I learned to make pizzelles when I was about eight years old. I grew up in a very small town about 40 minutes outside Cincinnati, a city with a lot of German heritage. One cold winter day in early December, the lady who lived across the street from us asked my mother if I could come over to her house and make cookies with her. I never did know why she asked me to help her out. She spoke with a thick german accent, was always so nice and sweet, and I was thrilled to go. For 2 whole days I helped her mix batter, and stack the cooled pizzelles, and count them. She ran the pizzelle iron! By the end of our cookie marathon we had pizzelles stacked high on every available space in her kitchen, including her huge kitchen table. I don't remember what she was doing with all of them. I assume they were gifts to the many people she and her family knew. I do know that she made me feel special and important. I am the oldest of six children, and little did she know what welcome relief it was to escape the craziness, if only for a couple days. Or, maybe she did know, and it was her Christmas gift to me. Regardless, of why she invited me, I am so glad she did.
These are for you, Mrs. Mihalovich!
1 cup Sugar
3/4 cup melted Butter
1 tablespoon Anise
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
Milk Chocolate to melt
Crushed Candy Canes
Heat up pizzelle iron while making batter. Let the melted butter cool down, then add it and the sugar to the mixing bowl. Beat together. Beat the eggs slightly, then add them to the mix. Add anise flavoring. Add the baking powder to the flour, and then add flour to the mix. Beat together.
My Pizzelle Iron is about 30 years old. They are rather hard to find, but I may start looking for a new one.
Pour a slightly heavy teaspoon of batter in to the middle of the designs. Close and latch the iron for about 30 seconds. Time differs on all irons. Open the latch and take the pizzelles off the iron. Place on cooling rack.
Melt milk chocolate with a double boiler set up.
Carefully spread the chocolate where you want it. Drop crushed candy canes on to chocolate. Let set up, or freeze to help it along.
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