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Author Notes: For those of you who are unfamiliar, pizzelles are also known as Italian wafer cookies. Their name comes from the Italian word “pizze” meaning round and flat. In Scandinavia, they are known as Lukken. They are made in a pizzelle iron similar to waffles. The original Italians pizzelle irons were forged by blacksmiths and would be created with original designs or family crests on them. They were lovingly handed down from one generation to the next. They are a seasonal favorite at our house. All our friends from up north (especially Youngstown, Ohio) are sure to visit to get a stack. —WeLike2Cook
Makes: 3 dozen
cup margarine, melted
teaspoons baking powder
tablespoons anise extract
teaspoons anise or fennel seeds (optional)
- Preheat pizzelle iron.
- Cream together eggs and sugar, then add melted margarine that has been cooled and anise extract.
- Add flour and baking powder and mix until smooth. Add anise seeds and mix well. If batter is too thick add water a tablespoon at a time until it is the desired consistency.
- Using a teaspoon, drop one spoonful of batter on iron for each cookie.
- Hint: I place the batter in a Ziploc bag and snip off one small corner (like a pastry bag) and squeeze out a teaspoon-sized dollop on the iron for each cookie. It gives you better control and is MUCH less sticky. And clean-up, well... much easier!