French cookies are a Christmas tradition in SE Kansas. You need a galette or pizzelle iron to make this old family recipe.

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Ingredients

144
Original recipe yields 144 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar and butter until smooth and creamy; then add eggs and vanilla, and beat well. Gradually stir in flour. Set bowl over a hot water bath, and stir to blend ingredients. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.

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  • Preheat the galette iron.

  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls, and place in the galette iron. Close the iron, and cook the cookies. This should take about 30 seconds in an electric galette iron, or 2 to 4 minutes in a handheld iron over a medium flame. Carefully remove cookies and cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

70.8 calories; 0.9 g protein; 10.5 g carbohydrates; 15.8 mg cholesterol; 23.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2005
these cookies are truly great. If u dont have a galettes iron you could just use wat you use tomake those hot breakfeast sandwich. dont use the stove cauze theyll burn Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2015
I absolutely agree that these are part of Christmas in SE kansas. This was my first year with a pizelle iron and couldn't wait to make them. I used 2 tsp vanilla with 1 tsp rum flavoring since most of these cookies call for rum or whiskey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2005
these cookies are truly great. If u dont have a galettes iron you could just use wat you use tomake those hot breakfeast sandwich. dont use the stove cauze theyll burn Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2006
How many of us in SE Kansas have LOVED these? It's a tradition and I found the coup de gras last week a cast iron one.......... Our recipe includes rum though..............the alcohol cooks out in the process. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2007
Yum Yum Yum. I am from KS but I live in California now. I was so happy to stumble across this recipe...just like home. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2009
Grandma used to make her's on the old cast iron press. I have an electric iron that my mom passed down to me. This is like our recipe but I use the light brown sugar. Oh I good hint for Catholic bakers--once you close the iron on your two cookies say a Hail Mary and then open the iron to two perfectly timed cookies!! And as you give your Christmas Galettes to friends and neighbors you can say they come with prayers for a Happy Holiday season. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2009
This was my choice for my cookie party this year. It made exactly 12 dozen. I dusted them with powdered sugar. I was surprised at how the texture changed when I mixed it over the hot water bath. Taste like a cross of molasses & sugar cookies. Hope it's a hit at the party!!! Definately a keeper!!! It was!! had calls saying it was the best one of all!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2010
I have been making French Cookies since I was a kid. After struggling w/ my great- aunt's recipe year after year I decided to throw tradition to the wind and try this one. SO much easier so tasty. I constantly have people raving about these cookies. I do not use the hot water bath just mix it all together in my stand mixer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
Best galettes I've ever had. I used a pizelle iron cause I can not find a galette iron anywhere. They came off the iron soft and flimsy but hardened as they dried. Such good crispy cookies. mmmm My MIL and her family make these with an old cast iron galette press and they've always come out softer. I'm not sure if they are supposed to be a tiny bit soft? This batch came out very crisp. Maybe it was the pizelle iron that did that. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2010
My great Grandma always made these. She called them gaufrettes. You can adjust the sugar using some white some brown or all brown. Add a little rum or brandy to the mix. YUM! This is a family favorite. You can buy a gaufrette iron from Palmer available on amazon. The dough keeps well in the fridge for quite awhile waiting for company to pop in. Since the cookies only take a few seconds in the iron they are fast to whip up. Try ice-cream between two cookies! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2009
Excellent! Simplistic yet delicious. I added fresh orange zest and cardamom; the flavor was amazing. Everyone loved them. A definite keeper in my Christmas cookie file. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2015
I absolutely agree that these are part of Christmas in SE kansas. This was my first year with a pizelle iron and couldn't wait to make them. I used 2 tsp vanilla with 1 tsp rum flavoring since most of these cookies call for rum or whiskey. Read More
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