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Crisp autumn mornings are made for these Cider Pumpkin Waffles with Salted Maple Butter. Light and airy pumpkin waffles made with spiced apple cider, nutty browned butter, and warming autumn spices. Perfect for a chilly fall morning, and best enjoyed with a generous smear of salted maple butter.
This post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.
I held off as long as I could on these pumpkin waffles, but the time has come to share their deliciousness with you guys. And really? These are DELICIOUS! They’re perfectly crisp on the outside, but soft, light, fluffy, and airy inside. Exactly how a pumpkin waffle should be. And made with browned butter, cinnamon, pumpkin spice…and everything nice. All the flavors of autumn and just what fall mornings need most.
I waited to share these until we hit October, which was hard to do, but I’m that girl who really feels that pumpkin recipes are best for the colder, cozier months of October and November.
So here they are, pumpkin waffles, but with all my own little twists. Because you all know me, I love to take a classic recipe and add something new, fun, and delicious.
These are not your average pumpkin waffles. They are so much better and they’re the easiest to make – any day of the week. Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or my personal favorite, breakfast for dinner.
I will say that these waffles did take me a while to get just right. Multiple batches were made, but I can now confidently say that these cider pumpkin waffles are pretty close to perfect.
Think sweet, super moist, and filled with flavors of pumpkin spice and warming brown butter. All the most delicious autumn flavors, and with salty, sweet maple butter on top too.
As I mentioned, these are really pretty easy. The hardest part is working up the patience to wait for the batter to sit ten minutes before cooking. Other than that, these are simple.
First things first, there a
re three ingredients to these waffles that really make them better than all the others…the butter, the cider, and the pumpkin.
Butter is important. Since we’re browning it, you need to use high-quality butter here, preferably high-quality salted butter. Personally, I love using Land O Lakes® Butter. It’s been my go-to butter for years and what I use in my kitchen every day for both cooking and baking.
I love the rich buttery flavor and hints of salt in Land O Lakes® Butter.
It bakes up wonderfully and always creates a delicious recipe whether sweet or savory. To add even more flavor to these waffles, I wanted to brown the butter to give the waffles another layer of added warmth and coziness.
Once the butter is browned, simply mix in canned pumpkin, good quality apple cider, pure maple syrup, and then the usual key players. To flavor these waffles, I used my favorite autumn spice mix of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. If you keep pumpkin spice on hand, you can easily use that as well!
Another key here is the cider. Most waffle recipes call for buttermilk, but you guys, using a spiced apple cider makes for the BEST batch of crisp on the outside, light and airy inside, waffles. The added spices, together with the flavor of sweet apples, only add to the deliciousness of these waffles.
Now for the pumpkin! It’s important to use only pumpkin puree, not canned pumpkin pie mix. You don’t need the added sugar.
Once the batter is mixed, let it sit ten for so minutes, then cook according to your waffle iron’s directions.
While the batter rests, mix together a little butter and maple syrup to create a salted maple butter for serving.
It really adds that extra special finishing touch. There’s nothing better than warm pumpkin waffles with a smear of salty, maple butter.
I know it’s only Tuesday, but seeing how easy these waffles are, I’m thinking an autumn breakfast for dinner is needed?
Live up the “season of cozy”, and make these today, tomorrow, or this weekend…just do it soon. My tip to you? Double the recipe and freeze half the waffles for an emergency, when you just need a good pumpkin waffle to toast up.
Looking for other pumpkin recipes? Here are a few ideas:
6 Ingredient Spiced Pumpkin Butter
Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cream Cheese Swirled Pumpkin Bread with Salted Maple Butter
Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting
Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Butter Bread
Lastly, if you make these Cider Pumpkin Waffles with Salted Maple Butter, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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We love this recipe and make it regularly! How do you think this batter would freeze?
So glad you have been enjoying this recipe! I probably wouldn’t freeze the batter, but you could certainly freeze the waffles once they are made! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
Really good flavor! After adding all of the ingredients the batter was pretty puffy, unlike other waffle batter recipes I’ve tried but it cooked up just fine in the waffle iron and didn’t leak out. Thanks for the great recipe!
Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it and sharing your review! xT
This is the last waffle recipe you’ll ever need- you’ll never want a regular waffle again. I’m currently making 4 batches to keep in the freezer to toast up whenever the mood strikes. I add in a little gluten free flour to make them even crispier.
Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! ?xTieghan
These were delicious! Have made them several times.
Awesome! I love to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! Happy New Year!? xTieghan
can the batter be made up ahead of time?
Yes, definitely! xTieghan
Let’s just say I used to be more of a pancake girl. (I don’t even own a waffle maker.) But..This dangerously delicious recipe changed my mind. My son brought his waffle maker over so we could try these. I am keeping his waffle maker. These are the best waffles I’ve ever had. I also froze the leftovers and popped one in the toaster this morning. Oh my goodness. I like the toasted leftovers even more! Toasty crispy and full of flavor. The salted maple butter ,…. thank you!
Hey there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! ? xTieghan
I made these with my mini waffle maker and even though it took an hour, they were worth it! Don’t skimp on the salted maple butter, it adds that whole layer and brings the Fall flavor together. I also didn’t have any pumpkin so I used applesauce and loved it!
Perfect! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, I love to hear that it was a hit! Sorry these took longer than expected! xxT
I made these waffles for breakfast and they were delicious. I’ll definitely be making these again and again!
Hey Sandra! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! ? xTieghan
I made these this morning. As usual a wonderful recipe. I’ve always made the William Sonoma pecan pumpkin pancake\ waffle mix for years . This is better, thanks for another wonderful recipe:)))))))
Hey Francine! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 xTieghan
Could you please clarify the “spice apple cider” in your recipe? The link to what you have listed in a concentrated form of apple cider. Do you mean apple cider that is spiced or a concentrated form of apple cider? Thanks.
Hi Cara! Sorry for the confusion! You can use either for this recipe! The concentrated form of cider just gives the waffles extra flavor! 🙂 xTieghan
My butter curdled and hasn’t come together. Are we really supposed to add a half cup of syrup?
Hey there! I’m so sorry about that! Is there anything you did differently in this recipe? xTieghan
I’m wondering if she made the same mistake I did… I used regular apple cider instead of the spiced because I read the recipe too fast. So using cold apple cider fresh from a cider mill did not combine well with the butter…
If I have plain apple cider instead of spiced, would you recommend upping the spices added? If so, how much do you think? Thanks!
This was sooooooo good. Everyone raved about them. I plan to remake these around Thanksgiving and Christmas with a double batch next time!
I can’t wait to try this out this fall! But question: can i make the batter the night before? Or will having it in the fridge for a night make it weird?
Love all your recipes!
Hi Rosalie! Thanks so much , I hope you love this recipe! And the batter can definitely be made the night before. xTieghan
We love this recipe! I can never get my maple syrup and butter to combine though! Even if the butter is fully softened at room temp, it never really whips together. Any advice?
Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! Sorry to hear about the butter, I’ve never had this issue, I would say to keep mixing with a spoon:) xTieghan
Another amazing recipe Tieghan!! I made these on a whim this morning and they were deelish! I had to substitute apple syrup because I didn’t have any cider but they were still moist on the inside. Thanks again for another great recipe!!
I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! Have a great week! xTieghan