In addition to the cutout cookies, Nana would always make pizzelles for Christmas as well. For those who are unfamiliar with pizzelles, they are an Italian cookie that looks like a thin waffle. They are prepared by pouring the batter into a special iron to cook them, which again, resembles a waffle iron. They remind me of waffle cones that ice cream is typically served in, but flat. These crispy cookies were always a favorite of mine.
Pizzelles are typically flavored with anise, and Nana would always make a batch this way. She would also make a batch without it, as she knew not everyone liked them flavored with anise. I even remember that she made chocolate pizzelles a couple times. Making two, sometimes three, different batters, then going through the process of pressing each pizzelle in batches of two was a very tedious and time-consuming task for Nana. I remember she used to use two different irons at the same time in order to get through them more quickly. As always, though, she knew we loved them, so she carried on.
On Christmas Eve, when we were finally allowed to dig into the cookie tray, we were always drawn to the pizzelles. Their subtly sweet crunch was the perfect combination. Of course, there were many other delicious cookies on the cookie tray, as well, but we’ll have to save those for another time. What are your favorite cookies on the tray? Let me know, below!
Sift together and set aside:
1 ¾ cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
In a separate bowl, beat together:
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup melted butter, cooled
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp anise
Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Spray pizzelle iron with cooking spray and preheat before adding dough. Once heated, spoon a couple tablespoons of dough per cookie onto the iron. Cook for a couple minutes until golden brown. Remove the cookies and repeat until the batter is gone. Serve on your Christmas cookie tray plain, or roll them to make cannoli, or spread them with Nutella and top with a second cookie for a delicious pizzelle sandwich! What are your favorite ways to eat a pizzelle? Comment below!