Tuesdays with Dorie: Bruno’s New Year’s Waffles from Dorie’s Cookies

Chocolate dipped mini waffles on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies is yet another one calling for either a waffle maker or a pizzelle maker, neither of which I own (in Canada) and which I honestly don’t think I’d use enough to justify purchasing one (and the cupboard space it would require. But first, let’s get to the name – why “New Year’s” waffles?

Dorie explains that they are a recipe inspired by her friend Bruno who comes from a town in the north of France where new Year is celebrated by eating waffles. On January 1st, families visit each other, bringing sweet waffles and drinks (sounds good to me!). When Bruno arrived in Paris, he tried to continue the tradition with his new Parisian neighbours but found, instead that people were “shocked that someone would show up unannounced and wondered why they should be eating waffles. ” As someone who has shared baked goods with French neighbours to similar reactions, I completely relate to this! And to be sure, I would not turn these down if someone showed up on my doorstep with waffles, drinks and good cheer!

Bruno’s version is made in a special waffle iron that creates very thin waffle cookies. Dorie uses a pizzelle maker. Last time I made a similar recipe, the Pizzelle Sugar Cones, I was lucky enough to score a secondhand waffle maker at a brocante in France and used that. Not pizzelle but delicious. Back home in Canada, I’d had experience making waffle-type items in a griddle pan (way back for French Fridays with Dorie when we made Smoked Salmon Waffles and then again for Tuesdays with Dorie when we made “Devil’s Food Wafflets”). The original “griddle pan” idea comes from Jamie Oliver.

Is it perfect? No. Does it make pretty pizzelle? No. Does it work? Yes! Is the result delicious? Yes!

This dough is unlike regular waffle batter – it’s more like cookie dough (and it’s very stiff). I divided it into tablespoon-sized pieces, rolled them smooth and flattened them with the bottom of a glass before “griddling” them. Not perfect but it worked. A note about quantities – Dorie says the full recipe makes 130 cookies (!). I quartered the recipe (yes, I weighed and divided the weight of an egg by 4!) and it made 8. So these are supposed to be tiny and thin but on a griddle pan, not possible. Mine were like cookie-sized and not super thin so they had waffle-like texture which I quite liked.

Mini waffles on a griddle pan.Dorie suggests making these into sandwich cookies with a coffee buttercream, or ice cream or caramel… you get the idea. For such a small batch, I didn’t make a filling but I DID dip them in chocolate. Because, well… pourquoi pas?

Close up image of a chocolate-dipped wafflet.Let’s hope 2022 is as sweet at these waffles/ cookies. Over here in Ontario, schools have gone remote again for “two weeks” and restaurants have had to close again for indoor dining, so I have a feeling we’re all going to need a little sweetness.

Bonne Année, friends.

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Bruno’s New Year’s Waffles on p 253 of Dorie’s Cookies!

Dorie's Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com


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5 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie: Bruno’s New Year’s Waffles from Dorie’s Cookies”

  1. Happy New Year!! Good job on being resourceful! I don’t have any of the above so I think I have to sit this one out…bummer because it sounds like it was a hit!


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