I realized this weekend that all of my favorite Christmas cookies are not chocolate. How can that be??! I’m a certified chocoholic.
At the top of my list are pizzelles. They are a traditional Italian cookie – and actually not necessarily a “Christmas” cookie. We’ve just always made them at Christmas time.
The key to my success this year was that I had not one, but two pizzelle makers going!
I received this Cuisinart pizzelle maker as a wedding gift. It gets very hot, and cooks the dough quickly. However, it creates smaller, thicker cookies.
I was beyond excited to grab this pizzelle maker at an estate sale (the home of a very Italian family!). It creates larger, thinner pizzelles. This machine is similar to the one my mom uses, so I prefer it because the cookies are more like the ones I grew up with. But both makers work great, and make delicious cookies!
The press makes beautiful cookies!
Try not to be concerned that the recipe calls for a half dozen eggs!
The beauty of making pizzelles is that you can make them right away – no waiting for the dough while it chills in the refrigerator.
One of the challenges while making pizzelles is placing just the right amount of dough in the press so that you don’t go too far over the design (above). You also want to put enough to cover the whole design (unlike what I did below).
After making a dozen or so cookies, it was much easier getting the right amount! I also like to have a variety of shades — some lighter and some darker, crunchier.
Aren’t they beautiful?
You can sprinkle some powdered sugar lightly over them, or just eat them as-is.
The recipe I use is as follows:
Ingredients: 6 eggs; 3 1/2 cups of flour; 1 1/2 cups sugar; 1 cup butter; 4 teaspoons baking powder; 2 tablespoons vanilla
-Beat eggs adding sugar gradually. Beat until smooth.
-Add cooled melted butter and vanilla.
-Sift flour and baking powder and add to egg mixture.
-Dough will be sticky enough to drop by spoon.
And that’s it! These are a very hands-on type of cookie, being that you have to make them in pairs (you can’t just stick them in the oven). However, it is well worth it! And, they’re really hard to mess up – thankfully!
Do you have a favorite type of cookie that you make during the holiday season?