Maison J. Dandoy Brussels Reviews
Butter Biscuits in Brussels Apr 03, 2011
There is no such thing as too much butter. If you enjoy butter cookies as much as I do, in Brussels is a bake shop that should not be missed.
Since 1829, family-owned Maison Dandoy has treated Belgians to tasty butter cookie recipes. Flavors vary from lemon to Earl Grey to orange chocolate to cherry to pistachio. Almond breads, chocolates and macaroons are sold in addition to a large variety of butter cookies.
The shop windows are beautifully decorated and shoppers gaze at the windows with delight. Locals, in addition to tourists, frequent Maison Dandoy, which is always a good sign.
Prices are not especially cheap and there is a minimum purchase of 250 grams, or roughly eight cookies (which will run around three euros). The clerks will not be happy if you want to buy less.
While there are several locations in Brussels, the Rue au Beurre location, just off the Grand Place, is the Dandoy shop to visit. Decorated with antique cookie molds (which unfortunately are not for sale) and shelves stacked to the ceiling with cookie tins, this bakery is a part of Brussels' history. Even the street name translates in French to Butter Street and the shop is a butter-lovers dream.
If you are visiting Brussels and are looking for an alternative to chocolate, I would recommend Maison Dandoy. The top secret cookie recipes are delicious and browsing at the large assortment of cookies is fun in itself. A decorative tin of cookies (such as in the shape of a Belgian house) makes a unique gift from Brussels. Just be aware in advance that this bakery can be expensive.
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