I’m so excited we just have a few more sleeps until Christmas! I feel like a little kid around Christmas time! I love everything about it, spending time with my family is my absolute favorite! And making my Grandma’s best authentic Italian pizzelle cookies is by far a highlight of Christmas time!
I’ve shared before, but in case you didn’t know my mom’s grandparents are both from Italy! My grandma, Mary Clara, came over from Calabria when she was 10 years old. My great grandpa, Giovanni, came over from Ponza when he was 18. Sadly, I never got to know either of them. But the stories that my cousins, mom, and grammy have shared are priceless to me! And I love seeing all the old photos of them. There’s even some pretty funny video clips around too! Being able to make these authentic Italian pizzelle cookies makes me feel so close to my great grandma and being able to pass that down to my children keeps that heritage alive!
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The Best Authentic Italian Pizzelle Ingredients & Tools
The past couple of years I’ve been able to get together with my mom, grammy, and aunts to just spend some time together laughing and making these cookies! I thought it would be fun to share the recipe with you that is my great grandma’s recipe! You can find these cookies in stores, but I promise they’re not the same!
The ingredients are super simple and you should be able to find everything at your local grocery!
- All Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Anise Flavoring (make sure to get the real deal, not the imitation stuff)
- Cooking Spray ( I like using a coconut oil spray, but there’s also olive oil spray, or whatever you prefer)
The tools you need should also be fairly easy to get.
- Hand Mixer (I’ve had a Kitchen Aid handmixer since our wedding and it’s still going, it maybe on it’s last leg, but it’s lasted for over 10 years!)
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Mixing Bowls
- Pizzella Iron Option
- Dash Pizzella Iron Option
- Traditional Pizzella Iron (similar to what my grandma used)
- Cookie Scoop (optional)
There are tons of options for a maker, I just gave a couple of options above.
Tips Before Starting
- These cookies are meant to be thin, so don’t overload the iron with too much batter.
- Be sure to only cook the batter in the iron for maybe a minute, probably less, depending on your iron. But these cook extremely fast. It usually takes a few of the first cookies, to get your rhythm going to where you’re not using too much batter, too little batter, or burning them.
- This recipe makes a bunch of cookies, if you don’t have time to stand by the iron making these for a couple of hours, cut the recipe in half. But get some family and friends around, make these cookies, and share some stories!
Instructions for the Best Authentic Italian Pizzelle Cookies
Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Once mixed put by teaspoonfuls into a hot, greased iron. You may have to grease the iron each time you make a cookie.
- 6 cups all purpose flour
- 1 dozen eggs (preferably large)
- 1 1/3 cups oil
- 3 cups sugar
- 8 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 bottle anise flavoring
1. Preheat pizzelle iron.
2. Mix all ingriendents in a large mixing bowl.
3. Grease iron with cooking spray.
4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto hot iron. Cook according to iron instructions.
5. Repeat with remaining batter.
Merry Christmas, friends! I hope this season brings you so much joy!
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