Vanilla Waffle Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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Delicately crispy, these vanilla waffle cookies are dreamy vanilla-hinted pillows with a soft interior. Don’t worry about turning on the oven, these come together in the waffle iron!

Easy Waffle Iron Cookies

No oven? Say no more! These vanilla waffle cookies don’t even need one because they’re made in the waffle iron. With a 3-minute cooking time per cookie, make as many or as few as you like, no one’s counting!

Ready when deliciously golden, these cookies are perfectly crispy on the outside but soft and pillowy on the inside. Flavored with vanilla, they’re easily spiced up with the help of orange zest or even cinnamon sugar.

On their own or topped with whipped cream, honey, and fresh berries, these cookies easily outshine any store-bought treats. Just don’t forget to grease the waffle iron— we don’t want anything to stick. As long as that’s taken care of, you might never want to bake cookies in the oven again.

If you are looking for more fun sweet treats to make in a waffle iron, I bet you will love my easy Cinnamon Roll Waffles made by putting canned cinnamon rolls into the waffle iron!

Ingredients for the cookies.

What You’ll Need

It’s basic cookie stuff: butter, sugar, and flour. For exact amounts, check the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Salted butter – You can also use unsalted butter.
  • Light brown sugar – Feel free to use white sugar too but reduce the amount by a quarter.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract – Almond and orange extracts make yummy cookies too.
  • All-purpose flour – Avoid bread and cake flour.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Melted butter – You can also use non-stick spray instead.
  • Powdered sugar

Variation Ideas

With a few ingredient swaps and add-ins, these waffle cookies are easily dressed up or down for all your cravings.

  • Change the extract. Use almond, maple, orange, coffee, or lemon extract for a fun twist on these cookies.
  • Add zest. Add 1 tbsp orange or lemon zest to the batter for citrusy cookies
  • Make them soft. Cook them for 2.5 minutes for a more waffle-like treat.
  • Make churro-style cookies. While still warm, coat them with melted butter. Then generously sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top and enjoy your churro-like cookies!
Close-up of waffle cookies dusted with powdered sugar.

How to Make Vanilla Waffle Cookies

These are probably some of the easiest cookies you’ll ever make.

  • Cream the butter. Use a hand mixer to beat the butter, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar over high speed until light and fluffy. Set it aside. You can also use a stand mixer.
  • Add the eggs. Crack the eggs and vanilla extract into the mixture. Continue beating until it’s nice and fluffy.
  • Incorporate the flour. Add the baking powder, baking soda, and half the flour. Beat over medium speed until well combined. Add the remaining flour. Continue to beat until completely incorporated.
  • Prepare the waffle maker. Heat the waffle iron and lightly grease it with non-stick baking spray.
  • Make the waffles. Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to measure and place the batter in the middle of the waffle iron. Close it and let the waffle cook for 3 minutes. Repeat this step for all the batter.
  • Let it cool. Use two forks to carefully remove the cookies from the iron and set them on a wire rack. Let them cool completely.
  • Serve. Once fully cooled, sprinkle the cookies with powdered sugar and enjoy. Don’t add sugar while they’re warm or it will just melt into the cookie.

Tips for Success

For perfect, crispy vanilla cookies, follow these simple tips:

  • Cook several at a time. If your iron is large enough, you might be able to cook 2-4 cookies at a time.
  • Don’t forget the non-stick spray. While you don’t need to grease the iron every single time, don’t forget to do so every 2-3 cookies or they’ll stick to your iron for the rest of eternity.
  • Measure the ingredients. Such simple ingredients are both a blessing and a curse because you need to be way more exact with quantities. Measure them before starting with the recipe.
Hand holding up a vanilla waffle cookie.

How Long Do These Cookies Need To Cook?

It depends on how soft or crispy you prefer your cookies.

  • 2 minutes, they’re still incredibly soft.
  • 2.5 minutes, they have more structure but they taste and feel more like a waffle than a cookie.
  • 3 minutes, they’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Choose your favorite texture!

Topping Ideas

The possibilities are endless! I love drizzling them with salted caramel and topping them with ice cream. You can also top them with whipped cream, honey, and fresh berries. The combination is amazing!

However, my biggest secret is dipping them in peanut butter and topping them with an apple slice. With a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, they’re sublime.

Vanilla waffle cookies on a plate. One of them has powdered sugar.

How to Store

Store fully cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can refrigerate them for up to a week, but they’ll soften slightly like regular waffles. To crisp them up again, place them in the toaster oven for up to 1 minute.

Want to freeze them? Let the cookies cool to room temperature, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Make sure the container is freezer safe! When you’re ready to eat some, defrost overnight in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours.

If you would like to reheat these cookies, you can place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and toast them in an oven preheated to 350°F for 5 minutes.

Vanilla waffle cookies on a plate. One of them has powdered sugar.
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Yield: 22 cookies

Vanilla Waffle Cookies

Light and crispy, these vanilla waffle cookies are vanilla-hinted pillows. Made in the waffle iron, they're the perfect "instant" cookie. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes


  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Melted butter or non-stick spray
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  • In a large mixing bowl, with a hand mixer, beat to combine the butter, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
  • Add the eggs and beat until you have a nice and fluffy mixture. 
  • Add the vanilla extract, half of the flour, the baking powder, and the baking soda. Mix until well combined. Add the remaining flour and mix until all is incorporated.
  • Heat your waffle maker.
  • Brush waffle maker with melted butter or spray with non-stick spray. Scoop dough, using a medium size cookie scoop, and place in the middle of the waffle iron. Cook for 3 minutes. (If you are using a large waffle iron, you should be able to cook 3, possibly 4, cookies at a time.)
  • Once the waffle cookie is cooked, it will still be soft, so use two forks to carefully move the cookie to a cooling rack. Repeat step 6 and 7 until you have used all the dough.
  • Sprinkle waffle cookies with powdered sugar and enjo


  • Store cookies in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 months!


Serving: 1, Calories: 132kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 94mg, Sugar: 14g


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    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Sorry! I know it looked confusing, I moved a bunch of recipe over to a new recipe card, and some of them transferred in an odd way. Thanks for catching this one!

      You will use 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) total!

  1. Christeen

    What a terrific idea and it would make a great addition to a cookie platter. I enjoy different textures and flavors when making one.

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