One of the things I like to do most with my kids — other than play board games and go adventuring — is to bake and try new things with food. We combine all sorts of odd things and tweak recipes all the time and our favorites are always the desserts.
Recently I was in Las Vegas for Prestige Conference, and at a pre-event dinner hosted by GoDaddy, I got to talk with Brianna Norcross, Andrew Norcross, Chris Lema, and others at the table about a new thing I had not yet heard of — Krispie Kreme Waffles.
What?! Krispie Kreme doughnuts in a waffle iron?!
Andrew whipped out his phone, pulled up a website detailing the Krispie Kreme Waffle, and I died just a little from longing. Seriously. I immediately texted it to my kids with the promise that we’d be trying this new food adventure as soon as we got home. But with our own twist.
My kids were so excited to make doughnut waffles, it was the first thing they asked about when they picked me up from the airport. But we all agreed, the photos of the Krispie Kreme Waffles covered in maple syrup and butter didn’t look good to us. It looked too sticky and too sweet, and we never thought of it as a breakfast food.
We wanted to put our own twist on the recipe and make ours as a dessert (with chocolate chips). The next day we hit up Krispie Kreme and snagged ourselves a dozen glazed doughnuts, ready to play with our food. (And yes, we ate a few on the way home.)
We’re all about easy food. Things that are quick to make and don’t require us to buy special ingredients, mostly because we don’t plan these food experiments in advance and no one wants to stop to go to the grocery store.
I wanted to top the doughnut waffles with a scoop of ice cream, but we didn’t have any. So with an almost new can of whipped cream and half a bag of mini chocolate chips in the pantry, we just went with it and got started.
We placed the first doughnut on the waffle machine, a bit skeptical about how this would work out — I mean, Krispie Kreme doughnuts have SO MUCH icing! We closed the lid and waited. When we finally opened the lid to the waffle iron, our doughnut was flattened out with waffle ridges, it was all glossy, and it looked amazing.
We quickly transferred the Krispie Kreme Doughnut Waffle to a plate and added some whipped cream and chocolate chips. Brian took the first bite and while he didn’t want to share, we all tried a bite of the first doughnut waffle. Consensus was that we had to make more — lots more.
But we learned something. All the icing that coats the Krispie Kreme doughnuts almost caramelizes from the heat of the waffle iron — and it gets kind of hard as it cools. Delicious and amazing, but kind of hard. Making multiple to stack on a plate didn’t work great with a single waffle iron because the first one cooled too much by the time the second or third was ready.
After getting a new Belgian waffle iron for Christmas that makes four waffles at a time, we tried these again, and everyone could have stacks of Krispie Kreme waffles! (yum!)
Oh, and we were really happy we didn’t go with the ice cream topper — the cold ice cream would have cooled down the Krispie Kreme Waffles way too fast, making the caramelized icing even harder.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Waffles
At its simplest, only one ingredient is needed for this amazing dessert! And even better, it will impress the pants off everyone and you don't have to bake, mix, or make anything.
- Krispie Kreme Glazed Doughnuts
- Whipped cream
- Mini chocolate chips
- Head on over to Krispie Kreme and pick up a box of glazed doughnuts.
- Heat up your waffle iron to medium heat. Place one doughnut in each waffle space. Close the waffle iron and heat until they become a light golden brown.
- Remove doughnut waffle from the waffle iron, top with whipped cream, sprinkle with chocolate chips, and serve immediately.
Make this more festive with rainbow sprinkles instead of chocolate chips, or try adding a drizzle of chocolate syrup instead of whipped cream.