Holiday Pizzelles

PIZZELLES! One of the oldest cookies in the world, originating from Italy. It’s a thin, crisp, wafer-like cookie with a waffle pattern, usually made around Christmas and Easter. Flavored typically with Anisette, you can also use orange, lemon, almond or vanilla extracts and zests. Other variations include chocolate flavored. If you’ve never tried making these before, they’re actually fun to make.  Most recipe require large amounts of ingredients and make 100+ cookies.  This recipe has been scaled down to make a smaller batch, but the amount of cookies all depends on the size of your pizzelle iron.  ENJOY!

 

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3 Eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup Sugar
1 Tbsp. Almond extract OR 2 tsp. Anise flavoring OR 1 Tbsp. Vanilla
1 Tbsp Orange zest, optional  (I didn’t use this with the Anise flavoring)
1/2 cup Butter, melted & cooled (1 stick)
1 3/4 cups All-purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
Powdered sugar, for dusting

 

Place the stick of butter into a microwave safe dish and melt, then set aside and allow to cool.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, set this aside.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar.  Beat this for about 5 – 8 minutes until thick and bright yellow in color.

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Drizzle in the COOLED melted butter and the flavoring you decide to use.  Beat this together for about 1 minute.

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Heat your Pizzelle cooker according to your manufacturer’s instruction.

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FOLD in the flour mixture, and using a rubber spatula, incorporate this together with the egg/sugar mixture.  Continue to fold in until a THICK smooth batter forms.

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Add a tablespoon of Pizzelle batter to the cooker and allow to cook according to your manufacturer’s instructions.  Cook until golden, allow to cool completely. Trim off any extension from the edges.  Dust with powdered sugar before serving or not.

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