• Lauren Humphreys

Stroopwafel Sundaes with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Who here has had stroopwafels? If the answer is no, you're in for a real treat!

In recent years, I was introduced to stroopwafels, and I absolutely love them. If you are not familiar with this Dutch treat, you are really missing out. According to the package, they are “soft, toasted waffles filled with caramel, cinnamon, and real bourbon vanilla.” The waffles are essentially really thin, waffle patterned cookies. Each stroopwafel has a perfect amount of caramel sandwiched between two of the cookies. They are tasty enough to eat on their own, but are especially delicious paired with a warm cup of coffee or tea. They also come in mini versions, too!

Pictured above are the Daelmans caramel stroopwafels, but they also come in honey, maple, and chocolate-caramel flavors. You can buy stroopwafels at World Market, Target, Amazon, and other retailers. I personally have yet to try some of the other flavors, but I really want to try the chocolate-caramel!

Over this past weekend, I really wanted to try a fun pour shot. Rob was my cooperative hand model! I immediately felt inspired by the stroopwafels, and my mind went to: ice cream sundaes with homemade caramel sauce. Oh my goodness, I cannot even put into words how much fun I had with this photo shoot and eating this sundae (Rob and I shared)!

These would be especially perfect for a dinner party with friends and family when you want a dessert that is easy with some wow factor. Full disclosure, this dessert is decadent and full of calories. It is totally worth it! I really recommend using a high-quality, premium ice cream for this recipe. After a friend’s suggestion, I recently purchased the Specialty Selected Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream from Aldi. It’s my new go-to ice cream because it truly tastes like it is homemade.

The only homemade component in this dessert is the caramel sauce and can be made ahead and rewarmed. It’s not a true caramel because it uses brown sugar, but no one will ever know that you used a little short cut. This caramel sauce can also be used over brownies. I personally have been known to dip pretzels in it for the perfect sweet-salty and crunchy-creamy bite! You could also substitute purchased caramel sauce in a pinch, but the homemade really is extra special.

With that, I hope you enjoy!

Stroopwafel Ice Cream Sundaes with

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Caramel Stroopwafels (I used Daelmans brand)

Premium vanilla ice cream (I used Specialty Selected Super Premium Vanilla from Aldi)

Caramel sauce (recipe follows)

Break up 1 stroopwafel per sundae and sprinkle over the vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with warm caramel sauce and serve immediately.

Caramel Sauce

¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 Tbsp corn syrup

¼ cup heavy cream

Pinch of salt (optional)

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup, and pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a full boil, stirring constantly.

Add the heavy cream and return to a full boil and heat for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. The caramel sauce will thicken as it cools.

Serve over ice cream while still slightly warm. Store leftover caramel in the refrigerator. It will firm up, but can be rewarmed to thin it out.

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