It’s that time of year, when we start thinking about brunch foods for our weekend entertaining, so today Sandy Coughlin, author of The Reluctant Entertainer is going to show you how to make waffles with pancake mix!

Because it’s easy to keep pancake mix and syrup stocked in the pantry, this buttermilk waffle recipe today just may be the easiest thing you’ll ever whip up. In place of ordinary pancakes, you can make waffles with pancake mix, for this waffle recipe we used Harry & David’s Pancake Mix flavors. Exchange the water for buttermilk, and you have the most flavorful waffle that tastes as fresh as sourdough, with a crispiness on the outside.

For a little extra flavor, these waffles can be served with strawberries and cream on top. However, if you’re looking for something truly unique to accompany this waffle recipe, we have a little something you can whip up! Read on to find out more.

Buttermilk Waffles with Pancake Mix Recipe

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  • 1 13 oz. package pancake mix
  • 2 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 jar lemon curd
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese


  • Preheat waffle iron
  • Mix ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Coat waffle iron with butter, oil, or nonstick spray as necessary
  • Cook waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions for the waffle iron
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Waffle Toppings that Inspire Flavor

Whip together lemon curd (we used Harry & David’s) with Mascarpone cheese, for an additional, beautiful touch. We might not have the time to churn our own butter, but there are some pantry staples you won’t need for this recipe—this curd/cheese mixture is fluffy and delightful.

The waffles turn out beautifully, especially topped with fresh lemon zest. So absolutely amazing, crispy, and light. Hello brunch!

For more topping ideas, serve sliced fruit, chocolate chips, fresh blueberries, and dust with powdered sugar, or chopped nuts. We hope you enjoyed learning how to make waffles with pancake mix, as well as the unusual-yet-delicious topping.


When Sandy Coughlin started blogging in 2006, she set out to write about the missing art of hospitality in our culture. She had recognized a great need for people to connect and escape their isolation and loneliness, so she jumped in with Reluctant Entertain to help. Visit for simple entertaining ideas, dinner party tips, and ways to reach out and grow your hospitality.

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