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These light and fluffy waffles are a sweet way to start the day!  Chock full of pecans, the waffles are tender and flavorful and topped with a homemade butter pecan syrup.  The kids are going to love them!



For the butter pecan syrup:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the waffles:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups whole buttermilk
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ⅔ cup pecans, chopped
  • Toasted pecans for garnish
  • Butter pats, at room temperature for garnish


Make the syrup.

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and brown sugar together.  Once melted, pour in the whole milk and maple syrup. Cook, stirring often for 10-12 minutes until thickened.  Remove from the heat, stir in vanilla, and allow the mixture to cool.

Make the waffles.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

In another medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until they make stiff peaks. You know you have stiff peaks when the egg whites stand up from the whisk when it is lifted. Set aside.

In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla until fully combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Using a fork, stir together the ingredients until just combined.  Do not over mix.

Use a spatula to fold in the egg whites and chopped pecans.  It’s okay to see streaks of the egg white. Do not overmix the batter.

Cook your waffles per the instructions on your waffle iron.

Serve hot, topped with a pat of butter, butter pecan syrup and garnish with toasted pecans.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: light and fluffy waffles, pecan waffles, butter pecan, breakfast, brunch, kid's favorites