These dark chocolate waffles, made with cocoa, chocolate chips, and sour cream, can be breakfast or dessert (or a snack), it’s up to you. Hot fudge sauce and ice cream are optional but highly recommended.
You’ve heard of breakfast for dinner. We’re up leveling that to breakfast for dessert. And not just any dessert. Dark chocolate decadence with crisp edges and an intensity that’s equally enticing alone or, for those days when too much is never enough, hot fudge sauce or vanilla ice cream. Easy, quick, and made with pantry staples, these waffles are about to become your latest and most dangerous chocolate fix. Originally published April 23, 2005.–Lisa Yockelson
Dark Chocolate Waffles
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 25 M
- Makes 5 Belgian-style waffles
- 1 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened alkalized cocoa powder
- 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup superfine sugar (or just blitz granulated sugar in a blender until finely ground but not powdery)
- 9 tablespoons unsalted butter (4 1/2 oz), melted and cooled
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups milk, preferably whole
- 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling
- Hot fudge sauce and/or chocolate ice cream (optional)
- 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
- 2. In another bowl, whisk the melted butter, eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, and milk.
- 3. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, add the chocolate chips, and stir to form a batter, using a wooden spoon or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mixing just until all the flour is absorbed. Be sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to thoroughly incorporate the dry ingredients.
- 4. Preheat your waffle maker, whether it’s a Belgian waffle iron composed of two 4 1/2-inch squares (the entire grid section should measure about 4 1/2 by 9 inches) or a 5-interconnected-heart waffler maker or just a plain old-fashioned waffle maker you inherited from your parents’ basement.
- 5. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup batter onto each square of your preheated waffle iron or spoon about 2/3 cup batter into the center of the single 5-heart waffler. Cook the waffles until completely cooked through and set, 1 1/2 to 4 minutes, depending on the waffle maker you’re using. The thicker the waffle, the longer the cooking time. Lift the waffles onto warm plates.
- 6. Wait a moment before serving to allow the chunks of melted chocolate to cool slightly. Sprinkle the waffles with confectioners’ sugar and if desired, drizzle it with hot fudge sauce and/or smother it with scoops of vanilla ice cream.