These traditional Italian cookies are delicate and have a light anise flavoring. Many of us remember them as holiday cookies or cookies that graced the cookie table at a wedding. I remember spending hours helping to make these with family members using the traditional pizzelles irons. That was a long time ago and now we have electric pizzelle makers that makes them easy to make.
The recipe I have used margarine instead of butter. My pizzelle maker recipe calls for butter and states no substitute. Butter is nearly $4 a pound in my area and I pulled my old recipe out to give it a try with my electric pizzelle maker. I have a softer cookie and not as much weeping while it is baking from the batter. I am pleased with them. The good part beside the delicate cookie is the batch of cookies was more affordable to make. I can make them anytime and not just for special occasions.
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup margarine or butter melted
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon anise or other extract flavors
- 2 cups flour
Melt margarine and let cool. In a mixing bowel add sugar, cooled butter and anise flavoring. Mix on slow speed until blended. Add egg one at a time while mixing on slow speed. Slowly add flour until the batter comes together. The batter will be thin enough to drop tablespoonful on a heated pizzelle maker. Follow the directions on your maker because the size of cookie is not standard. Remove from baker and place on a tray to cool. Makes about 36 cookies.