Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If you ask me what my favorite Christmas cookie is,
Pizzelles would be at the top of the list...

They're an Italian cookie, not very sweet,
more like a thin waffle cookie,
but oh so delicious.

When I was a little girl, my mother's mother would send us a box
about a week before Christmas, every year.
This box would be filled with the most delicious and beautiful cookies.
All hand-made by my grandmother.

And in that box there would be this HUGE package of   
We devoured them every year.

One year, as my mother was opening the box of goodies,
at the very bottom of the box was a brand new
Pizzelle iron with a note informing
my mother that she would now be making 
Pizzelles for her own family.

Grandma never sent another box of cookies.
But my mother began the next year making them and
has been making them every since.
I've helped her a few years and decided this year to 
share the recipe and pictures with my friends at
Walking on Sunshine.

Here's the Pizzelle Iron that was at the 
bottom of that box so many years ago...

Here's the recipe that came with the iron...


1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla (my mother and grandmother used 1 tsp. anise)
pinch of salt

My mother had everything waiting for me to take a picture
before she started putting the dough together.
I guess she reads my blog...

Cream the butter and sugar together.
Add the eggs and anise flavoring.

Add the dry ingredients and combine...

To make the Pizzelles, take a small spoonful of dough
and drop onto the PRE-HEATED iron...

Here's my mom dropping the dough onto the hot iron...

Close the iron and let the pizzelles cook for about 
one minute or until they are golden brown...

Carefully take the Pizzelles off the iron and lay flat to cool...

I joined the fun...

Yummy Pizzelle Cookies...

I thought I'd take a few pictures of my mom's
Christmas decorations.  She no longer puts up a big tree.
Did I mention she lives 3 houses away from me?  

A corner in her kitchen...

These reindeer salt and pepper shakers have been on our
kitchen table for as long as I can remember...

These are DELICIOUS cookies and it 
wouldn't be Christmas without a few of them to enjoy!

Enjoy your day!  


  1. I loved this post...your mom living so close by, what a blessing! Wish I had one of those irons, it is a beauty! :D

  2. You are blessed to have your Mom close to you. And, she is adorable! I love Pizzelles and an iron has been on my wish list for a very long time. Our neighbor sometimes brings them before Christmas.. I'll hope for that this year ;) Thanks for sharing! -Tammy

  3. Awesome. They look so good. Fe just asked me to make them when we were at Kitchen Collection at The Crossings. When I told her I didn't know what they were, she asked a clerk for an iron and dropped the issue when she didn't want to pay for it. LOL

  4. How nice to have your mom so close. Those cookies look so fragile, I bet they melt in your mouth.

  5. They look fantastic. I love the tradition :) So nice she is just three houses away!

  6. How fun! They look pretty, festive,...and delicious! What a neat tradition.

    That is a blessing to have your mom so close!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  7. I LOVE pizzelles too. When I was a child an Italian neighbor always sent me a little bag of them. I now make them myself. Unfortunately I seem to be the only one in my family who likes them.
    How great that your mom lives so close and you can share these wonderful traditions. I enjoyed the tour of your mom's Christmas home. The salt and pepper shakers are Adorable.

  8. My inlaws broke their pizzelle maker so she borrowed mine this year. I love them too.... but with the sugar they contain, I can't eat them

  9. You resemble your beautiful mom a great deal. And you must be happy to have that nice gadget. I've never seen one of those or tasted those cookies. Very pretty! Love your Rudolph salt and pepper shakers.

  10. I have never heard of pizzelles...they look and sound yummy. How wonderful to have your mom so close. I would love that. The Rudolph salt and pepper are darling. Glad you enjoyed your day. HUGS

  11. You mother looks sweet and how wonderful she is so close to you.

    When is she going to pass the cookie making on to you?

    And I think I have had them before - they are good!


  12. Dear Lois,

    I love pizzelles! I've never made them but I like to eat them. Do you think these can be made with a flour and egg substitute? We found out this summer that my daughter is allergic to all wheat, dairy and egg products. Sure! - that's not hard to eliminate all this, right?
    Anyway, I used to work as a cook for a company and sometimes we made lasagna. I learned a few tips to make it go faster and easier. One - don't cook your noodles. Make sure you add extra liquid in your cheese mixture. We added some tomato juice or tomato sauce to thin down the cottage and/or ricotta cheese. The noodles will absorb the extra liguid and soften while cooking. Make sure you put sauce on the bottom of the pan (just like in your pictures) to keep them from sticking. Personnally, I added some extra spices as well to help with the thinning of the sauce. You don't want it to taste weak or diluted. 2 - layer your noodles in different directions. First layer the noodles running parallel to your pan and the next layer perpendicular to the first layer. Keep going, alternating layers, until you have used up your noodles or filled your pan. I have made lasagna for home use like this and then stored them in the freezer until ready to cook. The alternating layers give the stucture strength so it doesn't fall apart once it is cut.
    Once time I made lasgana rolls like you do but ended up with a pouty husband because it wasn't the same as "real" lasagna.
    Thought you might like a couple of tips in case you needed or wanted to do it differently one time.
    Love the blog and the freshness of it. I get a different vibe from your writing.



  13. I've never had these before! How can that be? They look very good.
    It's wonderful your sweet mother lives so close to you!

  14. Lois, my beloved pizzelle maker died this past September! it was over 35 years old! My grandmother always made them for us too and stored them in coffee cans. I learned from her! I always sprinkle mine with powdered sugar which I put in a small shaker. I looked on ebay to try to find the same (vintage) pizzelle maker and they are out there for like $100! (can't afford THAT right now!) I can get a "modern" one 1/2 that price but I just don't know if the teflon coated ones will do the job?? Loved this post...and I WANT some!!!!

  15. You are blessed to have your Mom living so closeby and to inherit such cooking skills too. Those pizzelles look amazing. Making my mouth water about now!

  16. What a sweet story of your memories behind the cookies. My mom used to send big boxes of Christmas cookies to family too:) I would love to try the pizzelles but I will have to look for an iron. They are so beautiful!

  17. Maureen, I love your tip of alternating the noodles! I hope other readers read this tip plus the other ones! Thank you for commenting on my blog. I hope you get to see this!!!

  18. I just saw your comment on chatty crone blog. Think of you often. Keep saying i am going to blog again...maybe in 2012? Your pizzelle post made me smile because I just purchased a pizzelle maker for my daughter for Christmas. My daughter can make them for me:-) if you lived closer I certainly would have invited you to my cookie swap especially if you were bringing pizzelles. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  19. I enjoyed this blog post so much. You and your Mom are gorgeous and what a special recipe you have shared. Precious traditions and memories. I did not know your Mom lives so closeby. That's great and I love her touches of Christmas. God bless you all this Christmas.

  20. What a treat Lois, to bake with your mother, and to have her so near is another special blessing. I love the smiles on both of your faces, speaks of joy. The Pizzelle cookies look so delicious.
    Enjoyed the previous post on the homemade biscuits, must try them.

    Wishing you and your dear family a very blessed and joyous Christmas.

  21. Oh Lois,
    these cookies are so cute and I bet they taste as good as they look.
    So nice your Mom lives so close by,
    and that your kids got to grow up seeing the grammy a lot. That is what I am hoping for too! If or when I get some!! lol
    Nice yall could bake together, and I am sure she loves it too!

    Have a great day, hon,
    Blessings Abundant, nellie

  22. This is one of my favorite cookies! My grandma makes them all the time; I finally got my own Pizzelle maker so I can make them too! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)