Today is St. Nicholas Day and my brother’s birthday (Happy Birthday!). My grandma was born in the Netherlands and immigrated here after WWII. She still has family over there so when she visited she would bring back food and various things for us. She would always bring back Stroopwafels and I loved getting them. They are these waffle type cookies with a caramel type syrup in the middle, which are really good. When I visited the Netherlands with my grandmother when I was 15, I realized that they had vendors selling warm, fresh stroopwafels. What I wouldn’t give for one of those now.
In the Netherlands they celebrate St. Nicholas Day and when we were younger we would always put our shoes outside and would get little gifts in them. I decided to make stroopwafels for St. Nicholas Day. These are not as good as the warm fresh ones I got from the vendors in the Netherlands, but I thought they turned out pretty good.
(Recipe adapted from Food.com).
1 1/2 cups of packed brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons of dark corn syrup
Pizzelles (waffle cookies), original or vanilla flavor
1. In a medium-sized saucepan mix all the ingredients together, except for the pizzelles, over medium heat until it boils, constantly stirring the mixture. Once boiling, simmer the filling and continue constantly stirring for 5-10 minutes until the filling reaches the soft ball stage.
2. Spread about one tablespoon of the filling one on waffle cookie, let it cool for about 1 minute, then squeeze a second cookie on top. The cookies will soften when pushed together by the hot filling.
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