A "stroopwafel" is a traditional waffle cookie - two waffle-textured, circular cuts of baked dough with an array of flavor fillings - that has been popular in the Netherlands for centuries, and Rip Van was born from one student's desire to bring this favorite childhood snack with him from Amsterdam upon coming to the United States for college. What began as a dorm room experiment soon morphed into a campus-wide phenomenon and now, years later, has carved out its niche in the American cookie market.

Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea, or simply as a delightful indulgence at any point in the day.