December 5: Pizzles


Somewhere along the way, I picked up a pizzle iron.

(Because a bored baker in rural Wisconsin with an Amazon Prime account is a dangerous thing.)

I use it to make Stroopwafels, which I will make later this month. But I needed something else to justify my impulse purchase of the snowstorm of ’11.

Enter Pizzles.

(Shocking. Making the cookie for which my iron was named. It took me 2 years to figure this out.)

Pizzles are a wafer cookie from Italy. I never made them before, but figured no time like the present.

They have a hint of anise, but not enough to make you run away, I promise! You barely taste it, and it deepens the vanilla flavor in the cookie.

I mixed up the batter and started the long, arduous journey into counter-top desserts.

I used my cookie scoop to do these, making sure they were centered in the middle of the hot iron. (Oh, and I generally put a little coconut oil on it before I start, just to grease the iron.)

(And yes, I’m now the asshole cook that uses hard-to-find ingredients.)

After about 4 minutes, you get this:

I take them off with a non-metal spatula, and start over again. And again. And again. It’s a good thing I had some time to do these. Four minutes isn’t a long time, and yes, a few were relegated to the circular file because I wasn’t paying attention.

But these? These are worth every minute.

Pizzles (Italian Waffle Cookie)
(from Gooseberry Patch Old-Fashioned Country Cookies)
6 eggs
3 ½ c flour
1 ½ c sugar
2 sticks butter, melted
4t baking powder
1T vanilla extract
1T anise extract
cap full of anise seeds
Beat eggs until foamy. Add sugar and melted butter. Follow with other ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Place 1 teaspoonful on each side and cook until delicately browned. Lay flat until cooled.

Cookies today: 87
Cookies this year: 202

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