No one can eat just one! These crispy, intricately designed cookies are individually ‘baked’ either on a stove, or an electric cookie iron. The design varies from waffle-like to crispy cookie. Some recipes call for whiskey, butter, light cream, even cocoa powder and many variations in between. I use the simplest of recipes resulting in a crispy and festive cookie. When I cook a stack or two, it is usually a preface to a holiday or birthday.
The Norwegian press is an antique and is made from cast iron which makes a delicious cookie but it is extremely heavy to flip over. The Italian press is cast aluminum and it is lighter and easier to cook with on the stove top. I prefer using the stove top irons over the electric teflon coated iron. The cookie is just better. I’m still trying to borrow my Mother-in-law’s hand crafted iron from Italy. Hers were the best!
There are a few tricks you will learn along the way as you attempt your first pizzelles:
- Keep the batter the same tablespoon dollop size in the middle of your iron every time. Any larger dollop will result in a run off of batter that has to be scraped around the sides of the iron.
- Keep the iron consistently flipped over equally to maintain the same amount of heat on both sides. The first few may be burnt, don’t despair.
- When you time the cookie in the press, use that time for all of them, not more or less.
- Let the cookie cool on a rack individually before stacking.
- Have fun!! Make it an unforgettable tradition in your family!
Stove top Pizzelles
Traditional Italian Pressed Cookie that's fun to make and eat.
Recipe by Gourmetmarichef
- 2 eggs
- 6 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. All Purpose Flour
Pre-heat the pizzelle iron on the stove top, low flame, flipping over at intervals.
- Place the first 4 ingredients in a mixer on low until combined.
- Slowly add in the flour, mixing until thickened but thin enough to drop by the tablespoonful onto the pre-heated pizzelle iron.
- Cook a little on each side, approximately 5-8 sec. on each side, flipping it over until they are a light golden brown color. If sticking occurs, use a dull knife to release the cookie.
- Cool on a rack.