I couldn’t resist the bags of pizzelles while browsing the marketplace at Linvilla Orchards in Media this afternoon. Picked up the classic anise cookies, but regret not having also grabbed a bag of almond flavored ones!
I grew up thinking that pizzelle originated in Helen’s kitchen, but my friend Google tells me they’re actually from central Italy. Present at every Italian-American function I’ve ever attended, these simple wafer cookies satisfy a sweet tooth without triggering a sugar buzz. I made them for the first (and last) time with my sister Tina, a few years ago. While her recipe called for a lot of butter, others call for more eggs. All recipes include some combination of butter, eggs, flour and flavoring (anise, lemon and almond are the most common).
I’ve always wanted a pizzelle iron, but never buy one. I keep thinking it’s one of those kitchen items I’m likely better off not owning … unless, of course, I get one so that I can make pizzelles for everyone around me. The are the perfect party gift, IMHO.