Holiday Baking| Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies {Waffle + Cookies = Wookies!!}…Pennsylvania Dutch Waffle Cookies

“I’ve waffled before. I’ll waffle again.”
Howard Dean

Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies or Waffle CookiesGuess what? This morning I made some of the best and fastest cookies of my life. It was a chance find as I was on a food pictures website where these absolutely CUTE cookies caught my eye – Wookies by Beau Dealy @ Something Edible. I was up in a jiffy, dusting the cobwebs off my treasured Belgian waffle maker. In next to no time I had Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Chip Wookies!

Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies or Waffle CookiesSIMPLE

These are a variation on an original recipe of Pennsylvania Dutch Cinnamon Waffle Cookies that were elevated to charmingly delicious levels by this very talented blogger. A result of his hard work and experimentation, his version offer a festive and interesting maple icing glaze. You must read his post.Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies or Waffle CookiesHe describes the vital statistics behind the dough, its consistency, the timing, his experiences, along with step by step pictures; very worth the read. If I had original maple syrup in my larder I would have made his variation.Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies or Waffle CookiesI skipped the cinnamon in the dough and the glaze too, adding chocolate chips to the sticky dough instead. I was really curious to see how these would come out. My Belgian waffle maker is a few years old, one that my lil’ sis from the US gifted me. It ran on the standard American voltage of 120V until the wiring was redone by my adventurous engineer father to our local Indian voltage of 220V. Don’t ask me what he did, but it works!Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies or Waffle CookiesThe recipe worked beautifully!! Just as we heaved a sigh of relief thankful for a very smooth, largely power cut free summer, we’ve been  cursed with incessant power cuts this season. Come winter, foggy, bone chilling days at 6-7 degrees C, and the power is playing truant. Baking sometimes seems a pain with no uninterrupted power supply. That’s why these yummy looking two minute cookies called my name.Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies or Waffle CookiesMy word, were they good? CRISP GOOD! The daughter was home early after her exam and LOVED them. The son got a couple with his mug of milk when he got in from school. “Just 2 please“, I thundered. I had a journalist and his photographer coming in later that afternoon for an interview and photoshoot for a local daily. “MUST save some for them!”
Orange olive oil buttermilk pound cake with a citrus glazeThey were destined to be shared and finished by afternoon. The visitors loved the wookies and also the above orange olive oil buttermilk pound cake I baked. Told me these were the best cookies and cake they had eaten. The daughter said I must open a shop for unique baked goods. I was chuffed … so much praise for speedy cookies and cake. {The wookies and cake were both made in the fast lane by tossing the ingredients into the Thermomix}.Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies or Waffle CookiesSo if you have that waffle maker waiting in the wings, reach out for it, mix the dough and serve up some deliciousness in minutes. I figure you can make the cookie dough in advance and serve fresh cookies this holiday season. They are quite soft when just out {handle with care as you take them out of the waffle maker as they are tender}, but they crispen in minutes. Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies or Waffle CookiesI contemplated glazing mine with a coffee sugar glaze, but changed my mind when I tasted the first one. It seemed sweet enough sans a glaze. Next time I might decrease the sugar in the cookie dough and add a glaze. Its a wonderful versatile cookie. Now I am wondering if there might be savoury way around this. I would love a cheesy savoury wookie like this. Any thoughts anyone?

Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies {Waffle Cookies}


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 16 wookies

Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies {Waffle Cookies}

Crisp, unique deliciously unforgettable Pensylvania Dutch waffle cookies made in minutes in a waffle maker. Versatile too.


100gm butter, room temperature.

1/2 cup vanilla sugar

1/2 vanilla bean, scraped

pinch of salt

2 small eggs {or 2 yolks + 1 white}

1 cup flour

1/4tsp baking powder

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. In a stand mixer, cream together butter, scraped vanilla bean, pinch of salt and sugar at medium speed for three minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl as necessary.
  2. Add eggs and continue to beat on medium for another two minutes, scraping the bowl as necessary.
  3. Set the mixer to stir and spoon in the flour, baking powder and chocolate chips. The finished batter should have the consistency of a sticky cookie dough.
  4. Fire up your waffle iron to 400F (around medium-high) and dish out measured tablespoon-sized portions (3/4 oz) into each division of the waffle iron. "Bake" for 2 minutes or until golden brown, and let cool and crisp up on a wire rack.

These holiday cookies are on the way to Suma’s  Cakes And More Cookie Fest where she says “None of us remain immune to the spirit of baking during the Christmas season, even the hesitant baker turns on the oven for sure.  So, do bake me some cookies – chewy, crispy,flaky or crunchy – anything from gooey brownies to crunchy biscotti to delicate tuiles to flaky batons – I shall gobble them all!All yours to gobble Suma!!

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. These are truly unique, never heard of wookies!! They look darned good and very festive, and even better they bake in just 2 minutes!!! Sometimes the simplest and the fastest things turns out the best!

    You must open an unique baked goods store for sure , and a PAB book too, would love to devour the pages for dessert:) Thanks so much for sending these fab wookies to me Deeba, I am honored and touched. Thanks again!!
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  2. That is such a great idea! I bet they taste amazing. An original recipe.



  3. Haven’t used the waffle maker after the impulsive purchase! Seems like a great recipe to start using it..thanks .. as usual photos are great..loved the one on the cycle carrier! :)
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  4. Here it is traditional they used a typical sugar cubes instead of chocolate etc…. These looks beautiful and yumm.
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  5. I LOVE the idea of a ‘wookie’! It’s enough to make me want to invest in a waffle maker (although who knows, maybe I might get lucky and be given one for Christmas…). Reading your blog always inspires me…and makes me hungry! :-)
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  6. Simply Magnificent! I am sitting here wondering why I have never heard of these delights before. Cookies in the shape of waffles? Brilliance!
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  7. Dee, your daughter is spot on – you so MUST start a store so we can get a chance to devour these awesome goodies.
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  8. These are definitely fun Deeba! I had also heard of grilled cheese and paninis being made eith our waffle irons:D

  9. Such a fun idea. I’ve been a bit afraid of making anything but waffles in my waffle iron for fear of them sticking. Looks like you didn’t have a bit of worry. So glad you’re getting well deserved recognition from your local press. You really should consider opening a bakery.
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  10. love these wookies ! the shot on the cycle is lovely….
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  11. These look like they are so much fun!! Love! :)
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  12. All I want to do is to jump into this page and devour them!!!!
    Very clever of you Deeba!
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  13. What a unique cookie! It reminds me of liege waffles which I absolutely adore.
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    • You know you got me intrigued with liege waffles Sylvie, and I searched the net. Found many recipes, pearl sugar required, but so very interesting.

  14. Michele says:

    Wow!!! Its look yummy..I like to try to bake it on Holiday season..Thanks for sharing the recipe..
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  15. When you open a shop for unique baked goods I will be your first customer! make sure you ship all over the world as i am sure you will have orders pouring in from everywhere!!
    I wish there was some way of eating all these awesome bakes you share in this blog :)

  16. this is wonderful and so cute! can we bake them in an oven if we dont have waffle irons?
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  17. I can feel some liquid in my mouth !! Wow !! This is WONDERFUL !!! Yummmm !!
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  18. Everything is so unique about these baked goodies…from the humble Cycle as a prop to the beautiful texture!
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  19. Deeba dear!! these look amazing and the pictures absolutely beauty and your puppy (I know is not a puppy now) look su cute:))
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  20. Oh, what a different, but great recipe! I bet my kids are going to love it, not mentioning my Hubby who is a cookie lover :)
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  21. WOW! beautiful pics, and a brilliant idea! but i would love to know where you managed to find a waffle maker in india? been hunting for ages…
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  22. I absolutely love the name!!!! WOOKIES!!! hahaha perfect name!!! How can it get any better than that!!! A combination of a cookie and a waffle DIVINE!!!! And vanilla and CHOCOLATE CHIPS i’m in heaven 😛

    Thanks for sharing!
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  23. chocolate chip wookies ? i LOVE this !!! and so want to make these pronto. mmm. actually, i would really like to just have a few of yours right now, haha ! loved beau’s step by step photos too and fun remarks, glad to discover his site as well. YUM to all this and happy holidays, deeba !! :)
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  24. I love them! Adorable and delicious! And fun! And with chocolate chips you don’t need anything else, do you? Would they work in a regular waffle maker? And look at the dog! She is growing so fast! xox
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    • xoxo my twin sistah! HOW can you make garlic bread when I am sitting so far away; HOW???? I am within whiffing distance … well I wish I was! YUM!!

  25. Isn’t it grand how something as simple as a waffle iron can bring folks together half a world away? :) Thanks so much for the kind words and the link-back love; your interpretation looks fantastic!

    • You are so right Beau! I am always amazed at the reach of the net, and the connect it throws up. Thank you for sharing your hard work so wholeheartedly. Have a great holiday season!!

  26. I’m sorry I simply can’t visit your blog again Deeba. Its killing me.. all those droolicious yummylicious and utterly divine delicacies… mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. Sigh! Wish I lived closer to you and I could then just gate-crash for some free yummy food :-( :-) Awesome work, kudos to you!!
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  27. These look so amazing.. I don’t have a waffle iron yet so ill have to figure out another way to make these lovelies.
    And is that the milkman’s bicycle? 😉
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  28. Michele says:

    I don’t have a waffle iron yet so ill have to figure out another way to make these lovelies. Thank you for sharing your hard work so wholeheartedly. Have a great holiday season!!
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  29. Brenneth says:

    It looks like waffle that turned into cookies. Wow! I never tried to bake this kind of cookie which you called wookies. Looks so yummy. Best for Christmas. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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  30. Yes, cheese gets my vote any time. Glad the dog made the pics once more!
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  31. That looks so cool!
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  32. Kamal says:

    Thanks Deeba,
    Your wookies (love the name) turned out great! Everyone loved them.

  33. Amazing idea!I
    I love waffles and this variation sounds wonderful.


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