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.
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)
This post is going to be about making the cookie, I will be doing a post with directions on Connoli at a later time.
- 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
- Heat Pizzelle Iron Melt butter and set aside
- Beat eggs and sugar until light yellow, 2-3 minutes
- Add melted butter and vanilla, beat until well blended.
- Sift together flour and baking soda (mix anise seed into sifted dry ingredients)
- Fold half dry mixture into wet ingredients until just blended
- Add remaining dry mixture and fold again until just incorporated.
- Place about 1 heaping tablespoon of batter on the center of the pattern.
- Bake until golden brown, (between 50 – 60 seconds)
- Remove and cool on rack.
- Dust with confectioner sugar
- Omit vanilla and anise flavors
- Add 3 tablespoons cocoa and 3 tablespoons sugar
- Bake as above
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To get them more centered, put the dough slightly behind the center point on the pizzelle iron.
Two Southern Sweeties
Thank you so much Janet!!! I am going to make a batch of chocolate later today and will try that.
Make it a great day!
We were just talking about making pizzelles as part of our holiday baking this year (my son couldn’t remember what they were called, just the cookies that grandma always made LOL) and I suddenly realized that I don’t have my own pizzelle iron because we always made these with my mom or grandma 😮 Definitely need to go one so we can enjoy these again <3
Two Southern Sweeties
What a fantastic tradition for you to carry on and pass down to your children Loretta. As I mentioned in the post, I have had a couple but the one that I currently have and love the most is the CucinaPro Non-Stick Pizzelle Maker. You can find one HERE on Amazon and if you have Amazon Prime it can be there before Christmas. (If for some reason you do not have Amazon Prime you can get a FREE 30 day trial Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
Enjoy the memories you make with your son and Merry Christmas!