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Pizzelle Recipes
A pizzelle is a traditional Italian waffle cookie made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (often vanilla,
anise, or lemon zest.). Pizzelles can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy depending on the ingredients and method of
preparation. Pizzelles were originally made in the Abruzzo region of south-central Italy to mark an annual celebration. Over time
it became tradition to use pizzelles to celebrate any holiday or festive occasion, but they are especially common in Italian
homes at Christmas and Easter.  Early pizzelles often were embossed with the family crest or some hint of the village of origin.
The name "pizzelle" comes from the Italian word for "round" and "flat" (pizze); this is also the meaning of the word pizza. Many
other cultures have developed a pizzelle-type cookie as part of their culture. It is known to be one of the oldest cookies.
Traditionally, the cookie dough or batter was put into a pizzelle iron, which resembles a waffle iron.. The pizzelle iron was held
by hand over an open fire or a hot burner on the stovetop. Today electric pizzelle makers are available and no stove is required.  
Typically, the pizzelle maker stamps a snowflake or floral pattern on one side and a waffle pattern on the other side of this thin
golden-brown cookie, which has a crisp texture once it is cooled. The recent increased popularity of pizzelles is the result of
greater recognition of their delicious versatility. Pizzelles, when still hot, can be formed into cylinders, cones and mini-baskets
that can hold a wide variety of delicious fillings
To make cones for ice cream or other fillings, use a wooden shaping cone.
While the pizzelle is still hot and soft, gently wrap it around the cone. It will quickly harden to that shape.
Hot pizzelles can be placed in muffin tin or ramekins to shape into cups.
Gently press the pizzelle against the bottom on the muffin cavity, pleating the top edge of the cookie.  
Allow to cool, remove, and then fill with gelato, ice cream, fruit, etc.

To make ice cream sandwiches, do not use the latch to hook the griddle plates together during the baking
process.  The finished cookies will be slightly puffier.
Use pints of ice cream that come in cylindrical containers. With a serrated knife, cut the ice cream into thick
slices. Place an ice cream slice on a pizzelle and top with a second cookie.
Serve immediately or wrap sandwiches individually and freeze for up to 1 month.

Hot pizzelles can also be wrapped around metal cannoli forms and allowed to harden into shape.
Fill with any traditional cannoli filling.

Store pizzelles in an air-tight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.
When exposed to air the pizzelles will absorb moisture and become limp.
If this happens, put them in a hot oven for a short time and they will regain their crispness.
HOW TO MAKE A PIZZELLE (with an electric pizzelle baker)

Preheat baker according to manufacturers directions.
Place about 1 heaping tablespoon of the batter on each grid pattern.
You may want to use 2 spoons to place the batter on the grid, using the second spoon to push the batter off of the other spoon.
You will find that by placing the batter slightly behind the center of the pattern, your pizzelles will come out closer to a round
This is because, as you close the baker, the batter squeezes forward slightly.
Close the baker and clamp the handles together.
Baking will take 30-40 seconds, depending on how brown you like them and the consistency of the batter.
Remove the pizzelles from the grid with a fork or spatula.
Place on a paper towel to cool.
If you wish to shape your pizzelles, do so by removing one from the grid and immediately shaping it while still warm.
The other pizzelle will remain warm and pliable until you are ready to remove it for shaping.

PIZZELLE (made with vegetable oil)
Makes 2-3 dozen depending on the size of the pizzelle maker
The vegetable oil will make them thin and crisp.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1-1/2 teaspoons extract (lemon, rum, almond, vanilla, or anise)
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and oil.
Add the eggs, salt, zest, and extract.  Beat well.
Gradually stir in the flour until the mixture is smooth. It will be very soft and sticky.
Heat the pizzelle maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Wet your hands.
Take a scoop of dough the size of a walnut and roll between your hands to form a ball.
Or you can use a spoon to place the dough on the pizzelle baker.
Place the dough on the pizzelle surface..
Close and clamp the lid and cook until golden brown, about 30 seconds.
Transfer pizzelles to paper towels to cool.  Repeat with remaining dough.

PIZZELLE (made with butter)
Makes 2-3 dozen depending on the size of the pizzelle maker
The butter will make them more flavorful than those made with oil.

3 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon triple sec (you can substitute another liqueur or extract)
1-3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar.
Add the butter, vanilla, and triple sec.
Add the flour and baking powder and mix well.
The batter should be stiff enough to be dropped by spoon.
The batter can also be refrigerated for later use.
Chocolate Pizzelles
(Makes about 30)

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Sift the flour, baking powder, and cocoa together in a bowl.
In another bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar.
Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla.  Whisk until combined.
Add the flour mixture and blend until smooth.
Heat the pizzelle baker and follow the directions for How to Make a Pizzelle.

Pizzelle with Hazelnuts

4 eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup ground hazelnuts

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and salt.
Add the butter and stir in.
Sift together all the remaining ingredients, except the hazelnuts.
Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture.
Fold in the ground hazelnuts.
Heat the pizzelle baker and follow the directions for How to Make a Pizzelle.

Almond Pizzelles

Follow the recipe for Pizzelles made with butter.
Omit the vanilla and triple sec flavorings.
Add 1 tablespoon of almond extract or 2 tablespoons of amaretto.
Add 3/4 cup of ground almonds to the batter.

Cappuccino Pizzelles

Follow the recipe for Pizzelles made with butter.
Omit the vanilla and triple sec flavorings.
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
Optional: Serve with whipped cream and shaved chocolate

Black and White Pizzelles

Make one batch of the Pizzelles made with butter recipe.
Make one batch of the Chocolate Pizzelle recipe.
Place 1/2 tablespoon of each together on the pizzelle grid and bake as directed.