I have this love-hate relationship with baking. I love the process of it, mixing and measuring and all that. And I think we can all agree that the end result of baking is the best part. But cleaning the mess is where you lose me. I just hate the flour everywhere and the dirty dishes with junk all over them and using twelve thousand bowls just to make a batch of muffins. So sometimes I shy away from messier projects just because I don’t wanna clean them (stop judging me). But since the gang at method is encouraging us to #fearnomess, I figured this might be the perfect time to try a project that I’ve had on my brain for a while. It’s messy but beautiful and the outcome is so pretty! I give you: Color Dipped Waffles.
- your favorite waffle mix and necessary additional ingredients (egg, oil, etc.)
- powdered sugar
- waffle maker
- popsicle sticks
- food coloring
Make Time: 1 Hour
Step 1: Make your waffles with your usual favorite waffle mix (or from scratch if you’re fancy). For this recipe, I like to add just a little extra dry mix than is recommended to make the mix slightly thicker. That way the waffles set up in the waffle maker in small rounds, rather than spreading out to fill the whole waffle area. Once your waffles are made, set them aside to cool a bit.
Step 2: Mix your icing colors for dipping. For each color, measure out 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of milk. Mix these together in individual bowls. (You may need to play with consistency slightly; if your mix is too runny add a dash of sugar, or if it’s to thick to dip add a splash of milk. Add in very tiny increments!)
Step 3: Color your icing! Dip a popsicle stick into your food coloring and stir it into a bowl of icing until you have your desired color. If you’re using gel food coloring like we did, take note that a little goes a long way.
Step 4: Grab a waffle and dip it! Press the waffle gently down into a bowl of food coloring, allowing the coloring to cover and adhere one portion of the waffle. Lift the waffle, let the excess icing drip off, and set on a clean plate to dry. Repeat with all of your waffles.
Step 5: Allow the waffles some time to set. The icing will become set and slightly hard, as it would on a sugar cookie. Once this is complete, remove your waffles from their drying plate and serve!
We made a beautiful little mess with this one, gang! I tossed all the dishes in a sink full of water with some fresh-smelling pink grapefruit dish soap from method and let it all soak for a while (while I admittedly tried a waffle or two). When I went back to clean it all, it was a total snap, and I just love how the method soaps smell (and I doubly love that all of the products are recyclable and made from recyclable materials — we need more companies doing good like this in the world!). Maybe it’s time for me to get over my fear of making a mess in the kitchen after all. 😉
Oh and by the way — these waffles are bangin’. They’re like a combination between a waffle and a sugar cookie and it’s like the brunch food of my dreams. They’d be perfect to serve at a party because you can make them ahead of time and just pull them out when you’re ready! And you can customize colors to just about anything you can imagine. Next up — a full rainbow! xoxo
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