Strike While the Iron is Hot

Sloth is a sin that seems hardest for me to shake as the days grow darker and shorter. With the warm weather goes my motivation to get out of bed at a reasonable hour, and putting off tasks for another day, or another week, is all the more appealing. It’s easy to see how these bad habits can snowball quickly into a very bad situation, but it turned out that this laziness actually produced something rather delicious. The only problem is… I’m not exactly sure what it is.

Sweet, lightly spiced, crisp on the outside but cakey on the inside, both easy to eat and hearty at the same time, this isn’t a snack that fits easily into any preexisting category. Not wanting to go through the trouble of preheating the oven and pulling out the big baking sheets, but craving cookies, it all began with a quick drop cookie batter, filled with oats, nuts, and that fall baking staple, pumpkin puree. As luck would have it, the waffle iron was still on after a leisurely brunch of “buttermilk” waffles and syrup, so putting two and two together, the batter hit the iron.

Trying to bridge the gap between breakfast treat and dessert a bit further, a light drizzle of chocolate ganache sure complimented these flavors nicely, but didn’t exactly clear up this thing’s identity crisis.

What would you call this? Whatever it might be, it’s worth making and trying for yourself!

Pumpkin Waffle Cookie Treats

1/2 Cup Canola Oil
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, Packed
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
Pinch Ground Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats


1 Cup (6 Ounces) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Tablespoons Soy Creamer

Begin heating up your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, pumpkin, and vanilla until smooth. Sift the spices, flour, baking powder, and salt into the bowl, and stir well, but be careful not to over-beat the batter. A few lumps are just fine. Finally, add in the oats, and mix just enough to distribute them equally through the batter.

Lightly grease your waffle iron before beginning to cook each round. Portion out as much batter in each waffle indent as you would for standard waffles, and spread it out lightly just to make sure it fills the space evenly. Shut the iron and cook for 2 – 5 minutes, depending on your waffle iron, until golden brown all over.

Transfer the hot waffle cookies to a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining batter. Once completely cool, prepare the ganache by microwaving the chocolate and soy creamer together in a microwave-safe bowl, in blasts of 30 seconds, stirring thoroughly until smooth. Use a spoon or piping bag to drizzle as desired.

Yield varies depending on the size of your waffle iron, but I got about 9 waffle cookies.

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43 thoughts on “Strike While the Iron is Hot

  1. Oh my…..I’m speechless. You have absolutely outdone yourself with these! They sound AMAZING and they look perfectly beautiful! I can’t wait to make them, thank you so much for another outstanding recipe!

  2. Oh wow, this post just made my mouth water! Why did I already eat breakfast, this looks so much more amazing than the plain old toast I had!

  3. Those look like something I would eat even if they are dropped on the floor. Soooo good! What a great idea. I do not have a waffle iron. Hell! I only have 1 pot and 1 pan. I am too much a minimalist chef. :( You pictures (once again) are amazing!

  4. one word: YUM!
    I hate being a college student. I would do anything for warm meals… that I can plan. YUM YUM YUM! You are making me homesick!

  5. waffle cookies? genius!!

    i feel the same way–it’s dark when i get home now, and i’ve been putting on my pjs straight away and snuggling on the couch. so lazy!

  6. As always, love the way you stretch the boundaries of typical desserts and create something truly unique.

    These look delicious and are making me want to own a waffle iron. I’ve got a hankering for something pumpkin-y anyway! Yum.

  7. I love that these could be dessert for breakfast, or breakfast for dessert! Either way, two of the best things put together. And of course gorgeous too!

  8. Thanks for the RSS button. I can follow along yaaah. Now I need you to send me that cute waffle iron. To make these ….wookies? or maybe coffles? :-)

  9. OMG! As soon as I “stumbled” onto this recipe I had to make it. I made a batch just before my son got home from school. I didn’t have rolled oats in the house because I just made homemade granola so I threw that in. I also used Splenda brown sugar substitute and I sprinkled them with powdered sugar since my son is not a big fan of chocolate. Absolutely delicious…and the house smelt heavenly!

  10. I just saw this recipe yesterday and then made it for breakfast this morning. My girls are eating them as I type. I nixed the ganash for breakfast (cause I have to stay home with them all day) but I took some plain yogurt, mixed in a spoonful or two of honey and they are using that as a dipping sauce and love it. Thank you for a yummy and healthy breakfast! We’ll be making these again on the weekend (double recipe) when Daddy is home!

  11. These little waffles are amazing. And what I like best is that they’re egg free. :)
    What could I substitute for the pumpkin puree? I don’t want fruit flavours so would about 1/4 cup milk do the trick?
    Thanks in advance.

  12. Pumpkin waffle cookie treats are an excellent name for them! I’m a sucker for anything that says waffle and when you put waffle and cookie together I’m totally hooked! They look delicious.

  13. Love the heart pattern…and love waffles. When I make mine, I use wholemeal flour…it gives it a nutty texture. These would be terrific with some chopped pecans and vanilla maple syrup!

  14. Hi these look absolutely gorgeous. However when I tried to pin them to my pinterest board it said the images weren’t pinnable. Maybe you could look into that because being pinned could bring even more traffic to you blog. They are so beautiful I really want to share them with everyone I know

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I’m not sure how that all works, but I do know that my images are frequently pinned, so I’m not sure why these aren’t cooperating. There’s a “pin” button at the bottom of each post, so it may work better if you try that. :)

      1. Thank you that worked! I don’t know why my normal pin button wasn’t working but I won’t let that stop me from sharing your awesome waffles with everyone!

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