Stroopwafles are a delicious Dutch cookie, made with two thin, crispy waffle-style cookies filled with a gooey caramel filling. AND they are easier than you think to make at home!
Authentic Stroopwafles Are Easy To Make At Home!
Ok, stay with me here…making Stroopwafles at home? I’m telling you it seems super extra but they’re actually pretty easy to make. AND not only does making them at home make you feel like a complete rockstar, they are TOTALLY amazing.
When I went about developing this recipe I was just hoping to make a stroopwafle that was as good as the ones you get on a United flight. Instead, I was shocked at how much better they are…which is saying a LOT…because I LOVE me a good airplane stroopwafle.
What Type Of Waffle Iron Or Cookie Press Do You Need For Stroopwafles?
Ok, yes, you need a special tool to make these. I know, I know I HATE single use appliances. Like DESPISE. But, this beauty isn’t necessarily a single-use waffle iron/cookie press. Of course you can (and should) use it for stroopwafles. BUT you can also use it for pizzelles, sugar wafers, sugar cones, ice cream cones…
So while, it’s limited, you can definitely get creative.
THIS IS THE IRON I HAVE AND LOVE LOVE LOVE. It is a Palmer Electric Belgian Cookie Iron in the THIN size.
I know there are other irons out there, and I am sure they work fine, but this is the one I have experience using and it’s fantastic for these cookies. I am quite certain you can also use a pizzelle cookie press, or I know they even make special sugar cone makers.
What To Look For In Your Iron:
- Mine makes 4- inch diameter waffles. This is what my recipe is written to accommodate. If your iron is smaller, adjust the portion of the dough accordingly.
- Nonstick isn’t always best. I have good luck with my iron and it’s cast aluminum. I don’t even need to spray it very often with nonstick spray.
- Thinner is better…at least for stroopwafles. You can clamp the iron closed for thinner or leave it unclamped for thicker. You see you need it to be thin, but also thick enough to be able to split in half. It’s a fine line. But I feel like this recipe is pretty foolproof if you follow the steps.
- My iron doesn’t have a temperature setting…just on or off. This made me nervous at first, but it work perfectly! If yours does I recommend a setting of med-high to cook your waffles.
What Ingredients Do You Need?
I tested this recipe multiple times before I found what I thought to be the most authentic. I tried doughs with yeast and without yeast (because I know how everyone feels about yeast)…and while the non-yeast waffles TASTED great (I subbed in baking powder in its place) the yeast dough proved to be the exact right texture and thickness. But note, you just have to let this dough rest for an hour…there’s no real rise time or kneading. Essentially the yeast is just another ingredient.
- warm milk (120°F – 130°F)
- active dry yeast
- all purpose flour
- granulated sugar
- ground cinnamon
- kosher salt
Make The Dough First:
So the dough comes together very easily. It’s a different type of dough…kind of a cross between a biscuit, because you cut cols butter into the mix, but then there’s also yeast, which makes it a little like a bread. It’s unique and delicious!
- Mix warm milk and yeast together and let it sit for 5 minutes to dissolve.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt and then cut in the butter using a fork or pastry blender until you have coarse crumbs. Alternately you could do this step in the food processor if you prefer.
- Then add in the eggs and stir to combine. Then get your hands messy and knead the mixture until it forms a dough ball and holds together. Cover that and let it rest for an hour.
Cook The Waffles:
- Preheat your waffle iron and while it’s preheating, portion out the waffle dough into 2 1/4- ounce balls (you will get 18 balls). Flatten the balls slightly into thick disks. Flattening the dough makes it spread evenly as it’s being pressed, so your waffle will be all one thickness.
- Place the disks into the waffle iron and press down for 1 1/2 minutes.
- When the waffle is golden and crisp immediately slice it in half using a serrated knife.
Fill With Caramel:
The caramel recipe I used for these stroopwafels is perfection. It creates a caramel that stays gooey and delicious, but refrigerates and reheats beautifully. It takes a few extra minutes to become a deep amber color as the sugar cooks, but it’s worth the wait.
If you don’t have a candy thermometer, don’t worry. You will know by the color. The deep amber color means it’s time to add the cream. It will take a bit to get there, but once it does, make sure you don’t burn it!
- Use a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook the sugar, water, and corn syrup over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil.
- Stir only occasionally, or swirl the pan just to make sure the sugar is mixed in.
- Once the mixture comes to a boil, allow it to cook for about 15 – 20 minutes, stirring gently or swirling the pan occasionally, until the mixture becomes a deep amber color (330°F – 340° F on a candy thermometer).
- Once it’s that pretty amber color, slowly stir in the heavy cream. It will bubble up, so do this carefully. Cook for 1 more minute while stirring to mix thoroughly. Then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter until it’s melted.
- Pour the caramel through a fine wire strainer or sieve to filter out any crystallized sugar. This will ensure the creamiest caramel. And then let it cool! You can make the caramel in advance also! Just refrigerate it airtight until you’re ready to use. And then you can just microwave it for 20 or so seconds until it becomes a spreadable consistency.
- Then spread about a tablespoon of caramel onto the cut waffle cookie to create a sandwich!
Are Stroopwafles Breakfast Or Dessert?
Well that’s up to you! I mean, who am I to judge having a cookie for breakfast…especially when it has waffle in the name!
These are great placed on top of your hot coffee, so the heat from the coffee warms the caramel filling making them extra gooey.
What Else Can You Fill Stroopwafles With?
I mean, the possibilities are endless! And yes, of course you can use a quality store-bought caramel if you don’t want to make your own. But here are some other ideas…
- Melted chocolate
- Maple syrup (although only use a little, as it doesn’t firm up as much as caramel.
- No filling, and just dust with powdered sugar!!