Christmas,  Dessert,  Recipes

Pizzelles

Some of y’all may not know what Pizzelles are but let me assure you, they are delicious! Pizzelles are an Italian cookie that can be found now days in grocery stores. For me, they are not Pizzelles unless they are homemade.

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The most popular flavor is Anise, however, that is not a flavor that my family and I enjoy so we make Vanilla and Chocolate. These cookies are also used to make cannoli shells in many families.

Now these do require a special piece of equipment called a Pizzelle Iron.  The Cucina Pro Pizzelle Baker is my favorite.

These cookies are very simple to make. I will tell you straight out, it is rare to get them completely perfect and that is part of the beauty of them for me. They will ALWAYS taste great and amaze your family and friends, but getting them to be perfectly round and centered is close to impossible. (If you figure out how to do it, PLEASE share your trick with me)

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This post is going to be about making the cookie, I will be doing a post with directions on Connoli at a later time.

Enjoy!


Pizzelles

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seed (optional)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • confectioner sugar for dusting

Directions

  1. Heat Pizzelle Iron Melt butter and set aside
  2. Beat eggs and sugar until light yellow, 2-3 minutes
  3. Add melted butter and vanilla, beat until well blended.
  4. Sift together flour and baking soda (mix anise seed into sifted dry ingredients)
  5. Fold half dry mixture into wet ingredients until just blended
  6. Add remaining dry mixture and fold again until just incorporated.
  7. Place about 1 heaping tablespoon of batter on the center of the pattern.
  8. Bake until golden brown, (between 50 – 60 seconds)
  9. Remove and cool on rack.
  10. Dust with confectioner sugar

**Chocolate Pizzelles

  • Omit vanilla and anise flavors
  • Add 3 tablespoons cocoa and 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Bake as above

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