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Perfect Norwegian waffles made with an easy recipe. These heart shaped waffles are deliciously eggy, with a hint sweetness and vanilla flavor.

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Norwegian heart shaped waffles are definitely a special treat. They are deliciously eggy, with a hint sweetness and vanilla flavor.

What makes it a Norwegian Waffle?

To make it a Norwegian waffle, the following qualities are essential:

  • must be heart shaped
  • must be thin
  • softer than classic American pancakes
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How do you make Norwegian Waffles?

Making Norwegian waffles is quick and easy. I love making them because they cook fast. Whereas thicker waffles sometimes can feel like they take forever to cook, Norwegian waffles can be on your plate in minutes.

This recipe is adapted from The Scandi Kitchen cookbook. Scandi Kitchen is a popular restaurant in London, and I'm in love with the place.

Count it a lucky day that you'll be having such delicious waffles in the comfort of your own home!

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Equipment to make Norwegian heart waffles

If you don't already have a heart waffle maker, you'll likely want to go buy a heart waffle maker then come back.

To help you, I put together a list of the 5 Best Heart Waffle Makers. (There's a waffle maker for any need - traditional heart waffle maker, eco-friendly, double heart waffle maker, stovetop waffle iron...)

The other pieces of equipment you'll need are:

  • 2 medium mixing bowls
  • a pastry brush to brush the butter on the waffle iron

For a full Scandinavian experience when you make these waffles, the most beautiful pastry brush that I've ever used comes from Sweden.

Technically, it's a mushroom brush, but it works a treat in the kitchen for baking and brushing butter on the waffle iron. Each brush is hand-made by visually-impaired craftsmen in Iris Hantverk's Swedish brush bindery.

Ingredients you need to make these heart shaped waffles

You need the following common ingredients to make these Norwegian waffles:

  • egg
  • whole milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • vanilla extract
  • all purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • butter
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Instructions to make this Norwegian Waffle Recipe

The basic instructions are easy and straightforward. You'll just need two bowls.

Whisk the dry ingredients together. Whisk the wet ingredients together. Combine the bowls, being careful not to over mix. Then allow the batter to rest.

Tips to make the best Norwegian waffles

The trickiest part of this recipe is to make sure that you preheat your heart waffle maker enough so it is fully hot when you scoop on the waffle batter.

Once it's hot (some waffle makers that I've used take up to 10 minutes!), make sure you generously brush butter all over the top and bottom plates.

The butter is crucial. It will help the heart waffle not stick to the iron, help your waffles achieve a nice brown color, and leave you with a buttery mouthfeel.

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What are good toppings for Norwegian Waffles?

Norwegian heart waffles can be served with various toppings. Most commonly you might see:

The topping on this heart shaped waffle isn't traditional, but it is delicious! To serve heart waffles like the ones in the photo, use:

  • thick plain Greek yogurt
  • blood orange slices
  • chopped pistachios
  • drizzle of honey
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I really hope you love these Scandinavian sweetheart waffles! It's a special treat for our family, and I wish the same for you.

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Norwegian Waffles (Heart Shaped Waffles)

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Serves: 6 Waffles

Prep: 5 minutes mins

Cook: 10 minutes mins

Resting Time: 10 minutes mins

Total: 20 minutes mins

Perfect Norwegian waffles made with an easy recipe. These heart shaped waffles are deliciously eggy, with a hint sweetness and vanilla flavor. Softer than traditional waffles, so don't expect crispy waffles.


  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon quality vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter - melted
  • unsalted butter - additional (about 1 tablespoon), for the waffle iron

For the toppings

  • Greek yogurt
  • blood orange slices
  • honey
  • chopped pistachios

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  • In a medium bowl, beat the egg. Beat in the milk, yogurt and vanilla. Set aside.

  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  • Make a well in the dry ingredients, and slowly pour in the wet ingredients while whisking it so it just comes together. Pour in the melted butter. Whisk everything together until it is smooth, being careful not to over mix. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

  • In the meantime, heat up your waffle iron. When you are ready, make sure your waffle iron is fully hot. Lightly brush the bottom and top with melted butter. Gently scoop on the waffle batter, so it just covers the surface of the waffle iron. For my waffle iron, it about ¼ cup of batter per waffle.

  • Close the lid and hold it down for about 30 seconds (I find this helps the waffle batter spread evenly). Cook each waffle for several minutes. Repeat until all the batter is used.

  • Serve immediately. The waffles will go soggy if you wait to eat them. Still delicious, but not as amazing.

For the toppings

  • If you would like to prepare it with the toppings as pictured, cut and slice the oranges while the waffle batter is resting. You will need about ⅓ orange for each waffle.

  • Top each waffle with a generous spoonful of Greek yogurt. Top with the orange slices. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Drizzle honey over it all. Enjoy!


This recipe is adapted from The Scandi Kitchen Cookbook.

The original recipe in the book makes a double batch of this recipe. I've cut it in half because 6 waffles is just enough to feed our family. Feel free to double the recipe.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Pancakes and Waffles, Waffles

Cuisine: Scandinavian

Keyword: Norwegian Heart Waffles

Special Diet: Vegetarian

Author: The Worktop

Cal : 233kcal

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

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  1. Jessica G. says

    Norwegian Waffles (Heart Shaped Waffle Recipe ) | The Worktop (8)
    Excellent, sweet, but not too sweet! These were soft and airy - just absolutely delicious! I don't have a Norwegian waffle iron though, so, I used a mini heart waffle maker. My kids loved them the first time! Now, making them for my husband to try! Thank you for the recipe! It was a fun addition to our homeschool week of learning about Norway and now a forever first choice for homemade waffles!


  2. Catherine says

    Norwegian Waffles (Heart Shaped Waffle Recipe ) | The Worktop (9)
    Great recipe, we got a Norwegian waffle maker for Christmas and have tried a few recipes. This is definitely the best by far. Really soft waffles with a beautiful flavour.


    • Tina Jui says

      Enjoy your new Christmas present! Thanks for the comment, I'm so glad you liked the waffles.


  3. Sylvie says

    Norwegian Waffles (Heart Shaped Waffle Recipe ) | The Worktop (10)
    I took my mother's Norwegian waffle iron when I left home at the age of 19. Many decades have past and I just took it out and made your recipe. My husband says these are his favorite waffles. My reward is a connection with my mom. Thanks! Can't wait to make them for my kids and grandkids.


  4. Fran says

    Norwegian Waffles (Heart Shaped Waffle Recipe ) | The Worktop (11)
    Great recipe! Waffles came out perfectly!


  5. K says

    I follow this recipe exactly, but the waffles came out a bit hard and definitely nothing like the soft Norwegian waffles that I had in Norway.


    • Tina Jui says

      Hi - I'm sorry to hear this. I frequently make this recipe and they always come out soft. There's plenty of moisture in the recipe, so I think it must be down to our different waffle irons. Perhaps the waffle iron too hot, causing the outsides to dry out too much? Did you well butter the iron before you put the batter in? Did the waffles soften up a couple minutes after taking the them out of the iron (for the moisture to distribute)?


  6. Rachael says

    Norwegian Waffles (Heart Shaped Waffle Recipe ) | The Worktop (12)
    I've made these before for my Norwegian husband when he's missing home & they are fantastic. QQ - Would the batter hold well if I made it the night before?



  7. Norman M Stoddard says

    Norwegian Waffles (Heart Shaped Waffle Recipe ) | The Worktop (13)
    After my wife and I travelled to Norway and tasted some of their delicious waffles, I wanted to try to make my own at home. I found your recipe and this morning made them. Oh my, they were fantastic!
    I have a Christmas tradition of making waffles from scratch for our extended family on Christmas morning. I've used the recipe from The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, which my mother used.
    I am going to change my recipe for Christmas waffles to your Norwegian waffle recipe. Thank you for sharing


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What is special about Norwegian waffles? ›

Either way, Norwegian waffles are thinner and softer than the American or Belgian versions and the best thing is that they can be enjoyed throughout the day, as any time is waffle-time in Norway. They are even served at the Nordic cuisine phenomenon Maaemo, a restaurant that scooped three Michelin stars in 2019.

What is the difference between Swedish waffles and Norwegian waffles? ›

The Swedes prefer light, crispy waffles served with berries and cream while Norwegian waffles are soft and often folded around slices of caramelised Norwegian brown goat's cheese.

How to eat Norwegian waffles? ›

We never eat Norwegian waffles like regular waffles. Sometimes we eat them in the morning, but usually they are made as a dessert or for when people come over for coffee, for a snack, etc. Also, we never eat them with syrup. They are always eaten with some combination of butter, sugar and jam (raspberry, lingonberry).

What is the most popular waffle in the world? ›

The Belgian waffle is one of the most famous types of waffles in the world. It is made with a mixture of flour, eggs, milk, sugar, and baking powder.

What country has the best waffles? ›

No country is more known for their waffles and their waffle varieties than Belgium, which has more than a dozen different varieties of waffles.

What do Norwegians call waffles? ›

Norwegian waffles, known as “vafler” in Norwegian, is a beloved traditional food in Norway. They are typically thinner and crisper than Belgian or American-style waffles, and are mostly served as a sweet snack when having friends or family over (not for breakfast).

Do Norwegians eat waffles for breakfast? ›

We also don't eat waffles for breakfast, rather we enjoy them with a strong cup of black coffee in the afternoon or evening, preferably in the company of good friends and family. The easiest and most widespread food to whip up when you have guests come over, is, in fact, Norwegian “vafler”!

How do you store Viking waffles? ›

Upon arrival (if you don't binge eat the entire box) we recommend storing the waffles in the freezer. Thaw or defrost over-night or put them in the toaster for YUMMY ready-to-eat waffles. They will be awesome for up to 6 months frozen frozen (3 days refrigerated due to no preservatives added).

Should waffles be eaten hot or cold? ›

Eat them warm, but they are equally very good cold. Reheating cold waffles in a hot waffle iron revives them beautifully and gives them a little crisp exterior. Keep leftover waffles in an airtight container for up to 1 week (2 weeks is fine too) as they only get better; they also freeze very well.

Should you let waffle batter rest? ›

Recommended overnight or 2 hr resting – for the tastiest waffles, rest the batter overnight in the fridge or for at least 2 hours. This makes the flour grains absorb the liquid so it makes the inside of the waffles softer.

Why won't my waffles get crispy? ›

Make Sure Your Waffle Iron Is Hot

You should actually hear the batter sizzle on contact. The outer crust will immediately begin to set and crisp. Moisture in the batter quickly turns to steam and evaporates out the sides of the pan. If the iron isn't hot, none of this happens and the waffles will be soggy and squishy.

Which country is most famous for waffles? ›

Waffles are eaten throughout the world, particularly in Belgium, which has over a dozen regional varieties.

Were waffles invented in Norway? ›

There are few foods that exists that have as many different recipes as waffles. The first recognized recipes for waffle batter in Norway appeared in the early 18th century in Stavanger at the Kielland family library.

What food is Norway known for? ›

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