Growing up, Christmas time meant making pizzelles–crispy and sweet Italian waffle cookies. My sisters and I usually make them with our grandma or lovely mama, and eat entire batches in one sitting. When Andy and I got engaged, I registered for a pizzelle press (pretty much immediately) and were thrilled when a very generous friend purchased it for us!
To celebrate the end of a fairly grueling month of work for Andy, we gave our new press a spin. Pizzelles are just so much fun to make–simple, quick and very yummy. They are the perfect Christmas cookie because they aren’t too filling (if you have some self-control, which I often don’t), and travel really well. Plus a little powdered sugar on top makes these simple treats look really impressive.
For our first batch, we made the basic dough recipe. Next time, we’ll probably add some citrus zest or chocolate. Maybe we’ll even try to shape the pizzelles and make cannolis someday. Yum, can’t wait!
Basic Pizzelles: [Found here at allrecipes.com]
- Heat pizzelle press and brush with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
- Beat 3 eggs and 3/4 cup sugar in a standing mixer or by hand until thick.
- Add 1/2 cup melted butter and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, mix until combined.
- Add 1 3/4 cups flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder, mix until smooth.
- Place 1 tablespoon of batter onto each pizelle circle on the press. Clamp down the press and hold until steam is no longer coming out from the iron (around 30 seconds).
- Use a spatula to remove the cookies from the press and place on a wire rack for 30 seconds.
- Once cool and crisp, snap off the excess dough from the main cookie design. (I did this on a plate to make it easier to clean up. And I ended up just eating all the bits, which makes it even easier to clean up.)
- Sift powdered sugar on top (optional).
- Repeat until dough is gone. Store pizzelles in an airtight container. Mangia!
And there you have it. One batch makes enough pizzelles to fill our large cookie jar and last… probably three days. Seriously, they are so good.
How about you? What’s your favorite holiday treat to make?
P.S. I’m sure you noticed that the blog’s header has changed. It’s a sign I stitched to sit at the head table at our wedding reception. The photo is just lovely, thanks to our amazing photographer, Becca Dilley. I’ll share many, many more photos of our wedding’s handmade touches. Soon!