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Creamy Vanilla Sauce Waffle Topping

Take your waffles to a whole new level of scrumptious with this creamy vanilla waffle sauce topping. Made with just a few ingredients, it can be done in the microwave in just a few minutes!

This sweet vanilla sauce is a homemade alternative to maple syrup. Try it out on top of homemade cinnamon rolls or as a glaze for scones.

Hi Friends! I’m Rita Joy from Harbour Breeze Home. I’m so excited to be here today sharing one of our family favorite recipes: Creamy Vanilla Sauce Waffle Topping.

Breakfast for dinner is one of our favorite meal choices, and waffles is my youngest son’s favorite. What makes it special, though, is the creamy vanilla sauce waffle topping. It was a traditional recipe in my husband’s home. I had never heard of it until my Mother-in-Law taught me to make it! Now we never have waffles without it.

This topping can be made for either homemade waffles, or the frozen variety. If I feel really ambitious, I make them from scratch using the recipe provided in my waffle iron cookbook.

Creamy Vanilla Sauce Waffle Topping

In between pouring the batter and taking them out to put in the oven to stay warm, I make the waffle sauce.

Here’s how to make Creamy Vanilla Sauce Waffle Topping in the Microwave:

(*Note: Microwave temperatures vary, so the time may need to be adjusted depending on the strength of the microwave. As always, use caution when microwaving anything to a boiling point.)

What You Need:

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Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

Creamy Vanilla Sauce Waffle Topping

Homemade vanilla sauce tips

Here are some tips and things I learned while I was making the sauce.

Don’t overheat the milk

Heat your milk in the microwave only until it’s warm. You could scald it if you overheat it.

Mix some cold milk with sugar and cornstarch

After you heat up the milk in the microwave, get a separate bowl and mix the cold milk with some sugar and cornstarch.

This will help the cornstarch mix completely with the milk without lumps.

Creamy Vanilla Sauce Waffle Topping

Whisk it together and heat just until boiling

After you add the cornstarch mixture, heat it all back up until boiling. Watch it carefully, you don’t want it to scald or burn.

Add the butter and vanilla last

Wait until it is the perfect thickness before you add the butter and vanilla. This will help you have a sauce that is the ideal texture.

Creamy Vanilla Sauce Waffle Topping

Serve over waffles with fresh berries or canned fruit.

Creamy Vanilla Sauce Waffle Topping

Or you can try my boys’ favorite method: They skip the berries and just add vanilla sauce with a little pancake syrup.

Either way, it’s absolutely delicious and takes waffles to a whole new level of scrumptious!

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Creamy Vanilla Sauce Waffle Topping

Take your waffles to a whole new level of scrumptious with this creamy vanilla waffle sauce topping. Made with just a few ingredients, it can be done in the microwave in just a few minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vanilla sauce, waffles
Servings: 6
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Rita Joy Harder

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Instructions

  • Heat 2 cups of milk in the microwave until warm (about 1-2 minutes).
  • In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup cold milk with 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons cornstarch.
  • Whisk cornstarch mixture into heated milk.
  • Put sauce back into microwave and heat until boiling in 1 minute intervals. Whisk between each interval.
  • Once mixture has thickened and come to a boiling point, mix in 1-2 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Serve over waffles with fresh or canned fruit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally published March 2018. Updated February 2020.

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