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It’s not Christmas without lots of anise.

December 28, 2011

My mother, who is Italian by way of marriage, makes really wonderful pizzelles. I learned from her, and then she bought me my own pizzelle maker (which I have used many, many times).

I decided to make two kinds of pizzelles for Christmas – one in classic anise, the other Nutella flavored. While both were good, the anise ones went much faster. People like what they like, I suppose.

I used this recipe from Unsophisticook, which is pretty much a classic recipe. I adapted slightly.

For the anise ones:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, just melted
  • 1 tbsp good anise oil (I get mine from an Italian grocer)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Cream the butter with sugar. Add eggs to combine. Add everything else and combine well. Heat up your pizzelle maker and go to town!

For the Nutella ones:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, just melted
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Combine as you did for the anise ones. Heat up pizzelle maker and that’s it! The consistency for the Nutella ones is slightly different than the classic. But it works just as fine!

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