There’s just something so intoxicating about eating breakfast fare in the evening hours, don’t you think? Pancakes seem heartier. Bacon seems crispier. Eggs seem awesomer. Breakfast for dinner — or as I lovingly call it, brinner — rules.
Aaaaand! September is Breakfast for Dinner Month which pretty much makes this the coolest month ever. Because September is the official breakfast for dinner month, Krusteaz has officially declared every Wednesday “Brinner” night! Krusteaz found that 9 out of 10 (91%) of Americans say they eat breakfast for dinner because of its ease of preparation — and because it’s a fun way to break up the monotony of traditional dinners. That’s a lot of Americans chowing down on pancakes and sausage at nighttime!
I totally agree with the survey — breakfast is a simple, foolproof switch-up that makes dinnertime fun and exciting and breaks the monotony of eating the same tacos and spaghetti over & over. Plus, it is easier to prepare — baked French toast, muffins, donuts, pancakes — are much simpler to prepare than baking chicken or whipping potatoes. Plus, you can douse everything in butter and syrup 🙂
To help kick off Breakfast for Dinner Month with Krusteaz, and to celebrate their Wednesday Night #BreakfastNight (Brinner!) I made these fantastical Cinnamon Vanilla Waffle Dippers! Ever since my waffle maker broke (RIP, Waffler, you will be missed!), I’ve been having homemade waffle withdrawals. Nothing beats fresh off the griddle homemade waffles, and without a waffle maker, you’re pretty much outta luck on that front. Until I remembered I had a waffle stick pan — one of those novelty baking pans you can find at local craft stores for $10 — and thus, my waffle night was reignited! If you have a waffle iron, feel free to use that instead; you can cut the homemade waffles into sticks to make dippers. Or, look at your local craft store for the waffle stick pan! It’s a great alternative rather than storing a waffle iron appliance!
Anywho — these waffle dippers get their flavor from Krusteaz’s convenient Light & Crispy Belgian Waffle Mix, as well as a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla. The result are light & fluffy waffle sticks with golden, crispy outsides and the same waffle rivets that hold all of the delicious maple syrup goodness because of course you’re dipping them in syrup, right?! I topped mine with powdered sugar, but if you’re feeling feisty, consider topping yours with sliced strawberries and bananas and drizzle with chocolate syrup or melted peanut butter for the ultimate treat!
- 1 batch Krusteaz Light & Crispy Belgian Waffle Mix (make as much or as little as you'd like; however, for 18 waffle sticks I used the 1&1/2 cups mix preparation)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Maple syrup, for dipping
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease an 18-cavity waffle stick pan with cooking spray and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, prepare a batch of Belgian waffle batter according to the back of the box; stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg & vanilla to combine.
- Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of batter into the prepared & greased cavities; smooth out the tops and evenly fill the cavities by smearing the batter around with a greased butter knife. Gently tap the batter into the pan and bake the waffle dippers for about 8-10 minutes or until golden and and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Allow the waffle dippers to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before carefully inverting them onto a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired, and serve with maple syrup.
- NOTE: you may have additional batter. If this is the case, continue making more batches until no batter remains. However, I got 18 waffle sticks with this recipe using the 1 & ½ cups mix preparation on the back of the Krusteaz box.
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Light, fluffy, golden, crispy and oh-so irresistible, these remind me of the fast food French toast sticks but better because they’re Belgian waffles and homemade! Scented with aromatic vanilla and spiced just right with warm cinnamon and nutmeg, I prefer them piping hot and dusted with powdered sugar, but a generous chocolate drizzle would be exceptional!
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Have a fantastical day!
In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with this Breakfast Night prize pack from Krusteaz. All recipes and opinions are 100% my own and I was not otherwise monetarily compensated for this post. Winner will be chosen at random and notified on 9/23/2014 and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize pack is generously provided on behalf of Krusteaz.