Waffle-Iron Acorn Squash

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 5 min./batch


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 06, 2022
I love to get the kids involved in cooking, and this squash is so simple even a small child can cook it with minimal adult supervision. The recipe is fun, fast and no-fuss, and doesn't use valuable oven space before big family meals. —Donna Kelly, Orem, Utah
Waffle-Iron Acorn Squash Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small acorn squash


  1. Preheat a greased waffle maker. Mix syrup, chipotle pepper and salt.
  2. Cut squash crosswise into 1/2-in.-thick slices. Using round cookie cutters, cut out centers to remove squash strings and seeds. If necessary, halve slices to fit waffle maker.
  3. Bake slices in waffle maker just until tender and lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. Serve with syrup mixture.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cut slices just 1/2 inch thick. If slices are thicker, the waffle iron won't close all the way.
  • A panini press also works to make this squash.
  • The squash will be very tender after cooking this way. To keep the squash intact, drizzle the maple mixture over the squash instead of brushing it on.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 serving: 98 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 463mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.