Belgian Iron Cookies

Belgian Iron Cookies

Linda Housner 0

"These have been in the family forever. They last forever - they mellow like fine wine. You must have a special iron to bake them over a gas burner. It's like two hinged plates and it usually has a pretty pattern that is pressed into the cookies as they bake one by one."

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 249 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 249 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 7.5 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs:
  • 39.6g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 5.2 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 100 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, salt, and liquor (if desired). Blend in.
  2. Now it gets to be fun. You have to work in all five pounds of flour little by little by hand. It will work in but it takes a while. You'll wind up with a BIG mixing bowl of dough.
  3. Refrigerate dough overnight.
  4. Have plenty of people to help with the cooking. Lightly grease and heat the empty cookie iron over a gas burner. Start with a tablespoon and a half of dough rolled into a little "cigar" shape and vary amount to fit the size of your cookie iron. It takes from one to one and a half minutes to cook each cookie - it's a trial and error process at first till you get a handle on the temperature of the gas burner and the heat retaining capabilities of your iron. A properly cooked cookie will be golden and after cooled, crisp.
  5. This a family holiday tradition for us and we spend a whole day cooking cookies with lots of testing to make sure they're as good as last year's. The cast iron cookie irons work best, but I have seen people make them with the aluminum pizelle "irons". Ask for a krumkokie (croom cockie) iron at a gourmet cooking shop. We put them in tins and store till next Christmas, eating last year's cookies.
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My Belgian mother used to make something similar. She used an electric waffle iron with extra small squares. It was imported from Belgium and Dad had to rewire a plug in the kitchen to use it. The special iron runs at a higher wattage - Mom says it makes a difference. Maybe you can find an extra small grid waffle iron at a kitchen gadget shop.


My Belgian family mother-in-law made this cookie and called them galettes with the emphasis on ga'lettes. This year I ordered an electric iron from Palmer Mfg. and made my first batch. I cut the recipe in half and used 1 oz vanilla, 1 oz rum extract and 1 oz whiskey and 2 lbs dark brown sugar. Very Good.


I tried this with a pizelle iron, but it didn't work out well because the dough is so thick. I couldn't get the insides of the cookies cooked without burning the outsides. I guess the gas burner method is the only good way.