Today I have a great recipe for Belgian Waffle Cookies. These miniature wafeltjes are baked in a waffle iron and are so rich and buttery (the recipe calls for 400g butter!). My husband grew up eating these cookies (made by his grandparents) and is capable of eating them by the dozen. And now my kids as well. While making these our neighbours were calling over the fence to know what the amazing smell was that was coming from our kitchen. There is nothing quite like the smell of baking waffles (there must be a waffle inspired perfume out there somewhere). These keep for at least 3-4 days in a closed tin and are great to package up as a gift for someone special.
We found the recipe for these waffles on the site of Jeroen Meus who is pretty much the Jamie Oliver of Belgium. Jeroen has his own cooking show, tons of cookbooks and a really great website full of recipes. Everything I’ve tried of his has turned out to be delicious and simple to make (favorites are Baked Cauliflower with Ground Meat and Bruschetta with Guacamole, Smoked Sprot and Tomato Salsa).
Continue for wafeltjes recipe…
500g (4 cups) Pastry Flour (or all purpose flour)
400g (1 3/4 cup) butter
300g (1 1/2 cups) sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
pinch of salt
1. Gently melt the butter (make sure it doesn’t colour).
2. In the bowl of your mixer put in the flour and sugar. Add the baking powder, salt and the scraped out seeds of the vanilla bean (or the tsp of vanilla extract).
3. Mix on medium low speed and slowly add the eggs one at a time. Let mix for one minute then slowly pour in melted butter.
4. Cover bowl and put in fridge for at least one hour.
5. After letting the dough sit in fridge heat up waffle iron. Make small balls of dough and drop onto waffle iron (we did 4 at a time because we wanted them to be small but you could also do two bigger ones). Let bake until golden brown and remove from iron with wooden skewer onto a cooling rack. Store in covered container. Makes: a lot!
(Adapted from this recipe)
We actually made these to sell at a fundraiser pajama run around a local lake in support of children with cancer. We set up our bake table with these waffles, chocolate cupcakes, Rice Crispie Squares and popcorn and tempted all the runners who passed by (the waffles sold out almost immediately!). The money made at the race was donated to the Associazione Bianca Garavaglia which organises activities for children in hospital. Whether it’s a craft workshop, clown visit or a pizza party it’s something that makes these kids lives a little bit happier and bearable. So come on, make up some of these waffles and set up your own bake sale in support of kids in need!