Entertaining Shortcut: Trader Joe's Stroopwafels

Entertaining Shortcut: Trader Joe's Stroopwafels

Stephanie Barlow
Nov 10, 2010

Dessert is always the last thought in my entertaining plan. I can handle appetizers and cocktails, but I always seem to decide on making dessert a few hours too late in the game. But no one is ever disapointed when I break out these Dutch cookies.

Stroopwafels (syrup waffles) originate from the Netherlands where they are tradtionally served with a hot drink. These stroopwafels are just wide enough to rest on a mug and are served perched on top, heating up and slowly melting the syrup. Comprised of two thin golden waffles sandwiched together with a sticky caramel syrup, they are an ideal marriage of crispy and sticky, yet somehow remaining light at the same time.

Trader Joe's happens to stock a mini version. While they aren't homemade, I love these because they are a big step up from other cookies you can easily pick up on your way home from work. I've seen other versions sold in for outrageous prices in specialty stores and until I manage to make them myself, the Trader Joe's versions are budget friendly and perfectly delicious. I microwave them for a few seconds and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a cup of coffee or tea.

Have you tried stroopwafels?

Related: The Best Waffle You'll Ever Eat: Gaufres de Liege

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