Belgian Waffles with Pearl Sugar

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I’m so very excited to share with you a recipe for True Belgian Waffles, they have pearl sugar & yeast in them, and making them made my heart sing! I’ve always loved a great waffle, and for years I’ve tried different irons and recipes, never making something I loved. Every time I go to Salt Lake City, I plan to make a stop at Bruges Waffles and Frites because I love them SO much (the frites/fries are pretty amazing, too). What I realized was inside of those waffles are little sugar crystals, so I set out to find what that was. Pearl Sugar! I looked around my hometown, but found nothing. Sure enough, I found it on Amazon, and it came quickly after I ordered! I also discovered a recipe with yeast that would make it crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside.

True Belgian Waffles with yeast and pearl sugar

Here is a close up of the True Belgian Waffles without all the extra stuff.

belgian waffles pearl sugar


The pearl sugar on it’s own…pearl sugar

Pearl sugar in the yeast-y dough/batter.  true belgian waffles

belgian waffle recipe

Maybe dough isn’t new to you for waffles, but it was to me! Here is the recipe:

Belgian Waffle Recipe

4.55 from 11 votes
True Belgian Waffles
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Delicious Belgian Waffles using pearl sugar and yeast.  These are the real deal and you will taste the difference.

Course: Breakfast
Keyword: belgian waffles, belgian waffles pearl sugar
Servings: 6 waffles
Author: Kristen Duke
  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1 T dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 8 oz softened butter 2 sticks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cinnamon optional
  • 8 oz. Belgian pearl sugar
  • optional toppings: whipped cream fruit, chocolate/caramel sauce, light syrup
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.Gradually add all ingredients to the flour, except the pearl sugar. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size (I like to put it by the window or on a warm stovetop). This can take around 30 minutes. After the dough rises, add the Belgian pearl sugar. Divide the dough into small balls 3-4 ounces each. Bake in a heated and greased waffle iron. The melted sugar crystals will be very hot, so use tongs when handling.
  2. This batch served my family of 6 well with a little leftover.

You must try them!

belgian waffles

If you want to get the pearl sugar, but can’t find it at the store, grab it on Amazon!. Had you ever heard of pearl sugar before? Any other recipes with it? Had you put yeast in your waffle batter before? Try it!

Join The Discussion



  1. carol says:

    These are making my mouth water and no, I have never heard of pearl sugar before!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Try them, friend!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    I’m going to have to pin this. Never heard of pearl sugar before. Nor of yeast in waffles for that matter.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yeast in waffles are a fun twist!!

  3. Jenn says:

    Ever since having “real” Belgian waffles in Brugge, I’ve always felt sort of let down with what we call Belgian waffles here in America. Will have to try this for sure!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I want to go to Belgium someday and try them–delicious waffles are my fave!

  4. Tracy says:

    I LOVE breakfast and I would love to sink my teeth into those waffles. I wouldn’t have the patience to make those, though in the morning. Maybe I could try breakfast for dinner?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, I LOVE breakfast for dinner!!!

  5. Katie says:

    I lived in Belgium for a few years in high school, and they have the BEST waffles. It’s been a struggle back here in America where “Belgian waffle” tends to mean larger-than-usual waffle. I’ve considered buying pearl sugar before to make my own, but never had a recipe, so thank you so so soooo much for this! I can’t wait to make my own real Belgian waffles 🙂

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I can’t wait to hear how they taste like those in Belgium because I’ve never had them over there! It’s funny that you said people think it is the size–so true! These are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside!

  6. This recipe looks amazing! I haven’t ever used pearl sugar or seen it in the stores. I love Amazon though, I’ll have to get some in my next Prime order 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m thinking breakfast for Saturday morning! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, perfect for a Saturday morning breakfast!!

  7. I haven’t ever heard of peal sugar! I need to get out more. Those look so good!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      It’s pretty new to me, don’t fret my friend!

    • Victoria says:

      A short cut to pearl Sugar is to buy sugar cubes and give them a little chop, saves time and money.

  8. Pinned this, printed the recipe, can’t wait to try it! It is going to be terrible waiting for the pearl crystals to come from Amazon!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hope it’s quick! There was a slight typo on the butter– 8oz (not T) which is 2 sticks! Let me know how it goes!!

  9. Shelly says:

    Yes, we discovered the beauty of these when we visited Belgium. They’re called Liege waffles there. They’re delicious, especially served with melted dark chocolate on top. You can always use more sugar in a food like this, right?

    • Shelly says:

      Oh, and if you don’t want to order pearl sugar, slightly mashed sugar cubes work decently well.

      • Kristen Duke says:

        Yes! Leige waffles! Great idea to crush up the sugar cubes!!

  10. ern says:

    I want to try this recipe but had a question about the amounts. Under butter you said 8T (2 sticks) but 8T is only one stick, 2 sticks would be 16T…so is it one stick or two? I don’t want to ruin this yumminess with the wrong amount!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      oh shoot, it is supposed to say 8 OZ, will change that–it’s 2 sticks!! (4 oz. per stick)

  11. I’m headed to your house with plate and fork in hand! LOVE this Kristen!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up
    Have a super Sunday!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you so much for the feature, I’d love to have you over for breakfast, Cheryl!

  12. Oh me oh my! I am soooo excited to make these, Kristen! ps Your pics are GORGeous! (: xoxoxo

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you my friends!! Can’t wait to hear how these turn out for you!

  13. Congratulations! You’ve been featured at Time To Sparkle! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      wonderful, thank you so much!!

  14. Alicia says:

    I love Bruges Waffles! Best tiny restaurant ever. Even though I live only a couple of miles away, I’m excited to try these at home!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I like to go every time I go to Utah, but I’m sure the novelty would wear off if I lived there! Now to mimick that fry sauce!!

  15. I featured you today on Made in a Day! Thanks for linking up!

  16. aprilv says:

    I live on Hill AFB, moving here after 3 years in Europe. Needless to say I was elated when I found Bruges!! I took had found pearl sugar on amazon and just haven’t ordered it yet. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I know right where Hill AFB is, my grandpa worked there! Eat some Bruges for me!!!

  17. This looks awesome, and I’m so glad you shared your recipe at our link party! I’m featuring it today on Love Grows Wild:

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks for the feature!!!

  18. pscrock says:

    What kind of waffle iron do you have?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Calphalon, it is a deeper holed iron, for sure

  19. Anne says:

    Hi everyone,
    I had to step in. Born and raised in Liege (belgium), I had to step in to tell a few things here.
    Belgian waffles are all the variety of waffles you can find in Belgium. This article, picture and somewhat recipe is for a Liege waffle, which has nothing to do with the Brussel waffle or the bruges waffle…and the Verviers waffle…and the Namur waffle…and the…etc…etc…
    Also, the pearl sugar you buy at amazon or Lars are made with sugar canes. Liege waffle – the only one using pearl sugar – used sugar from beets.
    The Liege waffle is the only one you put NOTHING on it. Let me picture this. Putting whip cream or Nutella on a lIege waffle is putting whip cream or Nutella on your burger right off the BBQ. It can be done of course, but a real burger guy will never do that. You can put any topping on all of the others though.
    And, you do not crush square sugar to use on a Liege waffle. They are not made with the same process and will caramelized instead.
    Sorry, but I had to say that. If you need real pearl sugar, try
    Thank you. I feel a bit better inside 🙂

    • Kristen Duke says:

      thanks for the extra info!

    • Lor says:

      What type of waffles are sold at the train station hot off the waffle iron? We were in Belgium 18 years ago and I swear one of these days I will go back just to eat waffles!!! There have been times when I’ve craved these waffles so badly that I’ve told my hubby I feel like buying a ticket and flying to Belgium to eat waffles and buy many, many dozens and bring them back home and put in the freezer!! Now words can describe how delicious they taste right of the iron!

    • Janet says:

      What great information from the comments and replies!! Can’t wait to try these. I lived in Germany for almost 6 years and traveled monthly to Tongeren Belgium on Sundays for the antique market. ALWAYS stopped at our favorite waffles shop for breakfast – and I adore the Liege waffles. I think you can also find the pearl sugar at King Arthur flour company. Have never liked Americanized Belgian waffles since!!

  20. These waffle look absolutely incredible Kristen! I have never heard of pearl sugar but now I definitely want to give it a try!

  21. I have never heard of pearl sugar, but now I need to buy it for sure!!! Those waffles look so tantalizing!!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      ha! you use some great descriptive words;)

  22. Stacie says:

    I work near Bruges and can’t get enough of their waffles!!! I’m so excited to try these! Next step, you’ll have to solve the frites recipe. 🙂

    • Kristen Duke says:

      oh my goodness, their frites–and sauce–YUM!!! I probably wouldn’t make these if I lived close enough….but maybe!

  23. Wow! These sound amazing! I’ve never heard of pearl sugar before, and now I’m dying to try it!

  24. I want these for breakfast right now! Pinned!

  25. I’ve never heard of this fabulousness of pearl sugar…but you better believe I want to try it now! These look so delicious!

  26. Leslee Yoder says:

    I tried to make these today but my dough didn’t rise. Any hints on what I may have done wrong?? I just returned from Belgium and the hostess of the B & B that we stayed in made them everyday and they were so delicious. She gave me her recipe but it was in grams and was hard to translate into cups, etc.

    Can you offer any help? I would so appreciate it!


  27. Brad says:

    My wife and I took our daughter to Bruges last night for her birthday and I’ve been determined to fine a recipe ever since. We’ll be trying them tonight! Thanks.

  28. jonathan says:

    I noticed for the salt and vanilla measurements you put tsp. but for the dry yeast its only T.
    is the measurement for the yeast also a tsp or tbs?
    please let me know. thank you…

  29. Rosie says:

    There’s a food truck in Utah county called Waffle Love. Their waffles are supposed to have pearl sugar and yeast, but I haven’t had a chance to try them yet. They are HUGELY popular, though pricey. I think I’ll have to try this recipe and then try their waffles and see how they compare!

  30. Aline says:

    Oh, yum! My mouth watered!

  31. Kim says:

    I think you might be able to buy pearl sugar from IKEA. It is probably not the Belgian version of pearl sugar, but in a pinch it might work. My sister-in-law is from Belgium. Sometimes they will bring Liege waffles when they come and visit us. They are so yummy! I also really like Bruges in SLC.

  32. kathleen says:

    mahalo kristen, i tried this recipe today and it was great!

    i wasn’t sure about instructions so i prepared yeast and milk separately and added to flour mixture later. i put the dough on the stove top where it was warmed from the heating oven below – took about 40 minutes to rise properly. used the dough hook on mixer to blend in pearl sugar but it could have just as well be done by hand. it was a bit sweet for me so next time i will try cutting back on pearl sugar to 5 or 6 oz instead of 8. from reading other blogs on making these waffles i learned to set the waffle iron to just a tad under medium to allow the dough to cook through inside and get a little brown crisp on the outside…. they looked and tasted fabulous. thanks for the recipe! kathleen in hawaii

  33. Dana says:

    So I found this recipe yesterday and I like many of you have never heard of pearl sugar, and I didn’t want to wait to try them until I could either find some or have it sent to me. So I tried using just regular sugar and they were awesome!! I added some in the mixture at the end like the recipe calls for and then I rolled the balls of dough in granule sugar and it seemed to give the same kind of effect that the pearl sugar would have done. My family loved them and I am definitely going to be using this recipe. Changed my world of waffles forever!

  34. Richard says:

    I just tried this recepie out this morning. I substituted standard fine granulated sugar for pearl-I couldn’t find any nearby. But they turned out great! They were very tasty and a huge hit with my family. Served them up with mixed berries and a dallop of vanilla bean ice cream. Thanks!

  35. Kristin, this is the exact recipe that is on the pearl sugar box from amazon. Are you sure you want to claim it as your own? I was first introduced to these waffles by my college daughter in downtown salt lake city from a guy from Bruges Belgium who first started selling them from a cart. I was thrilled to find the pearl sugar on amazon and have not been able to find it any where else either.

  36. Tyson says:

    Here is my question, if I don’t use pearl sugar, do I just use the same amount of regular sugar instead?

  37. susan says:

    these look yummy! my kids keep bugging me to buy a waffle maker, i just might have to now!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Well, yes, get a waffle maker! I love the dense and crunch from these waffles!

  38. jan says:

    Hi, does anyone have the recipe for their delicious cream? I followed a recipe for creme fraise, but it was not as good.

  39. Sam says:

    Should I cover the bowl while I let the dough rest?

  40. Alvin says:

    the dry yeast its only T.
    is the measurement for the yeast a tsp or tbs?
    please let me know. thank you…

  41. Michelle says:

    What does the T stand for for the yeast?

  42. Looks like a good recipe. I think the waffle iron is the difficult part for the home cook. You need a thermostatic control and most household waffle irons don’t have one. Batter waffles cook much hotter at around 400F so if you have one already without a thermostatic control, you can preheat one, place the dough, and then unplug it. We make Liege waffle dough wholesale and we wanted to recommend a cheap waffle iron to recommend to our smaller customers so we tested a bunch of machines. The best one we found was from Hamilton Beach, Model 26009. The best part is that it’s only $25 online. If you set it to the lowest temp setting, it gets to about 350F which is the nearly perfect cooking temp. 3 minutes cook time (we recommend a timer). A plus is you’ll also get a close to authentic waffle shape which is oval and not round.

    “Authentic Liege Waffle Dough Wholesale Manufacturer”

  43. Danny says:

    I’m not sure you can really call yourself the “author” of this recipe.

    • Danny says:

      That sounded worse than I wish it had. I love this recipe and make it at least monthly for my family. I would just reference the original source,

  44. Jen says:

    Tried them and they are amazing!!!! Thanks for posting

  45. Crystal says:

    Can I put this batter to raise overnight in the fridge?

  46. tara harvison says:

    If you have a world market near you, that is where I found my pearl sugar. I never knew about it until I went to The Seabrook waffle company and they told me they made their waffles with a dough and not a batter and with pearl sugar. I am not a waffle fan but lived these waffles. I cane home and wanted to make them for easter. I slacked so I had no time to buy online but found the pearl sugar at the world market. (If you have one neat and never been you should go. It’s not just food they have tums of stiff. But they have beer from all over tjevworld, food, candy, crazy sodas like peanut butter jelly flavor. They also have house hold stuff and more it’s definitely a neat place) my question would be though if I make a yeast do can it be saved for a day or two or does the waffles have to be made that day?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, I LOVE world market for the unique food options, didn’t realize they had pearl sugar though! I am not super knowledgable about yeast, but I’d say it’s best to make it right away.

    • Liz says:

      You CAN hold the risen dough overnight or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Just be sure to bring the dough to room temperature before baking in waffle iron.

  47. d Wright downs says:

    I lost this recipe glad you have it. Will share it with my sister-in – law so she can make it for my brother and the kids. got it when I was in Germany back when I was in the Army.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      yay, happy you found it!

  48. But, no baking powder and baking soda?

  49. Melissa says:

    Can i store the dough omin the fridge?if yes. For how long????

  50. Amber says:

    This recipe is amazing!! I made brunch for my family and we always have a family recipe for pancakes and decided to use this waffle recipe instead and my sister said everyone was going to be upset but no one even noticed and said the waffles were amazing and asked for me to make them again!

  51. Dawn says:

    My husband has food sensitivities and is gluten free and dairy free (except for butter). I substituted the flour for Bob’ Red Mill gluten free 1:1 baking flour and coconut cream for the milk. (An acquaintance from Belgium provided the pearl sugar for me). We both thought they turned out really well and topped them with strawberries. It was my first ever attempt making waffles from scratch. I’m not a cook or chef by any stretch of the imagination but for those with dietary limitations, this might be a great alternative to enjoy waffles.

  52. Heather M. Whipple says:

    Can this be made in a regular waffle iron?
    i do not have a small waffle / Belgian waffle iron.
    and i do not plan to go buy one either. i will be using
    my regular size waffle iron to make this recipe and do it yourself
    pearl sugar.


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