This recipe is from Great Nana. She said it was originally from her best friend, Jean, and tastes exactly like the ones her mother-in-law always made, so it became her preferred version. You need a pizelle maker in order to make this recipe. I accidentally added almond extract and thought it tasted great, but Nana did not use it.
- 6 large eggs, beaten
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup margarine, melted (not butter)
- 1⁄2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla, to taste
- 1 teaspoon almond extract, to taste (optional)
- 3 tablespoons anise extract (one whole 1 ounce bottle)
- 4 cups all-purpose white flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- powdered sugar, to dust cookies (optional)
- Prepare pizelle iron according to manufacture's instructions.
- Beat eggs well with sugar, then blend in the slightly cooled melted margarine.
- Add oil, extracts, baking powder, and flour (add this 1 cup at a time, mixing in slowly).
- Pour small ladlefuls of batter onto your heated pizelle iron and cook for just 30 seconds to 1 minute or according to the directions on your pizelle iron.
- They will be lightly golden when cooked, but still soft -- remove quickly with tongs to a cooling rack.
- As the next cookie is baking, the first cookie will cool and get crisp -- dust both sides withpowderd sugar, and remove to plate.
- Serve with coffee.
I made these for a party I'm going to that has an Italian theme. I used the vanilla and almond extract and only 2 tsp of the anise extract as I'm not a huge fan of that flavor. With that reduction, I could equally taste all three flavors in the cookie. I borrowed an electric Krumkake waffle iron to make these (now I want one!). I have a few failures and almost gave up, but after the iron got hotter, they began to turn out fine. They are so light and crisp and so pretty. I will dust them with the powdered sugar tomorrow just before the party. Thanks for postin.