My Waffle Iron Sugar Cookies Recipe make from scrath.
My husband and I have never been big on celebrating holidays like Valentine’s day.
We are more of the “pizza, beer & ice cream with movie at home” kind-of-couple.
And I’d much rather have a cupcake over flowers.
Now, that doesn’t stop me from putting a few heart sprinkles on something and calling it a Valentine’s Day treat.
WHAT ARE BELGIAN COOKIES?
Waffle cookies come in a variety of flavors, and the version I’m sharing was inspired by French and Belgian waffle cookies, which are typically made with a simple vanilla cookie dough.
Unlike Stroopwafels, another type of waffle cookie, these cookies do not require yeast or any special equipment. They’re just as simple to make as regular sugar cookies, but instead of baking them in the oven, you can cook them in a standard waffle iron.
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CAN I PUT COOKIE DOUGH IN MY WAFFLE MAKER?
Yep! You can use your waffle maker to make almost any cookie dough, including premade refrigerated dough like chocolate chip, peanut butter, and sugar cookie dough.
If you thought your waffle maker was only for waffles, you’ll love this recipe. More than waffles, I use mine to make cookies!
INGREDIENTS FOR WAFFLE IRON SUGAR COOKIES:
- Baking powder: this makes them nice and soft
- Salt: for flavor, important if using unsalted butter
- All-purpose flour: the best flour for making cookies
- Butter: I always use unsalted butter, make sure it’s softened
- Sugar: I like using granulated sugar in this cookie recipe
- Egg: make sure to buy large eggs
- Vanilla extract: for flavor, you can mix and match any extract!
WHAT IS THE BEST WAFFLE MAKER FOR WAFFLE COOKIES?
You can make waffles with any waffle maker you have. The more cookies you can cook at once, the larger the waffle maker. Here are a few of my favorite waffle makers:
- A basic waffle maker that can be used for any recipe.
- Cuisinart Griddler + Waffle Plates, excellent for cleaning (and if you already have a Griddler, no need for extra appliances)
- Mini Dash: This is great for single servings, but it takes a long time to make all of the waffle cookies.
HOW TO MAKE WAFFLE FRENCH COOKIES?
- Preheat the waffle maker: This recipe requires a waffle maker. Depending on the type, coat it with cooking spray and preheat it to either medium-high heat or 350°F. You will also need to line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Dry Ingredients: In a small bowl, whisk the baking powder, salt, and flour.
- Cream: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract before adding the dry ingredients. The dough will be thick and sticky once combined.
- Scoop: For each cookie, take one tablespoon of dough. Drop it on the hot waffle maker. You should be able to cook four cookies at once if you have a standard-sized waffle maker (7 to 8′′).
- Close the lid and cook the waffle cookies for three to five minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove them carefully from the waffle maker, using a fork to help pop them out. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool.
- Rep: With the remaining cookie dough, repeat this process. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating with powdered sugar, chocolate, or other decorations.
Alternative Video Recipe: Waffle Cookies
Waffle Iron Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Bean Glaze
That, I’m all for. I took my pretty standard, but perfect, sugar cookie recipe and made them in the waffle iron. Topped them with some vanilla-bean glaze – they’re perfectly simple.
These cookies were not exactly planned, but definitely ended well. I was just minding my own business, removing my chilled cookie dough from the fridge to roll them out like usual, when I thought about the waffle iron just sitting on my counter. I thought, why not?
So I tried a few, experimenting with the timing. You can make sugar cookies in a fraction of the time! Mine took just 2 minutes! Plus, no rolling out the dough, getting flour everywhere, and cutting out shapes. The clean up was a breeze.
While you can only cook 4 at a time, it went much faster. Not only did making them like this not sacrifice any of the buttery taste, it made the perfect little grooves to fill with vanilla bean glaze.
You could even top it with some ice cream, if you’re into that sort of thing (not that I did that or anything). But IF you did, cookies & cream ice cream would probably be really good.
WAFFLE COOKIE TIPS AND VARIATIONS
- To make things as simple as possible, spray your waffle maker with cooking spray so the cookies can be easily removed.
- Because the cookies will be very hot, I transfer them from the waffle iron to the cookie sheet with a fork. The fork makes it simple to remove the cookie from the iron without getting burned.
- The cookies will harden as they cool. They will soften again after being stored in an airtight container. Soft waffle cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to two days.
- You can eat them plain, but I recommend dusting the cooled cookies with powdered sugar. Just make sure they’re cool enough not to melt the sugar.
- After you make the dough, mix in chocolate chips or sprinkles before you cook the cookies.
- Alternately, melt chocolate and dip the cooled cookies in it and then let them set. To make a cute decoration, add some sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you put sugar cookies in a waffle maker?
A TikToker discovered another cookie heating option you can try if you haven’t already: Put it in a waffle iron. But, most importantly, try it with a pre-made frosted sugar cookie. TikToker @michaellasmitth shared a video putting a frosted sugar cookie in a mini waffle iron, and it’s kind of genius.
Can I put cookie dough in a waffle maker?
Preheat a waffle iron to medium-low. Generously spray the top and bottom of the waffle iron with cooking spray. Scoop tablespoons of the dough, roll into balls and flatten slightly. Working in batches, place 1 dough round onto each section of the waffle iron, close gently and cook until slightly crisp, 3 to 6 minutes.
Can you make cookie dough in the microwave?
Store-bought or homemade cookie dough is safe to cook in the microwave, but won’t taste as good as conventional cookies. Unlike an oven which heats food from the outside first, a microwave does the opposite. So, the cookie isn’t chewy or crisp; instead, it’s best described as tough.
More alternative waffles recipes to try:
Waffle Cookie Vanilla
These mini waffle cookies are made with vanilla cookie dough and baked in a waffle iron until soft on the inside and golden on the outside. They can be eaten plain, dusted with powdered sugar, or dipped in chocolate for a special treat.
Butter Waffle Cookies Recipe
This Belgian Waffle Cookie is out of this world! They’re commonly known as French Gaulettes, but I prefer to call them Belgian Butter Waffle Iron cookies. These are traditional Christmas treats in countries with a large Belgian population, and their popularity has grown due to their delicious taste and versatility.