French Cookies (Belgi Galettes) Recipe -
French Cookies (Belgi Galettes) Recipe
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French Cookies (Belgi Galettes)

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"French cookies are a Christmas tradition in SE Kansas. You need a galette or pizzelle iron to make this old family recipe."

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Original recipe makes 12 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 min

    16 mins


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar and butter until smooth and creamy; then add eggs and vanilla, and beat well. Gradually stir in flour. Set bowl over a hot water bath, and stir to blend ingredients. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat the galette iron.
  3. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, and place in the galette iron. Close the iron, and cook the cookies. This should take about 30 seconds in an electric galette iron, or 2 to 4 minutes in a handheld iron over a medium flame. Carefully remove cookies and cool on wire racks.
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Dec 11, 2005

these cookies are truly great. If u dont have a galettes iron you could just use wat you use tomake those hot breakfeast sandwich. dont use the stove cauze theyll burn

Oct 23, 2006

How many of us in SE Kansas have LOVED these? It's a tradition and I found the coup de gras last week,,,,,,,,,a cast iron one.......... Our recipe includes rum though..............the alcohol cooks out in the process.


21 Ratings

Dec 04, 2007

Yum Yum Yum. I am from KS but I live in California now. I was so happy to stumble across this recipe...just like home.

Dec 18, 2009

This was my choice for my cookie party this year. It made exactly 12 dozen. I dusted them with powdered sugar. I was surprised at how the texture changed when I mixed it over the hot water bath. Taste like a cross of molasses & sugar cookies. Hope it's a hit at the party!!! Definately a keeper!!! It was!! had calls saying it was the best one of all!!!!

Oct 29, 2009

Grandma used to make her's on the old cast iron press. I have an electric iron that my mom passed down to me. This is like our recipe, but I use the light brown sugar. Oh, I good hint for Catholic bakers--once you close the iron on your two cookies say a Hail Mary and then open the iron to two perfectly timed cookies!! And as you give your Christmas Galettes to friends and neighbors you can say they come with prayers for a Happy Holiday season.

Dec 17, 2010

I have been making French Cookies since I was a kid. After struggling w/ my great- aunt's recipe year after year, I decided to throw tradition to the wind and try this one. SO much easier, so tasty. I constantly have people raving about these cookies. I do not use the hot water bath, just mix it all together in my stand mixer.

Dec 21, 2010

My great Grandma always made these. She called them gaufrettes. You can adjust the sugar, using some white, some brown, or all brown. Add a little rum or brandy to the mix. YUM! This is a family favorite. You can buy a gaufrette iron from Palmer available on amazon. The dough keeps well in the fridge for quite awhile, waiting for company to pop in. Since the cookies only take a few seconds in the iron, they are fast to whip up. Try ice-cream between two cookies!

Dec 21, 2009

Best galettes I've ever had. I used a pizelle iron cause I can not find a galette iron anywhere. They came off the iron soft and flimsy but hardened as they dried. Such good crispy cookies. mmmm My MIL and her family make these with an old cast iron galette press and they've always come out softer. I'm not sure if they are supposed to be a tiny bit soft? This batch came out very crisp. Maybe it was the pizelle iron that did that.


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  • Calories
  • 71 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 2.9 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 23 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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