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Delicious Homemade Stroopwafel Recipe - Dutch Caramel Waffle Delight

Discover how to make Stroopwafels, the iconic Dutch treat, right at home! Follow this easy recipe to create these delightful caramel-filled waffles that are perfect with your coffee or tea.

November 21, 2023
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 6 people
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 50 mins




  1. To make the dough, in a large bowl, mix together the melted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, warm milk, and vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, salt, and yeast.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients to form a soft dough.
  4. Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the Stroopwafel iron (or a shallow waffle iron).
  6. Divide the dough into small balls (about the size of a golf ball).
  7. Press each ball in the waffle iron and cook until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.
  8. Quickly cut the waffles into two thin layers while still hot using a sharp knife or a Stroopwafel cutter.

Caramel Filling:

  1. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, and cinnamon.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until the mixture is smooth and thickened.


  1. Spread a thin layer of caramel on one half of each waffle.
  2. Place the other half on top, gently pressing to spread the filling to the edges.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Stroopwafels
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 3 g6%
Total Fat 12 g15.4%
Sodium 100 mg4.3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use a Stroopwafel iron or a shallow waffle iron for the best results. Traditional Stroopwafels are thin and crispy.
  • The dough should be soft but not sticky. Adjust with a little extra flour or milk if needed to get the right consistency.
  • Work quickly with the dough when splitting the cooked waffles in half. They harden as they cool, making them difficult to cut.
  • Roll the dough balls small enough to ensure the waffles are thin after pressing in the iron.
  • Ensure the caramel filling is smooth but not too runny. It should spread easily but not drip off the waffles.
  • Use a spatula or knife to spread the caramel evenly, reaching the edges of the waffles.
  • If the Stroopwafels harden, warm them briefly on a hot pan or in the microwave for a few seconds to soften.
  • Traditionally, Stroopwafels are placed over a hot cup of tea or coffee which helps to slightly warm and soften the caramel.
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Immerse yourself in the sweet delight of making Stroopwafels, a beloved Dutch treat known worldwide. These thin, crispy waffles filled with a rich caramel syrup are traditionally served over a cup of hot tea or coffee, allowing the steam to gently warm the waffle and soften the caramel. Making Stroopwafels (Dutch Waffles) at home might seem like a gourmet feat, but with this straightforward recipe, you can bring a piece of the Netherlands into your kitchen.

What Are Stroopwafels?

Stroopwafels, translating to "syrup waffles" in Dutch, have a rich history that dates back to the late 18th century in the Netherlands. Originating from the city of Gouda, famous for its cheese, these delightful treats soon became a beloved staple throughout the country. Initially, they were made using leftover breadcrumbs and sweet fillings, but as their popularity grew, bakers began crafting them more deliberately, leading to the stroopwafel we know today.

Renowned for their unique taste and texture, Stroopwafels have transcended beyond being just a Dutch waffle, garnering international acclaim. Shops like Van Wonderen Stroopwafels in Amsterdam have contributed to their global popularity, offering gourmet versions of the classic treat. These modern interpretations often feature toppings like chocolate, fruits, and nuts, making them not only a delight to eat but also a feast for the eyes.

In recent years, the stroopwafel has inspired a variety of spin-offs, including stroopwafel cookies, which combine the traditional flavors in a more conventional cookie form. These cookies often feature a similar caramel-like syrup sandwiched between two thin, waffle-textured cookies. Whether enjoying a traditional Dutch waffle from a street vendor in the Netherlands, savoring a luxurious creation from Van Wonderen, or biting into a stroopwafel cookie at a local café, the experience is a delightful journey through taste and tradition. The stroopwafel has not just remained a part of Dutch culinary heritage but has also evolved to become a cherished treat worldwide.

What's The Difference Between A Stroopwafel And A Pizzelle?


Stroopwafel: Stroopwafels originated in the Netherlands, with their roots traced back to the city of Gouda. They have been a popular Dutch delicacy since the late 18th century.

Pizzelle: Pizzelles are traditional Italian waffle cookies, particularly associated with the regions of Abruzzo and Molise.


Stroopwafel: Stroopwafels consist of two thin waffle-like layers with a caramel syrup filling in the middle. The dough typically includes flour, butter, sugar, eggs, yeast, and spices like cinnamon.

Pizzelle: Pizzelles are made from a batter that includes flour, eggs, sugar, and butter or oil. They are flavored with anise, vanilla, or citrus, depending on regional variations.

Texture and Appearance:

Stroopwafel: Stroopwafels have a chewy and gooey texture due to the caramel syrup filling. They are typically larger in diameter and thinner.

Pizzelle: Pizzelles have a thin and crispy texture, similar to a wafer or a thin biscuit. They are often embossed with intricate patterns.


Stroopwafel: Stroopwafels are often placed atop a hot beverage like coffee or tea, allowing the caramel filling to soften slightly. They can also be enjoyed on their own.

Pizzelle: Pizzelles are versatile and can be enjoyed on their own as cookies or shaped into cones and filled with cream for a more elaborate dessert.

Cultural Significance:

Stroopwafel: Stroopwafels are an integral part of Dutch culture and are enjoyed both locally and internationally.

Pizzelle: Pizzelles hold cultural significance in Italian households, especially during festive occasions and celebrations.

What To Serve with Stroopwafel?

Stroopwafels are versatile treats that can be enjoyed in various ways.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Stroopwafels:

How To Store Stroopwafels?

Storing stroopwafels properly is crucial to maintaining their freshness and delightful texture. Here's how to keep them at their best:

Short-Term Storage:

  • Cool Completely: Allow the stroopwafels to cool completely after baking. This prevents moisture buildup, which can make them soggy.
  • Airtight Container: Once cooled, place the stroopwafels in an airtight container. This keeps them crisp and prevents them from absorbing odors from the refrigerator or pantry.
  • Room Temperature: Store the container at room temperature. Stroopwafels can typically be kept for up to a week when stored this way.

Long-Term Storage:

  • Freezing: For longer storage, stroopwafels can be frozen. Place them in a freezer-safe bag or container, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  • Thawing: When ready to eat, allow them to thaw at room temperature for a few hours. You can also warm them gently in the oven or microwave to rejuvenate their texture and warmth.

Reviving Stroopwafels:

  • If your stroopwafels have become a bit stiff or the caramel has hardened, you can briefly warm them in the microwave (for about 10-15 seconds) or place them on top of a hot cup of tea or coffee. The steam gently warms the stroopwafel, making it soft and melty.

Additional Tips:

  • Avoid Humidity: Humidity can make stroopwafels chewy. Store them in a dry place to maintain their crispness.
  • Separation: If you've made a large batch, consider storing them in smaller quantities. This way, you only open what you'll consume, keeping the rest fresh.

By following these storage tips, your stroopwafels will retain their signature crispiness and delicious caramel flavor, ready for you to enjoy as a perfect treat with your coffee or tea at any time.

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