Apple Cinnamon Waffles

What’s the plan for Mother’s Day? Hmm? If you are a mother, do you cook for yourself or are there little Mother’s Day elves around your house to do the cooking for you? We’ve lived away from family for so long that the idea of spending Mother’s Day with our actual mothers (whom we love like crazy) isn’t even on the radar. My friends who divide their time between Mother’s Day brunches and evening dinners and driving to see this mom and that mom and your mom and mine, well, I have no idea what that world is like. It sounds busy and stressful and wonderful all at the same time. I can’t even fathom that people really have a Mother’s Day Brunch. People do that? Really? Jeez, I need to get out more clearly.

Mother’s Day around here is simple. Brian, who wins all sorts of awards I know, takes over cooking for the day and lets me put in a request for whatever meal I want, and trust me, I don’t take that lightly. I think long and hard about what food I want to inhale on The Big Day. This year, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be this Beach Street Linguine (oh my delicious), or wait, maybe these Chicken Gyros that I love more than life, or just a second, I think most definitely probably it will be this Coconut Shrimp Curry which is one of my top favorite meals ever. Decisions! The stress of it all! It looks like the safest thing to do is request all three and see what happens, don’t you think?

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Although I’m not a huge breakfast eater (usually just a smoothie and banana after I exercise), Mother’s Day is kind of the exception. The boys love to toodle around the kitchen throwing together breakfast for me while I pretend to still be sleeping in bed even though my internal alarm clock had me awake hours before. They bumble into the room and lay on plates of food and glasses of milk and juice (because they usually can’t agree on what to bring so I get both) while they sit on top of my legs and make sure I’m enjoying every bit. It’s adorable but I have to admit that usually I’m shoving some of the food under the covers when they aren’t looking because they bring enough to feed five mothers.

While they’ve never taken breakfast requests in the past (there have been years the breakfast offering has been a bit scary, not going to lie), this year, I’m pretty sure I’m going to hint to my 9-year old and his trusty dad that these apple cinnamon waffles should definitely make an appearance. We had them a few weeks ago (thanks, Bri, for the recipe!) and even my non-breakfast-craving self has been dreaming about them since then. Talk about a perfect Mother’s Day or any other indulgent-day breakfast. Cinnamon flavor to the max! Lightly sweet cinnamon waffles are adorned with warm, sweet, cinnamon apples and a dazzling cinnamon syrup. I’m off to stick this recipe underneath all the rugrat’s pillows. Here’s to hoping they take the hint instead of thinking it’s a secretly coded message from the tooth fairy.

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Apple Cinnamon Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup

Yield: Serves about 6-8

Apple Cinnamon Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup

For the cinnamon apples, feel free to increase the cinnamon depending on how much cinnamon flavor you want. Also, if you are using a tart apple, like Granny Smith, you may want to adjust the sugar (meaning: kick it up a notch).


    Cinnamon Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  • Cinnamon Apples:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 large sweet apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • Waffles:
  • 2 cups all-purpose or white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable, canola or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites


  1. For the syrup, whisk together the sugars, flour and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Whisk in the water and vanilla. Bring the mixture to a low boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes until slightly thickened. Keep warm while preparing the apples and waffles.
  2. For the cinnamon apples, in a 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt the butter. Add the apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the apples are tender, 5-7 minutes. Keep warm while preparing the waffles.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Pour milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract into the flour mixture; stir until just combined. Don't overmix! The mixture should be slightly lumpy.
  4. In a medium glass or metal mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. If you lift your beater or whisk straight up, the egg whites will form soft mounds rather than sharp peaks. Fold the beaten egg whites into the batter.
  5. Heat a waffle iron (greasing with cooking spray if necessary) and cook the waffles on the hot iron.
  6. Serve with cinnamon apples and cinnamon syrup.

Recipe Source: cinnamon waffles adapted slightly from Bri H., a MKC reader (thanks, Bri!), cinnamon apples from me, syrup from

19 Responses to Apple Cinnamon Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup

  1. Shannon says:

    My sister Emily was in town and made these for us for breakfast (Yes you read that right! She comes to stay and is super helpful and makes me wish we lived closer.) How have I not ever made these? They are really good. I don’t know if I’ll ever get through every Mel recipe!

  2. Natasha says:

    This syrup is dynamite! I didn’t have time to make your maple syrup this morning and decided to try this. Wow, so glad I didn’t! Thank you Mel!

  3. Alicia says:

    Just wanted to let you know we made this for an early Father’s Day celebration. My husband is not a big fan of breakfast in any form, but he likes apple pie so I thought this would be a good bet. We all loved it, and he went back for seconds. It was great! I didn’t have huge expectations for the syrup since it is so simple and has very few ingredients, but it was delish! Thanks for once again making me look like a rock star in the kitchen. 😉 Yours is the only website I consistently turn to for recipes.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for this recipe! It was very easy and so good!

  5. k says:

    Had these tonight for a special school’s out/summer’s here dinner for my little boys. We all loved them! I think they were happy to have waffles for dinner and I was happy they were fancy. Everyone wins! 🙂

  6. CjR says:

    I was always taught that coconut oil is listed with those ‘terrible tropical oils’ that are so bad for you.

  7. Jen T says:

    A wonderful Mother’s Day to you! and hope you get these for breakfast! I always request strawberry crepes–yum! but these might replace them this year. Thanks!

  8. Erin says:

    Ok, so I made these in pancake version this morning with a few modifications. I used Bisquick instead of flour, salt, and baking powder (I was lazy this morning…), I only used 1 cup of milk, I only used 1 whole egg, and I did not add any oil. The batter was still a bit runny for pancakes so I added about 2 more tablespoons of Bisquick. Everything else I kept the same. They were DELICIOUS!! My husband was quite impressed with the IHOP-esqe breakfast.

  9. Sheila says:

    Your recipes are the best and your writing is humorous and delightful! Your followers get both soul food (laughter) and great food for the body. I made this waffle recipe for supper tonight. As with all your recipes, it was absolutely delicious. The syrup and apples were the crowning touch! I love Snapshot Saturday and the tales of your sweet children. Thank you for these gifts of food and humor that you share that makes our lives so much nicer!

  10. Rebecca says:

    Yum! I want to make this right now.

  11. MelanieL says:

    These look so good!! I’m going to give them a try this weekend. The syrup sounds especially good to me. Happy Mother’s Day!!

  12. Bri Hintze says:

    I am so glad you like them! What an honor to see them on your blog 🙂

  13. Laura says:

    Because I am obsessed with dumplings and potstickers right now (SMITTEN KITCHEN’S FAULT), when I first saw the photo I initially thought this was a plate full of dumplings with apples on top. And now I can’t stop thinking about making apple cinnamon dumplings.

  14. Erin says:

    I don’t have a waffle maker. Can the waffle recipe be used for pancakes?

  15. You deserve an amazing Mother’s Day, Mel! I hope it’s a great weekend for you!

    Quick question: I’ve been working on a cinnamon syrup for a cocktail I want to make. Does this cinnamon syrup get gloppy? Like, would it dissolve readily in liquids? Thanks!

  16. Natalie says:

    This has been a family favorite recipe, passed down from my grandma that we all LOVE! One little tip we’ve found to speed things up a bit is to peel and then shred the apples down to the core with a cheese grater. Super fast and easy! Thanks Mel!! You’re far and away my favorite cooking blog!

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