Happy Sunday! Pizzelles – thin, flat Italian cookies – were always a part of our family’s celebrations. Easter. Christmas. Weddings – oh, definitely weddings! Since pizzelles are not too sweet and can be made in all kinds of flavors, they’re a great foundation for lots of different desserts. With some melted, vanilla CANDIQUIK, white nonpareils and blue & red sanding sugar, they can be quickly dressed up to celebrate the 4th! Summer bonus? No oven needed! These cookies are made in an electric pizzelle iron. If you don’t have a pizzelle maker, you can find ready-made pizzelles at most grocery stores!
I have a big confession to make. As much as I love baking, I have never been able to make “pretty” pizzelles – perfect, round cookies with neat, clean edges. No matter how much I adjust the amount of batter, I ALWAYS get a puff of dough baked all around the perimeter which I have to break off. I’m totally blaming it on my old pizzelle maker! Well, it’s a good excuse to get a newer and more professional model. Before electric pizzelle irons, the cookies were made in irons with very long handles over the stove, and these types of pizzelle irons are still available. My grandmother used to make them like that – every one of them perfect, too!! I’m sticking with the electric variety!
My Pop-Pop loved his pizzelles flavored with anise, which is the typical flavoring. Me…not so much on that flavor! I like to make mine vanilla, lemon, almond or orange. With a shaping cone, pizzelles can be shaped into cones for ice cream, pressed into muffin tins to make “cups” or rolled into tubes for cannoli. Store pizzelles in airtight containers, as they absorb moisture and can lose their crispness. If this happens, you can pop them in the oven for just a bit to re-crisp them – though only before they have been dipped in melted chocolate or vanilla candy coating! Change the flavoring of this recipe to your favorite!
July 4th Pizzelles
Makes about 25 four-inch pizzelles
- 1 and ¾ cups flour
- ¾ cups sugar
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- ½ cup melted butter
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons pure vanilla (or flavoring of your choice)
- 1 package vanilla flavored CANDIQUIK
- White nonpareils, blue & red sanding sugar
Sift flour and baking powder together. Beat eggs until foamy; add melted butter and vanilla. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until well blended and smooth. Add flour and continue beating mixture until blended and smooth. Dough will be thick and sticky but able to be dropped by a spoon.
Bake pizzelles according to electric pizzelle maker instructions. Check them about every 30 seconds to make sure they are not overbrowning!
Melt vanilla CANDIQUICK in microwave according to package directions. Never used CANDIQUIK? You’ll LOVE the taste and how perfectly it melts! Read more about it here. Whatever is not used, let harden in the microwave safe tray, pop in zip-lock top plastic storage bag and save for another time.
Dip edge of pizzelle, as lightly or heavily as you want, in melted vanilla CANDIQUIK. Sprinkle wet edge with nonpareils and sugars. Place pizzelles on wire racks until CANDIQUICK edges are set.
My pizzelles might not have pretty edges, but they TASTE delicious! A plateful of these, with some ice cream or fresh fruit and you have an easy holiday dessert. Having a July 4th party? How about some red, white and blue pizzelles as party favors for your guests?
I’ll have one more super easy, inexpensive and fun 4th idea to share on Tuesday – and it can be something to get the kids involved in, too!
Two quick things I wanted to mention! Our Best of the Weekend party is still in high gear! We have had so much fun and I’ve loved seeing all of the amazing things everyone has shared so far. Wow, do we have super amazing, talented friends! If you haven’t linked up your fabulousness yet, or visited for some inspiration, there’s still time!
I am totally looking forward to next Saturday…yes, my friends, we are kicking of a week-long celebration of Christmas in July! I’m teaming up with some wonderful blogger friends to share a week of Christmas ideas and projects to give you a jump start on my very favorite holiday. It’s going to be SO much fun and I can’t wait to see what everyone shares! Plus, we’re wrapping up the “holiday” celebration with a chance for you to win a little something to get you started on your holiday shopping or crafting. It’s never too early!
Thank you so much for visiting today and enjoy your Sunday!