We live in Wisconsin, so we are lucky enough to have cherry orchards a day’s drive away in summer. A trip to Door County means cherry everything: cherry pancakes, cherry wine, cherry cookies, cherry jam… you get the idea. Obviously, this nearby abundance of cherries can only mean one thing for us: cherry waffles. Or, more specifically, cherry walnut muffin waffles.
I decided to make these into mini waffle muffin bites by dropping spoonfuls of batter into the iron, but you could certainly fill your waffle iron as normal to make a regular-sized waffle. In fact, if you choose to use the streusel topping, you might consider doing just that, unless you are much more capable of accurately dispersing crumble topping than I am. As you can see, I ended up with sugar all over the bottom plate of the waffle iron, which meant a mess. I like these cute little waffles so much, though, that I am inclined to do it again.
Speaking of that topping — you could skip it if you want, but you’ll be missing out on some seriously crunchy, sugary goodness. Yeah, yeah, the waffles will be healthier without the extra sugar, and there’s something to be said about that. But it’s so good with topping. It doesn’t look very much like streusel topping after it comes out of the waffle iron because because it gets pushed into the batter, but if you look closely, you’ll see the layer of caramelized brown sugar on top. Trust me, it’s there, and it’s delicious.
You can use fresh cherries or frozen ones in these waffles, just be sure they are pitted and chopped. Either way — yum!
Cherry Walnut Muffin Waffles
These yummy cherry walnut muffin waffles with caramelized brown sugar topping make a great snack any time of day.
For the muffin waffles
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup walnuts, if desired
For the topping
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Heat up your waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.
In a medium bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk ingredients until frothy, then mix in the melted butter.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until just combined.
Drop spoonfuls of batter onto the waffle iron.
Top with streusel topping (see below).
Cook until golden, about 5-6 minutes depending on your waffle iron.
Combine the flour, brown sugar, and melted butter. Mix until crumbly — if it seems too wet, add equal amounts of additional flour and brown sugar, one tablespoon at a time.