Sunday, December 21, 2008

12 Days of Christmas - Day 10

Belgian Cookies Recipe
I had a blessed childhood. I grew up in a wonderful family with both my sets of Grandparents close-by. Christmas was a magical time of year and was never complete without my Grandma's Belgian Cookies. My Grandma was born in Belgium and was proud to carry on the tradition of making these cookies. She passed away in 1994 but my Mom still makes the cookies and this year, I made the cookies for the first time. (Thanks for the cookie iron Mom!)

Today, I'll share our family recipe and its a good one!I'm not going to lie.... these cookies are not easy to make. They're not cheap. They're not healthy. BUT THEY ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Here's our family's recipe:
5 Large Eggs
1 pound of butter, melted and cooled
2 Cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
7 cups Flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup Apricot BrandyMix up the dough and let it set overnight in the fridge. It'll be thick but not stiff.
Roll all the dough into 1" balls, keeping the dough chilled as you work.

Cook in the iron, 4 at a time, for about 1 minute. The cookie iron I have is a traditional, high-end waffle iron with special cookie grates. They're hard to find but there's a guy named Dan Verkinderin in Ghent, MN who can sell you one.

By the way, did I mention that this recipe makes 12 dozen cookies? Yep, that's 144 cookies! Another gift idea or you could just halve the recipe. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Christie Steinbock said...

I'm a little behind on your posts but am finally catching up. Thanks for posting the Belgium cookie recipe. I'm assuming this came from your Grandma Girard since my grandma also made them. What lushes! They used apricot brandy in everything. I made Grandma Girard's slush recipe and that has apricot brandy in it. Hope all is well your way!