Friday, August 13, 2010
Cookie Recipe #223 - Pizzelles
While wandering through the aisles of the local flea market I found a treasure - the pizzelle maker shown in the picture. I had seen recipes for this Italian cookie but didn't think I would have a chance to make them because of this needed unique untensil. I love the crispness and are especially delicious when broken into four pieces and served with a dish of ice cream (chocolate, of course!) If you don't own a pizzelle maker, ask your mother or grandmother or your neighbor's mother or grandmother-it will be worth the hunt! (Can also be found on-line).
Ingredients: 3 eggs, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder (yes, tablespoons).
Instructions: Beat eggs till foamy; stir in sugar. Add cooled butter and vanilla. Stir flour and baking powder together thoroughly. Stir into egg mixture; mix well. Cover. Chill about 1-2 hours (or overnight).
Using 2 tablespoons dough for each cookie, shape into balls. Heat a seasoned (sprayed lightly with cooking spray)pizzelle iron on top of stove over medium-high heat. Place one ball of dough at a time on iron. Squeeze lid to close; bake until golden brown, flipping on other side after 2 minutes and baking 2 minutes longer.
(you may have to throw out the first one or two as they have absorbed the oil). As you continue with each ball, the baking time may shorten as the iron gets hotter; adjust accordingly. Turn out on wire racks to cool. Cookies harden as they cool.
Makes about 2 dozen pizzelles.
This recipe comes from my $.50 garage sale cookbook find-"Better Homes and Gardens Gifts from your Kitchen", Meredith Corporation, USA, 1976.