Monday, December 12, 2011

25 Days of Christmas, Day 12: Pizzelles

I spent yet another day in Neighboring City, yesterday; the Man-Cub had been invited to a party at an amusement park there and I had agreed to drive him well before Hugh and I made plans to shop on Saturday. It's all good, though; I managed to wrap up a few more items on my holiday To Do list while I was there, including a trip to Sam's for bulk items for our employee Christmas party this coming Sunday.

One of the things I am always certain to make for the party is a goody tray full of my recent baking and, one of the favorite things on that tray will be Pizzelles. Pizzelles are a thin, Italian cookie and, although you have to use a special Pizzelle maker for them, they are worth the extra effort.


6 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup margarine, melted and cooled
2 Tbsp. anise extract
3 1/2 cup flour
4 tsp. Baking powder

Preheat Pizzelle maker. Beat eggs and sugar with en electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in melted margarine and anise extract. Combine flour and baking powder, stir in gradually. Dough will be sticky.

Using a small spoon or cookie scoop, drop batter onto Pizzelle iron. Close and cook for about 90 seconds or until steam stops coming out of iron (most devices will also have an alert light on the machine). Carefully remove from iron and allow to cool. Trim edges, if necessary (trimmings are really good over ice cream). Store in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze until ready to use.

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