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Stroopwafels: Buttery Caramely Dutch Cookie Heaven

Stroopwafels: Buttery Caramely Dutch Cookie Heaven
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These are technically not pancakes, but are in the waffle family. So I found them to be a fitting addition to National Pancake Week. Not to mention that I adore them and needed some to fill up my cookie jar.
 Stroopwafels (Translation: syrup waffles) are thin Dutch waffles with a buttery syrup filling. They were first made in Gouda in the Netherlands, in 1784. Large versions are sold in the streets as a snack.

The stiff batter for the waffles is made from flour, butter, brown sugar, yeast, milk, and eggs. Medium sized balls of batter are baked on a waffle iron. When the waffle is baked and still warm they are filled with syrup made from brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. This is spread in between 2 waffles which glues the delicate & flaky cookies together. Crunchy, buttery, sugary heaven!

4042080382_77f9845f28Ingredients:

Waffles:

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup unsalted butter

2 large eggs

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

Filling:

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup unsalted butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 tablespoons dark corn syrup

1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts, optional*

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If you want a more authentic look (like the ones in the photos) use a Stroopwafel Iron. This can be found at Amazon for about $50

Directions:

Dissolve yeast in the warm water. Cut one (1) cup of the butter into the flour. Mix in the sugar, cinnamon, eggs and yeast mixture. Mix well and set aside to rise for 30 to 60 minutes. Roll dough into 24 small balls, squeeze each ball into the preheated pizzelle iron and bake for about 30 seconds. Trim wafels (if needed) into rounds. Cool before filling.

To Make Filling:

In a saucepan boil the brown sugar, the remaing one cup of the butter, cinnamon, and dark corn syrup until it reaches the soft ball stage (234-240 degrees F 112 -115 degrees C). Stir in ground hazelnuts at this point, if using.

To Assemble:

Take 2 wafels, spread one with filling and top with second wafel.. Repeat this process until all the filling is used.

Makes 12 wafels. Place over the rim of your steamy “cuppa” to warm  the cookie & slightly melt the syrup. Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from: wesealofapproval


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