This recipe should have gone up earlier (better late than never). I cannot imagine a Christmas or Easter without pizzelle. These little waffle cookies seem to make an appearance around Italian weddings too. They seem to be gaining in popularity,as I have seen them pre-made in some of the grocery stores. They are really bad and taste nothing like a real pizzelle you make at home. Of course you need a pizzelle iron to make these cookies. They used to be hard to get and you could only find them in little Italian specialty stores. I see them now in Wal Mart and Target around Christmas time. Devin really likes these cookies, and I know the Holidays have arrived when he stands there grinning holding the pizzelle iron.
The cheaper irons are made with teflon non-stick coating now and do not seem to be quite as efficient as the heavy old stainless steel ones. I have had mine for 15 years and it still works perfectly.
Anyway, here is the recipe.
Ingredients (for about 2 dozen cookies)
1 tsp anise extract *(optional: you can add orange, extra vanilla, or almond extract for different flavors)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick (1/2 cup) of melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup flour sifted twice
Melt the butter (I usually do it in the microwave) and let it cool. Meanwhile beat the eggs and then add the sugar, anise, vanilla, and cooled butter. To this add your sifted flour and baking powder, and mix together. It will form a sift dough. Let the dough rest for about fifteen minutes in the refrigerator to help stiffen it up.
Meanwhile heat up the iron. When the iron is hot, take about a heaping tablespoon of dough on each side and press down. Let the cookie cook for about 30-40 seconds. You notice a lot less steam coming from the cookie. That lets you know it is done.
Remove the cookie and let them cool on a wire rack. Don’t stack them on top of each other until cooled or they will stick. Once they cool you can stack them and not have any problems.
If you want to make chocolate pizzelle omit the anise and add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and an additional 3 tablespoons of sugar.