Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Oh What Fun It Is To...Cook!

Duchess of Fork

Today's link up is hosted by Molly of Duchess of Fork and I'm so excited to share one of my favorite family recipes. I'm all about the food over here so it should go without saying that this might be my favorite link up of the week! The Italian Pizelle cookie is a Christmas staple in my family kitchen and it would not be Christmas without them. These cookies are light, crisp and in my heart they are guilt free because they are like eating air...only a little sweeter. One is never enough.

Pizelles make a beautiful addition to a Christmas party dessert bar, on a plate of cookies taken to the neighbors or wrapped up with cellophane and a giant bow to accompany a hostess gift. A Pizelle iron is an essential kitchen appliance in all Italian homes and a worthwhile investment for anyone wanting to add a sweet Italian tradition to your Holiday baking list!

Italian Pizelles

6 eggs
3.5 cups flour
1 c. cool melted butter
4 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. anise extract
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat pizelle griddle. Sift flour and baking powder in a medium mixing bowl. Beat eggs, adding sugar gradually. Add butter and anise, slowly add in the flour/baking powder mixture until you have a sticky, doughy mixture. Drop dough in tablespoonfuls onto the griddle. Cook until the steam stops and the cookies have turned a golden color. Remove with a fork and cool on wire racks. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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