Delighting in Decadence: Walter Waloon’s Guide to Crafting Amsterdam Bombs at Home

three brown windmills near river

Greetings, esteemed epicureans and culinary enthusiasts! As your trusty guide to all things gastronomic, I am delighted to unveil a delectable indulgence that has taken the culinary world by storm: the Amsterdam Bomb. Originating from the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam, this delectable delicacy is a testament to the city’s rich culinary heritage and penchant for indulgent treats.

But fear not, dear readers, for you need not embark on a journey to the Netherlands to savor the sublime flavors of the Amsterdam Bomb. With my step-by-step guide, you can recreate this culinary masterpiece in the comfort of your own kitchen, transforming your home into a bastion of epicurean delight.


  • 1 cup of premium Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  • Optional toppings: crushed stroopwafels, Dutch chocolate shavings, or candied orange peel


  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the cocoa powder, granulated sugar, butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Stir gently until the ingredients are fully incorporated and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  3. Once cooled, transfer the chocolate mixture to a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle tip. Alternatively, you can use a spoon to portion out the mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Carefully pipe or spoon small mounds of the chocolate mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, forming shapes reminiscent of traditional Dutch windmills.
  5. If desired, adorn the Amsterdam Bombs with your choice of toppings, such as crushed stroopwafels, Dutch chocolate shavings, or candied orange peel, for an extra layer of indulgence.
  6. Allow the Amsterdam Bombs to set at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  7. Once set, dust the Amsterdam Bombs with a generous sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar to evoke the snowy landscapes of the Netherlands.
  8. Serve your homemade Amsterdam Bombs alongside a piping hot cup of rich Dutch coffee or velvety hot chocolate for the ultimate indulgent experience.

With my foolproof recipe at your fingertips, you are poised to embark on a culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds and transport you to the charming streets of Amsterdam. So don your aprons, gather your ingredients, and prepare to delight in the decadent allure of the Amsterdam Bomb—a true triumph of Dutch culinary craftsmanship.

Until next time, bon appétit and happy cooking!

Walter Waloon
Food Critic, Amsterdam Gazette

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