One of my favorite things to bake are Italian Pizelles. The are a light, crisp cookie with a hint of anise. Now some people use vanilla, almond or lemon extract in their pizzelles but I prefer using anise seeds and anise extract. Now in the fall and over the holidays, I love to make chocolate pizzelles as well as pumpkin pizzelles. I find that pizelles are great to take to parties or any social gathering because it seems to be one of those cookies that people tend not to make.
To make pizzelles, you do need a pizzelle iron to make them but they are inexpensive and can be found in at your local store for kitchen supplies. I have had my Pizzelle Iron for a very long time and it works great!
So, I am going to start by giving you a couple tips for prepping followed by my favorite basic pizzelle recipe:
- Many pizzelle recipes can be made ahead of time and placed in the refrigerator. If you decide to do that, just take your batter out 30 minutes before baking.
- Make sure you plug-in your pizzelle iron before starting so it is warm and use a small amount of vegetable oil or melted shortening with a pastry brush and lightly put it on your press so your pizzelles don’t stick to the iron. I only need to do this before baking them.
- Make sure you follow the instructions on using your Pizzelle Iron.
Classic Italian Pizzelles Recipe
- 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon of anise extract (or almond, vanilla or lemon extract depending on what you like)
- Anise seeds (about a 1/4 cup – I eye this when I am making my batter)
- Pre-heat your Pizzelle Iron
- Mix your flour and baking powder in a small bowl and stir.
- Mix your eggs and sugar using a mixer for about 1 minute until thickened.
- On low-speed, add the melted butter and anise extract and mix until combined (about 20 seconds).
- Add the flour mixture and mix until combine (about 15 seconds – be sure not to over mix).
- Then using a spoon, drop approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of the batter and drop in the center of one of your patterned cookie grills on your Pizzelle Iron. Close the lid and lock. With most irons, there is a little light that is red and then turns green when the cookie is done. Just check the instructions on your particular Pizzelle Iron for the specifics for your press.
- Remove the pizzelle from the iron and place on a cookie rack to cook. Completely cook the pizzelles and then dust them with a little powdered sugar before serving.
If you love pizzelles, trust me, they are simple to bake and take very little time. The great thing about them is that they taste amazing and will make your family and friends very happy. At some point, I will post my recipe for making chocolate and pumpkin pizzelle so that you have the recipes for the fall and the holiday season.
Happy Baking!! 🙂