With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Pizzelles

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pizzelles

Third post in a row that is about food... guess you can tell what has been filling my days!
These pizzelle cookies have been a tradition in our family since I received the recipe from an Italian neighbor in 1985 when I had a cookie swap.
They are a favorite!
Crisp, delicate and the wonderful flavor of anise.
Not too intense ~ just right.



Pizzelles
6 eggs
3  1/2 cups flour
1  1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter  (1/2 pound), melted and cooled
4 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbs. vanilla
2 Tbs. anise seeds

*Do NOT use oil substitute.  Beat eggs, adding sugar gradually.  Beat until smooth.  Add cooled melted butter, vanilla and anise seeds.  Sift flour and baking powder and add to egg mixture.  Dough will be sticky enough to be dropped by spoon.  Make with a Pizzelle maker.

Yields about 60 cookies

NOTES:  

1)  For the first time ever, since I did not have enough anise seeds, I added anise oil.  I think the cookies are so much better with the seeds.  I really like when I bite into a seed and get a taste of anise!

2)  I give the Pizzelle maker a light spray with PAM before baking and never have problems with sticking.  However, this time, using the oil, I needed to spray the Pizzelle maker several times while cooking.

3)  45 seconds on the Pizzelle maker is perfect for lightly golden brown cookies (using a level tablespoon of batter).  If you prefer them a little darker, add 5-10 seconds more.  Those mathematical folks realize you will be standing over the pizzelle maker for about an hour with your eyes glued to the timer  :)  Turn the Christmas music up loud and the time spent is pleasant!

4)  After removing from the Pizzelle maker (I use a fork), I allow the cookies to cook on a rack. They are soft and pliable when warn and become crisp when cooled.

5)  In MHO, cookies store best in tins.  Coffee cans are great because you can stack the Pizzelles carefully to prevent breakage.  Add some pretty paper around the can, a bow and your have a sweet-treat gift.  

6)  Much to the chagrin of my family, I quickly send food to the freezer.  I like really fresh, and to retain that fresh, just baked taste, I wrap well and in the freezer they go.  Thawing is quick and the butter maintains its fresh dairy flavor.  

24 comments:

Shelia said...

I don't think I've heard of these before but they're beautiful and I'm sure they taste wonderful.
Thank you for popping in to see me and I loved hearing the story about your parents.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Just a little something from Judy said...

Food posts are some of my favorites, especially this time of the year. I never made this cookie. Your photography and recipes make me want to make each creation you shared. Thank you. I really like the two crystal goblets with the chocolates...how pretty.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I live in an area that was home to many immigrants... Polish ( which I am ), German, Slovak, And Italian and Irish.
Even though my families traditions were polish, I had many Italian friends and spent many a day over their Nonnie's houses eating cannoli, pizzelles and tons of pasta!!
The bakeries in our area still make and still pizelles!

Hugs,
Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Ann said...

I love Pizzelle's. I had an Italian neighbor when I was very young who used to make them every year. There is a local bakery that makes them and the store I work for buys from there every year. They are delicious and somehow it just wouldn't be Christmas without a pizzelle.

Lady Farmer said...

I just love these! But I need to get a Pizzelle maker. I always forget until just before Christmas and then it is too late!
Yours look so pretty stacked on the mirror, wrapped in shimmery white ribbon against the white bottle brush trees! They look like a beautiful stack of antique snowflakes!
Christmas Blessings!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Gorgeous pictures. My mom has a Pizzelle maker she picked up at a garage maker and never uses. I bet I could get a hold of it and try these.

I could agree more about the whole freshness/freezer thing. Also helps with portion control.

Mildred said...

These are beautiful and I've never heard of them before. What a special treat for the holidays.

Karen and I were laughing a few days ago about how mother would bake her Christmas cakes, cool and wrap them carefully and then freeze them in tupperware cake holders in a neighbor's freezer! She was diligent about keeping her cakes fresh!

crochet lady said...

Those are so delicate and pretty! I have never made those. My aunt recently got a maker and I might have to go over to her house and watch her give it a try.

Life In a Little House said...

Oh boy do you know how to make an Italian girl drool!!! My Nonna used to make me pizzelles. We always had them at Christmas and at the Family Italian Weddings. I love the taste of anise ~Enjoy them Love Heather

NanaDiana said...

Those are wonderful~ I haven't tasted one in years. One of the gals I used to work with made them for the Christmas cookie exchange. I didn't realize until reading this what a big job that must have been.

I love the taste of anise too. Yummmm... Diana

Janet said...

Those are the prettiest cookies ever! Your post and pictures are just like something you'd see in a magazine! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Janet

Dishesdone said...

They look fantastic!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Almost too pretty to eat. These along with your shortbread will dress up a cookie platter...although I love them stacked and ribboned!

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Wow they are beautiful, I've never heard of them before, but now I am not sure I can live without them.

All this week I am hosting a Holiday treats linky, hope you will stop by and join in.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I've never had any of these. But they look & sound so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Now I need to find a Pizzelle maker.

Red Couch Recipes said...

First of all I want to say that your photography is jus so visually appealing! Love pizzelles. I have a maker, but never think to make them at Christmas, but they sure are festive looking. Joni

Amy said...

Another beautiful creation! Really love your blog and the pictures! :)

Susan @ Entertain Exchange said...

These are beautiful - Thanks for linking to my cookie exchange!

Susan,
http://entertainexchange.blogspot.com/
Party and Entertaining Inspiration

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Loraine....These are just beautiful. I have seen these and tasted them before but I don't remember that they were this gorgeous. Your blog is just beautiful and I will now be getting your blog by email which I'm so excited about. You have been SO kind to leave comments on my new blog and I so appreciate it. You are a very gracious and kind lady and I'm glad to get to know you from blogging. It truly is fun.

PS Thankyou for the tutorial. Love how you put it together.

Debbie said...

I am definitely going to make these pizzelles. I have a pizzelle maker but never tried making them myself. With your step by step instructions, I can do it! Btw, I had to 'pin' this recipe too. Your photos are so beautiful!

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Erika said...

Pizzelles; love these Italian cookies. My Grandpa did it with sheep cheese and other variety.

mickeydownunder said...

G'day! I never heard of these before today, true!
LOVE learning new things and your recipe and photo looks great too!
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cooking with curls said...

Your Pizzelles are gorgeous! I can never get mine to come out with even edges :)

Sparkly H said...

I love these! Mine never look as pretty though! LOL Thank you for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday! Zannie @ mymixingspoon

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