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Two impossibly thin, crisp, waffles enveloping gooey, buttery, caramel. I used to think that the alfajores my housemate’s grandmother lovingly sends from Argentina were my favorite cookies. But I do believe I’ve seen the light.
You see, it’s not just that these stroopwafels—hailing all the way from the Netherlands—taste amazing. They are also functional. They’re meant to be placed atop a steaming mug of coffee or tea, with three truly noble effects:
1. The rising steam from your beverage warms the cookie, causing the caramel within to get all hot and gooey
2. Because you will be placing your cookie atop your cuppa, it allows you to take a minute or two to sink into your seat, breathe, and relax before you get started on the day’s pressing matters
3. While the previous two things are occurring, the cookie is also keeping your beverage hot.
What’s not to love?
It even has an official poster with "before" and "after" stroopwafel consumption photos, and, if the pictures are to be believed, one’s face is meant to turn notably red post-consumption. Rest assured, however, that the partner and I have consumed nearly an entire bag of stroopwafels and have not had to deal with any effects more untoward than a profound sense of deliciousness.
And, if you cannot resist mini things (or drink your joe from a dainty demitasse), you’ll find bags of mini stroopwafels from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. If you really, really, don’t want to bother with a hot drink, they’re still good straight from the package. But that would be like drinking extraordinary wine from a plastic cup. There’s a YouTube video showing how they’re made here (in Dutch, but fairly self-explanatory), and a recipe here.
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