Galete Waffle Cookies for Valentine’s Day and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

A recipe for galete – slightly sweet, lemon- and cardamom-spiced waffle cookies topped with a sweet-tart lemon glaze. All you need is a bowl, a few ingredients, and a waffle iron.
Galete Waffle Cookies recipe |
“Do you like waffles?”
“Yeah we like waffles!”

So goes the chanting from the kitchen the minute the waffle iron appears. There are cheers. There are wide eyes. There are squeals of delight. Now imagine when you’ve offered them up as a cookie snack.

We are well versed in the language of #willitwaffle around here, and yes, there are some things that certainly will NOT waffle. These cookies, however, were made to waffle. Any traditional waffle iron will do the trick, no fancy waffling press needed.
Galete Waffle Cookies recipe |
A galete is somewhere between a waffle and a traditional cookie. They’re only slightly sweet and more dense and buttery than a waffle. These ones are modeled after a family recipe carried across oceans from Eastern Europe to which I’ve added lemon zest, cardamom, and a light lemon glaze. You could forego any or all of these. You can eat them plain, dunked in tea or coffee, dipped in chocolate, spread with Nutella, or as the two end pieces of an ice cream sandwich. All of these are acceptable ways to eat galetes.
Galete Waffle Cookies recipe |


Galete: Waffle Cookies



  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • ¾ cup milk
  • For the glaze:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Juice from the zested lemon


  1. Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in oil, honey, and eggs until incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, vanilla sugar, baking powder, cardamom, and the lemon zest. Add the flour mix and milk, alternating between the two until a soft dough forms.
  2. Preheat your waffle iron. Separate the dough into 2-3-tablespoon dough balls. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until cookies are golden brown. Remove from the waffle iron and cool.
  3. To make the glaze, whisk together the sugar and approximately 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Drizzle over cooled cookies.


These cookies store well both with and without the optional glaze. For freshest results, glaze the day you are serving.
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 48 cookies

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