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Doughnut Waffles with Maple Glaze

September 3rd, 2014
4.58 from 7 votes
4.58 from 7 votes

Doughnut Waffles with Maple Glaze are the perfect combination between doughnuts and miniature waffles topped with a thick maple glaze. Breakfast perfection!

Yield: 20 doughnut waffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: The hint of sweet maple with the signature nutmeg doughnut flavor is perfection. Texture: Crunchy on the outside, a little fluffy inside, and coated with a thick, smooth glaze. Ease: Super easy, just plan to spend a bit of time with the waffle iron. Appearance: These are so ridiculously fun and cute. Pros: Adorable combination of two breakfast indulgences with a hint of fall flavors. Cons: None! Would I make this again? Absolutely.

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Aren’t these miniature Doughnut Waffles with Maple Glaze the cutest? They kind of look like snowflakes, no?
Doughnut Waffles with Maple Glaze - breakfast HEAVEN.

They’re so adorable AND delicious, they’re crunchy on the outside and soft inside. It’s basically an old-fashioned doughnut recipe turned into waffle batter and cooked in a waffle iron. Topped with maple glaze and it’s seriously the perfect breakfast treat. They would make perfect buns for breakfast sausage patty sandwiches, or even fried chicken sliders if you’re feeling indulgent! The batter whips up in a breeze, you’ll spend the most time babysitting the waffles at the waffle iron. Because they are miniature sized, they take a more time to use up all the batter. I find them to be just perfect and adorable at this two-bite size, but feel free to add more batter to make full-sized waffles. Just add on a couple minutes of cooking time.
Doughnut Waffles with Maple Glaze - these are the BEST!
I just love desserts that are a fun and surprising combination of traditions or flavors and that’s just what these Doughnut Waffles with Maple Glaze are. I think you’re going to love this recipe! It would be a fun one to make with the whole family. By the way, if you want more maple flavor (closer to what you’d find on a doughnut from the local shop), add a dash of maple extract to taste to the glaze. I didn’t call for it in the recipe because I know most of us don’t have that on hand. Also, I made these in my Chef’s Choice Square Waffle Iron but the recipe should work with any waffle iron (even Belgian), just adjust the cooking time and amount of batter according to the size of the waffle cavity.

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Doughnut Waffles with Maple Glaze

4.58 from 7 votes

How to make
Doughnut Waffles with Maple Glaze

Yield: 20 doughnut waffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Doughnut Waffles with Maple Glaze are the perfect combination between doughnuts and miniature waffles topped with a thick maple glaze. Breakfast perfection!


For the doughnut waffles:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1 1/2 cups (6.75 ounces or 191 grams) all-purpose flour

For the maple glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


To make the doughnut waffles:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together. Add the egg and yolk, melted butter, and milk until combined. Stir in the flour until combined. The batter will be thick.
  2. Preheat your waffle iron. Place a tablespoon of batter in each waffle cavity and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and repeat for the remaining batter.

To make the glaze:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together all the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle or dunk the doughnut waffles into the glaze. Let sit until the glaze is set. Doughnut waffles are best served the day they are made.
Course : Breakfast
Cuisine : American
Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Elaine in SC — February 22, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    I’m trying to make this low carb or keto, any ideas?

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      Emily — February 23, 2022 at 9:32 am

      We don’t bake low carb or keto recipes, so I can’t say for sure!

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    snyveldt — December 8, 2021 at 6:10 am

    The family eats these pretty fast!

    To those without unsalted butter on hand, just reduce the salt from 3/4 to 1/2t
    Making it 1/3 whole wheat pastry flour is fine too!
    Also, I am not a big fan of extra dishes so I first melt the butter in the microwave in the mixing bowl and then mix from there, adding the baking powder with the flour, If you add the milk by weight (4oz), another dish saved!

    My sister and her husband make maple syrup so this is a marvelous recipe to have on hand!

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      Emily — December 8, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for sharing! So glad you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

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    Kelly — June 24, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Love the concept but had a hard time convincing my family that it wasn’t a waffle. But that’s my problem (giggle), I loved it. I made a couple of modifications. I Used 1/8 tsp of nutmeg and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and I also added 2 tablespoons Of maple syrup to the batter.

  4. #
    Sharon — April 10, 2020 at 2:38 am

    It was my first time to make a liege waffle using a square Krups waffle maker and it was a success. My daughter ate 3 waffles immediately.

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    Kara — April 6, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    This was yummy. Kinda like a combo of a pancake and a doughnut. The glaze! Now that was divine! I will def make that again! I can use the gaze for a lot of stuff

  6. #
    lee hoisington — March 29, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    wish you had printable recipes

  7. #
    Jules L — December 19, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Very easy and delicious !!

  8. #
    Anamika @ Supplement Crunch — September 14, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Wow, this is Amazing, i love maple glaze, thank to share this recipe.

  9. #
    Christa — May 27, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Thanks Tessa! I made these this morning with a couple tweaks, because I prefer yeast donuts: 1) I added Yeast:
    I warmed the milk and added 2 TBS. of the sugar, 1 TSP. Regular dry yeast, and 1/2 cup of the flour. I let it proof in a warm oven for 10 minutes, then mixed in the rest of the ingredients, and let it rise 15 more minutes. Then I made them per your instructions.

    2) Glaze: I skipped the maple and added more sugar to the glaze.

  10. #
    Elena — December 18, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Hi, Tessa!
    Could you please make clear how much 1 cup powdered sugar is?
    Thank you.

  11. #
    Farzana — August 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Wow they just look great!! Just wondering can we preserve the glaze and how long it can be kept?
    Please share some other glaze recipe also!
    Thank you Tessa!

  12. #
    Sabrina — May 24, 2017 at 11:52 am

    just saw these from your website, was intrigued by the photo! Love the idea of even going another direction and using these as a base for breakfast sausage as you suggest! Also love that this is a doughnut base, thank you for this recipe!

  13. #
    Charla — August 19, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Oh my goodness These are going to a hit here These are my husband and sons favorite things all in one!! Maple Waffles and Doughnuts Guess I know what’s for breakfast tomorrow!!

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      Tessa — August 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Yay!! Hope they enjoy xo

  14. #
    Tessa — July 12, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Made the waffle donuts – they came out well except were very dry and the glaze did not set – followed the recipe – what did I do wrong.
    Would like to make them again as they are a nice size – please advice.
    Thank you

  15. #
    Unknown — May 28, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Sorry but I’m not a fan. Probably just me, and I didn’t see how they were like doughnuts. Would have preferred them to be a bit lighter, what could I add/ take away?

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      TruthBeTrolled — October 30, 2022 at 8:37 pm

      Haven’t made them but …. it’s all about the cooking method.

      Waffle makers weren’t designed to make doughnuts … or items with a soft exterior, given that they compress the batter until it is crisp.. Speaking of which … you cant expect a batter to make a doughnut in a waffle maker.

      You need to make dough that rises … with yeast … and zap them with 350 degree deep fat frying. There are no substitutes; only wannabes.

  16. #
    Darin — May 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing. These will go perfect with coffee!!!

  17. #
    lamia — March 15, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Hi! Can you make the batter the night before and cook it in the morning?

  18. #
    Jenny @ My Little Me — April 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

    AMAZING! These look so fun and tasty! I’m adding this to our menu for next week. And I’ve pinned as well!

  19. #
    Michelle — March 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I made these today and made them Gluten Free by substituting 1 1/2 cups Pamela’s Ultimate Baking & Pancake Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free mix for the all-purpose flour. They were fabulous!

  20. #
    Fun size wife — March 13, 2015 at 8:35 am

    What a unique idea, they would be fun for the kids on Saturday morning or over spring break. Nice job Tessa!

  21. #
    Jessica Flory — January 17, 2015 at 11:46 am

    These were so good!! Love the nutmeg flavor, and the glaze was heaven!!!

  22. #
    Annette — December 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

    These look great! Can you make these on a Belgian waffle maker? Also, how do you think they would be if made the night before for a work breakfast? Thanks.

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      Tessa — December 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Yep! I mentioned it in the post but these should work in any waffle iron, you just may need to adjust the amount of batter and cooking times slightly. I would wait to glaze them until the morning if you’re going to make the night before.

  23. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

    These doughnut waffles are so adorable! I am going to have to make these for my kids! They will love them!

  24. #
    Cookin Canuck — September 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    What a great idea, Tessa! Maple is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of fall.

  25. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

    That glaze!! I seriously love all things maple so this is perfect!

  26. #
    Crystal — September 5, 2014 at 6:56 am

    These look awesome, I cannot wait to make them. Thanks for sharing!

  27. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — September 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    These are so cute! I love waffles and I especially love all things in mini form! It just tastes better that way!

  28. #
    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — September 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    These are fabulous! Your recipes are always so creative.

    • #
      Tessa — September 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much! <3

  29. #
    Gaby — September 3, 2014 at 8:48 am

    This is brilliant and I’m totally craving that maple glaze!

    • #
      Tessa — September 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks Gaby! I love me some maple glaze.

  30. #
    Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen — September 3, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Oh wow, these are so fun! And I’ve been so into maple glazes lately… Just can’t go wrong with these!

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      Tessa — September 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Julie… maple glaze goes good on just about anything doesn’t it?!

  31. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — September 3, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Wow. They look fab! What a genius idea.
    Happy Wednesday Tessa!

    • #
      Tessa — September 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Melanie!

  32. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — September 3, 2014 at 3:12 am

    You should have seen my eyes when I read the title of this…they popped right out of my head! I love waffles, donuts and all things mini…these may be my new favorite breakfast! Pinning 🙂

    • #
      Tessa — September 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Hahaha! Too bad we aren’t neighbors 😉

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