I don’t know where I saw it but today (March 25) is International Waffle Day! This holiday originated in Sweden and its official name is Våffeldagen (I don’t speak Swedish but I’m going to wish everyone a Happy Vaffledagen today because its fun to say even if I am mispronouncing it). The holiday coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation and is also considered the start of spring in Sweden. It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day.
I don’t know what waffles have to do with the Annunciation or spring. I’m not Swedish. My church does celebrate the 25th as the Feast of the Annunciation. And I love anything having to do with waffles. So I’m going to celebrate this holiday!
I thought about making waffles for the kids for breakfast but then decided it would be more fun to surprise them with non-breakfast waffles. There are cookbooks dedicated to using your waffle maker for non-breakfast items. I don’t have one of those but I had a couple of ideas in mind. So I did what I always do when I have a recipe notion… I searched the Internet to confirm my assumptions. And then I picked these for our after school snack:
Cinnamon Waffle Cookies
- 1/2 cup of butter softened (two sticks)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of cinnamon chips
In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar at medium speed for three minutes.
Scrape the bowl and add eggs one at a time. Continue to beat on medium for another 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as necessary.
Set the mixer to stir and spoon in the flour. The finished batter should have the consistency of a sticky cookie dough. Stir in the cinnamon chips by hand.
Preheat your waffle iron and lightly coat with cooking spray. Place generous tablespoon-sized scoops onto each section of the waffle iron. Bake for about 90 seconds – until golden brown (you’ll know after the first batch if you need a little less or more time, I baked mine for 1:40).
Remove and place on a wire rack to cool (they will crisp up on the rack).