A twist on the classic cookie that makes them the perfect balance of crunchy and soft.
Vanilla cookies are delicious, but what if you want to switch them up a bit? Then you have to try this delicious waffle cookie recipe. Not only is it the perfect level of sweet, but it is versatile enough to make in multiple ways.
Rather than baking your vanilla cookie dough the traditional way, cook it in a waffle maker! This gives them a crispy outer layer while keeping them chewy inside. They are delicious as is, but you can dip them in chocolate, cover them in sprinkles, or simply add some powdered sugar. The possibilities are endless.
Enough rambling, let’s dive into waffle cookies!
WHAT ARE WAFFLE COOKIES?
This recipe is similar to the Belgian style of waffle cookies. Vanilla cookie dough is cooked in a waffle maker as opposed to the traditional baking method. They aren’t the same thing as Stroopwafles, which are a much thinner waffle cookie from the Netherlands.
Baking Powder: Gives the cookies a soft texture
Salt: Adding a bit of salt helps balance out the sweetness of the cookie, and brings out the cookie’s flavors.
Flour: It is best to use All-Purpose flour, but you can also use gluten-free All-Purpose.
Unsalted Butter: Use softened butter when making the dough recipe.
Sugar: Different types of sugar will provide different flavors. It is best to use granulated sugar, but you can use brown sugar for a more caramel-like taste.
Egg: Act as a binding agent in the dough recipe.
Vanilla Extract: It is best to use pure vanilla extract as opposed to imitation vanilla. Imitation tends to give off a slight chemical after taste.
HOW TO MAKE THESE SCRUMPTIOUS WAFFLE COOKIES
Start off by preheating your waffle maker. Spray a little oil onto it and preheat it at medium-high heat (350°F). Prep a baking tray by lining it with parchment paper - this will be used later to cool down the cookies.
While the waffle maker preheats, get a mixing bowl and start mixing the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, use an electric whisk to mix the sugar and butter until it’s creamed (fluffy).
Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, and mix until there are no streaks from the eggs. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and combine. The dough should be thick and a little sticky.
There are two ways to cook these cookies in the waffle maker. The first is to cook them one at a time by placing a tablespoon of dough in the middle of the waffle maker. This will take a bit longer, but may be a good way to make the recipe if it’s your first time. If you have more experience, then place one tablespoon of dough on each quarter of the waffle iron. That way you can make four cookies at once!
Once you have added the dough to the waffle maker, close the lid and let them cook for about four minutes. Depending on your waffle maker it could take more or less time, but you want them to be a golden color.
Take them off the waffle iron with a fork or spoon (not your hands) and put them on the lined baking sheet to cool.
If you want to add any toppings or chocolate, wait until the cookies have fully cooled. You don’t want the toppings to melt on top and make the waffle cookies soggy.
Questions on the Recipe
What waffle maker should I use?
There is no need for any fancy gear in this recipe. Any normal waffle maker will do just fine.
Can I use more than a tablespoon of dough?
We don’t recommend using more than a tablespoon, because it could cause uneven cooking. To get the best texture, less is more.
How do I store waffle cookies?
Place them in an airtight container and leave them at room temperature. They will last for two days, so enjoy them quickly.
How can I switch up the recipe?
Waffle cookies are delicious as is, but adding some toppings can make them more fun. Once they are cooled, dip them in melted chocolate to make a chocolate waffle cookie. If you want something mixed into the dough itself, add sprinkles into the dough before putting it into the waffle maker. You can get some yummy birthday-themed waffle cookies!
- Spray your waffle maker with cooking spray before adding in the dough. This will make removing the cookies and cleaning up much easier.
- Don’t use your hands when removing the cookies as they will be hot. Use a spoon or fork to remove the cookie.
- Make sure to store the cookies in an airtight container, so they keep their softness.