Pecan Pumpkin Waffles

These Pecan Pumpkin Waffles are packed with tasty autumn spices…and they’re perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!

These Pecan Pumpkin Waffles are packed with tasty autumn spices...and they're perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, guys.  Have you figured out your costume?  More importantly, how much of your Halloween candy have you already eaten?  (I get it…you were just taste-testing it for quality control purposes.  It’s ok.)

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year for a lot of reasons…I mean you get to dress up in fun costumes and act like a kid again.  That alone is reason enough to make Halloween my favorite holiday.  But then you throw in spooky stories and candy, and you end up with a crazy, fun time of the year!  (Plus, Halloween is the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season.  Awesome!)

These Pecan Pumpkin Waffles are packed with tasty autumn spices...and they're perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!Every year, my wife and I carve pumpkins together a couple of nights before Halloween.  We used to do this with friends back in grad school, but now it’s become our little tradition.  And I’m not talking the jack-o-lanterns with triangles for eyes here.  I’m talking legit awesome pumpkins!

My wife loves her some Celine Dion, so of course she carved a pumpkin featuring Celine.  Me?  Well, I opted for one of the characters from Where the Wild Things Are.  And, of course, Einstein had to make an appearance one year…just because my wife is a mad happy scientist.

Halloween-PumpkinsIn case you’re wondering, we absolutely use pumpkin patterns.  And I’m not one bit ashamed about it.  My idea of drawing consists of a stick figure with uneven arms.  If I carved a pumpkin without a stencil, it would be scary.  Scary bad, not scary good.  There’s plenty of great sites out on the interwebs with pumpkin carving patterns, and here and here are a couple of my favorites.  (Just use caution when selecting a pattern.  Some of them clearly would never actually work…unless you are the Van Gogh of pumpkin carving.)  I apologize in advance for making you spend the next hour of your life looking at pumpkin carving patterns.

These Pecan Pumpkin Waffles are packed with tasty autumn spices...and they're perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!

Pecan Pumpkin Waffles

But enough talk about pumpkin carving…let’s talk pumpkin for real.  Like in a recipe.  Like in these Pecan Pumpkin Waffles.  These waffles are packed with tasty pumpkin and other autumn spices…and they’re perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!  These waffles are delicious by themselves, but they’re also a great excuse to break out that jar of the good maple syrup.  Maple syrup is nature’s candy, and it deserves to be paired up with these tasty Pecan Pumpkin Waffles!

These Pecan Pumpkin Waffles are packed with tasty autumn spices...and they're perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!

Love to bake with pumpkin?  Then check out some of these other tasty recipes!

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These Pecan Pumpkin Waffles are packed with tasty autumn spices...and they're perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!

Pecan Pumpkin Waffles

These Pecan Pumpkin Waffles are packed with tasty autumn spices…and they’re perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 406kcal

Ingredients

For the Waffles

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • cups milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs separated (see note)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ¾ cup pecans chopped and toasted lightly

Instructions

  • Using a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg) until well combined. Set bowl aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup, sour cream, egg yolks and canned pumpkin until well combined.
  • Add wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients; gently stir until well combined, but do not overmix.
  • Using a hand mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter. Do not overmix.
  • Spray a waffle iron with non-stick spray and preheat iron.
  • Spoon batter into waffle maker, taking care not to overfill.
  • Cook for 4-6 minutes, or until done.
  • Serve immediately or place waffles in a 300°F oven for up to 15 minutes while other waffles bake.
  • Top with toasted pecans before serving.

Notes

Separating the eggs and whipping the whites until stiff will yield fluffier waffles. However, to save time, you can simply add eggs (both whites and yolks) directly in with the other liquid ingredients.

These Pecan Pumpkin Waffles are packed with tasty autumn spices...and they're perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!

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28 Comments

  1. Mmm…this waffle recipe might be the last straw that will *finally* convince me to buy a waffle iron – I’ve been waffling (sorry, couldn’t resist!) back and forth about it for years, but these really do look like the perfect fall-time weekend treat! With or without a stencil, either way those pumpkins are seriously impressive!

    1. You totally need to give in! Waffle irons aren’t really all that expensive for a basic one, and geez…there is so much you can make with one! Do it. And then make some Pumpkin Waffles! 🙂

  2. Patterns or no patterns – that;s some serious carving Dude! When Lil Shashi was little, we carved a pumpkin or 3 every year and toasted the seeds and all that shebang – but, no matter how well the drawing on them was, carving it out was hard work – at least for me. So you and Mrs Spiced have some serious carving talent going on – Baby Spiced is in for a treat! Speaking of treats – pumpkin pecan waffles sound so good – so much better than the awful Waffle’s (Waffle House) plain Pecan waffles!

    1. Haha…thanks so much, Shashi! Waffle House is like an icon in the south, though…no way I could take on Waffle House! 🙂 But yes, I hope we have time to carve pumpkins this year…it’s getting a wee bit busy around here lately. I wonder why….

  3. I knew I could count on one of the Wolfpack to make a pumpkin waffle – you beat me to it!
    Just think in no time you will be taking your little one out for Halloween, all dressed up… we’re gonna need to see pictures here!
    I used to carve pumpkins, but nothing like yours. Stencil or not I see your guy’s artwork is pretty insane! How cool, Einstein is off the hook!
    Will have to go back and test another pumpkin recipe I have in mind, but need these waffles… and I have some Maple syrup left over to use, too!

    1. Hey, I give the stencils ALL the credit here. Well, that and the tools and a lot of patience. It’s always a fun party to get together and carve up some crazy pumpkins. They always look a little suspect in the light, but then you light the candle and turn out the lights…and boom! Some leftover maple syrup?? But you just got a whole jug! 🙂

  4. Whoa, those are awesome pumpkins! Your carving skills are definitely next level, despite what you may say 🙂 And that seems like such a fun activity to do together- I really want to try it out now! These waffles look so so delicious and I love the pecans 🙂

    1. Hey, I give the stencils all the credit here, Medha! 🙂 Go grab some stencils from those sites and have fun. You just have to get a pack of these pumpkin carving tools and then just go nice and slow. Oh, and I use a push pin to go around and poke holes on all the lines after I tape the stencil to the pumpkin. Then you just have to use the little saw to follow the push pin line. It works great!

  5. Hi David! These are right up my alley! I’m not much of a pancake person, but I do love waffles! I call waffle house “awful house”. Your Where the Wild Things Are pumpkin is fantastic! I’ve always loved that book. Made sure to send the book (that belonged to my kids) to my three great nieces. PS I also love breakfast for dinner, especially waffles. 🙂

    1. Breakfast for dinner is totally the best! We don’t often do up a huge breakfast around here, but I can definitely be convinced to do breakfast for dinner. Yum! And someone just gave us a copy of Where the Wild Things Are for our future son’s library. I might have already read it by myself. 🙂

  6. Wow! Those pumpkins are amazing! And I don’t care if you did use stencils, I bet those were STILL hard to carve!! Oh, and I am dying over these pecan pumpkin waffles here! I could dive in with a fork right now. Too bad the screen would probably get in my way! 😉

    1. That silly screen…it just gets in the way so often! When are they going to hurry up and invent the scratch and sniff screen?? These pumpkin waffles are definitely one of my favorites come Fall! 🙂

  7. Oh man, there’s just so much comfort in a big stack of warm, fluffy waffles on a fall morning! And there’s so much deliciousness when said waffles are infused with pumpkin flavor and smothered with whipped cream and toasted pecans! I have to say, you did an exceptional job with this recipe! 😀

    1. I hear ya, Kennedy! Waffles are like the ultimate comfort food for crisp, cool mornings. And when there’s pumpkin involved…well, pass me the plate! Thank you so much for the kind words!

  8. I was going to say how was I mpressed with your carving skills (So talented guys!). But then I found out the reason – stencils! And I was totally disappointed. Just kidding – still impressed anyways! And you know why? Because my carving skills evin with patterns are horrible (Never used them – just assume). I could be a great contributor into horror movie props producing. Probably I should practice more. All right – send me this delicious stack, and I will be practicing. Perhaps I could carve at least these waffles. If I fail, I could eat them.

    1. Hey, you should give those stencils a shot! They make carving a lot easy than you might think! But hey, I like the way you are thinking…I mean props for a horror movie might be fun to create, too. My horror movie props would most definitely involve lots and lots of lavender. 🙂 Just kidding!!

  9. Those pumpkins are incredible – patterns or not. I don’t think we are doing anything on Halloween, apart from eating all the chocolate we will buy and pretend we are going to give out to kids haha.
    Love the sound of these pancakes. Pecans are my favourite nut.

    1. You should go trick or treating in whatever city you’re in, Dannii! Get some costumes…have fun with it! I say you dress up like a hamburger. Or maybe a roasted turkey. Something foodie related for sure! Come on…you know it sounds like fun!!

  10. Can we take a moment to discuss the limited edition Reese’s? THOSE PUMPKIN ones are packed full of peanut buttery goodness.

    Anyway this waffles…well, pumpkin’d too and pecan? Oh man, you’re getting fancy here. Time to whip out the iron, waffle style!

    1. See here’s the thing about those holiday Reese’s…the peanut butter to chocolate proportions are way off. I actually prefer the classic ones instead! I know, I know. Call me Grumpy, Scrooge or a Goose. But it’s true!

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