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Heart-shaped waffle on a plate topped with whipped cream and fruit.

Nordic Buttermilk Waffles (Hjertevafler)

Buttery heart-shaped Nordic waffles with just a hint of cardamom and vanilla.  Perfect with whipped skyr cream and fresh berries!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: buttermilk waffle recipe, cardamom waffles, easy waffle recipe, heart shaped waffles, vanilla waffles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 waffles
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Kristi


For the Waffles:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • To Serve:
  • Fresh berries sliced peaches, jam or fruit compote
  • Whipped Cream or Whipped Vanilla Skyr Cream

Special Equipment Needed:


  • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom together in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
  • Whisk buttermilk, butter, egg and vanilla together in a large bowl until fully combined.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir gently with rubber spatula until the mixture just comes together (It will not be entirely smooth). 
  • Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.  Cook waffles one at a time until golden brown and crisp. Serve immediately or transfer to a 200 degree oven to keep warm.  Serve waffles with fresh berries, sliced peaches, jam, fruit compote, Whipped Vanilla Skyr Cream and/or other toppings of your choice.


These waffles freeze really well. Allow them to cool completely and then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and slip them into a freezer bag. They will keep well in the freezer for a couple of months. When you are ready to enjoy a waffle, simply unwrap the plastic, break the waffle in half and toss it in the toaster. Homemade toaster waffles! But do keep a close eye on them while they toast. They can get overly dark really quickly.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 339IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg