Pizzelles: A Holiday Tradition

Hey y’all! I’m back and in full holiday spirit! I took a short hiatus from blogging right after classes ended to give myself a little break. It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve made an appearance here with no fair warning and, well, I have no excuse. I finished up my first two graduate classes with stellar grades and to reward myself, I indulged. I’ve indulged in lots of yummy food, desserts, wine and vacation time within the past couple of weeks. But I’m back and ready to share some holiday cheer with you all!

To my surprise, I actually had several people ask me why I hadn’t been blogging. I really had no idea friends and family even paid attention to my blog as much as they do but it means a lot and proves to me that I should continue this little hobby of mine. So THANK YOU to everyone who supports me by reading and sharing my posts!


 

Without further ado, here’s how to make a delicious holiday treat, PIZZELLES!

Pizzelles are an Italian waffle cookie and have a been a favorite holiday tradition of mine for many years.

My mom and I attended a holiday cookie exchange this weekend (so fun!) and decided to make these special treats for everyone to enjoy.

We started bright and early on Saturday morning with coffee and Christmas music blaring in the background. We had so much fun making these treats together! 7 hours and over 250 cookies later we finally finished! We made the pizzelles in a variety of flavors; vanilla, chocolate, almond and lemon.

The ingredients are rather simple and the recipe does not take long to whip up. You do, however, have to use a Pizzelle press (sort of like a waffle iron, see below) to make them.

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This is the exact pizzelle maker that we used! $39.95

Classic Pizzelle

1-3/4     cups all-purpose flour

2             teaspoons baking powder

3             large eggs

¾            cup granulated sugar

½            cup unsalted butter, melted

1             tablespoon vanilla extract or extract of your choice

Preheat the Pizzelle Press while preparing the batter.

Place flour and baking powder in a small bowl and stir to combine; reserve.  Place eggs and sugar in a medium bowl.  Using a hand mixer, mix on medium speed for 1 minute, until thickened.  On low speed, add the melted butter and vanilla in a steady stream and mix until combined, about 15 seconds.  Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined, about 10 to 15 seconds; do not over-mix.

 

Double Chocolate Pizzelle

Add the following ingredients to those in recipe shown above.  Sift with flour and add to egg mixture.

½ cup cocoa

½ cup sugar

½ teaspoon baking powder

The basic pizzelle recipe is flavored with vanilla.  However, you may change the flavor by using different extracts such as Anise, Almond or Lemon.

Makes 36 – 40 pizzelles

Follow Pizzelle Press instructions for timing. Finish by dusting a little powdered sugar on the cookies. Let the cookies sit out for a while to cool and harden into a waffle cookie.

Tip: You may also use a pizzelle roller while the pizzelle is still hot to form a cone. The cone can be filled with a chocolate or buttercream filling. Yum!

 

Below are pictures I took on Saturday in the kitchen AKA Pizzelle Factory.

 

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Me in my silky Christmas PJs whipping up the first batch of vanilla pizzelles! I was in charge of the pizzelle press and mom made up the batter.
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The first batch of vanilla complete!
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Mom making the batter
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Almost done! Chocolate, vanilla, almond and lemon!  (Even more not pictured!)

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Like I said, Pizzelle Factory.
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A basket of 20 different kinds of cookies I got to bring home from the cookie exchange! Yum!

Happy Holidays & happy baking, too!

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