For years my family (we are not Italian...) made Pizzelles every Christmas. Another one of those fun traditions, and one I continued into my adult years. These cookies are different, and not the USUAL Christmas cookie.
I made a batch of them this morning, so I can take some to the Christmas dinner tonight!
You need the Pizzelle Maker - makes only two at a time, and you can flip the irons over and make waffles too, but I only use it for cookies!
Here is the recipe -
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2-2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon anise seed or extract
Add and beat ingredients together in order listed (use the smaller amount of flour for thinner pizzelles). Drop by rounded spoonful onto center or pre-heated grid. Close lid and immediately clip handles together. Allow to cook until steaming stops - about 60 seconds. Remove with fork. Allow to cool on wire rack. (White hot, may be rolled into cylinder or shaped into a cone.) Dust with powdered sugar, and store in airtight container.
I am NOT known for my culinary skills, so burned my finger, forgot to spray the grids so the cookies didn't stick first, so 3 batches went down the drain first. (I can hear you laughing...)
But some turned out good, and will be wrapping with plastic wrap and ribbon next!