French Belgian Waffle Cookies (Gaulettes)

French Belgian Waffle Cookies (Gaulettes) Recipe

 The Spruce

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Servings: 50 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
112 Calories
8g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 50
Amount per serving
Calories 112
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 10mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This gaulettes recipe, also known as gullets, is a favorite Christmas delicacy in many communities with Belgian ties. For children, no holiday was complete until one put in the requisite elbow grease to stir the remainder of the flour into the already impossibly stiff dough. The result? Heartwarmingly fragrant, chewy waffle cookies full of vanilla and heavy brown sugar notes. The gullets are best eaten as they grow chewier and more flavorful within the first three days.

Cook's note: They look quite fancy, but no special equipment beyond a waffle iron is needed. A Belgian waffle iron, or gullet iron, can be used as well.


  • 1 pound butter (softened)
  • 3 cups light brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon almond extract (or black walnut extract)
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    French Belgian Waffle Cookies (Gaulettes) Recipe
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  2. Using a mixer on medium-high speed, cream the butter, brown sugar, eggs, and flavor extracts until the mixture is fluffy.

    French Belgian Waffle Cookies (Gaulettes) Recipe
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  3. Reduce the mixer speed and stir in the dry ingredients until the dough is completely mixed together.

    French Belgian Waffle Cookies (Gaulettes) Recipe
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  4. Preheat a French-Belgian waffle iron over medium heat. Place a 1-inch ball of dough into each section of the preheated iron and bake over the medium-heat burner for approximately 45 seconds on each side.

    French Belgian Waffle Cookies (Gaulettes) Recipe
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  5. The Gaulettes are done when they turn golden brown. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.

    French Belgian Waffle Cookies (Gaulettes) Recipe
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

    French Belgian Waffle Cookies (Gaulettes) Recipe
    The Spruce