Pressing Matters! 6 Surprising Waffle Maker Recipes

03/25/2014 at 10:38 AM ET
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Daniel Shumski; Courtesy Kendall Jenner
STAYING ON THE GRID

Cinnamon rolls — in a waffle maker? Kendall Jenner sent more than half a million Instagrammers into a tizzy with this shot of waffled cinnamon rolls, and for good reason. Built-in pockets for that gooey icing: genius.

Then we started wondering: What other treats besides waffles can you cook in a waffle maker? As Daniel Shumski of Waffleizer — a blog dedicated to this very question — tells PEOPLE, “Cooking in the waffle iron is really transformative when you get a little creative. You put these familiar ingredients in there and out comes something utterly original. And delicious.”

A waffle maker works well for dough-based dishes (we’re looking at you, cookies and pizza) because it applies consistent heat to both sides, giving food a texture that’s simultaneously crispy and airy. See for yourself with these six waffle maker recipes from crafty food bloggers.

We’re so impressed, we think manufacturers need to change the appliance’s name. So-much-more-than-a-waffle maker? Everything-it-touches-is-delicious maker? One thing is certain: Your waffle maker deserves a real estate upgrade to a primo countertop position.

Courtesy Kendall Jenner
WAFFLED CINNAMON ROLLS

She might be launching careers as both a model and fashion designer, but Kendall Jenner still likes to putter around the kitchen. Her waffled cinnamon rolls are an ideal snack for a girl on the go: They’re foolproof to make and take only three minutes to cook.

Henrietta Newman of A Hen’s Nest blogged about this idea even before Kendall did, and posted a helpful tutorial with photos. “Just be sure you have someone to share them with, or you’ll eat the whole plate,” she wrote on her blog.

Get the Recipe: Waffled Cinnamon Rolls

Daniel Shumski
WAFFLEBURGER

Waffleizer’s Shumski, author of the upcoming cookbook Will It Waffle?, created a cheeseburger with a homemade buttermilk bun that gets cooked in the waffle maker before the meat. Shumski tells PEOPLE, “What’s amazing about the waffleburger is that its components are instantly recognizable. People love both things—waffles and burgers—separately. When you do a mashup, it’s sort of like, “Wow! Where have you been all my life?”

Get the Recipe: Waffleburger

Jen Nikolaus
CHOCOLATE WAFFLE COOKIES

Blogger Jen Nikolaus of Yummy Healthy Easy got this recipe for moist, rich cookies from her mother-in-law, Nola, while she was visiting. “I would say that these are one of my family’s favorite cookie recipes and they’re probably the easiest too, since they use just six easy ingredients,” she tells PEOPLE. Another bonus: Since the recipe only makes 10 cookies, you can share it with a few family members or friends but you won’t be left with a pile of cookies to snack on all night. (Not that we would ever do that!)

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Waffle Cookies

Megan Newton
WAFFLED FALAFEL

Repeat after us: Waffled falafel. It just has such a ring to it. Megan Newton of blog Food & Whine was inspired by Waffleizer to create this recipe when her younger brother came over dinner. She’d originally planned to use a storebought falafel mix, but opted to make her own when her grocer was out of the boxed stuff. Though her kids were a little disappointed when they realized they weren’t having waffles for dinner, they gave the finished dish their approval. “This is the only way we eat falafel in our house now. The kids love the fun waffle shape, and they’re perfect for packing in lunches. They freeze well too, so you can have waffled falafels whenever you’d like,” she tells PEOPLE.

Get the Recipe: Waffled Falafel with Tzatziki and Lemon Rice

Tiffany McCauley of TheGraciousPantry.com
WAFFLE OMELET

Tiffany McCauley of The Gracious Pantry created this simple egg dish, which has only 118 calories per serving, as a high-protein option for busy mornings. “These waffle omelets are perfect for making ahead, freezing and popping in the toaster for a quick, easy and healthy breakfast,” she tells PEOPLE. And of course, they’d also pair well with traditional waffles on a lazy Sunday brunchday.

Get the Recipe: Clean-Eating Waffle Maker Omelet

Jill Nystul
WAFFLED PIZZA

Jill Nystul of One Good Thing created a waffle maker pizza recipe that requires a bit of finagling, but the results are worth it. She precooks the pizza dough on both sides before adding the cheese, pepperoni and tomato sauce. Then, to keep her waffle maker from becoming a sticky mess, she cooks the pizza with the lid open until the cheese bubbles and melts. On her blog, Nystul called the pizza a “stunning success” that she nibbled on all evening.

Get the Recipe: Waffled Pizza

—Lexi Dwyer

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Deborah on

Sorry, this is nothing new! We’ve been doing cinnamon rolls like this for a few years already… and by ‘we’ I mean Canadians !

Fiona on

@Deborah, What do you want, a medal?

Tigs on

@Fiona, LMAO

Anonymous on

don’t be rude Fiona

Anonymous on

Don’t be so ignorant Fiona…Kendall probably read it somewhere and decided to do it.

Rosie on

@ Fiona: Yoawn!!! U r such a Biaaatch & pessimist!

Stylista on

What’s the next headline? One of these reality sisters farts – WOW – read all about it!!

STACY on

This isn’t a new idea…..WOW.

Lele on

@Rosie LMFAO!!!!

whatever on

she’s about as original as her copy cat sister

Jackie on

Kendall most likely got the idea from a Vine video that was popular prior to her post.

Rona on

Seriously, you people think anyone cares about Kendall or anyone in that family. SICK TO DEATH OF THEM. yuck

Becky on

I have been doing this receipe for almost a month now. I found it on Pintrest. No big deal

Carol on

This idea has been around longer than she’s been around. And its ALL over Pinterest. Just because a Kardashian does something its big news. WOW!

patsy1960 on

Uhm she did not invent them have seen these done on Rachel Ray and other shows. That said it looks good.

denise on

Oh brother, Pinterest has had it on their page for a long while now- shish

candace on

This was all over Pinterest WAY before Kendall Jenner did it. Sorry Kendall….you’re going to have to be a little more original.

Dina on

And this is what Kendall eats in a what, a month???

Jacquie on

I’m so going to try all of the recipes on here. Oven just went out and need something new until we get a new one. Yay us! Thank you.

Ashley on

Looks delish! Definitely going to give these recipes a try.
– Ashley from http://www.bestwafflemaker.org/

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