil and leave to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the butter starts to caramelize.
  • As soon as the butter is brown add the maple syrup to it. Leave to simmer for a bit until thickened slightly. Transfer to a cool bowl and leave to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes while you prepare the rest. Take out once set and whisk till  it is creamy. Set aside
  • Make the batter for the waffles by also browning the butter. Set this aside while you mix the flour, baking powder, icing sugar and the egg. Add the buttermilk and stir until smooth. Add the butter last and whisk until smooth.
  • Bake the waffles in your waffle iron. Depending on what kind you have it will take shorter or longer so follow the instruction of your waffle machine.
  • Serve the waffles with the maple butter and add some syrup and icing sugar if you want.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 744kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 551mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 1701IU | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist