Stroopwafels Recipe: One of the World’s Best Dutch Cookies

Stroopwafels recipe is a wafer cookie made from two thin layers of baked dough joined by a caramel filling.

First made in the Dutch city of Gouda, stroopwafels are popular throughout the Netherlands and the former Dutch Empire.

It has arguably become one of the best known Dutch dishes. Wikipedia

However, it is the mixture of the crispy waffle and the soft caramel filling that made this waffle to be loved all over the world.

These authentic Caramel Cookie Waffles are called ‘Stroopwafels’ by the Dutch. It is richly filled with chewy centers and is one of Holland’s true specialties.

The syrup waffles are also known as Treacle Waffles or Caramel Cookie Waffles.

Stroop waffles are a common sight in shops, stalls and even vending machines all over the Netherlands.

Did you know…?

An average Dutch person consumes 20 of these waffles each every year.

Stroopwafels Recipe: How do you eat a Stroopwafel?

The best way to enjoy a Stroopwafel is to warm it up before you eat it. How?

  • Firstly, place the waffle on top of a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea.
  • After that, leave it there for a few minutes until it starts to soften. Turn it over if needed, and eat it warm.

How many calories are in a Stroopwafel cookie?

Nutrition facts

Calories 120
Total Carbohydrate 19 g / 0.67 oz. 6% Daily value
Dietary fiber 0 g / 0.04 oz. 2% Daily value
Total Sugar 11 g / 0.39 oz. includes 11 g / 0.39 oz. Added Sugars 22% Daily value
Protein 1 g / 0.04 oz.


Do Stroopwafels expire?

Yes! The shelf life of our stroopwafels is approximately 6-7 months.

The history of the Stroopwafel
The origin of the Stroopwafel dates back until 1784.

A baker from Gouda baked a waffle of old crumbs and spices and filled this waffle with syrup.

The Stroopwafel was born. In its early stages, it never cost more than a penny or two.

Without doubt, the ‘biscuits for the poor’ as they were then known as.

During 1784 the Stroopwafel was only known in Gouda. But today every bakery in Gouda has its easy recipe.

Hence the reference to Goudse waffles before the fame spreads to all over the Netherlands.

Stroopwafels Recipe: How to Make


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 11/8 cups butter, melted
  • ¼ cup warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups molasses
  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


To make the dough

  • In the first place, mix the flour, melted butter, sugar, yeast, milk, and egg in a large bowl.
  • Secondly, when the dough becomes stiff to stir, turn out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for a few minutes.
  • Then, set aside to rise for 45 minutes.

To Make the Filling

  • Firstly, heat the molasses, brown sugar, remaining butter and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Then, stir to blend, and set aside.

To Make the Stroopwafel Wafer Cookies 

  • Firstly, preheat a pizzelle iron. Then, knead the dough briefly, and divide the dough into 2 inch balls
  • After that, press the balls in the preheated iron and cook until the iron stops releasing steam, or until the waffles are golden brown.
  • Thirdly, carefully remove with a knife or spatula, and split in half horizontally (like pocket bread)
  • Lastly, while still warm, spread filling on the insides, and put the halves back together.
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