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Norwegian Heart Waffles (Vafler)

Prep Time:

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 20 minutes / Total Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time:

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 20 minutes / Total Time: 30 minutes




About the Recipe

Norwegian Waffles, or Vafler, are heart-shaped and flavored with cardamom. Serve with brunost/gjetost brown cheese for a Scandinavian treat!


  • 1 cup salted butter melted (2 sticks)

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar

  • 5 large eggs

  • 8 oz. sour cream

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup milk preferably whole

  • 1/2 cup canola oil or another neutral oil like vegetable

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 4 teaspoons ground cardamom

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all purpose flour more if needed

  • gjetost/brunost cheese, lingonberry jam, raspberry jam for serving, optional



  • Heat up a waffle iron, preferably heart-shaped (see notes).

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter (1 cup), sugar (1.25 cups), and eggs (5) using a whisk or an electric mixer until well combined.

  • Add the sour cream (8 oz.), water (1/2 cup), milk (1/2 cup), and canola oil (1/2 cup). Mix until well combined.

  • Mix in the baking powder (1 teaspoon), ground cardamom (4 teaspoons), and vanilla extract (1.5 tablespoons) until well combined.

  • Add the flour (2 cups) and stir until just combined.

  • Pour the batter scant 1/2 cup at a time on the hot waffle iron. Cook for one minute, and remove with tongs or a plastic spatula (don't use metal as it may scratch your waffle maker).

  • Serve hot or at room temperature with gjetost/brunost cheese (Norwegian brown cheese), butter, and lingdonberry or raspberry jam.

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