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When Life Gives You Leftover Waffles, Turn Them into a Churro-Like Snack

With a recipe this fast, you will want to make extra waffles every morning.

Published Feb. 14, 2023.

It is hard to beat a warm, fresh waffle topped with butter or a Buttery Blueberry Maple Syrup. But even those waffle lovers who can happily take down a stack sometimes end up with leftover waffles.  

Thankfully while developing a recipe for Quick Yeasted Waffles, my co-worker—and food innovator—Matthew Fairman realized a light, yeasted waffle is somewhat akin to a churro. 

Churros are fluted, golden pastries made with choux dough (the same sort of dough used for eclairs and cream puffs). Churros are fried, which gives them crisp golden edges and soft insides, similar to what you get when you pull a waffle out of a waffle iron. This realization (combined with stacks of leftover waffles from developing the recipe) inspired him to create a quick recipe to transform leftover waffles into something churro-like.  

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10 ingredients. 45 minutes. Quick, easy, and fresh weeknight recipes.

It’s supersimple: Brush the waffles with melted butter, cut them into strips, and then toss them in cinnamon sugar. Serve them with warm chocolate sauce for a snack that is so tasty you will go out of your way to make extra waffles.

Churro-Style Waffles

Serves: 4 to 6

Time: 20 minutes

You can substitute store-bought chocolate sauce for this homemade version, if youd like.

Chocolate Sauce

  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • ½ cup (3½ ounces) sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 recipe Quick Yeasted Waffles
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1. FOR THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE: Microwave cream, chocolate chips, and salt in bowl at 50 percent power, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Whisk in vanilla until smooth.

2. FOR THE WAFFLES: Combine sugar and cinnamon in shallow dish. Brush waffles all over with melted butter. Using bread knife, slice waffles into 1-inch-wide strips. Roll waffles in cinnamon sugar, tapping gently to remove excess. Transfer churros to platter. Serve warm, with chocolate sauce.

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