Caterina’s shoes, Olympus Epic

My dear friend Sasha just returned this week from a sabbatical in Amsterdam and brought back the most delicious cookies I have ever tasted. They are called Stroopwaffels and they are lovely little caramel waffley treats that must be laced with illegal drugs because I cannot stop eating them. Not 24 hours after being introduced, I googled them and found a site where you can buy them. Oh, I love you internet.

{Turns out even puppies from Holland like em.}



  1. Posted June 23, 2005 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    my boss went to Amsterdam and all he talked about were these delicious cookies he had there… I am going to send this link to him. It just might be the same.
    Great picture Andrea.

  2. nina
    Posted June 23, 2005 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I love those shoes — not only are your friends beautiful, but they have great shoes! Shoes are my weakness. Cookies, too. Thanks for the link!

  3. dana
    Posted June 23, 2005 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Hilarious dog photo! And he looks very similar to my dog, Bear. And I agree, your friend has awesome shoes and is so sweet to think of you with the treats.

  4. Posted June 23, 2005 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Here in Cambridge, MA they also sell stroopwaffels in Trader Joe’s. A friend from work brought them home from a trip to Amsterdam, and finding them locally was the great (but horrible for the waistline).

  5. Julia
    Posted June 23, 2005 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Cute shoes!! By the way….Trader Joe’s here in So. Cal has “Stroopwafels” sporadically. (usually near the holidays), but also here and there throughout the year they are sometimes on the shelves in their cookie section. You have TJ’S stores in SF right??? Happy eating! you’re right…they are yummy. :)

  6. dee
    Posted June 23, 2005 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Adorable shoes and thanks for the tip on the cookies — not that I NEED another temptation to sabotage an already sabotaged diet! :-)
    Love your blog style!

  7. Posted June 23, 2005 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    I lived in Holland for 2 years during high school… indeed, stroopwaffels are addictive!!

  8. Beth
    Posted June 23, 2005 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    just wanted to second the comment that Trader Joe’s carries stroopwaffles, so have no fear – you will be able to easily get them!!! yum!

  9. Posted June 23, 2005 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I love this picture!!! I think I commented on flickr about it….so super cool!

  10. Posted June 23, 2005 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I love this picture!!! I think I commented on flickr about it….so super cool!

  11. Posted June 24, 2005 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Ah…Stroopwaffels! My cousin is currently living in the Netherlands and recommended heating them before you eat them. We bought some on our last visit in Rotterdam. I’m embarrassed to say they didn’t even last long enough to get close to the kitchen…

  12. Posted June 24, 2005 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    LOVE this photo! You have a fabulous eye Andrea!

  13. Heather
    Posted June 24, 2005 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Love the shoes. Yes, stroopwaffels are fab – I bought some from a gourmet catalouge years ago – try making ice cream sandwiches with them with caramel ice cream! Yum!

  14. Posted June 24, 2005 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    cool! you’ve found one of the best desserst out there! my twin brother was a missionary in the netherlands and loves stroopwaffels, he was nice enough to share some when he came back a few years ago to the states. Mmmmy!
    great shoe shot, by the way! :)

  15. Posted June 24, 2005 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    unbelieveable! i never have had these cookies in my life until last night when my friend bought them (i’m in nyc reading your blog!). in love!

  16. Kelly
    Posted June 24, 2005 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Yes, they also sell them at St**bu**s. I bought one on my moving day last Saturday because I’m reading Lord of the Rings right now, and whehever they talk about Lembas, the elven cakes that keep you going, I thought of stroopwaffels. My friend used to get them for us at Rainbow Grocery, and I’m sure I’ve seen them in many other places. Often, they’re called “Dutch Caramel Wafers” or “Dutch Caramel Cookies”.

  17. Posted June 24, 2005 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Stroopwafels are really the only thing I’ll miss when I move from Holland to Canada. And my friends abroad can’t get enough of them. When I go to England I have to tell them I can only bring one pack for everyone because otherwise no clothes will fit in my suitcase!
    Heh. You made me crave them now ;) Maybe I’ll just quickly cycle to the store..

  18. marika
    Posted June 24, 2005 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    I love to make myself a hothot cuppa coffee and then sit a stroopwaffle on top of the cup, letting the steamy heat melt the carmelly goodness inside the wafers…..(don’t leave the wafer TOO long or it will get soggy and that’s just no good)
    Thanks for bringing a happy smile to my face, as always…

  19. lena
    Posted June 24, 2005 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    not drugs that makes them good, that’s butter! yum, butter. nothing brings out the good midwestern girl in me like butter!

  20. Posted June 24, 2005 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    i love those things! i can’t stop eating them either- i just got a bunch in Aruba… they must be laced with something.

  21. Darcie
    Posted June 24, 2005 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I saw those treats (individually wrapped) today at the Borders Books Cafe. I almost bought one, but didn’t. Bad choice, apparently.
    The photo reminds me of a Southern woman I know whose favorite greeting is, “Hey there cute shoes!”

  22. Posted June 24, 2005 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Andrea – you can buy Stroopwaffels at Whole Foods! In the cookie/snack aisle. They come in different flavors, too…but I do like the original maple & waffle flavor best.

  23. nic
    Posted June 24, 2005 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I got these cookies for a Christmas gift and was told they are supposed to sit on top of your warm coffee-filled mug to warm and melt the caramel inside. Pretty tasty.

  24. Pamela
    Posted June 24, 2005 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    My ex-husband was from Holland … when we divorced I mourned the loss of his mother’s home-baked stroopwaffels for years. Now I’ve found them at a local Dutch store, and yes, it’s all about the maple and the butter.
    Speaking of butter, Trader Joe’s sells the most scrumptious European-style butter called Plugra-seriously ups the wow factor of any recipe it’s used it, especially cookies! :) Try it sometime.

  25. rachel
    Posted June 25, 2005 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I am so amused that it is cookies that have generated so many repsonses! (Not that they don’t deserve it ;) I think I have sighted these also at Ikea of all places. It sounds like you have enough local locations to keep you up to your ears in them, but another places to try is Haig’s. It is one of my favorite places in SF, but I don’t go there very often because it’s too dangerous! It’s an import store, with real english cadbury, indian spices and about 17 different kinds of turkish delight. they have a good selection of dutch items, including lots of licorice, and hagel, which are real chocolate sprinkles which traditionally you eat on toast. (don’t the dutch know what’s up?) so they might have the cookies too, but i haven’t been for a while, for safety’s sake…

  26. Marloes
    Posted June 26, 2005 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    I’m dutch and it is always so funny to read about stroopwafels and all the foreign people who love them. :) I can buy them fresh at the market around the corner, still a bit hot… I have sent stroopwafels to friends in the US in Canada a couple of times. Everybody loves them.

  27. mademoiselle a.
    Posted June 26, 2005 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    oh, they’re wonderful! we virtually lived on them in the summers, when we spent our holidays on a dutch island [they also have ginger spice cookies that are to die for. well, maybe to sell one’s last shirt. definitely that.].
    luckily, stroopwaffels are now well-introduced to local shops here, where it seems the eco-oriented food shops sort of introduced them first.

  28. Posted June 28, 2005 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    P.S.: Bought-stroopwaffels-today. You-made-me.
    Can’t-stop-eating. Will-gain-a-gazillion-pounds. Skirts-won’t-fit-anymore. Have-to-join-SA (“Stroopwaffels Anonymous”).

  29. adrienne
    Posted June 29, 2005 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    you live in the mission district, right?… I just had a sighting of (organic!) Stroopwafels at Valencia Whole Foods, corner of Valencia & 21st!!

  30. Posted June 29, 2005 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi Andrea!
    Last year I bought a superheroes T-shirt from you for my greatest love…It made her very happy but unfortunately we are no longer together.
    In return I would love to send you a pack of stroopwafels from Amsterdam. So, if you give me your address I send you one packet of wonderful stroopwafels, if you like!
    After all, we are here to enjoy life at the most and help eachother to live out loud.

  31. ymke
    Posted June 30, 2005 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    You really have to eat the stroopwafels warm.
    You can heat them up yourself a little , mmm…