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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
5 waffles


  • 2 eggs, separated

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Place egg yolks into a large mixing bowl with white sugar; beat until light and frothy. Mix in vanilla sugar and water until evenly combined; stir in 1/2 of the melted butter, 1/2 of the buttermilk, and 1/2 of the flour. When mixture is smooth, mix in remaining butter, buttermilk, flour, cardamom, and salt; beat again until smooth.

  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks; gently fold egg whites into batter, incorporating as much volume as possible.

  3. Preheat a waffle iron according to the 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 nonstick heart-shaped waffle irons. If vanilla sugar is not available, vanilla extract may be substituted.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

288 Calories
10g Fat
42g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 288
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 130mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 144mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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