Glazed Waffle Cookies

One of my best buds only eats waffles when she's very happy. ("We need waffles--I got the job!" or, "It's so nice out today, we should get waffles.") So I created this recipe for her--and for anyone else looking for a little happy in their day; it's super-fast and easy. If you want to get fancy, you can make a few different fruit glazes to tint your cookies with different colors and flavors.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 55 small cookies
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Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

Cookies:

113 grams (4 ounces or 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

99 grams (1/2 cup) granulated sugar 

53 grams (1/4 cup) packed light brown sugar 

113 grams (2 large) eggs 

5 grams (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract 

120 grams (1 cup) all-purpose flour 

3 grams (1/2 teaspoon) baking soda 

2 grams (1/2 teaspoon) fine sea salt 

Glaze:

120 grams (3/4 cup) fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, or a combination)

25 grams (2 tablespoons) granulated sugar 

Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 

228 grams (2 cups) powdered sugar 

Directions

  1. Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Lightly grease the iron with nonstick spray. Keep the spray handy and occasionally reapply it between batches.
  2. Meanwhile, make the cookie batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter and both sugars. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well to incorporate each one. Beat in the vanilla. 
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gently fold into the butter mixture, mixing just until fully incorporated. 
  4. Working in batches, use a No. 60 (1-tablespoon) scoop or spoon to place 1-tablespoon mounds of batter onto the center of the preheated waffle iron, then close the iron. Bake the cookies until golden on both sides and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the cookies from the iron and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter. Cool completely. 
  5. Make the glaze: Combine the berries, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan; bring the mixture to a simmer and cook over medium heat until the berries break down, 10 to 12 minutes. Use a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon to crush the berries. When the berries are very soft and have released their juices, strain the juices through a strainer set over a medium bowl and let cool to room temperature. 
  6. Add the powdered sugar to the juice and whisk until a smooth glaze forms. 
  7. One at a time, dunk the cooled cookies into the glaze, shake off the excess glaze (glaze that pools in the nooks and crannies won’t set very well), and invert the cookies onto a wire rack--the glaze will set in 10 to 15 minutes. 

Cook’s Note

Make Ahead and Storage: The glazed cookies will keep airtight for up to 3 days. The glaze keeps them from going stale at first, but it begins to break down after a few days. Why It Works: A waffle iron applies direct, even high heat to the batter. The result is a cookie with all the same pros as great waffles--crisp on the outside and slightly soft inside--but just cookie-er. Pro Tip: The glaze recipe makes more than you need, but it's great to have on hand--lovely on scones, muffins, doughnuts, cupcakes, or sugar cookies. Store extra glaze in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature and stir before using again. If it dries out, thin it with water, milk, or cream.

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