This is our family favorite waffle recipe, and trust me, I've tried a ton! I've been making these for about two years and have adapted and scaled the recipe for our family of five (with usually a few leftover waffles the kids like for weekday breakfasts). I heard about these all over the internet and finally found the original recipe, Waffle of Insane Greatness, at foodnetwork. It is scaled down from a restaurant version for home use. I have a few waffle makers and have them all heating up at once so I can make a big batch quickly for my hungry family.
The kids love fun shaped waffles, like these Elmo and Cookie Monster Waffles. I have to admit I'm a sucker for shaped waffles too, they are just so much fun! I've had the Sesame Street waffle maker since my kids were babies and it has proven to be very useful. They are pretty much out of the Sesame Street years (they are almost 7, 6, and almost 5 -- sniffle, sniffle) but they still get excited about Elmo and Cookie Monster on a waffle :)
If you give these a try I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does. They are kind of waffle snobs and this one is really enjoyed by everyone. Make sure to serve these warm (if you are making a big batch, for best taste serve them ASAP after they come off the iron) with butter and lots of Grade B maple syrup. Grade B is thicker than the Grade A that you can get at most supermarkets and has a more intense maple flavor. If you are a maple syrup fan once you try Grade B you will never go back. Happy waffle making :)