Italian Pizzelle Cookies
Pizzelles are an Italian thin waffle style cookie that is made from flour, eggs, butter, anise and vanilla. They are a tradition in Italian homes and usually made for special occasions and holidays. I grew up eating pizzelles that my grandmother made at every family get together and the very traditional ones just like hers, have lots of anise in them . Anise is a very strong licorice flavor and if you use too much it can overpower the pizzelle. When I first made these on my own after I was married I used so much anise that my husband’s mouth was numb for the whole day 🙂 My grandmother actually would use the anise to rub on the gums of my aunts and uncles when they were babies and teething and it would take the pain away! Needless to say a little of this stuff goes a long way and I have figured out the perfect ratio to use so that it is a very faint flavor that makes these pizzelles taste so amazing! I have to thank my husband for being the guinea pig for all of these years trying out all of the versions until I found just the right one 🙂 To make the pizzelles, you need a special pizzelle maker which looks like a small waffle iron but it is more shallow. These are very cheap to buy and last a long time! I think I paid $20.00 for mine over 15 years ago and it is still going strong! You can make homemade ice cream cones and faux cannoli shells with these as well if you want to put it to use more often. If you have never tried making pizzelles you should give it a try and I know you will love it!