Now is the perfect time to make an ice cream-stuffed, waffled glazed donut sandwich

Two ingredients and five minutes are all it takes to transform basic desserts into this heavenly combo

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published November 8, 2020 4:30PM (EST)

Waffled donut sandwiches! (Mary Elizabeth Williams)
Waffled donut sandwiches! (Mary Elizabeth Williams)

Well, we did it, America. We got through this week? I guess? We voted and stayed up all night and then again the next night and constantly refreshed our browsers and remembered how much we love Steve Kornacki, Stacey Abrams and Philadelphia. There's a lot of very ugly stuff still ahead, but for now, it seems a good moment to ask if you can take a victory lap when you're technically catatonic. And to that question I reply: donut sandwiches.

I came to waffles very late in life, but when I did, I went all in. When I bought a waffle maker a few years ago, I vowed not to be a unitasker about it and also purchased a copy of Daniel Shumski's charming "Will It Waffle?" recipe book. When you start looking at your waffle iron like it's also a sandwich press, all kinds of worlds open up. Case in point, the donut. One day, casually tucked in an interview about something else, I read someone describe giving a Krispy Kreme the panini treatment, and I could not make a donut run fast enough.

Do you have a waffle iron or panini press? Do you have access to donuts? Great — do it, you earned it. Riff on it with some Nutella or marshmallow fluff. Or make a turkey sandwich, who am I to judge? These babies, obviously, are a big hit with kids, especially when they come out at a non-breakfast hour. But they're very good anytime — especially at a time when you're happy but also nervous and tired but also relieved. When you're ready to make America semi-coherent again.

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Recipe: Waffled Glazed Donuts Sandwiches, adapted from Southern Living  and "Will It Waffle?"

Makes as many as you wish


  • At least 2 glazed donuts
  • Softened ice cream


  1. Bring your waffle maker up to full heat.
  2. Put your donuts on the grill one at a time and press for 30 seconds to one minute. Keep an eye on them! They're ready when they're caramelized and slightly crispy.
  3. Make sandwiches with a generous scoop of your favorite ice cream, or just eat the donut-waffles warm. 

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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