Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pizzelle

I have been on vacation now for just over a week, and I have been sick for just over a week.  Great way to spend the holidays huh!? I had so many great recipes planned for this week, but since I have not really left my couch I will not be able to post them in time for Christmas.  However, I still wanted to make sure that I made something to share with everyone before the busy weekend - enter Pizzelle.


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.



Pizzelle

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
-3/4 cup sugar
-3 eggs
-1 1/2 teaspoons anise extract
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 3/4 cups flour
-1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-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. 


Directions:
Plug in Pizzelle maker and allow to preheat.  The light will click off once it is ready.



Pizzelle Maker - One of my favorite tools!

Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together.  Add in the eggs, anise, and vanilla extracts.  Then, sift in the flour, baking powder, 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! Pin It

22 comments:

  1. These look perfect, only a bit different than my family's recipe. I'd love to try it with the anise! They look beautiful!

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  2. Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous! Would love to receive it as a gift.

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  3. These are lovely! I think Pizzelle are the most elegant of cookies1 I hope you feel better - what a bummer to be sick on vacation!

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  4. I love pizzelle! I'm sure home made they are even better! Yours are beautiful :) I hope you feel better soon!

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  5. Beautiful pizzelle. They look crunchy and delicious. thanks for introducing to a new dish!
    http://www.easyfoodsmith.blogspot.com/

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  6. Pizzelle are so delicious, even the store bought ones are good. Homemade is always better, of course, and one of us will have to add the Pizzelle press to our letter to Santa! Sorry to hear your vacation was invaded by viruses hope you're feeling yourself again!

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  7. So sorry you're sick!! I always seem to get sick around the holidays too, but this year it was Thanksgiving. I hope you feel better soon!
    These pizzelles are just gorgeous...what a pretty gift!

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  8. Great recipe! Congrats on Top 9. My grandmother has been making pizzelle for decades and I love them soooo much.

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  9. These are so delicious, love them. Fantastic pictures. Love your recipes and your beutiful blog. :)

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  10. Ah, pizzelle. You make me miss my Italian family so much right now! We always have pizzelle at Christmas. Happy holidays! I love the recipe - and the blog. Congrats on top nine. I'm now a happy follower. :)

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  11. Ohh, I'd love a pizzelle maker!!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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  12. This is the first time visiting your blog but by no means the last! I love pizzelle! I'll make them today to bring to have with coffee for Christmas lunch and dinner with the extended family. Happy Christmas!

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  13. Omg I just want to reach in there and snatch one. Beautiful! Congrats on top 9!

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  14. I've never had pizzelle, but I will try it now!! Gorgeous holiday gifts instead of the usual Christmas cookies. Feel better!

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  15. Beautiful pizzelle! I love making mine with anise too. Congrats on Top 9!!

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  16. So beautiful, I always think of Christmas when I think of these. I don't have a pizzelle maker but I have always been lucky to receive some as a gift this time of year.

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  17. I hope you were able to get better by Christmas. It is certainly no fun to be sick while vacationing or on holidays. I wish I were on your gift giving list. Pizelles are one of my favorite treats. I am always excited when a neighbor throws a few onto a goodie plate.

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  18. I hope you are feeling much better by now, so you can enjoy the upcoming New Years holiday! Congrats on the top 9 on Christmas Eve, I can see why these made it, they are stunning and no doubt delicious. Great that you give them as gifts, for not that many people make these, very unique.

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  19. These are the most beautiful cookies ever invented - yours look absolutely perfect!

    Hope you're feeling better!

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  20. My mother LOVES pizelles and I have never made them. Bookmarking this recipe for next year! (OR sooner!)

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  21. Elyse...I hope you are feeling much better. It's no fun spending the holidays under the weather. But glad you chose to kick back and rest as opposed to pushing yourself in the kitchen. I love pizzelles! Plain with a schmeer of nutella is good, too. And I've yet to try the chocolate. LOVE your pizzelle maker...such a pretty pattern. Going to put that on my 'must have' list this year! I hope you are up to speed really soon!

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