Pizzelle - Chocolate-Espresso

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Author Notes: Growing up, Pizzelle was a "must" during the holiday season; my grandmother made orange-anise Pizzelle and I wanted chocolate, so here it is. These crisp chocolate snowflake wafers are excellent on their own, as well as rolled and piped with a cream filling. Oh, and a Chocolate Vodka Martini makes an excellent accompaniment!lapadia

Makes about 50 cookies

  • Tool needed: Villa Ware Pizzelle Baker
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Espresso Powder (Medaglia D' Oro)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Creme de Cacao
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 cups of flour (all purpose)
  1. Preheat the pizzelle baker.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add and whisk to incorporate the sugar and Espresso powder.
  3. Mix in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Add and mix the cooled butter, vanilla and crème de cacao.
  5. Sift the baking powder, cocoa and flour together.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the sugar/egg mixture 1 cup at a time; mix to make a light enough dough to drop onto the pizzelle baker.
  7. Drop a heaping teaspoonful of batter in center of each grid pattern to make full size pizzelles.
  8. Hold handles together firmly during baking, note: some bakers have a clip to hold the handles firmly together. Trim off any overflow if needed.
  9. Baking time is 30 to 45 seconds, will vary slightly because of consistency of the batter or the amount of dough used. Let cool completely on a rack, then store in an airtight container.
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Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

I gave these a try today. They turned out great when cooled, though I had a lot of problem with sticking. I have a couple different irons, so I tried the Palmer and the Villa Ware and had the same sticking issues. It's raining today and I always find that affects the cookies. I'll try again on a drier day and report back.

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 3 years ago lapadia

Hi, Hilaraybee, I am thrilled you tried these! I have never had a sticky problem, you are so good at making them I am sure you can tweak whatever you need, easily. Congrat on you CP :)

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you! I'm pretty sure it was the weather. I don't bother making pizzelle in the summer here because of the humidity. I can sometimes get them to work by adding more flour. But it is freezing now, so perfect pizzelle weather.

Me

almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I'm so glad to see these here - these are such favorites of mine!

Nog

almost 3 years ago Niknud

Just gorgeous! And the only thing that approches the magic of the chocolate-peanut butter duo is chocolate-espresso combo. Delicious!

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, Niknud! I agree with the chocolate-peanut butter "thing" :)

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

These are beautiful, we also always had pizzele around the holidays and there was always anise in them. Like you I love chocolate. Gorgeous!

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, sdb :) somehow I knew we would have this in common!!

Yvette_sangria

almost 4 years ago MuyBueno

They are like chocolate snow flakes! Beautiful!

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 4 years ago lapadia

Yes, and tasty too! Thanks...

Bike2

almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Love all your ideas with these!

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 4 years ago lapadia

Thanks, Sagegreen, you always have great ideas, so if you think up one that will fit these I would love that!

Me

almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love these, and I think I see another new tool I need so I can make these!!

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 4 years ago lapadia

You will have a lot of fun once you make your purchase! All the different flavors to try out and ways to present them too...

Halloween

almost 4 years ago iuzzini

Oooh- I hope to make these for the holidays! This is one tradition my family hasn't gotten into yet but a perfect one to start for the future. Thanks lapadia!

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 4 years ago lapadia

Sounds great, iuzzini! I am sure you will all enjoy them!

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 4 years ago lapadia

@Hilarybee - YUM, stuffed with gelato! I have rolled and piped a stiff whipped cream. I have thought about ice cream sandwiches, and thought they would probably crack easily, but, then you never know if you don't try!

Hilary_sp1

almost 4 years ago Hilarybee

My family makes these every christmas, too. I got four!! pizzelle irons when I got married to ensure I would carry on the tradition. My husband loves the chocolate- but I usually prefer either almond or orange.

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 4 years ago lapadia

I love them all, Hilarybee! Growing up we always had vanilla with aniseed, I had my grandmother's old iron (and we are talking OLD), it finally "died", but I still keep it around.

Hilary_sp1

almost 4 years ago Hilarybee

Have you ever made ice cream sandwiches out of them? My grandma used to stuff the pizzelle with homemade gelato.

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almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

Now those are just beautiful.

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 4 years ago lapadia

Thanks thirschfeld! I'd love to see what you might do with them!!