Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How to Make StroopWafels


for the cookie:
4 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup warm water
2 teaspoons yeast

for the syrup:
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 ½ light brown sugar
6 tablespoons corn syrup

pizzelle/ice cream cone maker
stand mixer (optional)

  1. Become friendly with your Dutch neighbor. Be so neighborly that she returns from her visits to Holland with “a little something called Stroopwafels”
  2. Become immediately infatuated with these little morsels of heaven on earth.
  3. Lament the fact that your other neighbor found some at Aldi’s, but Aldi’s stopped carrying them by the time you got there. Find some at Starbucks and preach a small sermon about why you shouldn’t have to pay so much money at Starbucks for such an simple cookie.
  4. Obsess with your other neighbor about how to purchase/make/otherwise acquire Stroopwafels. Meanwhile, continue to ingratiate yourself to the Dutch neighbor so she will keep your supply of Stroopwafels going.
  5. Go on an anniversary trip with your husband that involves going to many yard sales. Ignore all the comments about, “Really? That’s the most romantic thing you guys could think of?”
  6. Find a pizzelle maker for $2 and literally see the culinary possibilities unfurl before your eyes. Race home to try that bad boy out.
  7. To make the cookie dough, stir yeast into ½ cup warm water.
  8. When yeast dissolves, mix with eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  9. Mix flour, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut in butter as you would with a pie crust. Realize how much better this will be than pie crust.
  10. Attach dough hook to stand mixer. Praise God for the 4,567th time for the woman who sold it to you for $10.
  11. With flour in bowl, mix in egg/yeast mixture and put mixer on kneading speed until cohesive ball is formed.
  12. Realize that the dough hook is still hitting the bottom of the bowl. Curse yourself that you still haven’t looked on the internet about how to fix this, yet you’ve been able to check Facebook 354 times per day.
  13. Let dough rest in greased bowl for 1 hour (it will not rise much). Become too impatient to wait and cut the time to 30 minutes.
  14. Melt butter in sauce pan. Add brown sugar and corn syrup. Stirring frequently, heat to 220 degrees.
  15. Consider that if you could figure out how to make chocolate Stroopwafels, your dreams for world domination would finally be realized.
  16. Place bouncy ball size bits of dough on pizzelle maker. Take off when toasty brown and immediately cut cookies in half using serrated knife.
  17. Place 1 tbl of syrup on center of one cut cookie and place top on, pressing down to spread syrup. Say a few choice words after you burn yourself on hot syrup and wonder how the Dutch manage to not burn their fingers. Gain an understanding of why these little bundles of joy cost so much at Starbucks.
  18. Repeat steps 16 and 17 until dough is used up.
  19. Wonder how pathetic you might look if you eat syrup drippings directly off the stove. Resolve to do it while children are not looking.
  20. Share cookies with Dutch neighbor who pronounces it good. Share cookies with other neighbor who squeals with delight. Plan to start cult using the Stroopwafel as a bait.

this recipe makes 7 cookies after sharing, giving some to the kids, allowing the husband a few for quality control test and eating the ‘mistakes’ (I think I originally had 4 dozen)