Sugar cooked down to a caramel, then blended with cream and a touch of sea salt, makes a luscious sauce to drizzle over waffles. If you like, add sliced peaches and toasted pecans to the stack of waffles along with the whipped cream. This versatile batter works with any number of flavorings, flours, and toppings. For dessert waffles, increase the amount of sugar by at least 1 tablespoon.–Tara Duggan


If you want waffles you can do a face-plant in after a long day at work, look no further than these waffles with salted caramel sauce. [Editor’s Note: We indulge in these waffles with some regularity, though we tend to swap that dollop of whipped cream for a scoop (or three) of vanilla ice cream.] If, on the other hand, you want waffles that are more savory than sweet, we can still help. Here, a dozen indecision-inducing options from sinful to salubrious.

A waffle topped with salted caramel sauce on a white plate

Waffles with Salted Caramel Sauce

5 from 1 vote
These waffles with salted caramel sauce are made with sugar, cream, salt, and waffles. Superb as breakfast or dessert.
David Leite
Servings4 to 8 waffles
Calories907 kcal
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes


For the salted caramel sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch fleur de sel or sea salt

For the waffles

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, melted, or 1/2 cup (118 ml) canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the assembly

  • Whipped cream


Make the salted caramel sauce

  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the cream until bubbles form around the sides of the pan. Do not allow the cream to boil. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.
  • Place the sugar and cold water in a high-sided saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring and let the syrup slowly boil, brushing any sugar down from the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Cook, still without stirring, watching carefully, until the syrup turns light brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Once it starts to change color, it can burn easily. Remove the caramel from the heat.
  • Working quickly and whisking the caramel constantly, add the warm cream. Be careful as the mixture will bubble up furiously. Return the pan of caramel to low heat and cook, whisking, until completely smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla and salt to taste. (The salted caramel can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Reheat gently over low heat prior to serving.)

Make the waffles

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour in the egg mixture. Whisk until mostly smooth, with just a few lumps. The batter will be quite thin.
  • Preheat a waffle maker.
  • Ladle the batter into the waffle maker, using 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter and spreading it so that it almost reaches the edges of the waffle maker. Cook until the waffles are crisp and browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Using a spatula, remove the waffles from the waffle maker and serve right away or place on a baking sheet in a single layer in a 200°F (95°C) oven to keep warm for up to 20 minutes.

Assemble the waffles

  • Top the warm waffles with whipped cream and gobs of that warm salted caramel sauce.

Adapted From

Waffles: Fun Recipes for Every Meal

Buy On Amazon


Serving: 1 portionCalories: 907 kcalCarbohydrates: 103 gProtein: 12 gFat: 51 gSaturated Fat: 31 gMonounsaturated Fat: 14 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 244 mgSodium: 252 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 64 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Tried this recipe?Mention @leitesculinaria or tag #leitesculinaria!
Recipe © 2012 Tara Duggan. Photo © 2012 Erin Kunkel. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

If there is a way for dessert to be comforting and elegant at the same time, this recipe may be it. The batter is easy to throw together and produce waffles with crisp exteriors and soft interiors. The salted caramel sauce brings the waffles to the next level. I would even consider adding another dash of salt to enhance the flavor.

These waffles are simple and quick to prepare at the last minute on a weekday morning or on a lazy weekend. The generous amount of baking powder makes them especially light and fluffy. I’m afraid I didn’t make the caramel sauce, but they were delicious without it. I’ll be going back to this recipe again and again.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

Hungry For More?

Chocolate Muffins

Those of us who prefer a restrained sweetness and a more pronounced cocoa taste will adore these muffins. Nothing overtly sweet here. And we’re okay with that.

1 hr

Egg Salad Without Mayo

Don’t let those leftover Easter eggs go to waste. This easy egg salad with caramelized onions is so lovely, you won’t even notice that there’s no mayo.

45 mins

Cheese Danish with Fruit Filling

A startlingly spectacular made-from-scratch cheese Danish that is going to forever change your notion of what a cheese Danish ought to be.

1 hr

5 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. Basic classic recipe. I like the addition of a couple gratings of nutmeg and a couple drops of almond extract to all pancake and waffle recipes. Just bought a 4 section Belgian waffle maker on line and on sale. This recipe will be made this weekend. Thanks.