Pizzelle are the oldest known cookie! The first pizzelle came from the region of Abruzzo in the 8th century! The word “pizzelle” means “flat” and “round” in Italian. These cookies are extremely crisp, buttery, and light. You can never eat just one.
Many recipes call for only anise or only vanilla. However, this recipe combines anise, lemon, and vanilla, giving them THE BEST flavor. My Noni has passed this traditional recipe down to me. I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we do!
Makes about 50 pizzelle
- 6 eggs
- 4 cups flour
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 sticks of butter
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. of each flavor: vanilla, lemon, & anise
1. Beat eggs until they are fluffy. Add sugar gradually until smooth.
2. Melt butter and cool, add to egg mixture. Then add in your anise, lemon, and vanilla. Mix flour and baking powder together until combined (no need to sift). Add to above mixture. The dough will be sticky.
3. Using a teaspoon, add one scoop to the center of each side. Shut iron for about 55 seconds to one minute. While still warm, place pizzelle on paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Note: If your pizzelle are sticking, grease the iron with a bit of vegetable oil or pam.