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

Norwegian Waffles (Hjertevafler)

Buttery heart shaped waffles flavored with cardamom and vanilla.  Perfect with whipped cream and fresh berries!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Nordic, Norwegian, 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: 223kcal
Author: Kristi


For the Waffles:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • To Serve:
  • Fresh berries sliced peaches, jam or fruit compote
  • Whipped cream or Yogurt Whipped Cream
  • Norwegian brown cheese (Gjetost)

Special Equipment Needed:


  • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cardamom together in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
  • Whisk eggs together in a large bowl. Add sour cream and whisk until smooth. Add milk, vanilla and melted butter and whisk 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 cream, sour cream, creme fraiche, Yogurt Whipped Cream, Norwegian brown cheese (Gjetost) 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.
For a buttermilk variation:  Substitute 1 ¾ cups buttermilk for the sour cream and milk and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda with the dry ingredients.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg