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Hawaiian Waffles

I created this waffle recipe to recapture the memorable tropical tastes we enjoyed while visiting Hawaii. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    16 (4-inch) waffles


  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • Additional chopped macadamia nuts, toasted, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine the first 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until sauce begins to thicken, 12-15 minutes; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Combine egg yolks, milk and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in pineapple, coconut and nuts. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter (batter will be thick).
  • Preheat waffle maker. Fill and bake according to manufacturer's directions. Serve with pineapple sauce and additional nuts if desired.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 446 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 495mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • pajamaangel
    Jul 26, 2019

    Not sure what happened with the other reviewer, but this turned out wonderfully fluffy and I made the recipe as is. The crunch of the macadamia nuts was a wonderful surprise. This was a hit with the family.

  • Kris
    Oct 26, 2018

    Oh helllll naaaaaaahhhh. Waffle batter should never be "firm". I made this sounded delicious. But i added 1 more cup of milk when i realized it was horribly firm. And the waffles STILL ended up nearly HARD. SO the flavor was amazing but u must tinker with this recipe. do not indulge as is. Idk what the author was thinking. They may have forgotten a key ingredient such as OIL or WATER but i am VERY DISAPPOINTED

  • P vinod
    Feb 7, 2018

    read that hawaii is a great place-lovely greenery-there was a serial called hawaii-5-0 .I used to see some 36-38 years back-isnt hawaii the place where the Indian coral trees certain things are used to meke leis-its called parijaat in india hindi language-there is a building close to a dermatologist I visited in palakkad called parijaat buildings-am writing from palakkad-kerala-India-southern India,also have recently made a friend in hawaii-just want to say I called to say I love you-anyway wonderful recipe-thanks.

  • ivory88chic
    Jan 13, 2013

    These were so fantastic -- sweet, flavorful, easy -- thanks for such a fun alternative to regular waffles!

  • JMartinelli13
    May 7, 2012

    ince I already had commercially made pineapple ice cream topping in the fridge, I didn't make the topping listed, just added coconut to ours. Due to nut allergies, I subbed rice krispies for the nuts. They give a nutty flavor and crunch. I made Belgian waffles, and got 4 nice sized ones.

  • CDurfee86
    May 17, 2011

    These waffles were awesome! My husband loved them! I am not a fan of flaked coconut, so I substituted 1/4 cup cream of coconut instead and they were perfect!