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Cookies 3: Pizzelles

Pizzelles are one of my favorite cookies and a staple at my family cookie swap. But we don’t just eat them around the holidays. Every year at my family reunion one relative would never fail to bring them along, thus ensuring her status as the “favorite aunt”!

Pizzelles are a traditional Italian cookie. The name means “round” or “flat” and is believed to have originated in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The distinct shape of the cookie is made by using a press which resembles a waffle iron.

Once the cookie is finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar it tastes like an almond-flavored snowflake.

This pizzelle recipe was posted by BETORKAR on AllRecipes.com. I could share my family recipe, but there are just some things I won’t give up without a fight.



6 eggs

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup margarine, melted and cooled

2 tablespoons anise extract

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder


Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in the melted margarine and anise extract. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir in gradually. Dough will be sticky.

Preheat your pizzelle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto the iron. Close and cook for about 90 seconds, or until steam stops coming out of the iron. Carefully remove and cool. Store in an airtight tin at room temperature.


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Cookie Day is Coming!


One of my favorite new traditions as a mom is the introduction of “Cookie Day.”  On this most calorie-laden of days, all the ladies in my family (usually including – but not limited to – my mother, grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, and sister, as well as our children who range in age from 5 years to 1 month) get together to bake and exchange cookies.

Usually, our choices are pretty standard.  My mother is known for her chocolate chip cookies (Nestle’s Toll House recipe) and her pizzelles. 




Pizzelles are a traditional Italian cookie that originates from the Abruzzo region of Italy.  It is popular among Italian families at Christmas, Easter, and weddings.  According to Wikipedia, it is one of the oldest cookies.  

Even though we are not even a little Italian, these delicate, anise-flavored cookies are a huge hit in our house. 

This year, I will be baking a ginger cookie (ginger is my new obsession) and attempting for the second year in a row Peanut Butter Blossoms.  Last year, I made a critical error that led to much mockery of my baking skills.  This year, I’m determined to erase that memory with a perfect cookie.Peanut Butter Blossoms


What cookies do you enjoy making during the holidays?  Does it have a special cultural significance for you and your family?

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