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Pizelles (Italian Wafer Cookies)

Pizzelles are classic Italian wafer cookies. Pizelles are baked on a specially designed iron that imprints them with a lacy design. Pizzelle irons are available in the cookware section of department stores, in cookware shops, and through mail order catalogs.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 1 minute per cookie

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon anise extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vegetable oil

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Combine the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl.

  3. Using a mixer, whip the eggs in a large bowl until frothy.

  4. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is very thick and holds a slowly dissolving ribbon as the beater is lifted, about 5 minutes.

  5. Add the melted butter and blend well.

  6. Stir in the anise and vanilla extracts.

  7. Add the dry ingredients from Step 2 in three stages, blending well after each addition.

  8. Heat the pizzelle iron and brush the grids lightly with the vegetable oil.

    Follow the instructions for the pizzelle iron you’re using.

  9. Pour a generous teaspoon of batter in the center of each pattern on the pizzelle baker.

  10. Close the iron and bake for approximately 1 minute, until golden.

  11. Use a flexible-blade spatula to remove each pizzelle from the iron.

  12. Lay flat to cool on a rack or immediately shape as desired and then cool.

  13. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

    Freeze for longer storage.

Per serving: Calories 93 (From fat 42); Fat 5g (Saturated 3g); Cholesterol 25mg; Sodium 18mg; Carbohydrate 11g (Dietary fiber 0g); Protein 1g.

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