Friday, December 6, 2013
Have you ever had a pizzelle? I just love these little cookies. They're not too sweet and you can vary the flavor. I tend to prefer the anise cookies, but I went with an almond recipe this time, I think it would appeal to more people.
Obviously, you do need special equipment to make these: a pizzelle maker. I think I bought mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and they run around $40-50. It's like a little waffle iron and makes two cookies at a time. I love trying to eat around the design without breaking the pattern (those of you who separate their M&Ms into different colors and eat the ugly colors first know what I mean!)
I generally just make these during the holidays and package up for gifts, although they're a great year-around treat.
PIZZELLES (makes about 3 dozen)
1 3/4 cups AP flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp almond extract
1 Tbsp orange zest
1 stick butter, melted
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting, optional
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
Beat the eggs, sugar, almond extract, and zest together in another medium-sized bowl.
Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Stir in the melted butter.
Preheat your pizzelle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Drop a scant Tablespoon of the batter onto each patterned cookie grid on the bottom plate of the iron. Close the iron and cook the pizzelles, 30-60 seconds depending on how crisp you like them.
Remove the cookies from the iron andp lace them on a rack to cool. When you're ready to serve, dust with the confectioners sugar, if desired.
Recipe Source: www.qvc.com/pizzelles.content.html