A beloved tradition in our home, these French Cakes, aka Waffle Cookies, are so easy and delicious.
Made in the waffle iron and devoured by the dozen, these French Cakes are sweet treats that are impossible to resist.
My dad made these French Cakes every Christmas that I can remember while growing up and they were always one of my favorite things about the holidays.
They’re also known as waffle cookies and they are delectable little bites. The aroma in the kitchen when my dad made these waffle cookies is a memory I hold dear and I can only hope my kids carry the same memory of making them with me in our kitchen.
Recently, my dad and I made a batch together at my house, and it was wonderful. My dad just retired four months ago from the local fire department, where he worked for 43 years.
He was known for all of his delicious food, including these French cakes. The recipe actually came from my dad’s mentor, Larry Strope, who was more like his father figure at the fire department.
We mostly make these cookies during the holidays, but every so often we make a batch during the year as a surprise for the kids. One bite just takes me back to cozy December days.
So, you don’t need to wait until Christmas to make these wonderful French cakes. They are the perfect treat anytime of year.
What is great about these cookies is that they freeze well and you can switch up the flavor of extract you use.
The recipe calls for vanilla which is my favorite because it reminds me of a waffle cone, but my kids and hubs prefer almond extract because that is what I put in our crepes. Either way, all of us will devour regardless of the extract we use.
An added bonus of these infamous waffle cookies is that you can make them in the waffle iron. The kids can even help out with making them by scoping the dough ahead of time for you and the older kids can even work the waffle iron.
- Brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract or almond extract
How to Make Waffle Cookies
Cream the brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl for 3-4 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time. Make sure the egg is incorporated before you add the next one. Mix in the vanilla followed by the flour.
Chill the batter in the fridge for 1 hour.
Heat waffle iron and once it’s hot, place 1 scoop of dough in the center of each square.
You can use a cookie dough scooper for small cookies or an ice-cream scooper for a larger cookie.
Cook small cookies for 1 1/2 minutes. Large cookies will need 2 minutes.
Remove from waffle iron and cool.
Waffle Cookies/French Cakes FAQ
Pizzelle. Pizzelle (Italian pronunciation: [pitˈtsɛlle], singular pizzella) are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring commonly used is anise.
I think they are best served warm from the waffle iron, but they will keep for a few days at room temperature as long as they are stored in an airtight container.
Of course – we love to cook chocolate chip cookie dough in ours. Preheat waffle iron to medium-low. Generously spray the top and bottom of the waffle iron with cooking spray.
Using a cookie dough scooper or a tablespoon of the dough, roll into balls and flatten slightly and place in the waffle maker. Work in batches, place 1-2 cookie dough round(s) onto each section of the waffle iron, close gently and cook until slightly crisp, 3 to 6 minutes. YUM!
Don’t wait to give these waffle cookies a try – make a batch and share them with family and friends soon! This recipe is filled with so much love and care – I just know you’re going to love it. Enjoy! XOXO San
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- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 ¼ cups of sugar
- 1 lb. butter real butter no substitutes
- 5 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 7 cups flour
- Cream the brown sugar, sugar and butter for 3-4 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time, make sure the egg is well mixed in before you add the next one.
- Add vanilla.
- Add the flour.
- Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Heat waffle iron – once waffle iron is hot place 1 scoop of dough in the center of each square (mine makes 4 waffles, so it makes 4 cookies). You can use a cookie dough scooper for small cookies or an ice-cream scooper for a larger cookie (pictured) – close waffle iron.
- Let it cook for 1 1/2 minutes, small cookie or 2 minutes for large cookie.
- Remove from waffle iron and cool.
This post was recently updated, it was originally posted in October 2013.