Reserve a slot on your list of guilty pleasures for stroopwafels. The literal translation, "syrup waffles," may give you an idea of what's in store.
Stroopwafels are a delicious Dutch export by way of Jeanne Boitano of Boise. When she lived in the Netherlands several years ago, she hoped to market chocolate chip cookies to Northwest Europe. That is, until she tasted a stroopwafel. "Wow, dat is goed." (Literal translation: "Wow, that is good.") This Dutch treat dates back to 1784 when, legend has it, a baker made cookies out of crumbs from his left-over baked goods and put warm syrup between the cookies. The first known recipe for stroopwafels dates back to 1840.
Boitano's 2010 version features a couple of waffle-shaped cookies with caramel inside, just big enough to sit on the lid of your coffee cup. And when the steam warms the caramel, "Wow, dat is goed." Boitano sells a batch of five for $5 at the Capital City Public Market each Saturday and at the Linen District Market on the third Sunday of every month.
Get some smaller pre-packaged stroopwafels to go, or have them make an oversized fresh one to warm your weekend. You'll be wearing wooden shoes in no time.