Table of Contents
  1. The ingredients that make up these cookies
  2. Watch how to make these chocolate waffle cookies
  3. Chocolate Waffle Cookies Recipe

I am amazed at all of the cookies my Grandma Conrad would make. I don’t actually remember her making these, but do remember her telling me about them. Just like the name suggests, these are baked in a waffle iron. Yes, it is time to actually use your waffle iron!

Okay, maybe you’re one of those people that does use your waffle iron fairly regularly, but many of us don’t. I will say that this recipe works best on a traditional waffle iron.

Waffle cookies are an old recipe but definitely one that is worth trying. These are great to make for Christmas with children or to give as gifts and use at cookie swaps since they are such a unique cookie! You can bet that no one else in attendance will have made these!

Top down view of chocolate waffle cookies sitting on cooling rack with chocolate frosting and decorations all over the top all on white countertop

The ingredients that make up these cookies

  • Butter, like in many cookies, plays the role of providing flavor and giving them their soft texture. In this cookie recipe, which is slightly different than some other cookie recipes, rather than creaming the butter with sugar, the butter is melted. This ensures a soft cookie.
  • Eggs are aplenty in this cookie recipe, which is somewhat different that other cookies. And the ratio of eggs to flour is higher to make these closer to the consistency of a waffle.
  • Vanilla extract is in almost every baked good, but especially those that contain chocolate. Why is that? Vanilla extract helps bring out more of those all-important chocolate notes.
  • Cocoa is what makes these a chocolate cookie. For best results, use Dutch processed cocoa to ensure a richly-colored cookie full of chocolate flavor.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate brings home the chocolate flavor as the frosting on top of the finished cookies. Instead of spreading choclate on and making it pool in all the crevices, simply dip the cookies in the chocolate to give just the right amount.
Top down view of chocolate waffle cookies with colored sugar on top along with differently colored dragees

Watch how to make these chocolate waffle cookies

YouTube video
Top down view of chocolate waffle cookies sitting on wire cooling rack on white countertop with the cookies topped with dragees and sanding sugar

Chocolate Waffle Cookies

5 from 20 votes
These are not a typical chocolate cookie! They're made from a delicious chocolate batter, but cooked in a waffle maker so they achieve a criss-cross pattern. When finished, they're dipped in chocolate and topped with any number of decorations!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 60 cookies


  • 1 cup butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt

For the chocolate topping

  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or butter)


  • Preheat waffle iron.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa, and salt. Mix until no dry streaks remain.
  • Grease the preheated waffle iron and spoon in heaping teaspoons of batter. Depending on the size of the waffle iron, 2-4 can be made at a time. Let bake until crispy on the edge but soft in the center, 2-5 minutes depending on the waffle maker. It could take a few tries to figure out the baking time.
  • Remove cookies and continue greasing and baking. While baking, make the chocolate topping.

For the chocolate topping

  • In a medium bowl combine the chocolate and coconut oil. Using 50% power, melt in the microwave in 30-second increments. Stir and repeat until melted, 2 minutes.
  • Dip cooled cookies upside down in the melted chocolate. Top with colored sugars, dragees, or only chocolate.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 11.1gProtein: 1.3gFat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: 2.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 20.5mgSodium: 44.2mgPotassium: 28.2mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 7.2gVitamin A: 31.2IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 4.3mgIron: 0.4mg
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking

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  1. We made these yesterday with the kids. They loved using the waffle iron to make cookies. I would say that I think there should be more white chocolate chips. We used about 3/4 a cup and it was still a very liquid consistency. Also finding a vintage waffle maker is harder than it seems. Luckily my grandma still had one!

    1. Wonderful to know, thank you! I should have mentioned in the video that letting the White chocolate ganache cool will help is solidify slightly. So glad you could find a waffle make and try these out!!

  2. I love this idea! Will it work with a Belgian waffle iron? Will the texture be significantly different? I’ll probably just try it anyway!

    I do love your videos!

  3. Love the history of your proven recipes.
    Nice to meet your mom once in a while. And grandma.
    I want to see your storage area. I am so jealous of your collections.
    My pride/joy is my village. Been building it for 35 years. So sad my family doesn’t want it when I am gone. Looking for a forever home for it.

  4. Love your videos and your family, which includes Kip!❤️
    I wanted to get your waffle iron cookie recipe, but I could not see it because I couldn’t remove the ads that were covering the details! Hopefully, you can remedy this. Thank you for all you do! Merry Christmas to all of you!🎄

  5. 5 stars
    These are the coolest little cookies I’ve ever seen and have earned a place on my annual cookie platter gifts for friends and neighbors. The chocolate flavor is deep, while the inside of the cookie is moist and cake- like the outsides are slightly crispy. I think they’re the most unique cookie I’ve ever made and Kaleb’s recipes never let me down.

  6. So we made these cookies. The batter was very easy to make and the cookies came out really good but we had a problem with the icing of them. They kind of fell apart on us or we got tons of icing on one cookie. When it was all said and done we did use a spoon to just kind of drizzled the top of them and they looked fine. But we only got about 20 cookies. The cookies taste like fudge and are very good. We also use white chocolate and they looked really good with the dark chocolate cookie

  7. 5 stars
    I love is idea of this cookie and will make them this year. Question : Can you make them without the cocoa powder? Or could you add cinnamon?

  8. 5 stars
    My boys and I had a blast mixing the ingredients together and the best time decorating these delicious cookies. Yes, we had to taste the cookies before decorating. Can’t have just one!! Lol. We had never heard of waffle cookies before, until the other day when I was your video on YouTube. These delectable cookies are now going to be with the collection of cookies we make every year.

    Next up is your sugar cookies recipes! The best I have seen yet!!

    Thank you for sharing these sweet family recipes with us all.

    Merry Christmas to you and Kip.

    From the Rush family.

  9. 5 stars
    My mom and niece made these cookies for a Christmas party we had and they were a huge hit with kids and grown ups alike! Great for the holidays but really anytime of year, I plan to make them for Valentine’s Day.

  10. Your chocolate waffle cookies sound delicious. Do you have a recipe for a vanilla cookie that can be used instead of the chocolate batter??

    Thanks for your help!!

  11. We made these at Christmas time as well! they were so chocolatey delicious! I think it was about the only time we used the waffle iron!

  12. Hi
    I would like to make these waffle cookies. I only have a small square iron that makes 2 waffles. I’ve been interested in updating/upgrading my waffle iron, but not sure which to get.. may I ask what brand you have?
    Thanks and thank you for all you share with us!

  13. Hi
    I would like to make these waffle cookies. I only have a small square iron that makes 2 waffles. I’ve been interested in updating/upgrading my waffle iron, but not sure which to get.. may I ask what brand you have?
    Thanks for all you share with us!

  14. 5 stars
    These cookies turned out perfect!! Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Makes quite a few, which I love. I think my grandkids will love these. I had my waffle maker and level 3 and it took a minute plus a few seconds.