This is totally a holiday favorite thing, but nonetheless, a Pizzelle Iron, I love this little machine. It is actually easier to use than it looks and makes the most delicious cookies, which can also be formed into cones for gelato.
Pizzelle were originally made in the Abruzzo region of south-central Italy. The name comes from the Italian word for “round” and “flat” (pizze); this is also the meaning of the word pizza. Many other cultures have developed a pizzelle-type cookie as part of their culture (for example, the Norwegian Krumkake). It is known to be one of the oldest cookies, and is believed to have developed from the ancient Roman crustulum. (From Wikipedia)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon anise (anise is more authentic) or vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 3/4 cup sugar
Preheat Pizzelle iron
In large bowl of electric mixer, at low speed, beat all ingredients until well blended. Spoon a heaping tablespoonful of mixture onto center of pizzelle iron; cover and bake until golden-brown, about 30 seconds. Lift cover; with fork, carefully loosen pizzelle. Place on wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batter.
I could sit around and eat these all day. Drizzle a little melted chocolate on them…heaven.
Seriously, best Christmas cookie ever. My husband loves using the pizzelle maker (as he has shown in his extraordinary skill to press all these out in under an hour, he obviously has super powers that I do not possess). As
we he was making these, I asked him what his favorite Christmas cookie is. He said, “I don’t know.”
“You don’t know?! You don’t remember having a favorite cookie?”
There is something wrong with him.
“You don’t remember having a favorite cookie?” (This is my special tactic, ask the same question over and over again hoping to illicit a different response.)
“No.” (He’s on to me.)
Well…at least I have a favorite Christmas cookie. From my house to yours…Pizzelles, my favorite Italian treat (other than fresh pasta, pizza and…gelato). What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?