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Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

Recipe Level: Easy

These cinnamon sugar waffles are simple and fun to prepare. They make a great holiday or special treat for breakfast! The waffles are crisp on the outside with sweet bits of cinnamon and sugar and are fluffy and light on the inside!  They bring a whole new dimension to waffles for breakfast!

Baked by Alie Romano

Professional Baker and Recipe Developer

* Make sure to read the entire blog post. Every step matters, and I’ll provide helpful tips along the way!

Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

The taste of these waffles reminds me of the cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I’m not exactly sure why but the flavour is very similar and each bite brings me back to being a kid!

Waffles are best served immediately, hot from the waffle iron or else they can get soggy and limp. And no one likes that! Make sure to get these waffles extra crispy, which will ensure you get a crispy sugar coating on each waffle. Every waffle iron is a little different with its heat settings, so watch carefully until you get the desired crispness. I find it takes a little more time after the light goes off the machine.

Cinnamon Sugar Waffles


When you make your cinnamon sugar mix you will most likely have leftovers. Keep the extra mixture in a glass jar and use it again when you make waffles next. Or use it to top buttered toast and for other recipes. I buy my cinnamon in bulk at my local Bulk Barn store as cinnamon is one of my most commonly used spices (and I always like to make sure I have some on hand).

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Baking Powder
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
Cinnamon Sugar Waffles
Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

Waffle Iron Tips

Be warned your waffle iron may get a little messy with this recipe. I’ve tried a few variations to avoid a messy waffle iron but honestly, the best version is the one that gets a little messy (figures!). So here are a few tips to help you along the way.

  1. When adding the cinnamon sugar on top of the batter make sure to spread it out. Big clumps of sugar will cause an extra messy iron.
  2. If you find the sugar is sticking too much to the iron, add a dollop of batter on top and use a knife to gently spread over the cinnamon and sugar. You still want to have bits and pieces peaking out of the batter.
  3. Keep a clean waffle iron as you work. Have a paper towel handy and a chopstick with a point. Wrap the paper towel around the chopstick and work the stick in between the groves to keep it clean. You can use this method at the end to clean your waffle iron too.

How To Make Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

Step One: Making waffles is easy and fun. Simply prepare your batter and let it sit for 5 minutes. This will allow the liquid to absorb into the flour completely.

Step Two: Spoon the batter into the hot waffle iron and spread the batter out. Be careful not to overfill each section with batter as it will make your waffles dense.

Step Three: Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the batter, press the lid closed and bake until crisp! Enjoy.

Cinnamon Sugar Waffles
Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

Waffle Toppings

Have fun and play around with your toppings or keep these cinnamon sugar waffles plain. But butter and maple syrup are always recommended!

  • Whipped cream and dusted with more cinnamon sugar
  • Yogurt and fresh berries
  • Sautéed apples in butter
  • Sautéed banana in butter
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Fruit Salad
  • Maple Syrup
Cinnamon Sugar Waffles
Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

These cinnamon sugar waffles are simple and fun to prepare. They make a great holiday or special treat for breakfast! The waffles are crisp on the outside with sweet bits of cinnamon and sugar and are fluffy and light on the inside!  They bring a whole new dimension to waffles for breakfast!

  • Author: Alie Romano
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Units Scale
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups milk, warm
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt, set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, warm milk, melted butter, and vanilla until well incorporated.
  4. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture whisking together until incorporated (don’t overmix).
  5. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make your topping. In a small bowl add sugar and cinnamon together, mix together.
  7. Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron and spread the batter out. Don’t overfill the waffle iron (it will create dense waffles).
  8. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar topping lightly onto the batter and using a butter knife slightly smooth the topping into the batter. Avoid adding thick layers of cinnamon sugar.
  9. Close the lid and cook the waffles until golden and crisp. *Note depending on the waffle iron it may get a little messy. If the sugar is sticking to the iron too much add a little batter on top of the cinnamon sugar and spread it out (make sure it’s not too thick).
  10. Serve waffles immediately, top with butter and maple syrup (sprinkle a little extra cinnamon sugar on top just before serving).


Carefully wipe down the waffle iron while it’s still warm to remove any leftover cinnamon and sugar.

Place leftover waffles in an airtight bag and refrigerate for 3 days or freeze for up to a month. Reheat waffles in the toaster.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 3.6g
  • Sodium: 101mg
  • Fat: 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13.8g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Protein: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg

Keywords: Cinnamon Sugar Waffles, Breakfast, Holidays, Brunch

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Why are my waffles soft and not crispy?

Soft waffles may happen if the waffle iron isn’t hot enough. Also, make sure your iron is preheated before adding your batter. A waffle iron should be so hot that it sizzles when you drop water on it. If you have a temperature control on your waffle iron make sure it’s at the hottest. If you don’t, it may be time to get a new waffle iron.

Do I have to warm my ingredients to make waffles?

For best results, you’ll want to make sure your liquids are warm to make waffles. When mixing batters of any type it’s important to make sure your ingredients are all at the same temperature. This not only helps with mixing but also with texture. For waffles, your batter will mix together more easily, which will result in less mixing and a fluffier waffle.

What can I top my waffles with?

Whipped cream
Yogurt and fresh berries
Sautéed apples in butter
Sautéed banana in butter
Vanilla ice cream
Fruit Salad
Maple Syrup

This blog post has been sponsored by Bulk Barn Canada where you can find all your baking needs! All opinions are my own and I’m so happy to work with brands I love so I can continue to share these recipes with all of you! I hope you guys get to a Bulk Barn soon and try out this recipe.

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