This is a really good recipe for pizzelles. I wanted the anise flavoring so I used a scant tablespoon of anise extract instead of the vanilla extract and that I thought was a perfect amount. Not overbearing at all. I think the recipe benefits from having the dough rest awhile on the counter or for a longer period of time in the refrigerator. I did not do that and noticed that the pizzelle dough at the end of the batch were easy to handle than the dough at the start of the batch.