Pizzelle are a traditional Italian waffle cookie and are so simple to make! If you do not have a pizzelle maker you should definitely invest in one! One batch makes around 40 pizzelle and they make wonderful gifts too! Every year I always make a couple of batches and include them in gifts for friends and family.
-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 1/2 teaspoons anise extract
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 3/4 cups flour
-Pinch of salt
-Powdered sugar for dusting, optional
Note: If you want to make Chocolate Pizzelle, exclude the anise extract and substitute 1/4 cup of the flour for cocoa powder.
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Plug in Pizzelle maker and allow to preheat. The light will click off once it is ready.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together. Add in the eggs, anise, and vanilla extracts. Then, sift in the flour and salt.
Once all of the ingredients are fully combined, drop about a teaspoon of batter in the center of the mold (after a couple of tries you can gage about how much batter to drop in because it really does not need much), close the pizzelle oven and allow to cook for about 1 minute. The pizzelle maker I own has a light that clicks off when it is done. If yours does not do this then check them after 45 seconds.
When the pizzelle are done they will be soft. Remove from the pizzelle maker and place on a paper towel. The pizzelle will firm up immediately. Break off any edges from the batter spilling over if needed.
Dust with powdered sugar if you would like, and eat up and enjoy!