Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pizzelle Italian Waffle Cookies

*Cookies usually served flat (pic has them rolled) may do it either way.
Pizzelle or "snowflake" cookies are a traditional and beautiful Italian waffle cookie made with anise seeds (or anise extract). I had these years and years ago, a friend of mine and her family were Italian and made these in mass quantities. We would then eat them in mass quantaties, but hey...they are amazingly delicious!!! You do need a Pizzelle press to form these delightful little treats, but they are not hard to come by. I am going to be bringing this memory back to life for a tea party soon. Yep, that's right, a tea party. Why not right, if we can have cocktail parties, I am going to have a beautiful little tea party with cups and saucers, Aveda Tea, Pizzelle cookies and lavender scones (we might even throw a little cheese and crackers in there). Hope they turn out just like I remember, and I hope you will try them and enjoy them as much as I did the first time!
Italian Waffle Cookie Ingredients
6 eggs
1 cup butter melted
3 1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oil of anise
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions for Pizzelle Italian Waffle Cookie. Beat eggs and add sugar gradually, blending well. Add cooled melted butter and flavorings, mixing well. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder. Add to egg mixture. The dough will be sticky. Get one rounded teaspoon of dough on each side of iron and close top. When it stops smoking, lift to look at them. They cook very quickly. Cool on plate and stack when completely cooled.

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