Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Waffles

published Jan 15, 2022
Cinnamon Waffles Recipe

Amp up your waffle game with a cinnamon twist.

Makes8 (4-inch) waffles

Prep10 minutes

Cook12 minutes to 28 minutes

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A  rectangular waffle on a round plate, with a pat of butter, a cup of coffee, seen from above
Credit: Kelli Foster

In my house, making waffles and crispy oven bacon is part of our weekend ritual. Sometimes my family votes for Belgian waffles, and other weekends it’s buttermilk waffles — but these days, cinnamon waffles are the most popular pick in the house. Between the warm notes of cinnamon and the rich toffee undertones from a little brown sugar, these waffles just might remind you of a cinnamon roll. And that’s what keeps me making them weekend after weekend. The short list of basic pantry ingredients (you may already have everything you need right now!) and the quick prep doesn’t hurt, either. 

I can’t resist a melty pat of butter and enough warm maple syrup to fill each and every well of the waffle. But if you really want to give these waffles some serious cinnamon roll vibes, go for a drizzle of cream cheese icing and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top. 

Can I Use Brown Sugar Instead of Granulated Sugar in My Cinnamon Waffle Batter?

Not only is it totally OK to use brown sugar in your cinnamon waffle batter, but it’s also what we recommend and call for in the recipe! Using light brown sugar gives the waffles a rich, sweet flavor with caramel undertones.

If all you have in the pantry is granulated sugar, don’t let that be the reason you don’t make these waffles. The flavor won’t be quite as rich, but granulated sugar will work just fine. Or, try a simple pantry hack for DIY brown sugar

Credit: Kelli Foster

Cinnamon Waffles Versus Regular Waffles

There are two ingredients that set cinnamon waffles apart from regular waffles.

  • Cinnamon waffles: Made with ground cinnamon and light brown sugar.
  • Regular waffles: No ground cinnamon and made with granulated sugar.

Cinnamon Waffle Toppings

When it comes to waffle toppings, you can never ever go wrong with a pat of butter and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. Here are some other favorites.

Cinnamon Waffles Recipe

Amp up your waffle game with a cinnamon twist.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 12 minutes to 28 minutes

Makes 8 (4-inch) waffles

Nutritional Info


  • 8 tablespoons

    (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for serving

  • 2 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons

    packed light brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon

    ground cinnamon, plus more for topping

  • 2 teaspoons

    baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 1 3/4 cups


  • 2 teaspoons

    vanillla extract

  • Cooking spray

  • Maple syrup, for serving (optional)


  1. Cut 1 stick unsalted butter into 8 pieces and place in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until melted, 30 to 45 seconds. (Alternatively, melt on the stovetop.) Set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the batter.

  2. Place 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine, breaking up any lumps of brown sugar.

  3. Place 2 large eggs, 1 3/4 cups milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. While whisking constantly and vigorously, slowly pour in the melted butter. (The butter might clump a bit — that’s okay.) Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.

  4. Heat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer instructions. Coat the surface of the waffle iron with cooking spray.

  5. Pour in the amount of batter recommended in the manufacturer instructions, about 1/2 cup for a thick 4-inch waffle or 3/4 cup for a thick 7-inch waffle. Close the lid and cook until the waffle is golden-brown. When the waffle is ready, remove from the iron to a wire rack. If not serving immediately as they are made, place directly on a rack in a 200ºF oven to keep warm. Repeat making waffles with the remaining batter. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate cooked waffles in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Rewam in a 300ºF oven until heated through.