Belgian Iron Cookies


These Belgian cookies have been in the family forever. They last forever and mellow like fine wine. You must have a special waffle iron (called a krumkake iron) to bake them over a gas burner. It has two hinged plates and usually has a pretty pattern that is pressed into the cookies as they bake one by one. Have plenty of people to help with the cooking.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 15 mins
10 dozen


  • 5 pounds all-purpose flour

  • 4 ½ cups brown sugar

  • 12 large eggs

  • 2 cups butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons whiskey


  1. Beat butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla, salt, and whiskey.

  2. Add flour in small batches and mix by hand after each addition.

  3. Cover and refrigerate dough overnight.

  4. Lightly grease and heat the cookie iron over a gas burner set to medium heat. Roll about 1 tablespoon of dough into a small cigar-like shape. Place dough on the preheated iron and press together. Cook until golden, about 30 seconds per side. Remove cookie from the iron and let cool.


This is a family holiday tradition for us. We spend a whole day making cookies with lots of testing to make sure they're as good as last year's. We put the cookies in tins and store them till next Christmas when we eat the last year's cookies. The cast iron cookie irons work best, but I have seen people make them with the aluminum pizzelle irons. Ask for a krumkake iron at a gourmet cooking shop.

It is 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 crisp when cooled.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

249 Calories
8g Fat
40g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 249
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 5g
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 70mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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