If your kids are begging to help out in the kitchen, there’s an easy way to get them involved. You may have visions of flour and milk covering the floor, but there’s no need to fear!
Dust off the waffle iron hiding in your back cupboard and let your kids take over the kitchen. The waffle iron is an easy kitchen gadget to operate, and there are so many fun waffle recipes that your kids will love to make. Kids under the age of 12 will still need a bit of supervision just to ensure safety around hot kitchen gadgets, but all of the prep for these easy recipes can be done by kids of all ages.
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Give yourself the night off, pull out the waffle iron, and let your kiddos get cookin’. From waffle pops to donut waffles, I’ve found 10 clever waffle iron recipes for kids so you can take a seat at the dining table and be served for once!
1. Monte Cristo Waffles
Whether your family already loves Monte Cristo sandwiches, or you’re just now discovering this sweet-meets-savory sandwich, this easy waffle version is about to become a new family favorite.
Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, refrigerated biscuits are stuffed with ham, Swiss, and strawberry jam, cooked until golden and served with a hearty sprinkling of powdered sugar. An absolute must-try that any kid will love to make!
Yield: 4 sandwiches
- 1 (4-count) tube refrigerated biscuit dough
- 8 slices honey ham
- 8 slices Swiss cheese
- 4 Tablespoons strawberry jam
- 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- Nonstick baking spray
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- Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high. Open biscuit dough and peel one biscuit in half. Press each half until about 1/2-inch thick.
- Place two ham slices, 1 slice cheese, and 1 tablespoon of jam on top of one half of the dough. Cover with the second half of dough, sealing the edges together. Repeat with remaining biscuits.
- Cook one stuffed biscuit at a time on waffle iron. Allow to cook until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving and enjoy!
2. Waffle Iron Baked Apples
Source: My Fussy Eater
Waffle iron baked apples are not only fun and easy for kids to make, they’re also a healthy treat. All you need are a few minutes, some apples, a little cinnamon and sugar, and a waffle iron. Top with berries and yogurt for an extra special treat.
3. Doughnut Waffles
Source: Oh, Bite It
Even the littlest of kids can make these indulgent doughnut waffles. Double up on breakfast with two morning favorites in one sweet bite!
4. Stuffed Pizza Waffles
Source: Life in the Lofthouse
Stuff refrigerated biscuits with mozzarella cheese and mini pepperonis, then cook on a waffle iron. All the fillings are hidden inside, so they’re easy to eat with your hands. Perfect for the kiddos!
5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles
Source: I Heart Naptime
What’s better than warm chocolate chip cookies? Chocolate chip cookies in waffle form! These call for box mix cookies to make life easy and delicious.
6. Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Source: The Gunny Sack
Refrigerated cinnamon roll dough is a cinch to work with, and it’s easy for kids to cook up these cinnamon pops in a waffle iron. Dip them in icing or maple syrup for a sweet breakfast treat.
7. Grilled Cheese Waffles
Source: Fifteen Spatulas
Get your kids to make their own lunch — it’s never been easier! Make an ooey, gooey grilled cheese sandwich in the waffle maker. It’s simple to get a perfectly crisp outside with a soft and cheesy center.
8. Waffle Soft Pretzels
Source: Will It Waffle?
Need a rainy day activity? Make waffle iron pretzels with your kids. They’ll love shaping the soft dough and watching them bake up in the waffle iron.
9. Cake Mix Waffles
Source: Love From the Oven
Even kids can cook up these yummy waffles with cake mix, a little fall spice, and some sugar glaze. You’ll get the best of both worlds with these cinnamon roll waffles.
10. PB & J Waffles
Kids will love to give their PB & J sandwich a makeover in the waffle iron. It’s a whole new take on a plain sandwich, and the gooey, melty peanut butter makes these waffle-wiches irresistible.