Traditional Classic Italian Christmas Pizzelle Cookies
Classic Pizzelle Cookies are a traditional Italian cookie that is perfect for Christmas time. They are thin, crisp, buttery, and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar for sweetness. When I married my Italian husband was the first time I tasted a Pizzelle and I have been a fan ever since.
My first Pizzelles were purchased at our local Italian import store in Cleveland Ohio, Gust Gallucci’s Italian Food & Market. Every year when Jim was a boy his family visited Gallucci at Christmas. As a special treat, they always bought the kids pizzelle cookies. When we started our family we now continue this Christmas tradition and our kids ask each year when we are making our Christmas trip to Gallucci”s.
One of my first Christmas gifts from Jim was an electric Pizzelle Maker from Gallucci’s. As a family, we have been making our own Pizzelles with the kids at home. Believe me, it is so easy. The batter is simple. Just basic ingredients that you control, eggs, flour, butter, and sugar baking powder. Traditionally Pizzelles were made with anise seed extract but when the kids were little we make them with vanilla. I love them both but little ones may not like the licorice flavor of anise.
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I know making pizzelle cookies will become a family tradition for your family. Easy batter, simple to use pizzelle maker and ready to eat in 30 seconds. Yes, I said seconds. Your kids can have fun mixing the batter and sprinkling the powdered sugar on top and not long wait to eat the reward.
A Pizzelle Maker can be purchased here at a really reasonable price. I have had mine for 30 years and we have had 30 years of fun. I use the recipe in my instruction book, but you can also purchase mixes that make it even quicker.
When the pizzelle come off the pizzelle iron they are soft and flexible. You can roll them into a cone with a Pizzelle Cone Roller. They can then be filled with a chocolate or vanilla whip cream for a special dessert. I am thinking ice cream this summer out on the deck with the kids. (just in case there is a mess).
Supplies Needed for Classic Italian Pizzelle Recipe:
- 4 Eggs
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 3/4 cup Butter Melted and Cooled
- 1 Tablespooon of Vanilla extract (or Anise Seed extract)
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour, sifted
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- Powder Sugar for dusting about 2 cups
- Turn on and heat your Pizzelle Maker.
- Put the eggs in a dish and mix with a fork slightly.
- Beat together eggs and sugar.
- Melt the butter and have it cooled.
- Add the cooled butter to the eggs and sugar.
- Add the vanilla (or anise seed) extract
- In a separate bowl sift together the flour and the baking powder.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture.
- Mix until just combined.
- Take two teaspoons and measure in one a teaspoon of batter in each section of your maker. Place the batter slightly to the back of the circle.
- Close the lid and lock.
- Set your timer for 30 seconds.
- When the timer is done, open the maker and using a spatula remove and set on a flat surface.
- I take the powdered sugar and put in a strainer and tap the side to make a snow like layer on each pizzelle.
- Pizzelle cookies can also be made chocolate. All you have to do is add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of additional sugar to the basic recipe.
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