One of my all-time favorite holiday cookies to munch on are pizzelle. I think there is just no wrong way to eat pizzelle.
7 Delicious Ways To Enjoy Pizzelle
The cookie is light and airy and so versatile. You can stuff them or use them as breakfast food. Versatility makes them a go-to year-round in our Italian household. There are so many different renditions I create (anise, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, caramel, etc.) to the serving options!
I’ll share 7 ways to enjoy pizzelle and remember this is just how we enjoy them. The possibilities are endless!
Ways To Enjoy Pizzelle: But What Exactly are Pizzelle?
You’ll note that I am using ‘are’ with Pizzelle because this is the plural form of a well-known Italian Cookie. In its singular form, you will call Pizzelle, Pizzella. That’s your quick Italian lesson for today before we begin to enjoy pizzelle, LOL!
What Are Pizzelle Cookies?
As an Italian Girl, to enjoy pizzelle is to taste a slice of heaven with a cup of coffee.
Perhaps these cookies boast the best combination of flour, eggs, butter, and sugar to ever be created?
Pizzelle can be crunchy or soft and often is flavored with Anise. Anise pizzelle are the culprit cookies that singe all the others with their flavoring. That is why anyone that puts Anise Pizzelle on a cookie tray knows to keep them separated from the poor, unknowing other cookies!
Now, this is where I leave my heritage and move to the way I like things to taste. I hate Anise. Let’s just call me a rebellious Pizzelle gal! So remember to enjoy pizzelle do not put anise pizzelle on the same tray as all the other delicious flavors. Here are some of my favorite pizzelle flavors.
Making Pizzelle before it’s time to enjoy pizzelle
There’s both technique and style to making pizzelle and after trial and error. Watching my Nonna Santa, mom, Mother-in-Law, and countless others prepare these, the Pizzelle Iron matters.
I will NEVER recommend the cheapest iron. You will throw it at the wall after it destroys the most perfect batter due to sticking issues. Did I mention I am truly not a fan of nonstick spray or eggs as well? As for the nonstick spray, it ALWAYS flavors foods weird. So, if the iron is nonstick, it better work!
This is my favorite Pizzelle Iron and my cookies do not stick! In fact, they turn out perfect! I get that you might want to spend less, and I understand,
Alternative Cookie Iron to make and enjoy pizzelle
Here is my backup Pizzelle iron for when I have some helpers or am cooking in bulk! While pizzelle are not just a holiday treat kind of cookie, they are the ones that I make only at Christmas.
Pizzelle are delicate to make, and the dough has to be just right. Sometimes I consider dragging out the pizzelle iron to be its own task. Cleanup from spillover and the dough is enough for me!
So, I enjoy pizzelle during the holidays only and then try not to think of them again all year. You can buy pizzelle makers in stores, but I find it easier to order online. A greater selection in a short amount of shopping time!
What If I Don’t Want to Make Homemade Pizzelle to enjoy Pizzelle?
You do not have to rely solely on homemade. I do prefer homemade baked goods, however, because I am in control of the ingredients. That said, let me introduce you to 7 delicious ways to indulge in pizzelle eating, that will have you craving them long after the season of perpetual bliss!
1 ~ Coffee. Tea. Enjoy Pizzelle
First, pizzelle are delicious when dipped into coffee, tea, or even after-dinner liqueurs. They are thin, so a quick swipe across a very hot beverage will soften it to nothing, but the taste, will just send you!
After dinner liqueurs are soft and can be balanced with thin, wafer-like cookies, such as pizzelle. I love dipping Chocolate Pizzelle into amaretto, it’s divine!
2 ~Make them The Star of a Show
Second, is an easy change-up to the cookies presentation and taste. If you place a bunch of pizzelle on a platter, dust them with confectioner’s sugar. They will look snow-embellished, and how perfect is that for the season?
3 ~ Oh to toppings
Topping off pizzelle may be the most awesome thing ever. Why? The options for topping or ‘smearing’ are endless from peanut butter to Nutella, pudding, yogurt, jam, preserves, and more. It’s so hard to choose what to top them with that you might just have to try a smear of each. After all, it’s in the name of taste-testing.
4 ~ Pizzelles By Campfire
Maybe one of my favorites is Pizzelle S’MORE. Now do get excited. You use a chocolate pizzella, a spoon of marshmallow topping followed by a drizzle of chocolate. Oh, my #FOODGASM! Yes, it’s to die for! IF you think you have an affinity to S’MORES, this will start you down a new road to addiction! Sorry, not sorry!
5- Ice Cream. You Scream. We all Scream to Enjoy Pizzelle
In need of an ice cream cone? WOW, are you in luck if you have pizzelle handy. Who’s a fan of those lovely waffle cones you get when you go to those boutique ice cream stores? Well, ‘hello’ this is for you! Grab the pizzelle (well don’t grab them will break), head to the microwave, give them each 15 seconds (you may need 5-10 seconds more).
Pull it out at the end of the cycle, and form it into a cone (I am not kidding when I say your fingers will burn but t s so worth it!). It’s that sinfully easy! Basically, you are making ice cream cones on demand, no waste!
6 ~ Crunchy + Delectable. Enjoy Pizzelle
We all have cravings and when you want sweet, crunchy, and chocolaty all in one bite, this is for you! Take the pizzelle, and drizzle them with melted chocolate. You can use chocolate chips, or wafers melted. The crunch will satisfy while the chocolate rounds it out!
7 ~ Crumble Me Up + Toss Me On…
Pizzelle are superior atop things. You can crumble them and put them atop yogurt or pudding. Or if you love ice cream, try breaking a few into that. How about putting some broken pizzelle into pieces into a serving of Sorbet? Totally a yum fest.
I have to say there are a lot of ways to enjoy pizzelle, so indulge. Pizzelle are most popular during the holidays but make perfect presentations for large parties and gatherings!
Nonna Santa’s Pizzelle Recipe
This recipe has been handed down from generation to generation. I tweak it with lemon rind, or orange zest, amaretto, vanilla, etc. There are endless options for change-ups, so don’t be afraid to try!
Simply Delicious Pizzelle
- 2 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder1/2 Tsp Cinnamon **2 Drops Olive Oil to 1/4 C Oil (for use on the iron, not for the recipe)
- 3 eggs or egg replacement by Bob's Mill
- 1 tbsp Almond Extract
- 3/4 c sugar
- 1/2 c butter softened
- 3/4 c sifted flour must sift
- 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 c olive oil NOT to be incorporated into the batter this is for the pizzelle iron start with 2 tbsp and up to 1/4 x
- Preheat Pizzelle Iron. Let this happen ahead of time, it's better the iron is warmer than less.Use a pastry brush and run cooking oil across it. Carefully wipe off excess.Reapply as necessary, I'd say about every 3 sets of cookies.In a mixing bowl, mix eggs and sugar, then add in butter, almond extract, cinnamon, and baking powder.Last add in flour, 1/2 c at a time.Drop by the Filled Tablespoon and cook for approximately 30 seconds (steam needs to stop coming out of sides).Use tongs or a fork to remove! Lay on a cooling rack.Repeat until all dough is used.
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