Homemade Biscoff cookies

Homemade Biscoff Cookies

It seems like every time I log onto a social networking site, someone has posted another Biscoff cookie-based recipe.  Well, now’s as good a time as ever to jump on the bandwagon myself.  All of the homemade Biscoff cookie recipes I’ve found so far have included ingredients I’m allergic to (I have a lot of food allergies).  So, without further ado, here is my take on homemade Biscoff cookies – without soy, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, or cloves.  The only spice listed in the ingredients on the packing is cinnamon anyhow.

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See? Just cinnamon; no nutmeg, ginger, allspice, or cloves.  (The “wheat flour” is just plain “white” flour, by the way; not whole wheat flour.)

So what are Biscoff cookies anyhow?  Whether you know them by the name Biscoff or Speculoos, they’re a spiced shortbread cookie – if you’re familiar with Walkers Shortbread, think cinnamon-flavored Walkers, and you won’t be too far off.  Biscoff/Speculoos cookies are based on Dutch speculaas cookies, which are traditionally made and eaten around the feast of St. Nicholas (December 6th) through Christmas (December 25th).  They are typically baked with an image or figure stamped on the top before baking (kinda like animal crackers). Continue reading

stroopwafels

Homemade Stroopwafels

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Look at that ooey, gooey deliciousness!

Hi, I’m Kate, and I’ve been addicted to stroopwafels for the past 5 years.

Kate, seriously, what are you on about?  What the heck is a stoop-stroop-waffle-thing-a-ma-hooey?

Well, my dear reader, stroopwafels are actually described in their very name.

Uhm… sure.

No, really, they are.  They’re Dutch.  Stroop means syrup, and wafel means – go ahead, take a guess.

Cookie!

No.  Oh, my goodness, no.  Waffle.  Wafel means waffle.  Okay, moving on now…

Stroopwafels are one of the best – and most underrated – cookies in the world.  They’re a traditional Dutch treat, comprised of adorable little waffle cookies (similar to pizzelles), sliced in half, with a layer of caramel syrup in the middle.  Stroopwafels are meant to be enjoyed with a nice cup of hot tea or coffee.  You place the cookie over the top of your mug and let the steam soften it.  Because the steam heats the cookie, it melts the caramel layer, transforming it into warm, gooey deliciousness. Continue reading