Pumpkin Pie Waffles

Going into this year’s Thanksgiving, take a step back and remember – no one’s perfect! We’ve all had our fair share of entertaining flops, but take a tip from Julia Child and roll with it. I recently ripped out an article in Rachael Ray magazine where Guy, Spike and a few others I’d never heard of share their Thanksgiving horror stories from dropping turkeys on the ground while almost setting the house on fire to completely forgetting to cook the thing! I knew a person who cooked the whole thing upside down, not knowing any better and it was the best turkey they had ever had! So when the birds not done perfectly, the gravy is lumpy and the mashed potatoes are going cold, take a sip of something to get you in the mood and wing it. People will always rave about your food, but they are really there for your company. And if push comes to shove, I’ve at least got this for you to win anyone that stuck around for the morning after. ;)

Pumpkin Pie Waffles

Pumpkin Pie Waffles


  • 5 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs double-acting baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbs dark rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vanilla ice cream and/or maple syrup for serving


Preheat a waffle iron. If you want to hold the finished waffles until serving time, preheat an oven to 200°F.

Melt the butter; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, brown and granulated sugars, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Using a rubber spatula or handheld electric mixer, mix together well. Stir in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. The mixture will be thick and a little lumpy. Don’t try to smooth it out; just mix until the ingredients are incorporated. In another bowl, beat together the milk, sour cream, eggs, rum and vanilla. Add the liquid ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and stir until combined. Fold in the melted butter.

Whether or not your irons grids are well seasoned or made of a nonstick material, it is best to lightly butter or spray the grids for these waffles because the batter is quite sticky. Brush or spray the grids again only if subsequent waffles stick.

Spoon out 1/3 to 2/3 cup of batter (or the amount recommended by the manufacturers instructions) onto the hot iron. Use a metal spatula or wooden spoon to spread the batter evenly over the grids.

Close the lid and bake until golden. If the waffle is hard to remove from the iron, peel it off gently and carefully. Serve immediately or keep the waffles, in a single layer, on a rack in the preheated oven while you make the rest.

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These ran a little too greasy for my waffle iron and I ended up mixing about a 1/2 cup more flour in to make them old their shape and not just run off of the hot iron.


  1. You just merged two awesome things into one bite.

  2. That butter? It kills me.

  3. These sound seriously fantastic! I really do wish I had a waffle iron… one of these days.

  4. My husband loves waffles and we have an awesome new waffle iron, these might be breakfast Saturday, beautiful, Kita!

  5. Oh those gorgeous waffles look so wonderful :) I want to eat them right now :)

  6. What a great idea! This looks like the perfect thing to have for the holidays!

  7. I really like how it looks like you made round waffles out of a normally square waffle maker. I like it because I have a big square one and wish it were round sometimes – bingo! And of course these pumpkin waffles are fantastical.

  8. Brilliant fusion! :) Waffles for me invoke my childhood, which is an added bonus. Lovely post!

  9. Oh man! Suddenly my oatmeal does not sound appetizing :( I want these instead. A whole mountain of them!

  10. I have a similar version of pumpkin waffles appearing on my site this week, too. I love pumpkin in pancakes and waffles. SO DELICIOUS!!

  11. These look amazing. I want to try them and I don’t even like pumpkin. Now that’s the power of a Kita recipe and pics!

  12. YUM! Haven’t had waffles in ages…I’m inspired! How much pumpkin makes 1 cup of puree? We cam’t get canned stuff down under. Oh and ice cream for breakfast = awesome!

  13. Those look absolutely fantastic. I love pumpkin! Waffles too for that matter. I saw a recipe in one of the magazines (Fine Cooking maybe?) where the turkey was purposely flipped upside down for half of the cooking. It appears that that may be the next ‘thing.’ I’ve done my share of bonehead moves, that’s for sure.

  14. Mmmm these waffles are pure perfection!! They look so delicious, love the pumpkin!! :)

  15. ya know… I think I will just skip making Thanksgiving dinner this year and just fast forward to these. :-D
    So buzzed!

  16. Rum in breakfast? Sign me up! These look so good!

  17. What a lovely post….and the pumpkin pie waffles look amazing! I’d stick around!

  18. LOOOOVE.

  19. Mmmm, count me in for this breakfast!

  20. I never try a waffle made with pumpkin. I know my kids are not going to like because the spices, but I can make it just for husband and me, and have a sweet moment…

  21. Now that’s the way to start the day!

  22. Looks awesome! It is absolutely a winner at any time.

  23. Kita, I’m so glad you talked about the flops behind every great celebration, because there always is one. It’s always good to know you’re not alone. I so wish I had a waffle iron, because these are just perfect!

  24. I was just thinking that I haven’t made waffles in a long time! What a perfect idea! They look fantastic!

  25. I see these in my future very soon. I have a couple of ziploc bags of leftover pumpkin puree in the freezer and I think these would be a delicious use of it.


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