Italian Christmas Cookies

Yesterday I baked some cookies. One type I make for most holidays is the Pizzelle. Here is a little information on this delicious cookie! Pizzelle are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (often vanilla, anise, or lemon zest). Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy depending on the ingredients and method of preparation. Pizzelle were originally made in the Abruzzo region of south-central Italy. (the town I come from). The name comes from the Italian word for "round" and "flat" (pizze); this is also the meaning of the word pizza. It is known to be one of the oldest cookies, and is believed to have developed from the ancient Roman The cookie dough or batter is put into a pizzelle iron, which resembles a waffle iron. The pizzelle iron is held by hand over a hot burner on the stovetop, although some models are electric and require no stove. Typically, the iron stamps a snowflake pattern onto both sides of the thin golden-brown cookie, which has a crisp texture once it is cooled. Pizzelle are popular during Christmas and Easter. They are often found at Italian weddings, alongside other traditional pastries such as cannoli and traditional Italian cookies. It is also common for two pizzelle to be sandwiched with cannoli cream (ricotta blended with sugar) or hazelnut spread. Pizzelle, while still warm, can also be rolled using a wooden dowel to create cannoli shells.

Traditionally my family uses Anise for the flavoring, but I don't like it, so I use vanilla. They are light and crispy and very good!

Michelle / Simple Pleasures


Prims By The Water said...

These look so yummy! Wish I could eat a few right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. I love history!!! Take care, Janice

frontporchprims said...

My stomach's growling. Oh, they look delish. -Steph-