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I’m a little bit crazy about Stroopwafels. I LOVE those things. They are a treat from the Netherlands, thin wafer cookies that have a layer of caramel filling. You can also find them with chocolate and honey filling. They are really thin, sweet, chewy waffles.
You may have had them on an airplane on a morning flight. United Airlines started serving them in 2016. I have found that even in the afternoon, if I order coffee instead of a soft drink during the beverage service, they still give me a Stroopwafel instead of pretzels! 🙂
I remember watching a baking show a while back and the bakers were challenged with making Stroopwafels and I think ALL of them were a massive Pinterest Fail. So as much as I love to make my own versions of stuff, I’m not going to attempt to make these. Especially when you can get them many places now. Most grocery stores carry them, or you can order them online.
You can even get them in mini size. These are kind of dangerous though because they are so “poppable.” 🙂
About a month ago I was at a liquor store and saw Stroopwafel Liqueur! Stroopwafels, alcohol, how is that a bad plan? 🙂
Turns out, I didn’t like it too much as a drink. I liked the flavor, but it was too sweet just to drink out of a glass. I’m sure it is good as an ingredient in a mixed drink. I added a splash to my coffee and that was good.
Then I had an idea. It’s really hot right now here in Texas, and ice cream is the meal of choice in this kind of weather. 🙂 What if I used this stuff to make Stroopwafel Ice Cream??
I decided to use an ice cream recipe from the book that came with my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. This is an easy ice cream maker to use. You just have to remember to freeze the bowl ahead of time. It’s a good idea to just keep the bowl in the freezer all the time in the summer so that you’re always ready to make ice cream when the mood hits.
You just pour your ingredients in the frozen bowl, place it on the ice cream maker, insert the paddle, and turn it on. The machine does all the work from there. No manual churning necessary like back in the day.
The recipe I used was a very simple vanilla base. You can always make a custard-based ice cream, which involves cooking egg yolks and the other ingredients. It is DELICIOUS but I didn’t feel like heating up the kitchen so I didn’t make a custard ice cream this time. Here is the simple recipe from Cuisinart:
I decided to substitute the Stroopwafel Liqueur for the vanilla extract. Talk about the “good vanilla.” 🙂 After I got everything mixed together I tasted it and it wasn’t quite “stroopy” enough so I added a little more of the liqueur until I liked the flavor. Then I refrigerated the whole mixture overnight.
The next day, I set up my ice cream maker and added my mixture, and let the machine take over. As you can see, it started out as a liquid.
Then it quickly began to solidify.
Once it was ready, I was so eager to taste it. You guys. It was Stroopulously DELICIOUS. It tasted very much like my favorite little waffles.
I also decided to add a little topping–another favorite thing I like to eat–Biscoff cookies. These cookies are in the same flavor family and I decided the ground-up cookies would add a nice texture to the ice cream.
If you haven’t tried these cookies, you need to fix that. 🙂 They are crunchy, with a caramelized cinnamon, spicy flavor that just begs to be dunked in a cup of coffee.
If you love the flavor of these cookies, you can also get Biscoff flavored cookie butter spread. It comes in smooth and crunchy. You can bake with it, spread it on bread for a sweet treat, or just eat it right out of the jar with a spoon. No judgment here. 🙂 I like both the smooth and the crunchy.
I may next try making ice cream using one of these cookie butters. I would think I need to make the custard-type ice cream though so that all of the ingredients will heat up together. I think putting it in the cold mixture I made for the Stroopwafel ice cream would cause it to seize up.
So if you are a fan of Stroopwafels, give this ice cream a try! And if you don’t feel like making your own, I am happy to let you know that McDonald’s knows what’s up and they are introducing what they are calling Worldwide Flavors menu items this summer.
Guess what that includes? A. Stroopwafel. McFlurry. I just found out about this and I am making it my mission this week to find out if this magic has come to my area. If you find out it is available where you are, please share so we can start putting together a Stroopwafel McFlurry Availability Map for everyone’s benefit. 🙂
If I find the McFlurry in my area, I plan on conducting a taste test to compare it to my creation. Maybe I can figure out some ways to enhance mine for when the McFlurry inevitably goes away. The good things always disappear from menus. So we have to be ready to look after ourselves and indulge our cravings on our own!
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