Red Velvet Waffles

Book: Calibama CookingEditor’s note: This recipe and photo are reprinted with permission from “Calibama Cooking” by Chef Lorious; Chef Lorious Media/November 2019.

I don’t know if I think these are a Christmas food or a Valentine’s Day food. Truth is — they work for both. They are so elegant and beautiful — once you drizzle them with cream cheese frosting or whipped cream, you’ll be in heaven and you’ll want a kiss. I guess that makes them a Valentine’s Day item!

Red Velvet Waffles

Makes 4 large waffles


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Red Velvet Waffles1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • 4 tablespoons shortening


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and food coloring. Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and combine.

Add the shortening. Do not over-mix. Batter should be bumpy.

Cook in your waffle maker following the manufacturer’s directions.

About The Author

Lori “Chef Lorious” Rogers specializes in both classic and contemporary comfort food. Born in California and raised by a close-knit family anchored in southern tradition from Alabama, this “Calibama” girl learned very early that food cooked with love has the power to inspire and heal.

She has been cooking for her family and friends in her kitchen for almost two decades and regularly shares her recipes and meal preparation ideas by conducting cooking demonstrations and sharing her culinary expertise through television programming, including regularly on “Good Morning, Washington.” In her first cookbook, recently released “Calibama Cooking,” Rogers puts it all together in a delicious collection of classic and contemporary food recipes perfect for any occasion. Learn more at