Perfecting Pizzelles

Ahhh, warm holiday memories that bring a smile to my face….my brother and I standing over the pizzelle maker for hours on end while Mom made pizzelles for the entire neighborhood at Christmas.  Memories of the anise flavored batter wafting through the kitchen and of the taste of that first warm pizzelle as it came off the pizzelle iron.  Simpler times for sure.  But now how I look forward to pulling out the pizzelle maker and spending a few hours walking down memory lane – and still enjoying that first warm pizzelle. I would argue that my Mom’s pizzelles still have my recipe beat.  (I am sure she is smiling down from heaven at that comment!) These are super simple to make assuming you have the pizzelle maker. (Pizzelle makers are fairly cheap these days – so do not be intimidated – shop away!!)  So put some snappy Christmas tunes on the iPod, break out a glass of prosecco and whip up a batch of vanilla, anise or chocolate flavored for your family, your neighbors and anyone that happens to wander by.  The recipe I have included below is anise flavored but you can find a million recipes on the internet so if anise does not float your Christmas tree, mix it up with other flavors. I do plan to dip some in chocolate for added yummy effect.  Wishing you and your loved ones a very, very merry Christmas! Buon Natale!! Tante belle cose….

Yummy Anise Pizzelles 

1 cup unsalted butter
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon anise extract
3 cups of flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1. Melt butter over medium low heat until melted. Set aside to cool.
2. Preheat pizzelle iron according to the manufacturer’s directions.
3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar on low speed until well blended.
4. Add the cooled melted butter and the vanilla and anise extract.
5. Sift the flour and the baking powder into the mixture.  (If you like a thicker batter, add an additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour.)
6. Beat until all ingredients are well blended. 
7. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of mixture onto the center of each pizzelle shape on the pizzelle iron. Close lid and bake until golden brown – usually about 20 to 30 seconds.( Be sure to read the directions recommended by the pizzelle iron manufacturer for any specifics.)  Lift the cover. Loosen with a rubber spatula so as to not scratch the pizzelle iron surface.  Put on a wire rack to cool.
8. Repeat with the remaining batter.
To dip in chocolate: Just melt chocolate of your choice in a small bowl in a microwave until melted.  Dip 1/2 of pizzelle in chocolate. Place on wire rack to cool. Alternatively, drizzle pizzelle with the chocolate.
Recipe makes about 4 dozen pizzelles.
Buon Natale!

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  1. michele,
    They look wonderful
    I can almost taste them from the lovely discription
    hope u bring some to my house christmas eve.
    Boun natale!!!!

  2. Your stack is ready for their chocolate dipping for our wonderful Seven Fishes celebration! Look forward to tomorrow eve…baci baci!

  3. Just joined I’m making anise pizzelles for our tea party, I hadn’t made for
    some time, I’m very anious. And am making more for a fiend who is moving
    Salute’ Rosaline

  4. Since me and my family are not fans of anise, can I use all vanilla extract instead of the anise?

    1. Absolutely!! Enjoy….Michele

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