Breakfast, Recipes, Waffles

Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles

There’s nothing like a good waffle, hot and crispy off the waffle iron. Belgian waffles are one of my favorite part about staying at hotels with free breakfasts. Recently, Ben and I were in the waffle mood and we found this recipe and wanted to try it out. This recipe seemed perfect because it incorporated Ben’s love of bacon with the crispy waffle goodness I love, plus a dash of sugar and spice and everything nice!

Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles... because why should you have to choose between bacon and waffles?!
Perfect? Yes, yes they are.

They are so good, no syrup is required. Just make these now. But beware… don’t be like me… you’ll see what I mean below. Enjoy!

Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles

  • Servings: 6-8
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from Joy the Baker


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lay bacon out in a single layer. Sprinkle with 1/8 cup brown sugar. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and sugar is caramelized. Remove bacon from baking sheet to cool on a cutting board [they will stick to paper towels], then chop when cooled.

How to not be like me #1: This is what happens when you do not use a rimmed baking sheet…

…grease spills all over the inside of your oven [hardly any of that mess was there before]. Smoke billows across your entire apartment. The fire alarm goes off. The cat runs to the spare bedroom in fear and hides under the bed. The husband turns off the fire alarm. The back door is propped open. You eat a piece of bacon. All is okay in the world.

Back to the recipe now…. mmhmmm…

Prepare your waffle iron, turn it on to preheat.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients–flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, then add the chopped bacon. Do not overmix–batter will be lumpy.

Cook according to your waffle iron’s specifications and enjoy!

waffle iron
How to not be like me #2: Don’t overfill your waffle iron…
overflowing waffle
because then it will overflow like this! Still tasty though!

Note: If you don’t eat bacon, feel free to leave out the bacon [obviously] and add some extra cinnamon and nutmeg to the mix!

Question of the Day:

What’s your favorite breakfast food? On weekends, I like waffles. Or pancakes. Or cinnamon rolls. Today I enjoyed a smoothie. I also like oatmeal. I might go have some more breakfast now…


20 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles”

  1. Buttermilk is a fairly new ingredient in my cooking repertoire; I’m amazed at how long it took for me to get over my prejudice. These waffles look GREAT! I always look forward to your emails in my inbox and have taken to thinking of you as The Jammie Chef. :^)


  2. OO, just a quick question:

    ingredient: 1/4 c brown sugar divided
    instruction: sprinkle the bacon with 1/4 c brown sugar.

    Should that be 1/8 cup with the other half going in the batter? Or 1/2 cup divided?


    1. whoops, it was supposed to be: sprinkle w/ 1/8 cup brown sugar. thanks for catching my mistake! total amount of brown sugar for the bacon + waffles=1/4 c with half in each 🙂 all fixed now!!


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