Thursday, September 1, 2011

Italian Pizzelle Cookies

Ok, this has taken the regular PIZZELLE to a whole notha level!  You can use this recipe for the traditional pizzelle Italian cookie (which is yummy on its own) or kick it up a notch by adding NUTELLA (my tummy is smiling) and vanilla bean ice cream!  Either way, you WILL enjoy this Italian treat!
Note: You will need a Pizzelle iron
Here’s what you’ll need:
6 eggs
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
Powdered sugar for garnishment
Nutella Spread (use as much as you’d like)
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Directions:
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer until light. Add the sugar, butter, lemon zest and vanilla, mix well. Stir in the flour and baking powder.
Heat the pizzelle iron. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto the center of the patterns, close the lid and cook for about 30 seconds. Test the cooking time on the first one, because temperatures may vary. Remove cookies carefully from the iron and cool on wire racks.
At this point, if you want the tradional cookie, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar!
Spread cooled cookie with NUTELLA (oh yea) and vanilla bean ice cream – add a second cookie on top to make a delicious treat!
Yield: 1 ½ dozen pizzelle’s

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