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Course: Cookie Iron / Waffle CookiesCuisine: France, BelgiumDifficulty: Medium



Crunchy French and Belgian cookies are made with a special galette iron, or if you don’t have one, a pizzelle or krumkake iron will do in a pinch. (see notes*) These are also variously known as “French Cookies”, “Galettes campinoises” or “Kempense galetten”. This makes a very large batch; recipe can be halved.


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 pound butter, melted

  • 6 large eggs

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or rum flavoring


  • Sift flour and baking powder together, then stir in rest of ingredients. Chill dough. Drop large spoonfuls on a pre-heated galette iron (see notes, below). Hold over hot stove if you have a manual galette iron or follow electric galette iron directions. Bake on each side for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes or until golden.


  • *These cookies are made with a special galette iron. If you don’t have one, try a pizzelle iron (this will make a thinner, crispier cookie than traditional galettes). One reader tells us that even a waffle iron works fine (cookies will be thicker and softer with a regular waffle iron).
  • *You can find electric galette irons at They have three different kinds: thin (for thin and crispy cookies), medium, and thick (for thicker cookies with a soft middle). You can also occasionally find traditional galette irons in used or vintage condition on eBay or Etsy.


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I have been making these for about 40 years now. My mom used to make them in an old cookie, long handled iron held over the gas stove. When we first got the electric iron and saw you could make 2 cookies at once, she was sold. I received my Palmer French cookie iron for christmas in my 20's and have made them every since. I have my mom's and mine so the kids can help if they are so inclined.
- Tess in Arkansas

Use a waffle iron, we have for many years. The pizelle maker makes pizelles which are much thinner.
- J

I am keeping my grandmothers tradition going by making these cookies each year at Christmas. One tip if you are using a galette iron - heat it for about an hour before using. My kids love these cookies and they only get them at Christmas. Can't wait to see how the grandkids like them.
- Roger

I love these cookies. They are my favorite to make. I make them in a waffle iron so I can make 4-6 at a time. They do take time to make but are well worth it!
- Denise

Great! Easy and fast to make! They're sweet yet not overpowering. Great for gifts at Christmas! Wrap them in bags and give them out!
- A Baker
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