Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Bruno’s New Year’s Waffles

January 18, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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bruno's new year's waffles

Maybe we are getting to the point in January where we are no longer really celebrating the new year, but I’m giving it one last toast with Bruno’s New Year’s Waffles. I almost skipped these waffles, which are more like thin wafers, because the recipe uses a pizzelle iron to cook them. I don’t have one. In fact, I think that out of the group, Diane is the only one who does…but that didn’t stop Gaye, who used a sandwich press, or Mardi, who used a griddle pan, from getting them done, so I really didn’t have an excuse to sit them out. With two good ways to hack the cooking process explained, I wondered if there could be a third. Made with a stiff dough rather than a loose batter, these thin, crispy waffles sounded a bit like Dutch stroopwafels (which I have only consumed, never made), especially since Dorie recommends sandwiching them with a filling. I spent some time thinking about how I could get them as thin as reasonably possible and decided to try out my tortilla press. I did only a fourth of the recipe and made them larger than Dorie and Bruno do, getting eight cookies in total. I weighed out my dough balls (about 20g each), gave them each a very firm pressing, and then transferred the resulting circles to my comal to crisp up. I did trim the ratty edges with a cutter while the cookies were still hot.

I’m sure they weren’t as delicate as they would have been in a pizzelle iron, but I was pretty happy with how my waffles came out. They cooled caramelized and crisp, and I sandwiched them with some leftover dark chocolate glaze I had in the fridge. I heated up some classic hot chocolate from Dorie’s xoxoDorie newsletter to enjoy them with, for an extra happy new year treat.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. This is BRILLIANT!!!!

  2. Wow, you are so adaptable…I took one look at the recipe in the book and thought, nope, that’s not happening, I don’t have one of those pizzelle irons, nor do I know anyone who does that I could borrow it for an afternoon. But look at you…you just find a way around it. These look really nice. Maybe I need to pop over to that gently used kitchen equipment shop and see if they have one of these pizzelle irons…I could leave my name on the waiting list! Your cookies look wonderful and the photo photo thing is just so warm and inviting…and thanks for teaching this old dog new tricks.

  3. Love the substitution that you came up with. Stroopwafels is a great description. I actually had one in the Netherlands. I am glad that you enjoyed your new year treat.

  4. What a smart cookie using the tortilla press! I’m waiting for a snow day to try the hot chocolate!

  5. Congrats to you Steph for figuring another way! I don’t have any of the above mentioned apparatus so I had to sit this one out. You made it sound tasty though, describing it similar to a stroopwafel!

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