What's Christmas without pizzelle cookies? I'll tell you, it's not Christmas, at least not an Italian Christmas. For those of you unfamiliar with Italian cookies, a pizzelle is part waffle, part holiday decoration, and 100% simple and delicious treat. In my opinion, a Christmas celebration is not complete without the pizzelle. In fact, my fondest holiday memories involve stealing freshly baked pizzelle right from my mothers pizzelle iron as she would whip out hundred of them during the holiday season.
What You'll Need
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons fennel seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 additional egg, or
1/4 cup amaretto and an additional 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
How You Do It
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and oil and mix until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder, fennel seeds, and optional ingredients if desired, and mix well to form a homogenous batter. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Heat the pizzelle iron until very hot. Pour 2 tablespoons of batter onto the iron, close it, and return to the heat. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Repeat until all the batter is used. Once the pizzelle is done cooking carefully remove it with a fork and cool on a rack or wax paper.
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