Recipe for baking New Year's rolls (2024)

Do you know kneelers and New Year's rolls? These are deliciously brittle waffles, flat or in a roll. According to tradition, kneppers (or knypertjes) are baked on New Year's Eve. These are the flat wafers that symbolize the old year. The other wafers are rolls or also New Year's rolls that symbolize the new year. Still tight in the skin, so to speak, hence rolled up. At the end of the year the elasticity has lost a bit and you are left with the flat wafer.

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Not just for New Year's

I received the original family recipe from Wupke and can share it here. As I said above, tradition dictates that you bake these waffles on New Year's Eve or New Year's Eve, but they are actually far too tasty to only enjoy them once a year. I have already baked the rolls twice, because practice makes perfect, right? They are delicious to eat as is or, for those who like it, filled with whipped cream. During the second round I also made (ice cream) cones and containers with it. Both can be deliciously filled with fresh fruit and ice cream or whipped cream. A festive dessert, right?
The recipe for the dumplings will follow at a later time, because they are more of a dough than a batter.

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A special waffle iron

You need a special waffle iron to bake these waffles. In the past, they were baked in a waffle iron with handles on the stove. Fortunately, nowadays we have an electric variant of the Cloer brand. Wupke also let me borrow the waffle iron, how nice is that?
If the batter is thin enough, you can bake approximately 40 waffles with it. The dough will still be soft for a while after baking, so roll it immediately otherwise it will not work. If you store the wafers in a well-sealed box or food storage bag, they will last for weeks. But I don't think you'll get that long, because they are really, really tasty.

And if you also start making these delicious waffles, be sure to let me know what you think. I like that! 🙂

Recipe for New Year's rolls

Sweet snacks
for approx. 40 pieces


  • 125 g patent flour (or Zeeland flour)
  • 125 g white caster sugar
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 no (M)
  • 125 g hot water
  • 1/2 glass of brandy or 1/2 tsp anise seed *
  • evt. 1/4 tl vanille extract

And furthermore you need:

  • a waffle iron suitable for baking thin waffles, such as from Cloer
  • a stick for rolling up the wafers


Melt the butter slowly over low heat. Grind the anise seeds finely in a mortar. Beat the egg in a bowl.
Sift flour, caster sugar and 1/2 tsp anise seed into a bowl. First add a cup of the hot water and mix well with a spatula or spoon. Then add the butter and mix again. Let it cool slightly until lukewarm.
Add half of the beaten egg (this is about 25 grams).
Mix everything well again and add the rest of the water. Stir until smooth.

Let the batter rest in the refrigerator for 1 day.

Remove the bowl with the batter from the refrigerator at least 1 hour before you start baking and let it come to room temperature. The batter should be lumpy, slightly thicker than pancake batter. If it is too thick, add a little more hot water.
The thinner your batter, the more brittle the waffles.

Heat the waffle iron. With a Cloer iron this is between positions 3 and 4. It differs per brand/type, so it is definitely a matter of trying it out.
Grease the iron with butter and a silicone pastry brush or a piece of kitchen roll.
For a small waffle, pour 1/2 gravy spoon of batter onto the plate and close the lid. Cooking time is between 45 seconds and 1 minute until lightly browned. This also depends on the brand/type of waffle iron.
You only need a little batter for the waffles. They spread a lot.
Remove the weak waffle with a plastic spatula, place on a board and roll up using a thin stick. Do this quickly and before the waffle has cooled down, otherwise it will not work.

Variations, nice for desserts:
Ice cream cone: roll the wafers into a conical shape.
Tub: place a (loose) muffin tin upside down on the counter and fold the still warm waffles onto it.
Half roll: place a warm wafer over a rolling pin.
Bake mini waffles (4 or 5 at once) as a garnish for dollops of whipped cream with ice cream or pastries/cake.

* The brandy comes from the old recipe and can easily be replaced with anise or an anise cube.

Store the waffles in a tightly closed container or box. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

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