Overnight Waffles

Overnight Yeast Waffles

I was recently asked to contribute a recipe to a cookbook that was focused on favorite family recipes.  Recipes that were part of your family traditions.  So I texted my kids to ask them what were some of their favorite recipes from home.  They each sent me a list but there was a common denominator on everyone’s list – Overnight Waffles.  It may just be our family’s all time favorite recipe of all recipes

These waffles are also a very important part of our family’s birthday traditions.

I thought as my children got older that some of our family birthday traditions would begin to seem too silly -that they would think they were “too old”,  but I was wrong.

Our birthday person’s day begins with the whole family standing outside of their bedroom singing Happy Birthday.  We stand outside the room because the doorway has been covered in crepe paper.  After being awakened by our melodious strains the birthday person gets to jump through their doorway, tearing down the crepe paper.


They then return to their bed and they are served their favorite breakfast on a tray.  The birthday breakfast of choice at our house is Overnight Waffles with strawberries, whip cream and Cinnamon Syrup.


This was during her “cherry phase” – note the cherry pajamas and the cherry hat hanging on the bed.

Years ago family friend, Merill Watts, shared his Overnight  Waffle recipe with us and it has truly been a family favorite ever since.  It is the ONLY waffle recipe we make and probably ever will make.

The only trick with it is you have to remember to make it the night before (thus the name Overnight Waffles).  It has yeast it in and it raises overnight.  This is actually a benefit as it makes prep work in the morning so much easier.   The majority of the recipe is mixed up the night before, covered with plastic wrap and left to rise over night on the counter.  No refrigeration necessary.

The yeast also makes a light and crispy waffle.

All you have to do is add in some eggs and baking soda in the morning and you are ready to go!

Overnight Waffles

Overnight yeast waffles are best cooked in a Belgian waffle maker – it is deeper than a regular one.

We love them covered in fresh berries, whip cream and homemade cinnamon syrup but they are great just with plain old maple syrup too!!

Overnight Yeast Waffles

Everytime my kids come home for a visit I will text them and ask them what they want me to fix when they are home.  The first response I almost always get is “Overnight Waffles!”

Overnight Yeast Waffles

They are a light and crisp waffle and the tang of the yeast gives them a great flavor.

Overnight Yeast Waffles

Do you have certain traditional birthday foods?’

Other family favorite breakfast ideas:


Breakfast Pizza


Baked Oatmeal


Puff Up Pancake


Sugared Bacon

Overnight Yeast Waffles
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 2 cups milk, warmed
  • ½ cup butter (1 cube), melted
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  1. Use a big mixing bowl (the batter will rise to double its original volume.)
  2. Put the water in the mixing bowl and sprinkle in the yeast
  3. Let stand to dissolve for 5 minutes
  4. Warm the milk on the stove (I just add in the butter so it is melting as the milk warms)
  5. Be careful not to let the milk boil or get too hot
  6. You don't want it to kill the yeast when you add it into the yeast mixture
  7. Add the milk, butter, salt, sugar and flour to the yeast mixture and stir until smooth and blended (can use a hand beater to get rid of the lumps if needed, I usually don't need to.)
  8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature
  9. Just before cooking the waffles, beat in the eggs, add the baking soda, and stir until well mixed The batter will be very thin
  10. Pour about ½ to ¾ cup batter into a very hot waffle iron
  11. Bake the waffles until they are golden and crisp
  12. This batter will keep well for several days in the refrigerator
  13. Depending on the size of your waffle iron this makes about 6-8 waffles


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Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    These look delicious!! Have you ever tried making these with whole wheat flour? We use white wheat and grind our own flour for our pancakes and waffles and I just wondered if you have had any success with this.

  2. says

    She is a graceful ballerina, even when crashing though crepe paper first thing in the morning! Amazing!
    I plan to give the waffle recipe a go.
    Happy birthday lovely Tessa!

  3. says

    Jen Kartchner »
    Actually the original recipe Merrill gave me used whole wheat flour – I have only ever used white flour though – it should work fine, especially since there is yeast in it and it will make them lighter. Let me know how it works!

  4. says

    I love the crepe paper idea. How fun to have a family tradition when it comes to birthdays. I would have never thought of such a thing (But then again, I don’t have any children)

  5. says

    Kristin »

    Honestly, I don’t remember how or why we started the crepe paper on the door birthday tradition but it has stuck! My kids love it. You do all kinds of crazy things when you have kids!

  6. Kathy says

    Leigh Anne,

    I found your site recently and really enjoy it. I am trying your recipes and have your Sour Cream Banana Bread in the oven right now. :]

    I loved reading about the birthday traditions in your house and think the crepe paper idea is great. Very clever idea.

    Tessa’s birthday cake looks wonderful–from a magazine almost. I have not had good luck with layer cakes and don’t make them often. Your picture has given me inspiration. Do you have any tips in putting them together and the recipe for that chocolate cake? Thank you.

  7. Tamara says

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TESS! Thanks for sharing your favorite waffle recipe with us. CONGRATS on turning into a wonderful, responsible, dependable 15 year old. Hope you enjoyed your BD present in Salt Lake. Hugs! Aunt Tamara (Leigh Anne you are awesome and I love your blog!!!!!!)

  8. says

    I love the crepe paper idea! What a great way to start the day. I may steal that one!

    I have a Tessa, too! Mine is just getting ready to celebrate her 1st b-day, though. Only really great girls can have that name, right?

    Thanks for sharing the waffle recipe! Sounds divine!

  9. Brenda says

    Oh my, these look delicious! As our grandson #2 is a waffle lover to the core, these will be the perfect addition to Christmas morning. Love the overnight part for that. I was wondering if you have used buttermilk for some or all of the milk….grandson #1 loves it!

  10. says

    This is a perfect birthday tradition! I have never heard of overnight waffles before this, and I will definitely be trying them! My college roommates visit every couple of years and I think this would be a great recipe for when they are staying with me.

  11. Tiffany says

    Definitely giving these a try. I actually just saw a recipe for overnight waffles while going through my stack of “recipes to try.” Obviously, this one needs to be at the top of my list.

  12. says

    My family LOVES waffles. We’ll have to give this a try this weekend. They’ll be in heaven. I loved hearing about your traditions too. So fun!! Traditions are my favorite. (that’s supposedly a strong thing with oldest children 😉

  13. Anne says

    We love these (or the variation I make). I make them with half wheat flour and this is often our after-church meal when we want food ready as soon as we walk in the door.

  14. Tracy says

    These look heavenly! I’m wondering if you’ve mastered a gluten free version of these yet? I would LOVE the replacement recipe if you have one!

  15. says

    I love waffles, my uncles makes us the most amazing waffles everytime we visit. I’m going to have to try this immediately. Thanks for sharing at the Pinworthy Project Party! I’ll be featuring this on Thursday morning if you’d like to stop by for a button!

  16. Kate says

    Hi I tried these but the batter was too thin for my waffle iron one side cooked but not the other. Can I add more flour either in the beginning or at the end step?

  17. Coral says

    I mixed these up last night for today’s breakfast and they were yummy—-very light and crispy. Just an FYI for those who like to incorporate other flours beside white. I used a half cup of buckwheat and a half cup of oat flour with the balance being white and they were still very good. I am always trying to cut down on white flour and some sugar in my recipes.

  18. Lisa says

    I mixed these up last night, but woke up this morning & it didn’t rise at all. I assume I messed something up with the yeast? I would think it’s probably not ok to finish them up?

    • says

      They don’t rise like bread does so don’t expect to see a big bowl full of batter. It will just get bubbly on top – it is probably fine and you should go ahead and cook it. If it doesn’t get bubbly your water might have been either too hot or too cold and the yeast didn’t activate or you killed it with too hot water.

  19. Nicole Holmes says

    My twin boys are turning 4 this week! I love this recipe but do you think I could modify it to add sprinkles? Have you ever tried it? May sprinkle over the wet batter just before cooking? I’m thinking funfetti style. Any suggestions??

    • says

      Sprinkles sound fun! Have never tried it before but would try sprinkling them after you pour the batter into the waffle iron. Happy Birthday to your boys


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