Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

by Jennifer on January 17, 2013

in Breakfast Sweets, Valentine's Day Desserts

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Red Velvet Waffles by Not Your Momma's Cookie

We’ve had a mild winter in Virginia. Which is not surprising at all (as I mentioned in this post). Plus, it has been raining non-stop for several days now. I think it should be a rule that the only precipitation allowed during the months of December, January, and February is snow. No cold rain, no sleet, no hail. Just beautiful, fluffy white snow. I had almost given up on the idea of snow this season.

Until I saw this:


Hallelujah! It looks like we’ll get some snow after all. I’ll keep you guys posted with Facebook statuses (with too many exclamation points) and maybe an instagram photo or two.

To celebrate, I made red velvet waffles. This is true “red velvet,” not just chocolate with a ton of red food coloring. They have buttermilk, cocoa powder, and the requisite white vinegar. They are not the same without the cream cheese glaze! Perfect for Valentine’s Day too.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze
True red velvet taste in a crispy, sweet waffle. Don’t forget the cream cheese glaze!
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¾ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • Red food coloring (liquid or gel)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup – 1 cup whole milk
  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Grease waffle iron and begin preheating.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, butter, vanilla, and vinegar on low speed until well-combined. Add red food coloring (you want to add enough to achieve a red a couple shades darker than you actually want – the color will lightened when added to the dry ingredients).
  4. Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and still until combined. You can also add additional food coloring at this point if you desire, just mix gently.
  5. Cook waffles according to your iron and size. Generally, waffles are done when they stop steaming. Makes approximately 10-12 regular size waffles.
  6. For the glaze: Beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy, a couple minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar, alternating with the milk and vanilla. Start with ½ cup milk and add more to achieve desired consistency.
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1 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel January 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

Now I wish California got snow so I could be snowed in all day, miss work, and have an excuse to stuff my face with these waffles! Holy cow, they look DELISH, Jennifer!! Extra cream cheese glaze for me, hehe.


2 Jennifer January 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Ok, how in the world could Akismet think that comments from you, Miss Hayley, are spam!? So sorry for the late reply!

Yes, extra cream cheese glaze – ALWAYS! :)


3 Carrie's Creations January 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

Perfect decadent dessert for possible snow!

My California Winter = rain. We don’t get snow where I live, and the monotonous rain brings me down. At least it’s dry right now, although we’ve been having record cold temps!


4 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thanks, Carrie! We normally don’t have super rainy winters, but with the non-stop rain lately, it feels like it! I’ll take the cold over rain any day – it is just an excuse to wear a cute sweater or scarf ;)


5 Christine January 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

Hi Jenn – this looks amazing and another perfect surprise treat for my daughter (maybe you two were separated at birth…though she is 11…). We have been trying to teach about having treats only OCCASIONALLY but making them great when we do have them. Question: What is your estimate of the yield on this recipe? I appreciate waffle irons are all different etc – but this seems like aLOT of waffles. I just can’t afford to have a ton of leftovers around – for all our sakes!


6 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Hi Christine! It is true, the yield varies so much. I only have a Belgian waffle iron (with 4 sections), and this recipe makes about 6 medium size Belgian waffles. For a regular waffle iron, I would guess that this makes about 10-12 waffles. I’ll update the recipe to reflect that. And, I feel you on the leftovers!! I have to send things to work with my husband, though waffles might be a weird choice :)


7 TCS January 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Do they keep about like cakes? There’s no way I could go through that many in a day, but this would make nice dessert over a few days (I could take a quarter waffle for dessert at work, maybe…)


8 Jennifer January 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Hi there! Honestly, waffles are best served immediately – you will lose the fabulous texture, since they tend to get spongy after a while. If you don’t mind that, I would keep them in the fridge in an airtight container. Also, the recipe could be halved quite easily :) Hope that helps!


9 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings January 17, 2013 at 11:36 am

these look amazing– and bring on the snow!!


10 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Yes, bring it!! :)


11 Mike @ Semi Sweet January 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I’m loving the breakfast food kick you’re on! Waffles (with fried chicken, if available) is my favorite go-to breakfast. I just picked up red velvet emulsion too! I think I could add that to these.


12 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

You know, I didn’t notice, but you’re right – it has been a breakfast-y week :) It’s all the rain, I think – it makes me want comforting food. Adding red velvet emulsion would be a fabulous idea, for sure!


13 Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} January 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Oh my goodness I just want to reach through the screen & grab one. Your styling is perfect. I have that same towel :) . I love to look at the photography on blogs. You take very nice pictures. I’m always trying to improve my photography. I’m waiting on my order to come in of some backdrops I got. Now I’m unsure whether to try these first or the chai pancakes. Decisions, decisions.


14 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Thanks so much, Melissa! I actually had the worst time photographing these! It was raining, so my natural lighting was pretty dim and then I couldn’t figure out what to do. I fiddled with it forever, but once I added in the flowers, I was happier with it :) That’s one thing I have to do – just fiddle with it, try different stuff, check the pictures, and re-do if necessary. If I was better at it, it wouldn’t take so long! :)

If I HAD to pick between the two, I would betray my Southern roots and pick the chai pancakes…I have a sweet spot for the beverage! :)


15 Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} January 17, 2013 at 8:38 pm

That’s what I’ll do then. I’ll try the pancakes first.

You know I’m totally stalking your blog now. I noticed today you are on foodgawker and tastespotting. That is amazing! Are you self taught at photography? Any reading material you recommend? Thanks!


16 Jennifer January 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Whoops – Akismet thought this was spam…I have no idea why!? Sorry it took me so long to reply, Melissa! :)

It took me a while to get the hang of getting consistently approved for Foodgawker and Tastespotting, even though I had a DSLR even in the beginning. I am self-taught :) Things that helped me: shooting vertically instead of horizontally (it’s easier to crop a nice square picture for FG and TS), using a short depth of field (giving the background that blurry look), and using as much natural light as I can! I usually lighten them up even more in Photoshop.

Hope that helps! :)


17 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Oh yum! I will have to make these with my son, he would go crazy for them!
And I am with you, if it is going to be cold we may as well get snow (but only snow)!


18 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Yeah, the non-stop rain is starting to get annoying. The snow crossover is supposed to happen tonight – fingers crossed!


19 Hani(haniela's) January 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I’ve been on a waffle kick lately.These look yummy, I like the drizzle on the top.


20 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Thanks, Hani! :)


21 Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciosu January 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Yes please! I remember seeing these on Cooking Classy and I bookmarked them. Can’t wait to try these for myself!


22 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Hi Chung-Ah! The glaze is from Cooking Classy, but the waffle recipe is mine :) She used the glaze on her red velvet pancakes, which look totally divine!


23 Paula January 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I hope you get the snow you are hoping for. We are leaving shortly to get away from ours :) Your red velvet waffles are lovely, nice way to add some colour to breakfast!


24 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Thanks, Paula! We’re starting to get freezing rain/sleet right now, which should hopefully turn into snow overnight! It won’t last long with the warm ground, but hopefully I can snap a picture in the early morning before it is all gone :)


25 Britt January 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Perfect cold weather breakfast! And seriously…I’ve been complaining about how FREEZING it is here in NorCal…and it’s only like…in the low-mid 30s. =/
I’m a cold-weather wimp.


26 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I didn’t realize you were in Northern California! I’ve been to San Francisco and the surrounding area and it is my FAVORITE city in the US by far! Not assuming you’re in San Francisco though ;)

My husband is from Massachusetts, but he has lived in VA so long that he is now a cold weather weenie like all other Virginians :)


27 Julia {The Roasted Root} January 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Hunkering down during a snowstorm with a plate of comfort food is one of the most satisfying ways to spend a day! Your red velvet waffles are gorgeous and I wish I knew about them when I was going through my waffle addiction in high school! Stay warm!


28 Jennifer January 18, 2013 at 8:01 am

Thanks, Julia! We got just a dusting and the sunshine today should make it disappear, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts! :)


29 Amanda January 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

I love making treats when it’s snowing – these look like they would fit that bill! Yum!


30 Jennifer January 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

Thanks, Amanda! :)


31 Deborah January 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I am a red velvet addict. In fact, I do a whole week of red velvet every year, and I made something similar last year. Loved them!! I would love for you to come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!


32 Jennifer January 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Thanks, Deborah! I’ll check it out :)


33 a farmer in the dell January 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I will take snow any day over rain! Crossing my fingers for you! these red velvet waffles look to die for!


34 Jennifer January 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Thanks, Andrea! We ended up with a little more than a dusting, but it was enough for me :)


35 Sue {munchkin munchies} January 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

These sound phenomenal! Perfect eating for a cold day:) I love the rain, but I hope you get your snow!


36 Jennifer January 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

I don’t mind the rain – it is just cold, winter rain that gets me! We got a little snow, enough to look pretty! :)


37 Lora January 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

These are so pretty, almost to pretty to eat!


38 Jennifer January 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

Thanks, Lora! :)


39 Jake Molineux January 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

making these on monday in my Home Ergonomics class i hope they taste as good as they look! (which they probarbly will coming from your site!)


40 Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 8:12 am

I hope they are a hit! :)


41 Jake Molineux January 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

im so hungry and seeing these has made me even more hungrier-er!


42 Karly January 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I can not even stand how perfect these are! Seriously, is it breakfast time yet?

Thanks for linking them up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday.


43 Jennifer January 25, 2013 at 8:06 am

Thanks so much, Karly! I’m loving the new link party! :)


44 Emily January 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

Can you make the batter the night before?


45 Jennifer February 1, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I haven’t tried it, but it would probably work!


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