Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Laura's favorite: Pizzelles

Laura is my other life partner, our youngest sister. She is a very funny girl who trained for her funny girl status by taking joke books out of the library as a child (I will never let that die, Laura). She's as close as any of us sisters will come to being a fashionista. Don't even think of wearing pleated pants around her (unless it's done ironically). If you need a good shopping partner, she is your gal.

She declares that Christmas would not be complete without pizzelles. Pizzelles are wonderfully light Italian waffle cookies. One of my favorite wedding gifts, in fact, was a pizzelle maker from my Aunt Ruthie.

1 dozen eggs
2 cups oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons anise extract or 1/2 bottle anise flavoring
4 to 4.5 cups flour

Beat eggs on high, slowly add oil and sugar. Mix in flavoring. Slowly add flour until well blended. Cover and chill overnight. Follow baking directions on pizzelle baker.

Place pizzelles on cooling rack and let dry overnight before storing in an airtight container.
Can be frozen. Yield 6+ dozen.

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