Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

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Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze is a delicious Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day breakfast treat. Make this easy recipe from scratch in only 30 minutes!

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What exactly IS red velvet?

Today I’m sharing with you a little Valentines Day inspiration idea. While there are countless stories on the origin of the idea for Red Velvet, whether in cake, cookie, crepe, pie or donut form, or like here in my Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze, all can agree the flavor is chocolate and the color is red.

In researching and taste testing various recipes I found while many assume it started in the South, it’s claim to fame seems to originate in New York.

According to famed New York City hotel the Waldorf Astoria’s website they claim “Red velvet cake was born in the 1940s. Believed by some to have been a Southern creation due to its popularity in the Deep South, the classic recipe actually originated here at the Waldorf Astoria.

Pouring Cream Cheese Glaze on Red Velvet Waffles.

“The chef who developed the recipe kept it a secret until a guest wrote to him asking how to make it. Allegedly, the chef provided the recipe to the guest, but also included a bill for $350 — quite a lot of money for the time.

“The guest became so offended by the unexpected invoice that she took revenge on the chef by sending the ‘secret’ recipe to all of her friends and family members, many of whom were the ‘Who’s Who’ of the Big Apple. Luckily, the incident only helped the cake to grow in popularity, and it eventually became one of the most sought-after bakery treats.”

Now I read that one before for a cookie from Neiman Marcus, so who knows really. BUT whatever the deal, the red chocolate is a perfect one for Valentines Day.

Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze on white plate viewing front of waffles.

Red Velvet Waffles

So how about surprising your Valentine, or yourself, with these tender, chocolate flavored Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze?

They are soft, chocolate infused and the cream cheese glaze and chopped pecans on top make for one special breakfast, or dessert treat. Enjoy!

For waffle lovers, I’ve got a few others for you to try like my Blueberry Poundcake WafflesDate Honey Bran Waffles or this savory dinner BBQ Beef with Jalapeño Cornmeal Waffle!

Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze on white plate.
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These Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze are the perfect way to wake up your sweetie for Valentines Day breakfast or after a great dinner for dessert. These red chocolate fluffy waffles with a cream cheese glaze are a sure hit!

Red Velvet Waffles w/Cream Cheese Glaze

4.74 from 19 votes
Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze is a delicious Valentine's Day or Mother's Day breakfast. Make this easy 30 minutes recipe!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes




  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (room temp)
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk


  • Whip the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Carefully beat in the confectioners’ sugar, then add the vanilla and milk. Beat until the glaze is smooth. Set aside.
  • Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa and salt in a large bowl, set aside. In separate medium bowl, beat the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla and vinegar together until smooth, then stir in the red food coloring (See Note 1). Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  • Heat your waffle iron according to the manufacturers' instructions. Spray the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and then pour about 1 cup of the waffle batter onto the waffle grid. Close and cook until the waffle is deep red and crisp on the outside, about 3 minutes (or when waffle iron timer goes off).
  • Repeat with the remaining waffle batter. Serve each waffle drizzled with the cream cheese glaze and chopped pecans (optional).



1. Red beet powder can be substituted for the red food coloring if that is a health issue for you.


Calories: 896kcal | Carbohydrates: 115.3g | Protein: 16.3g | Fat: 41.7g | Saturated Fat: 24.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 202.7mg | Sodium: 725.6mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 725.6g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Southern
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  1. This looks great! I’m definitely going to try this for our weekend breakfast. Couple of questions though– would it be alright to add chocolate/white chocolate chips to the batter here? And I know someone a while back asked this, but I wasn’t sure if since then you’ve tried it, but do you know if this batter can be prepared the night before and refrigerated? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Caitlin! I have to answer that I have done neither. I love to the chip addition idea myself. As for the batter made the night before, my first thought would be that the activation of the baking powder and vinegar would expand and collapse, leaving a waffle not as airy and fluffy as it could be if just made at the time of cooking the waffles. If you do either, please let me know the results!

      1. 5 stars
        I actually did end up trying the chocolate chip idea– tasted amazing! As for preparing the batter the night before, I did not end up doing that, for the reasons you mentioned about the activation of the baking powder, etc. Instead, I pre-measured and combined all of the dry ingredients ahead of time, and then combined the vanilla and vinegar in a separate smaller container (measuring for some reason takes the longest time for me, so this did help save a lot of time!). When everything was all mixed together the next morning, the waffles tasted great!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks, Kevin for sharing this recipe. I have tried this so many times and trust me, every time I make it, my family love it. I am have made it with Harsha’s Red Velvet Waffle premix.

    1. 5 stars
      Excellent recipe. I added a little more cocoa and they came out perfectly. Instead of cream cheese, I made maple butter and it was great, no need for syrup. Thanks for the recipe.

      1. I am glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to let met know you enjoyed it!

  3. 4 stars
    I made this recipe for family Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, the waffles were very eggy. I’m not sure what went wrong but I had to resort to box waffle mix. I may try it again using 1 egg only. Any recommendations? The icing was a hit and everyone said the icing is what made the waffles so good.

    1. Not quite sure what went wrong Trina, eggy is a comment I have yet to read here on this one. I make these often for a dessert and breakfast on occasion and they turn our crisp and are a beautifully light and tender waffle.

  4. 3 stars
    Made these for valentines day this morning. The waffles were good 9/10 wish they came out with more crunch but yummy. (I write as I stand here shoving one in my face) The icing however, was a mess. When I tried to whisk it all together I ended up with little chunks of suspended cheese in a milk and sugar sauce. It looked, and tasted gross. Served with maple syrup instead.

    1. Thanks so much for trying this one out Madison, but sorry you had that experience with the icing. Did you make sure to have the cream cheese and butter at room temp? Did you make it in this order as listed? Whip the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Carefully beat in the confectioners’ sugar, then add the vanilla and milk. Beat until the glaze is smooth.

    2. I followed the recipe as is but my normal recipe separates the eggs. I beat the whites and fold them in which I think helps the crunch factor. Just a thought.

  5. 5 stars
    If these aren’t just perfect for Valentine’s day, I don’t know what is!!!! And that cream cheese icing looks to die for!!!! Definitely need these in my life! Pinned!

    1. Oh, that makes my morning reading this! Thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know. Cheers! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    These are the prettiest waffles ever, Kevin!!! I’m swooning over their color, and the red velvet flavor is just heavenly delicious!! So perfect for Valentine’s day! Pinning! Cheers!

    1. Thanks my dear! Little tasty morning nibbles. I made a bunch and froze some, great evening snack after a quick pop in the toaster, too. 🙂