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Scandinavian Sweetheart Waffles


"Heart-shaped waffles are a traditional treat throughout Scandinavia, made crisp in Sweden and soft-textured in Norway. Topped with jam or berries and whipped cream, or wafer-thin slices of gjeitost (Norwegian brown goat cheese), they're a favorite with coffee or as a snack. This recipe is my adaptation of Norwegian-style waffles served by my friends Megan and Sverre in Trondheim, Norway."
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40 m servings 288 cals
Original recipe yields 5 servings (5 waffles)

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  1. Place egg yolks into a large mixing bowl with the sugar, and beat until light and frothy. Mix in the vanilla sugar and water until evenly combined, and stir in half the melted butter, half the buttermilk, half the flour. When mixture is smooth, mix in remaining butter, buttermilk, flour, cardamom, and salt, and beat again to a smooth batter.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks; gently fold the egg whites into the batter, incorporating as much volume as possible.
  3. Preheat a waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.
  4. Spoon about 1/3 cup of batter into the preheated waffle iron, close the lid, and cook until the waffle is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove waffle to a plate. If using a heart-shaped iron, break the waffle into individual hearts to serve. Repeat with remaining batter.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Almost all Scandinavian specialty shops carry both vanilla sugar and non-stick heart-shaped waffle irons. If vanilla sugar is not available, vanilla extract may be substituted.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 288 calories; 9.7 g fat; 42 g carbohydrates; 8.1 g protein; 95 mg cholesterol; 130 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This recipe turned out delicious! I am not one for thick belgian waffles, and these thinner Scandinavian waffles are a better, healthier alternative. I did not have any vanilla sugar, so I simpl...

Worked excellent on our George Foreman grille (with waffle attachments). I used the vanilla extract as I had no vanilla sugar. Also added 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 2% milk to make buttermil...

Great Norwegian wafler recipe! Will make again!

This is a great recipe. The added steps of beating the yolks and whites separately results in supremely fluffy waffles. Totally worth the effort!

I doubled the recipe in hopes of some left-overs; however, there were none! Even my health conscious husband couldn't resist coming back for seconds and commented on how 'really good' they were...

So glad I tried this recipe. I had a good waffle recipe and thought, "A waffle is just a waffle." Boy, was I wrong! I will forever put cardamom in my waffle batter. Thanks, ScandoGirl!

These waffles were incredible! Easily the best homemade waffles I have ever had. They're very light and fluffy and the little bit of spice makes them heavenly and unique. The only thing I change...

These are delicious! My only change was to use gluten free flour, I had the vanilla sugar and even a heart shaped waffle iron. I will be making these again.

Amazing flavor, you don’t won’t want to ruin the flavor with syrup. Takes much long to cook than normal waffles, but they come out super moist like a decadent cake inside.