Jack O'Lantern Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

Halloween falls on a Monday this year (le sigh), but if you want to surprise your kids when they wake up on Halloween morning, how about these Jack O’Lantern Waffles? I know, I know – getting up early on a Monday doesn’t sound like much fun, but it is a holiday after all, right? I love to watch my boys faces light up when I make them something fun like these fun waffles. The waffles themselves are pretty easy to make and my favorite part is that you can get as creative with them as you want. As you can see, I put little Jack O’Lantern faces on mine, but you don’t have to if you want to serve yours as plain pumpkins. Or you can even use different colored M&M’s. Even better, let the kids decorate their own – just have fun with them.

Jack O’Lantern Waffles

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • Orange gel food coloring
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Mega M&M’s to decorate your waffles with

Here’s what you do:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, white sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and brown sugar then mix together

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2. Add your eggs, milk, vanilla, vegetable oil, melted butter, and orange food coloring then mix well
3. Spray a non stick cooking spray on the top and bottom of your waffle maker
4. Pour your batter in and close lid, cook until timer light goes off (you might need to cook a minute longer)
5. Unplug your waffle maker and carefully remove waffle

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6. Start decorating your waffle with your mega M&Ms, using green for the stem, and yellow for the eyes, nose, and mouth

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7. Pour on a little syrup and enjoy!

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Do you ever get fancy with your waffles or pancakes? When it’s Halloween or Christmas time, I like to get festive with my food & the kids really love it.

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  1. Toni | BoulderLocavore.com

    These are so cute and creative! My kids will surely eat this in minutes!

  2. STephanie

    How cute. I think kids would like making this jack o lantern because it involves playing with food. Fun and oh so cute.

  3. Pam Wattenbarger

    My kids love anything that involves playing with their food!

  4. Louise Bishop

    These are so cute! I love that you made them orange as and from scratch as well.

  5. Julie

    Oh I know two little people who would love these!!

  6. Sarah Bailey

    The colour is fab isn’t it – I totally need to make some for Halloween as well. x

  7. Jacqui @TradesofJacqui

    Looks like a fun way to start the day! My daughter is 15 and would still love this lol! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Rebecca Swenor

    These Jack O Lantern waffles are indeed a great surprise for the kids on Halloween day. I will have to share this recipe and idea with my niece for her kids. They would love these Halloween waffles. Thanks for sharing the recipe and idea.

  9. Sarah Bailey

    Oh my goodness they are just the cutest things ever I totally need a wafflemaker so I can try these! x

  10. Shirley Wood

    I use my waffle iron more for corn bread but these are so cute and fun.

  11. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That is so adorable! I love foods like this that are yummy, fun, and capture the spirit of the season. Great!

  12. Amber Myers

    These look awesome. My daughter would really like these. We have a wafflemaker so I might try this!

  13. Laura

    I love this idea. Even better if you could add mashed pumpkin into the recipe!

  14. Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life)

    Oh my these waffles are so cute for Halloween! I know my daughter would love them!

  15. Pam Wattenbarger

    Those are adorable and so easy. I love it! My kids always looked forward to my Easter Bunny waffles.

  16. Dee

    Now, this is too cute! I My little ones would love to wake up to this in the morning! I also think this would be a great treat for the kids when you are craving something sweet.

  17. Sheena Tatum

    These are perfect for Halloween morning. I might just add this to my list for their breakfast!

  18. Jamie

    Such a simple idea, but one that I know my kids would love! Food can be so fun if you put a little extra effort in! Thanks for the great idea!

  19. Lisa Joy Thompson

    These are so fun! I really wish my twins weren’t allergic to artificial coloring! I bet they’d be over the moon for these.

  20. tara pittman

    What a fun breakfast! My boys have the day off today and have been busy making paper pumpkins and spiders.

  21. Kelly Hutchinson

    These are so adorable! My daughter loves anything pumpkin related, so I bet she would eat a lot of these!

  22. Chavonne Harvey

    What a super fantastic idea! The kids will love M&M’s with their waffles and I will too. The design is so cute, perfect for halloween. I usually just have my waffles with syrup but it’s fun to add some creativity to it.

  23. Pam Wattenbarger

    This is really cute. What a perfect special treat to serve for breakfast or breakfast for dinner during Halloween.

  24. Debra

    These are so much fun – What a great start to a Halloween day or any day during Halloween time!

  25. Rebecca Bryant

    Oh my how cute and i bet it would be delsih with Pumpkin flavor mix. I am so making me one this weekend.

  26. Jessica

    Oh, my goodness! I can’t wait to do this, except I don’t have a waffle iron. Think this recipe would make good pancakes, too? Thanks for sharing!!!

  27. Melanie Smith

    Amazing idea for Halloween breakfast! I’ve never thought about pumpkin waffles before. I need to try it.

  28. Katherine G

    These waffles are so adorable! I think my kids would love some waffles like this. I love being creative in the kitchen when I can.

  29. Liz Mays

    Aww, look at that smile! This is such a cute idea. I’m liking this recipe!

  30. Brandy

    Those are so cute! I know my kids would love to have these for breakfast. I’ll have to make them this weekend.

  31. Melisasource

    Waffles are already great, now shaped like jack-o-lacterns?! Amazing

  32. Christie

    That smiling pumpkin face is adorable! My kids would love this festive breakfast

  33. Mimi Green

    So festive and cute, my kids would enjoy these for sure. I was just telling them that I hadn’t used the waffle maker in a while.

  34. Kristi

    What a fun treat… would be great to surprise the kids some morning with these before school.

  35. Elizabeth O.

    That’s so adorable! I was thinking there would be actual pumpkin in the recipe. It’s definitely something that the kids will enjoy especially when you ask them to decorate their own pumpkins! Really fun!

  36. Sarah

    What a neat way to enjoy some waffles, love this idea!

  37. Jill Wiley

    These are adorable! What a great idea! We don’t have school on the 31st so this might be a great morning project!

  38. Melanie Smith

    SO many recipes with pumpkin lately! I really like this one

  39. Cindy Ingalls

    I like to doctor up my waffles or pancakes with cinnamon and vanilla. I like how it adds a more richer flavor to these breakfast treats.

  40. Bella

    You always have the most creative ideas! This is such a great breakfast to get in the Halloween spirit!

  41. Bella

    You always have the most creative ideas! This is such a great breakfast to get in the Halloween spirit!

  42. Dogvills

    What a cute idea! This is something the twins will look forward to for breakfast.

  43. adriana

    What an adorable idea! Kids must love this, it’s so cute making fun things out of food!

  44. felicia

    These are adorable. What a fun way to make Halloween morning a little more festive.

  45. Bre | Maintaining Me

    This looks like so much fun! My son would love this!

  46. Taylor Mobley

    That looks SO cute!!! I will totally need to make this when it gets closer to halloween! Love it.

  47. victoria

    Such a delicious waffles. I should try these at home

  48. Amanda Love

    Yes to these adorable pumpkin waffles that the kids will enjoy! I like that you can decorate it with them as well. They will love this for sure. I can imagine my daughter having a blast while eating!

  49. Tahnee

    This is super cute. My kids are both so allergic to dyes and preservatives but I would love doing this for them haha.

  50. Teresa Kunberger

    This is so cute! So gotta make this for my little ones!

  51. Teresa Kunberger

    This is so cute! So gotta make this for my little ones!

  52. Jeanine

    Super cute! My kids would probably actually finish all their breakfast if I were to be this creative! Need to step up my game!

  53. Kimberly

    Those are adorable. Kids love to have a fun breakfast. Bonus points for Moms if you can do this before school! Love the idea.

  54. Melissa @ The Staten Island family

    But seriously though these might be the coolest waffles Like ever!! Perfect way to celebrate the month of Halloween and get your brunch on too!

  55. Ann Bacciaglia

    This is such a cute breakfast idea. My kids are going to love them. I will have to surprise them with some this weekend.

  56. Kathy

    These look great! I’m always looking for some good ways for making Halloween recipes. I’ll have to give this a go with my girls.

  57. Brianne

    How cute is this!!! I am literally going out to buy all the ingredients for this weekend!

  58. Crystal

    I’m dying those are so cute! My kids love family breakfasts, especially on the weekend when we can all sit down together & chat. These will be perfect.

  59. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    What a cute Halloween breakfast! My kids will love this.

  60. workoutwithdi

    heheheh I admit I was a little confused when I first saw the ingredients, I was like hey where is the pumpkin? Then I realized the decoration was the pumpkin part! Lol!

  61. Theresa

    This looks so adorable, and totally delicious! What a fun idea. My kids would love it.

  62. Ourfamilyworld

    Wow, this is so cute. The kids will surely love this. They like waffles!

  63. Nicole Etolen

    We haven’t tried pumpkin in waffles, something we should try. I bet my son will like it.

  64. Kelly Reci

    This is so interesting, I can’t wait to try it! My family will like this! Love the idea.

  65. Krystel @ PlanningThe Magic

    This waffles look so great! And perfect. My grandmother called me the other day because she purchased pumpkin flavored pancake mix accidentially. hahah she loved it though

  66. Bonnie @wemake7

    These are wicked cute! You always have such cool ideas! Love this!

  67. rika

    Very cute recipe.. fun for kids and for the Halloween. I love the color too

  68. Dana Vento

    This is so lovely. I like the design of this and the flavor too!

  69. Dana Vento

    This is so lovely. I like the design of this and the flavor too!

  70. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    These are so cute! I might have to get my husband to make me some on Halloween.

  71. Sara

    My kids would love these waffles. I might have to drag out my waffle maker!

  72. Tami Qualls

    These are so cute! My son loves pumpkins and will enjoy these.

  73. Foodie Finds Home

    These look super fun! I can’t wait to surprise the kids with these.

  74. Mary Edwards

    How cute is this?? I LOVE IT!!!! I’m going to have to get this ready for Hallloween morning. The kids will love it.

  75. Lisa Rios

    Halloween is going to be so much fun and one such Waffle recipe would be a great idea to excite my kids. The recipe looks so easy to do and very much creative with nice colors as well!

  76. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    This is way too cute! My kids would love it. They’d probably play with it before they eat it.

  77. Kendall Rayburn

    What a fun idea – any kid would love these during the Halloween season! My little one has a bday on Halloween so this might have to be our breakfast!

  78. lynzy

    These are such a cute idea! I love this – perfect for the kiddos this time of year. We’ll be making these for sure!

  79. Whitney S.

    This is super adorable!! I bet kids love this (Heck, I even love it!) When I eat waffles, it’s always chicken and waffles!

  80. Nikka Shae

    This is way too cute!!! I can’t wait to make these, too.

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