A few years ago, my sister and I convinced my mom to buy a pizzelle maker on Black Friday. For those of you who don’t know what the heck a pizzelle is (much less a pizzelle maker), it’s an italian cookie traditionally made at Christmas and Easter. Pizzelles are round, flat cookies that can be a variety of flavors (anise, vanilla, or almond).
She bought the pizzelle maker but told us, we were the ones who would be making them. Since neither Laura nor I had never made a pizzelle, we turned to the ultimate authority– our Aunt Janet.
And Aunt Janet didn’t fail us. She emailed us her recipe and we started baking. Flash forward a few years and I was telling her that my pizzelles need to go into the oven after using the pizzelle iron because they are too wet still. She recommended using less flour.
This year I followed her instructions to use less flour and it worked. Moral of the story here is: Call Aunt Janet before using two appliances to make cookies.
Since Hazel had me up at 4:45AM today, I figured it was the perfect time to make pizzelles (and Greg’s lunch chicken, buffalo chicken dip, and dill pickle dip).
First things first, you need a recipe.
Aunt Janet’s Pizzelle Recipe
- 6 eggs
- 2/3 cup corn oil
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cup flour (I used a smidge less)
Flavoring option- Anise
- 1 Tbsp Anise seed
- 1/4 tsp anise oil
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Flavoring option- Vanilla
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Flavoring option- Almond
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
1. Beat eggs, sugar, oil, and flavorings until fluffy.
2. Add flour and beat until combined. The mixture should be the consistency of pancake batter.
3. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of batter into the center of pizzelle form.
4. Close the lid and squeeze tight.
5. It only takes 30-45 seconds to cook. Be careful not to burn them.
Side note: My pizzelle maker tells you when the pizzelles are cooked but I found it’s a tiny bit off in both directions. Some came out browner than others. It just takes some time to figure out.
Since the machine isn’t perfect with the timing, here is a color guide for the proper color of pizzelles.
The burnt ones are not bad to eat, I enjoyed them and Hazel enjoyed them. Speaking of Hazel, I was taking this picture of the pizzelles to illustrate how pretty they are . . .
And took a step back . . .
This was her pose for most of the baking. She would switch sides to make sure I knew she was there. Hazel certainly enjoys her cookies.
After baking, I ended up with 60 cookies . . . after the ten or so Hazel and I shared.
If you are interested in purchasing a pizzelle maker, they run about $40. You can probably get one cheaper with a coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond.