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Easy Mac and Cheese Waffles

Mac and cheese cooked on a waffle iron! These Easy Mac and Cheese Waffles are crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside! What’s not to love? 

Mac and cheese cooked on a waffle iron. ( Mac and Cheese Waffles )

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Easy Mac and Cheese Waffles

Mom’s know it can be a struggle to come up with interesting meals EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! 

Truly, there are only so many recipes on our list of easy dinner ideas.

I guess I should count myself lucky that I have one kid that will eat anything. However, it is the picky one that has me pulling my hair out with his stubborn pickiness and often refusing to eat the dinners I cook.

Good thing I’m the queen of thinking outside the box when it comes to preparing favorites in different ways, lol.

Especially when it comes to Mac and Cheese.

In addition to these Mac and Cheese Waffles, we also like Mac and Cheese Pizza, Mac and Cheese Soup, Mac and Cheese Muffins, Mac and Cheese Taco Bake and even my Baked Potato Mac and Cheese Casserole.

mac and cheese waffles

Why You Need to Make Mac and Cheese Waffles

  • Fairly simple to make.
  • Cooking the macaroni and cheese in a waffle maker creates crispy, crusty edges of mac cheese with a soft gooey middle. (The best of both worlds.)
  • No additional breading is needed to make the mac and cheese crispy.
  • Kids and adults adore them. (If you are trying to squeeze in extra protein, they even make mac and cheese with extra protein now.)

Ingredients:

Boxed Mac and Cheese | Plus ingredients to make the mac and cheese. (Just use your favorite brand.)

Shredded Cheese | What ever mild cheese you have on hand will work. I always use the finely shredded Colby, Monterey jack, cheddar blend.

Salt and Pepper | Mac and cheese always needs a bit of seasoning in my opinion. If you like a bit of spice, a squirt of Sriracha is always yummy.

Spray Oil | Make sure to use oil, not  Pam or its generic equivalent. Pam will eventually gunk up your waffle iron.

Waffle Maker |

Mac and cheese waffles

Pro Tips:

  • Your mac and cheese needs to be warm going into the waffle iron. So if using leftovers, make sure to warm it in the microwave. (and if your leftovers seem dry, feel free to add a bit more milk to make them creamy again.
  • I’ve made these waffles many times now and have discovered the waffle maker will be much easier to clean if you use less mac and cheese in each waffle and don’t spread it all the way to the sides of the waffle maker. (like shown in the images below,)
  • Checking for done-ness – you want the mac and cheese to be just to the point of being brown and crispy- but not over cooked. (If you overcook the mac and cheese, your waffles will be dry.  (The extra cheese helps with this.)

How to Make the Mac and Cheese Waffles

  1. Heat waffle iron on high setting.
  2. Spray iron with oil.
  3. Fill iron with mac and cheese, topping with additional shredded cheese.how to cook mac and cheese on a waffle iron
  4. Close iron and cook for about 5 minutes.  (I did not force mine to close all the way.)  You want the mac and cheese to be just to the point of being brown and crispy- but not over cooked, since the mac and cheese could dry out.  (The extra cheese helps with this.)waffled mac and cheese
  5. After cooking allow waffle to cool just a bit and carefully loose the edges of the waffle.  The waffle should pop right out!

Don’t they look good?  Kids loved them!

mac and cheese in a waffle iron

FAQ’s:

Can I Use Homemade Mac and Cheese?

Yes of course, use your favorite mac and cheese recipe. Just keep in mind, smaller noodles/macaroni work best.

How to Store Leftovers

To store your leftover Mac and Cheese Waffles, place cooled waffles into an airtight container or zip lock bag. They will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Can I Freeze the Mac and Cheese Waffles?

I wouldn’t as they would loose there delicious crispy-ness after defrosting. And that is the whole point of making them in the waffle maker.

 Mac and Cheese Waffle Topping Ideas

There are so many ways to dress up these mac and cheese waffles. Here are just a few to get you started.

  • Sour cream
  • Salsa,
  • Sriracha
  • bacon
  • pan-fried and sliced smoked sausage
  • Green onions,
  • Guacamole

mac and cheese waffles

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These Easy Mac and Cheese Waffles are crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside! (Mac and cheese cooked on a waffle iron! ) What's not to love?

Easy Mac and Cheese Waffles

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: waffle iron

Description

These Easy Mac and Cheese Waffles are crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside! (Mac and cheese cooked on a waffle iron! ) What’s not to love?


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 to 6 servings of your favorite prepared mac and cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  • spray oil
  • Waffle iron

Instructions

  1. Heat waffle iron on high setting.
  2. Spray iron with oil.
  3. Fill iron with mac and cheese, topping with additional shredded cheese.
  4. Close iron and cook for about 5 minutes.  (I did not force mine to close all the way.)  You want the mac and cheese to be just to the point of being brown and crispy- but not over cooked, since the mac and cheese could dry out.  (The extra cheese helps with this.)
  5. After cooking allow waffle to cool just a bit and carefully loose the edges of the waffle.  The waffle should pop right out!

Enjoy!



Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 139
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Protein: 6

Keywords: waffle iron, mac and cheese, mac and cheese waffles

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22 Comments

  1. Hello! I am a freelancer for TasteOfHome .com, and we’d love to use this recipe/a photo for a slideshow we’re working on. We’d give credit as well. Please let me know!

      1. Excellent. Thanks so much! I’ll send over a link when the slideshow goes live on our site.

  2. What a great idea for a meal. I think the little ones are going to love this recipe.

  3. This is going to become a favorite among the little ones. Great comfort food.

  4. How cool are these! I seriously never would have thought of making waffles out of mac and cheese, but this is a definite must-try!

  5. OMG! This would be my ultimate indulgence. My kids love the Horizon mac and cheese; especially the white cheddar. I can't wait to try this w/ that.

  6. oh wow, what a fun idea!! I can't wait to try this! My kids aren't huge fans of mac and cheese, but they LOVE waffles, so I bet I could convince them that mac and cheese would be fun like this!

  7. What a fun spin on a favorite. My kids would love to have mac & cheese waffles (and Halloween candy for dessert). My waffle iron is going to get a workout!

  8. These look amazing! I love an excuse to break out the waffle-maker – and this recipe seems nice and easy for a busy weeknight! Thank you!

  9. That looks so delicious and I am loving all of those crunchy bits. I would have never thought to put mac and cheese in a waffle maker.

    Michelle F.