This post could also be called "love letter to a cookie". Most of my favorite cookies (and yes, I have many) are American classics like chocolate chip, peanut butter, and iced sugar cookies. Five or six years ago, however, a sleek import worked its way onto that illustrious list when a Dutch colleague brought back stroopwafels to share with our office. Stroopwafels are thin, soft cinnamon-y cookies with a distinctive waffle-like print (ahem, check the name - and then say it with me). And BONUS - they have a caramel center layer. I was instantly smitten.
After a few days of stroopwafel snack breaks, my colleague let us in on her amusement that we were all eating our stroopwafels at room temperature. But how else were we supposed to eat them? It turns out that by setting this magical cookie atop a mug of steaming coffee or tea, the cookie warms up gently and that caramel center turns ever so slightly soft and gooey. It's bliss.
Like any good love story, the stroopwafel saga has a bit of drama and tension. After I changed jobs four years ago, I was left without my stroopwafel fairy godmother. And I couldn't find them anywhere. In the interim, I stumbled upon them only once (at Whole Foods) never to be found again. Until last week, when stumbled upon Stroopies, sold via Mouth.com. So now I'm fully stocked, and you too can get in on stroopwafel goodness (and you can even try the chocolate dipped version).
p.s. If you're craving a warm gooey cookie but aren't pairing it with a hot beverage, you can put the stroopwafels in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.