Beer Waffles with Cinnamon-Caramel Apples

Beer Waffles with Cinnamon-Caramel Apples

I guarantee that you are going to scroll down to the bottom of this post, read the recipe, and nearly fall off of your chair when you see that I am posting an adaptation of something that I found in Vegetarian Times magazine. How on earth, I’m sure you are wondering, did your hands even find their way to those pages? It’s a valid question, and I’m still a bit shocked by it myself. Now don’t get all worried. I’m still the bacon cheeseburger and pepperoni pizza-loving girl you know well. My sister, however, is a recent convert to the land of vegetarianism and she subscribes to the magazine. I happened to be leafing through her recent copy when I saw the title of this recipe. I had to stop and re-read. Not only am I a meat-loving girl, but I’m also a beer girl. You will rarely find me with a fruity type of drink in my hand (although some of them are delicious and I enjoy them from time to time, but not often); if I’m out to dinner and want a drink with my meal, I opt for wine, and any other time it’s usually beer for this gal (and Belgian wheats are a personal favorite). So imagine my shock… Beer? Good… Oats? Good… Cinnamon-caramel apples? Very good… Some other healthy substitutey-type things? Eh, I don’t like you but I’ll work around you. And I did, to create these marvelous waffles that are hearty, savory, and don’t have even the slightest hint of beer flavor (which is great for those of you that don’t like the stuff).

Beer Waffles with Cinnamon-Caramelized Apples

After you make these waffles, use some of the beer that you have let to make this Cheddar Ale Dip. It’s legendary. Perfect for the upcoming football season.

For you Pittsburgh folks that might not be aware, Duquesne Beer has been revived and is being brewed again; the first runs were shipped to distributors last week, and they quickly sold out. I’m not old enough to have been around for the original (which dissolved in the early ’70s), but got a case last week and my Chief Culinary Consultant and I thought it was fantastic. And the packaging job is phenomenal. If you’re in the area, definitely try some once the stores are re-stocked!

Duquesne Beer

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Duquesne Beer. I just enjoy trying different varieties of beer and supporting the local economy, plus the stuff really is good!

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Beer Waffles with Cinnamon-Caramel Apples

Yield: 3 large Belgian-style waffles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


For the Cinnamon-Caramel Apples:
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup milk
2 apples (Golden Delicious is recommended), peeled, cored and sliced into ¾-inch-thick wedges
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice

For the Waffles:
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup quick-cooking oats
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
¾ cup beer
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


1. To make the Cinnamon-Caramel Apples: Sprinkle the sugar over the bottom of a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Cook or 4 to 5 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves into an amber-colored caramel syrup, tilting the pan to distribute the sugar evenly, but not stirring. Meanwhile, heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave. Remove the caramelized sugar from the heat, and stir in the warmed milk. Return the pan to the heat, and stir in the apples and cinnamon. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the apples begin to soften and the sauce begins to thicken. Turn off the heat, stir in the lemon juice, and cover to keep warm.

2. To make the Waffles: Preheat the waffle iron to your desired setting. Whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Quickly whisk the milk, beer and melted butter into the flour mixture, mixing until it is just mixed (the batter will be lumpy).

3. Coat the waffle iron with cooking spray. Spoon the batter into the waffle iron and cook until the waffle is crisp and golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. Spoon some of the Cinnamon-Caramel Apples over each waffle.

(Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times, September 2010)


48 Responses to “Beer Waffles with Cinnamon-Caramel Apples”

  1. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit on August 11, 2010 at 1:24 am

    These waffles look great, vegetarian or not! Those cinnamon-caramel apples sound scrumptious- I might have to make extra to take care of the ones I might just eat before they make it onto the waffles. Thanks 🙂


  2. Robyn on August 11, 2010 at 1:50 am

    These look awesome! I’m always looking for recipes with beer in them to impress my man 🙂


  3. katie on August 11, 2010 at 2:04 am

    wow these look so good, especially with those caramel apples on top. Yum! Who would have thought you could use beer in a waffle batter. Will ahve to try this


  4. Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle on August 11, 2010 at 6:54 am

    If not for loving Coors Beer Bread (which of course, doesn’t REQUIRE Coors Beer, but I am in Colorado so, well, you know), I might question more how the waffles don’t taste like beer but I can instead imagine how it impacts the flavor.

    Sounds yummy!

    Do you know @gonzogastronomy – Writes a blog with wine, food and beer; you might enjoy it.


  5. Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine on August 11, 2010 at 7:04 am

    When I saw your Twitter update yesterday about the ingredients for an upcoming post, I couldn’t wait to see how you’d use them all together! This looks fantastic and very unique! 🙂


  6. joudie's mood food on August 11, 2010 at 7:33 am

    These look sooooo Good!


  7. Simply Life on August 11, 2010 at 8:07 am

    What a fun combo of ingredients!!!


  8. heather on August 11, 2010 at 8:16 am

    interesting idea! i’ve seen it done before with savory waffles, but i like the idea of covertly having beer at breakfast. a gingerbread or chocolate version with guinness might be tasty, too!




  9. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on August 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

    These look great! I love finding recipes with odd ingredients. My husband is always wanting me to try things with beer. And if it doesn’t even taste like beer, that’s even better! 🙂


  10. Maria on August 11, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Great meal to wake up to!


  11. RavieNomNoms on August 11, 2010 at 10:06 am

    This just looks awesome! I have to try this!


  12. Robyn on August 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

    cinnamon + apples = fall is coming…..


  13. Kim - Liv Life on August 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Like you, I had to stop when I read the title “Beer Waffles”! I also am a beer gal and like to add it to recipes. Have to admit… never thought I’d be adding it to waffles!


  14. foodies at home on August 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

    What an interesting recipe! Being a carnivore…I never would have discovered this myself…but maybe we should all start reading this magazine with recipes like this one!


  15. Sara on August 11, 2010 at 11:35 am

    This breakfast looks great even if vegetarian. And I do have a lot of vegetarian friends so even if you are not a vegetarian yourself it’s always a good idea to have some recipe handy. Thanks for sharing!


  16. Jenny Flake on August 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Some for breakfast please!! Looks fabulous girl!


  17. Tracy on August 11, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Wow, looks delicious! I’m especially loving the apples…I can’t wait for fall!


  18. Sues on August 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Totally bookmarked this recipe because my beer-loving boyfriend would go crazy over it!! It looks delicious and is NOT what I thought you’d find in the pages of Vegetarian Times 🙂


  19. Kirbie on August 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    These look delicious! I love beer bread, I bet I’ll like this too.


  20. Erinsgobragh on August 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I’d kill for a waffle maker so I can make this!!!


  21. Joy on August 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I’m amazed this was in vegetarian times. Great recipe.


  22. Michelle on August 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Beer Waffles….LLOLLOLLOLOL! My Dad would have loved these!


  23. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on August 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t own a waffle maker, but if I did, this recipe would be SURE to convert my husband from those cardboard-texture Eggos to the homemade kind! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!


  24. Sarah on August 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Is the Duquesne beer only being sold in PA?


  25. Eliana on August 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    WOW – amazing. This would make for one legendary breakfast 🙂


  26. kateiscooking on August 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Sign me up for a special delivery of those!


  27. foodlvr on August 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    This looks so good. yes, it is weird for you to be getting something from Vegetarian Times – I am also a beer lover. My dad was born in Scranton and was a big local beer lover. The addition of Cinnamon-Caramel Apples is just amazing. Sounds like an interesting recipe.


  28. Magic of Spice on August 12, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Very interesting…looks good 🙂


  29. Emily on August 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Love waffles. Love apples. Love beer. I am definitely going to try this recipe!


  30. Ashley on August 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I love waffles and I love beer incorporated into baked goods! Will definitely have to try these.


  31. gal's cupcakes on August 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    How creative!!! This looks delicious!!!


  32. Jen @ How To: Simplify on August 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    What a unique recipe! I love it!


  33. Nicole @ The Dirty Oven on August 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I now know why breakfast is my favorite meal! Thanks.


  34. Maggy@ThreeManyCooks on August 13, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Cinnamon-Caramel Apples? I’m in! Also love the waffle. But I’m really just here for the apples 😉


  35. Carolin on August 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Michelle!

    Today, I made your waffles and they are gorgeous! But you can’t much of them becuase they are really luxurious.

    I just had a problem with the caramel. When I put the milk to the sugar I got big caramel chunks and milk in the middle, it did not come together – or better, it took a lot of time and patience to get one homogeneous mass.

    What went wrong? Was the milk to warm? Or to cold? Or did I stir in the milk to quick(ly?)
    I hope you can understand me, although my english is not the best… 😉

    Thanks for your great blog! Greatings from Germany!


  36. Cookin' Canuck on August 14, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    It’s never too early in the morning to get a little barley and hops into your diet. These look fantastic!


  37. Ivy @ My Simple Food on August 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    awesome! Great find! Really unique! 🙂


  38. bridget {bake at 350} on August 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Beer + waffles + cinnamon + caramel? Oh, yes! Sign me right up! Love this recipe!


  39. Paula on November 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve made today this recipe and it was really wonderful!!

    I wanted to make waffles, but had not eggs at home. Of course, you had the solution, and I couldn’t do but go to the kitchen and prove it.

    The only difference is that I decided to add slices of apple in the dough, and it was interesting too.

    Thanks for the recipe, and sorry about my english. If I don’t comment more often is precisely because I can’t express myself very well.


    • Michelle on November 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 pm

      Aww your English is great, no need for apologies! Feel free to comment anytime!

      Glad you liked the waffles, I will have to experiment with putting the apples in the waffles the next time, love that idea!


  40. Julie on April 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I just made these this morning! They are awesoooooooooome!!! Thanks for the recipe!


  41. Meghan on August 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I was wondering if it would be ok to feature this recipe on is a site created by the Brewers Association to elevate the status of craft beer and educate beer lovers on craft beer, styles and pairings, with an emphasis on cooking with beer.

    I would create a post similar to this one: and include your bio/photo/link.

    Please let me know if this would be possible. These look amazing! Cheers!


  42. Diana @ a girl, a dog & an oven on November 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I made these for hubby and me this morning -sooooo good!! This is definitely my new go to waffle recipe!


  43. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal on March 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    the caramel apples top this off perfectly. looks so good!


  44. Marsha Jeune on March 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Does it matter what type of beer I use? I’m not a beer drinker so I’m not really familiar with beers and their flavors.


    • Michelle on March 10th, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Hi Marsha, I think you could use pretty much any beer here, depending on the flavor you wanted.


      • Lauren T on March 13th, 2016 at 12:25 am

        We don’t typically purchase beer. Anything I could substitute?


        • Michelle on March 15th, 2016 at 9:44 pm

          Hi Lauren, I would just use a regular buttermilk waffle recipe and top with the cinnamon apples.


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