Malted Waffles

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Malted waffles with malted milk powder stirred into the batter griddle up perfectly golden brown and crispy! This is the perfect waffle choice for sweet or savory dishes and our pick for the best chicken and waffles.

A platter of malted waffles has a bottle of Carnation Malted Milk on the side.

We've been on a serious waffle kick around here. After taste-testing several new recipes, these malted waffles are easily my personal favorites.

Most waffles that use buttermilk have a softer texture straight out of the waffle maker but crisp up in the toaster or oven.

These malted waffles are made with cornstarch in the mix and come out of the waffle maker perfectly crispy and a gorgeous golden brown.

Why This is the Best Recipe

Gosh do I love making homemade waffles for my kids. I prep them in big batches for the freezer. I think this is the best malted waffles recipe because:

  1. Golden Brown and Crispy: These golden malted waffles have the perfect color and texture. Crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Waffle perfection right here.
  2. Malted Milk: Hands-down, I'll choose a malt over a plain ice cream shake every time. I love malted milk powder. The flavor it gives the waffles is outstanding.
  3. Versatile for Sweet or Savory Dishes: Want your breakfast extra sweet? Go the maple syrup route. Want something more savory? These waffles pair perfectly with fried chicken for chicken and waffles or with your favorite breakfast sides like bacon and sausage.


The ingredients to make malted waffles are on the counter.

All you need to make these waffles are a few easy pantry ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Cornstarch: This may sound unusual, but by replacing a bit of the flour with cornstarch, your waffles will be extra-crispy straight out of the waffle maker!
  • Malted Milk Powder: This can be tricky to find at the grocery store. You might spot it near the ice cream toppings since it is used for milkshakes but I found it near the hot cocoa mixes. Not all stores carry it, you could order it online here.
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

My Waffle Iron

The tricky part about writing recipes for homemade waffles is that the cooking time and batter quantity per waffle well can vary from waffle maker to waffle maker.

It's always best to follow the instructions for your specific model, but if you want to cook all the waffle recipes on my site with the same quantity and size as what you see in my photos, you can buy my exact same waffle maker here.

How to Make Malted Waffles

As with all my waffle recipes, you'll start by mixing the dry ingredients together first.

Add the flour, cornstarch, malted milk powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk them together until well combined.

You could do this step in advance and store it in an airtight container in your pantry for up to 6 months if you want to have a DIY waffle mix ready to go.

The dry ingredients have been added to a mixing bowl.

In a separate measuring cup, combine the milk and vanilla.

Add the eggs and whisk them together till smooth.

The liquid ingredients have been measured by the mixing bowl.

Pour the milk mixture and the vegetable oil into the dry ingredients.

Stir it all together until well combined. Stop as soon as there are no more dry pockets of flour.

The batter will be very thin and have small lumps. Do not over mix the batter.

The finished waffle batter is ready for the waffle maker.

Cooking Instructions

Preheat your waffle maker. My waffle maker lets me know it is ready to cook when the light turns green.

Spray the wells with cooking spray.

I add 1/3 cup batter to each of the four wells.

The waffles are added to the waffle maker.

My waffle maker takes 4 minutes to cook the waffles to a perfect golden brown color:

The waffles are finished cooking and are a gorgeous crispy golden brown.

How to Serve Waffles Family Style

If you want to cook a weekend breakfast for your family and serve everybody at the same time, preheat your oven to 200°F before you begin prepping the waffles.

Place a large baking sheet inside the oven.

As you cook the waffles, transfer the finished ones to the oven to keep warm while you repeat the process with the remaining batter.

Make Ahead Tips

I love making homemade waffles because they freeze so well.

If you want to make them in advance for a week of easy school morning breakfasts or if you'd like to prep a batch ahead of a holiday brunch, just be sure to let the waffles cool completely on a rack first.

You don't any steam building up in the storage bag or the waffles will develop freezer burn.

Serving Suggestions

The malted waffles are on a white platter.

These malted waffles are so delicious when served with just regular maple syrup and butter. I enjoy them even with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

You could also pair them with your favorite savory breakfast sides like peppered bacon or turkey breakfast sausage.

In my opinion, malted waffles are the very best base for a chicken and waffles breakfast with buttermilk fried chicken tenders on top.

You could also use them as the base for an eggs benedict spin-off with scrambled eggs over the top.

More Waffle Recipes

Looking for more waffle recipes to use with your waffle maker? Here are a few of my family's favorites:

📖 Recipe

A platter of malted waffles has a bottle of Carnation Malted Milk on the side.

Malted Waffles

5 from 1 vote
Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these malted waffles use malted milk powder for an amazing flavor for your breakfast. Serve them family style or make them ahead and freeze for easy busy morning breakfasts.
TOTAL TIME 20 minutes
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 15 minutes
YIELD 12 waffles


  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  • To serve the waffles family style, preheat the oven to 200°F. Set a large baking sheet inside the oven to warm through. You'll collect the griddled waffles in the oven as you finish them to keep warm until you've finished the entire batch of batter.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients first. Add the flour, cornstarch, malted milk powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt and stir them together until well combined.
  • In a separate large measuring cup, measure the milk and add the eggs and vanilla. Whisk them together till smooth.
  • Pour the milk mixture and the vegetable oil into the dry ingredients. Stir everything together until no more dry pockets of flour remain. Your batter may have some small lumps, that's ok. Don't over mix the batter.
  • Let the waffle batter sit while you preheat the waffle maker according to the appliance directions.
  • Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray and fill the griddle wells according to the directions for your appliance. For my waffle maker, I use 1/3 cup batter in each well and cook the waffles for 4 minutes.
  • Transfer the cooked waffles to the oven to keep warm while you finish the rest of the batch.

Recipe Notes

Make Ahead Tips:

To make ahead the waffles for later, let them cool completely on a baking rack.
Then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer up to 6 months.
Thaw frozen waffles in the fridge overnight or in the microwave on 50% power for 2 minutes.
Toast the waffles in the toaster or bake them on a baking sheet in the oven at 350°F for 3 - 5 minutes to restore the crispy texture.

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