12 Treats of Christmas: Pizzelles

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As the third of our 12 Treats of Christmas, Pizzelles, those delectable thin, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth waffle cookies that even my babies in high-chairs love, are one of our all-time favorite Christmas treats.  It’s not unusual to see a family member opening all the cookie tins in search of their first Pizzelle of the Christmas season.

Pizzelles are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, and flavorings such as vanilla, anise or lemon.  Pizzelles are hard and crisp, but are also tender and sweet.   The name comes from the Italian word for “round” and “flat” (pizze); this is also the meaning of the word pizza.  Pizzelles are popular during Christmas and Easter, and are often found at Italian weddings alongside other pastries such as cannoli and traditional Italian cookies.

The cookie dough or batter is put into a pizzelle iron, which resembles a waffle iron. The pizzelle iron was traditionally held by hand over a hot burner on the stovetop; however, modern irons are electric and require no stove.  Electric irons are a real blessing; standing over a stovetop with a hand-held iron making each pizzelle, one by one, is not my idea of a great baking task.  Typically, the iron stamps a snowflake pattern onto both sides of the thin golden-brown cookie.  Each pizzelle comes off the iron feeling soft and pliable.  Then the cookie develops a crisp texture once it has cooled.

There are several brands of ready-made pizzelles available in stores, but I won’t even go there.  Making them for you and your loved ones is best.

Pizzelles

Ingredients:

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6 eggs
1  1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick butter) plus 2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil plus 2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon anise flavoring (you can use anise seeds if you prefer)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Juice and zest from 1/2  of an orange
2  3/4 cups of flour

Special Equipment – A Pizzelle Iron

Directions:

Preheat your pizzelle iron.

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In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy  Add melted butter and oil a little at a time.

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Then, add anise, vanilla, and the juice and rind of the orange.

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Add flour to make a very light dough.  The dough will be light enough to drop by the spoonful onto the pizzelle iron.

Place 1 tablespoon of the dough on each pizzelle waffle side.  Close lid of pizzelle iron tightly and cook for 30-40 seconds.

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You may need to discard the first two pizzelles.  Sometimes they are too dark.  You want them to be light-golden brown.

Remove waffles from pizzelle iron surface with a fork.  Place flat on a wire rack until cool and crispy.

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Wrap stacks of the pizzelles in aluminum foil before storing in air-tight containers.   Your goal is to keep the pizzelles crisp protecting them from the moisture in the the air.

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And again, as with many of my treat recipes, I need to thank my friend Rita for this one.  As she would say to all this Christmas season,  “Buon Natale.”

Roseddy

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Pizzelles

Ingredients:

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick butter) plus 2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil plus 2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon anise flavoring (you can use anise seeds if you prefer)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Juice and zest from 1/2 of an orange
2 3/4 cups of flour

Special Equipment - A Pizzelle Iron

Directions:

Preheat your pizzelle iron.

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy Add melted butter and oil a little at a time.

Then, add anise, vanilla, and the juice and rind of the orange.

Add flour to make a very light dough. The dough will be light enough to drop by the spoonful onto the pizzelle iron.

Place 1 tablespoon of the dough on each pizzelle waffle side. Close lid of pizzelle iron tightly and cook for 30-40 seconds.

You may need to discard the first two pizzelles. Sometimes they are too dark. You want them to be light-golden brown.

Remove waffles from pizzelle iron surface with a fork. Place flat on a wire rack until cool and crispy.

Wrap stacks of the pizzelles in aluminum foil before storing in air-tight containers. Your goal is to keep the pizzelles crisp protecting them from the moisture in the the air.

And again, as with many of my treat recipes, I need to thank my friend Rita for this one. As she would say to all this Christmas season, “Buon Natale.”

Roseddy

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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