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Pizzelles (Anise-flavored Italian cookies)

December 27, 2009

Recipe makes about 80 cookies. Need a pizzelle maker/iron (can be found at Italian bakeries and online).

Traditional is made with Anise, but you can omit anise oil and seeds by substituting vanilla extract or even melted chocolate to the batter if you prefer.

6 eggs
3 1/2 cups of flour (sifted)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup margarine (melted and cooled)
4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp anise seeds
2 tsp. anise oil (because anise oil is difficult to find down south, can sub. anise extract for 2 to 3 tsp)

Beat eggs and gradually add sugar. Add melted margarine, anise oil, and seeds. Sift flour and baking powder and add to mixture. Chill (may be chilled for 1 to 2 days if you want). Drop tsp. of batter onto hot iron for a minute and 10 seconds(please spray pan on top and bottom before use). Place on newspaper to dry (paper removes moisture, wait until it cools) Store in a tin container with wax paper on top and bottom DO NOT store with other cookies.

Great with coffee, after dinner, or any time of the day. This is the famous Italian- Christmas cookie.

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