Thursday, July 22, 2010

No Bake Cookies!!!

Ok, that's a bit of a tease... what I really should say is, cookies without heating up the oven. Pizzelles!
A few years ago my boys gave me a gift cert to Williams-Sonoma and the first thing I picked out was a Pizzelle maker. I love it!
So easy to use and you can make a batch of cookies in no time. One of my favorite things to make are "Party Pizzelles" or "Birthday Pizzelles", 
the name changes with the occasion/season.
I add a palm full of candy sprinkles after the batter is all mixed up, love the splash of color the candy adds, 
it's really fun and festive!
One great tip: To add extra crispiness use 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch in place of some of the flour. I add it to my measuring cup first, then top it off with flour. When I read about this the woman said it helps to keep the cookies crisp in humidity... But I don't think she was talking about the humidity in Philly in July. I do always add it though, it does make a difference and it seems to make them lighter too.

I'll share the basic recipe that came with my maker. I change things up all the time, the pizzelles shown have the zest of a lime and lemon extract in them.
Check out Foodie Friday to see what everyone else is cooking up!
Hope you love it if you try it:@)
Traditional Italian Pizzelles
3 eggs, room temp
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp anise (optional)
1 3/4 C flour-sub 3 Tblsp corn starch
2 tsp baking powder
Beat eggs and sugar, add butter, vanilla and anise. Sift the flour and baking powder and add to egg mixture.
Batter should be stiff enough to be dropped by spoon. The batter can be refrigerated and used later.

32 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great tip, Lynn. These are so lacy and pretty!

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  2. Your party pizelles are so festive and pretty on a plate. My mind has started to work and I'm thinking of all kinds of fun things to do with them. Are they study enough to shape a little bit right after cooking?

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  3. Hi Cathy! They can be shaped easily, but they aren't sturdy enough to hold say, a scoop of ice cream. They are light and can be fragile-have fun!

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  4. They look dainty and elegant. I think they would make lovely favors. I used to love annisette toast when I was a little girl. I'll bet with the anise, they have that flavor.

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  5. I can't believe it, I can't believe it, I just cannot believe it, sugar!!!!! I'm baking pizzelles this afternoon also. Mine take a dozen eggs though so maybe I'll use your recipe, make less and get done faster!
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  6. I so have to get me a pizzelle maker now. I just love gadgets and these are so cute! They always remind me of snowflakes. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  7. These look yummy! I love how pretty they look all wrapped up. Have a blessed day!

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  8. I've eaten some of these but never tried to make them. It would be fun to have a pizzelle maker. ~ Sarah

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  9. They are pretty and lacy. I would need another kitchen if I got one more gadget. I am not allowed in Williams Sonoma as it cause me to get into trouble. olive♥

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  10. Wow! I am impressed! Your blog is beautiful and a great weekly memes guide!

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  11. Not only do they taste good but they are also very pretty.
    I think I need one of those machines.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  12. I wanted to give a shout-out to Beth who is giving away a Pizzelle maker on her blog! Please be sure to enter, it ends on July 24th!
    http://foodasart-beth.blogspot.com
    Best of luck everyone:@)

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  13. Lynn, Thanks for letting people know about my giveaway! I appreciate it! Your pizzelle are so beautiful. I really like the idea of adding sprinkles for color! Like the idea of the lemon and lime zest flavorings too. I have tried several different recipes but wasn't aware of the trick about using the cornstarch. Very good tip! I also found that if one makes cannolis, if you don't eat them shortly after adding the filling, the cannoli crust (pizzelle) gets very soft. We always learn when we cook, don't we Lynn? Have a great weekend!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  14. What a great recipe and tip for pizzelle! If I don't win one I'll have to buy one ;)

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  15. Very pretty and delicious looking - no bake sounds perfect just about now!

    Hugs
    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

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  16. These are truely one of my very favorite cookies! And sadly, I don't make them because I don't have a pizzelle maker. But you have convinced me! I am looking for one now! Thanks for the tip. I'll put this in my "must make" folder!
    Yummy!
    Wouldn't it be fun to meet eachother halfway for lunch someday?
    Yvonne

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  17. O, I do love these cookies, too. One of these days, I would love a pizzelle maker.
    And, if you and Yvonne "meet in the middle" someday, you better let me know a few days in advance...I may have to FLY to meet ya'll...
    I think we all ought to set a date and meet in Las Vegas sometime...OMGosh...talk about fun..

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  18. Those are gorgeous! My girls would love them. Yes, I too will have to go find a Pizzelle maker. See what you started :)
    mickey

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  19. Hi,
    I have never made pizzelles before , but that looks so delish & festive .Now , I will have to go & buy one too.;~)
    Blessings,
    ~Myrna

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  20. They should call these 'Summer Cookies' because you don't have to heat up the house with the oven. They look delicious :-)

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  21. How pretty these are! I am so glad I stopped back and got to see what you were doing with the pizelles. What an awesome idea and so easy.

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  22. These look just lovely - I may just have to try to find one of those pizzelle makers!! I like how you have used the sprinkles in them!

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  23. Pizzelles are one of my all time favorite cookies. I don't have a maker for them, so I have to beg them off other people. I love them with the anise flavor, but am intrigued with your wonderful variations. The sprinkles are so festive!

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  24. I love these... Pizelles are so light and crispy. They are a perfect cookie to munch with a cup of tea.
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  25. Yum...these look so light and delicate. What a pretty treat for any occasion.
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  26. Ok girl I just became your 200 follower so ship me some of those GREAT cookies...I have never heard of them before...I need to try these for the grand kids bet they would love them...Thanks for sharing...Hope you have a GREAT weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  27. These are so cute. I've never made them but I think I might try. I love your next post down where you used them. They look so pretty and I love your little splash of color in them. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Aren't you clever! I would never have thought to add sprinkles to my pizzelles but what a difference it makes! I'm so bad about using mine, I only pull it out at Christmas, now I have a reason to try it for other holidays too. Thank you so much for the tip. Blessings, Nan

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  29. These look and sound WONDERFUL!!! Wish I had a pizzelle maker, OK I'm adding one on a wish list "Right NOW"... Can you REALLY experiment with these? Maybe peanut butter ones with choco shots??? WOW, NO time for wishlists, "I'm on my way"!!! Thank you!!!

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  30. I've never heard of these before but I love how they resemble doilies! These are going on my to-try list.

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  31. Saw your post the other day on pizzelles, was very curious as to making them. My daughter Lily and I were in this little Italian deli today and low and behold a pizzelle maker! So off we went, can't wait to make some for our own.... best of all it was inexpensive. Love your blog!

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  32. I'm having so much fun digging around in your blog - I am definitely a follower now - too many good recipes to bookmark, so I'll just come back here when I need them. I am going to make the pizza puffs for the Super Bowl Party we go to each year.

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