These Gingerbread Pizzelle are fragrant with spices and molasses which make them perfect for Christmas gift giving. While Pizzelle are often flavoured with anise, lemon or vanilla in their home of Abruzzo, the easy batter can be adapted to whatever takes your fancy.
Lemon Pizzelle are among my favourite but by far the most popular flavour I have make is my Chocolate Pizzelle. However these Gingerbread Pizzelle are so delicious and festive, it's all I want to be nibbling on at this time of the year. Simplicity is the beauty of the Gingerbread Pizzelle batter but the finished cookie looks exquisite.
If you love gingerbread as much as I do, don't stop here. You must make my gingerbread cookies without molasses. They are amazing!!
Pizzelle are not a cookie I grew up with but when I saw these gorgeous things on US food blogs I just knew it would be my type of cookie. I read all I could about these cookies and the irons that create the thin, crisp wafer. When I blogged about them in my very early days of blogging, I innocently reworded someone else's description of pizzelle. That caused quite an upset with that particular blogger who called me some terrible names and threatened legal action! So nervous and panicked I was that I immediately pulled down the entire post. It just disappeared. Now I think back and realise how awful one blogger was to another. It's one of the very few down moments in my 8 years of blogging. Just be kind to one another. It's that simple.
It seems like at this time of the year we are all super busy and we overload ourselves with expectations. What's important is just to be kind to one another. It will make all the difference to someone and you may not even know it.
Gingerbread Pizzelle Recipe
- 3 large eggs
- ⅔ cup (130 grams) white sugar
- ½ cup (120mls) light olive oil or other light tasting oil
- 3 tablespoons (45mls) molasses
- 1 ¾ cup (220 grams) all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- powdered (icing) sugar for dusting
- In a medium bowl whisk eggs and sugar until combined.
- Whisk in oil and the molasses.
- Add in the flour, salt, vanilla and spices
- Heat the pizzelle maker on stove top, or if electric plug in unit.
- Drop tablespoon of batter onto iron and bake until golden light brown in colour.
- Remove and cool on wire rack.
- Dust with powdered (icing) sugar.
- Store cooled cookies in sealed containers
Nutritional Estimate Per Serving
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