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Pumpkin-Gingerbread Waffles & Apple Cider Syrup

I have gotten a few requests for my recipe for Pumpkin-Gingerbread waffles since posting about our Quirky Christmas Traditions.  So, here you go!  I am no Pioneer Woman, so all you get is the recipe…no pretty, step-by-step pictures.  But, it is simple enough…and if you follow the directions, I promise you, it will be yummy!


The waffle recipe, I adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe.  And, the Apple Cider Syrup is from my friend, Michelle.  (It also goes great with plain waffles, french toast, or pancakes!)


Wait!  I found a picture.  The height of food photography it certainly is not…but, here is our Christmas breakfast from…2 years ago, in all its glory!  (We spent Christmas at my parents’ house last year, because we were in the process of moving.  We did have waffles, but there were quite a few hungry people, so they were being eaten almost as quickly as they were being made!  So, no pictures.)

 Pumpkin-Gingerbread Waffle

Pumpkin-Gingerbread Waffles

3 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt
4 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 ½ – 2 cups milk (start with 1 ½ cups, and add more if needed – the batter can be very thick)
½ cup molasses
½ cup (1 stick) melted butter


Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. 

In a large bowl combine first 6 ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt). 

In a medium bowl, beat eggs and brown sugar until fluffy.  Beat in pumpkin, milk, molasses, and melted butter.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just moistened.  Do not over-stir.

Coat waffle iron with melted butter/cooking spray, and cook waffles.

(If you do not like pumpkin, feel free to omit, and make gingerbread waffles instead.  Still good!)


Serve with your choice of toppings:
Maple Syrup
Spiced Whipped Cream
Apple Cider Syrup (my personal favorite – recipe below!)


Apple Cider Syrup

½ cup sugar
4 tsp cornstarch
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup apple juice or cider
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp butter


Combine sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a (cold) saucepan.  Stir in apple juice/cider and lemon juice, and bring mixture to a boil.  Continue boiling until syrup thickens.  Remove from heat and stir in butter. Serve warm.


  1. Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. Just reading about waffles on your post last night made me so hungry for waffles that we made them for supper last night. But what a treat to have this recipe now. I’m adding the ingredients I’m missing to my grocery list and printing this off! Yummy.

    1. Elle, after posting that, I wanted waffles too! But, I’ve been sick (a migraine followed by a cold) so I haven’t been to the store recently. 🙁 But, these are already on the menu for Christmas Day, so hopefully, I’ll make it to the store before then!! 😉 I hope you enjoy them.

  2. Oh my goodness, that sounds SO GOOD!!! Thank you!

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