Dutch Stroopwafel Recipe (with video)

Dutch Stroopwafels don’t need any introduction. These caramel-filled waffle cookies are wildly popular and available in many US markets. Just wait until you’ve tasted a freshly-baked, homemade stroopwafel. Wow!

Did you ever imagine that you could make stroopwafels at home? It’s totally doable. These are really, really good stroopwafels. Almost as good as the ones I’ve had hot off the stroopwafel cart in Gouda!

In fact, my Dutch husband said my homemade stroopwafels were “perfect”. Believe me, being Dutch, he is not one for false flattery.

You do need one special piece of equipment and should seek-out one special ingredient.

You will need a waffle maker to bake the cookies. Not a waffle maker like you’d use for breakfast waffles, but a waffle iron designed to make ice cream cones or pizzelles.

The special ingredient is Dutch stroop. You can buy it on-line and you’ll find a link in the recipe card (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases). If you can’t find stroop, see the FAQ section below for a substitution.

Scroll through the process photos to see how to make Dutch Stroopwafels:

photo one shows cookie batter in a mixing bowl. Photo 2 shows the cookie batter formed into a ball on the countertop. Photo three shows balls of cookie dough on a baking sheet.
1. Mix the dough with the beater attachment. 2. Turn the dough out and form into a ball. 3. Divide the dough into 18 pieces and set aside for 1 hour.
a tray of cookie dough balls, a waffle iron, a bowl of caramel an empty sheet pan are set up on a countertop.
Make an assembly line with the dough, waffle maker, filling, utensils and a clean baking sheet for the finished waffles.
photo one shows two pieces of dough on a waffle iron. photo two show two cooked waffles in the iron. Photo three shows a knife splitting a waffle cookie in half.
1. Form the dough into a disc and place it on the preheated waffle iron. 2. Bake the stroopwafels until golden brown. 3. Immediately split the waffle with a small knife.
first photos shows a hand splitting open a waffle. Second photo shows spreading stroop filling into a waffle.
1. Open up the waffle. It should split naturally into two pieces. 2 Spread a generous helping of stroop filling into the warm waffle.

FAQs about making Stroopwafels at home:

Do I have to use Dutch Stroop in the filling? Is there a substitute for stroop?

If you can find it, I highly recommend using Dutch stroop for authentic flavor. The best substitute for stroop would be half light corn syrup and half molasses. Don’t use honey or maple syrup as they both have the wrong texture and have specific flavors that won’t work in the filling.

How do I get the right texture for the caramel filling?

When the filling is warm it will be too runny to spread into the cookies. Allow it to cool to room temperature before using. You can refrigerate the filling to speed up the cooling. If the filling gets very thick you can briefly microwave it to loosen it up a bit.

Can the dough be made ahead of time?

Yes, the dough can be made ahead and frozen for up to 3 months. Remove the dough balls from the freezer and allow them to defrost before using. The filling could also be made ahead and frozen.

Is it possible to make stroopwafels without a waffle iron?

No, not really. They are waffles, after all.

Can I bake the waffles ahead of time and fill them later?

It’s easiest to split the waffles when they’re hot off the iron. The cookies crisp up very quickly and could crack if you try to split them after they’ve cooled. You should split and fill each cookie as soon as it finishes baking. To protect your fingers from the heat you can wear latex gloves or place a paper towel on top of the waffle as you split it.

How long do stroopwafels stay fresh?

Stroopwafels will keep at room temperature for several days and can be frozen for longer storage.

How do I reheat stroopwafels?

You can set a fresh stroopwafel on top of a cup of coffee or tea to lightly melt the filling and warm the cookie. If the cookies have been frozen or are a few days old you can briefly warm them in a 200°F oven.

Watch the recipe video to watch me bake and fill stroopwafels.

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Dutch Stroopwafel Recipe

Dutch Stroopwafels don't need any introduction. These caramel-filled waffle cookies are wildly popular and available in many US markets. Just wait until you've tasted a freshly-baked, homemade stroopwafel. Wow!
Prep Time1 hour
Bake Time30 minutes
Rising Time1 hour
18 cookies
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Stroop filling

  • 7 oz Dutch Stroop (2/3 cup (see note))
  • 4 oz brown sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 3 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt

Waffle Dough

  • 2 oz whole milk (1/4 cup, warm)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast (7 g or 1 packet)
  • 2 each large eggs (room temperature)
  • 6 oz unsalted butter (melted)
  • 5 oz granulated sugar (2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 15 oz all purpose flour (3 cups, see note)


  • Combine the stroop, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and salt in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar and butter are melted and the mix just comes to a boil. Transfer the filling to a bowl and set aside to cool.
    7 oz Dutch Stroop, 4 oz brown sugar, 3 oz unsalted butter, 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • Combine the milk and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl. Use the beater and mix until the yeast is dissolved. Add the eggs, melted butter and sugar.
    2 oz whole milk, 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast, 2 each large eggs, 5 oz granulated sugar, 6 oz unsalted butter
  • With the mixer running on low, add the cinnamon and salt. Add the flour and mix until most of the flour is incorporated. Turn the dough out into a lightly floured surface and knead into a ball. The dough is quite soft.
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon table salt, 15 oz all purpose flour
  • Divide the dough into 18 pieces, each piece should weigh about 50g. Roll each piece to a ball and line them up on a sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap and set the dough aside for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the waffle iron. Take a ball of dough and flatten it to a disc. Place it on the waffle iron and close the iron.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Use a fork to lift the waffle off the iron. Immediately use a knife with a thin sharp blade to split and open up the waffle. Generously spread the inside of the waffle with stroop (about a tablespoon) and sandwich the two halves together. Continue with the remaining dough.

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If you can’t find Dutch stroop you can use half light corn syrup and half molasses.
If measuring the flour by volume use the “dip & sweep” method. That is, dip the measuring cup into the flour bin, overfill it, then sweep away the excess.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 443IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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    1. My waffle maker makes a cookie 4″ across. If you have a different size waffle maker you may have to adjust the number of cookies.

    1. Sometimes Amazon has it, and sometimes they don’t. https://www.amazon.com/Van-Gilse-Original-syrup-600gr/dp/B08PFZVD6W (As an Amazon affiliate I earn from purchases). You can also google it and you may find other websites that sell it. https://www.hollandforyou.com/holland-shop-dutch-products-dutch-groceries/dutch-food/breakfast-lunch/dutch-syrup-11/van-gilse-schenkstroop-classic-holland-shop.html. Otherwise, I’ve put a substitution suggestion in the Notes section of the recipe card.

    1. My waffle maker doesn’t have adjustable heat. They will bake very fast so I think going fairly hot will not be a problem.

  1. Hi! I’m excited to try this but wanted to let you know that the stroop you have linked on Amazon isn’t available! I’m probably going to make my own with corn syrup and molasses but I thought you might want to know in case you wanted to link another one 🙂

    1. Oh, thanks for the heads up. I have noticed that the Dutch stroop is sometimes unavailable. I’ll try to find another link.

    2. @Eileen Gray, I’m excited to try these. I noticed the stoop isn’t available too. I’ll make my own but if you find another type let me know. THANK YOU!!!

    1. Unfortunately, the model I have isn’t available any more. The one shown in the recipe card is the closest I could find to what I have.

      1. Oh, for me it still says it’s unavailable on Amazon. If anyone is interested I use the “Palmer Electric Belgian Cookie Iron Thin”. I did a quick google search and found it for sale on the company’s website and a few other places.