Vanilla Bean Pizzelles are my favorite pizzelle flavor. This delicate and crisp cookie is perfect for Christmastime, or any time of year in my opinion. The traditional flavor, and one my best friend loves, is anise. I have to admit that I am not a fan of licorice so I steer clear of it.
If you’re like me and don’t want anise seeds, vanilla, almond, citrus and chocolate are great alternatives to the original. In addition to creating the traditional shape, you can also roll them into faux cannoli shells or form them into a cone for fillings. All are delicious in my book, but I like standard pizzelle shapes the best.
Pizzelles are a pretty easy cookie to make. I used my mom’s pizzelle make, but definitely need to get one of my own. If I had two, we could make batches twice as fast, and believe me, when a cookie tastes this good, they are eaten as fast as they are made. These cookies also cook really fast, so you cannot step away while making them.
A tip I have found while scouring the internet for recipes is to use a towel with vegetable oil to coat the pizzelle maker instead of cooking spray. Sometimes the cooking spray can leave a sticky residue. You have to let the pizzelle cool completely before storing, so they get nice and crisp. Nobody wants a soggy, soft pizzelle.
This is my first recipe for Christmas Cookie Week and I cannot wait to see what everyone else has made. All the recipes are at the bottom of the post, as well as a fun giveaway! Hope you enjoy a sweet holiday season with lots of cookies!
Vanilla Bean Pizzelle
By adapted from King Arthur Flour
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) melted butter
- Whip eggs until foamy. slowly add in sugar and salt while whipping. Add vanilla and whip until well combined.
- Switch to paddle attachment and add in flour and baking powder, mixing until smooth. Add melted butter and combine.
- Heat pizzelle iron. Grease according to manufacturer’s directions. The batter stiffens as the iron heats
- Cook pizzelle according to manufacturer’s directions. Mine cooked for about 30-45 seconds.
- Use an offset spatula to help remove the pizzelle from the iron and cool on a wire rack.
Yield: 30-50 pizzelle
Until next time,
LOVE & CONFECTIONS!
Try some of these delicious cookies this Christmas season:
- Alfajores (dulce de leche sandwich cookies) by Caroline’s Cooking
- Candy Cane Tassies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Crystallized Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies by Faith, Hope, Love and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Dutch Speculaas Cookies by Palatable Pastime
- Easy Sugar Cookies by Bear & Bug Eats
- Empire Cookies by Red Cottage Chronicles
- Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cookies by Making Miracles
- Gingerbread Men Cookies by The Freshman Cook
- Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies by Books n Cooks
- Holiday Sugar Sprinkle Butter Cookies by Family Around the Table
- Italian Rainbow Cookies by Everyday Eileen
- Loaded Festive Chocolate Chip Cookies by Daily Dish Recipes
- Makrut Macaroons by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Mocha filled Sandwich Cookies by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Oatmeal Raisin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Pecan Caramel Turtle Bars by Tip Garden
- Pepparkakor (Swedish Ginger Cookies) by The Redhead Baker
- Peppermint Candy Canes by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Peppermint Crinkle Cookies by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Peppermint Macarons by House of Nash Eats
- Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies by Cooking with Carlee
- Peppermint Shortbreads by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pistachio Wedding Cookies by Soulfully Made
- Raspberry Filled Coconut Snowflakes by Making The Most of Naptime
- Raspberry Thumbprint cookies by Simple And Savory
- Rum Logs by Corn, Beans Pigs and Kids
- Vanilla Bean Pizzelles by Love and Confections
- White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies by Kate’s Recipe Box
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