Chocolate Waffles from Marcella DiLonardo

We are whipping up some chocolaty dessert waffles perfect for Valentines dinner at home. So using the excellent Sweetheart Waffler from Nordic Ware and the equally lovely Marcella DiLonardo we are sharing her experience and recipe with you to try at home.

Thanks Marcella!

You could have these for breakfast too, I won't judge you one bit. These chocolate waffles are a crispy Belgian waffle which comes from separating the eggs & whipping the egg whites. So do not skip this step! It makes for a much lighter & crispier waffle.
I am so excited to show you Nordic Ware's waffle iron: the sweetheart waffler! this is a stove top iron & I am NEVER going back to any other kind. It's smaller, easier to store & makes the prettiest looking waffles every single time. I don't even own a microwave as I try to keep my large appliances to a minimum so this waffle iron was the perfect compact addition. the new sweetheart waffler was inspired by the Scandinavian heart waffle designs, based on nordic ware's existing stovetop Belgian waffler. It is made of heavy cast aluminium with a two-hinge design that makes for quick heating & cleaning. because, have you ever tried to clean a clunky plug in waffle maker... impossible.

note: If you want to make these for breakfast, reduce sugar for something a little less sweet.


  • 225g all purpose flour, sifted
  • 50g high quality coca powder, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 100g white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 80ml canola oil
  • 80ml butter, melted
  • 300ml whole milk
  • Hand- full of mixed berries, for serving (strawberries, blueberries & raspberries)
  • whipped cream, for serving


In a mixing bowl sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder & sea salt. set aside.

Using a separate mixing bowl beat together the egg YOLKS, raw sugar, vanilla extract, oil, butter & milk.

Add in the dry ingredients until the batter just comes together.

Beat the egg whites to medium stiff peaks & gently fold into the batter.

Spoon a heaping tablespoon of batter onto each waffle heart. close waffle iron & cook over medium heat on the stove top for a minute on each side.

Repeat this step until no batter remains.

Top with fresh fruit, syrup (chocolate, peanut butter &/or maple syrup) & fresh whipped cream.

Find Marcella's original recipe on her website along with lots of other great recipes and find out more about her cookbook 'Bake the Seasons' filled with beautiful food shots. 

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