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Baker, Not a Breakfast Maker

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“Please do not confuse me for a waffle maker,” says the device in the photo above. “I am a baker, not a waffle maker. I bake cookies.”

I grew up with this device in my home. When it was turned on, the entire house smelled of waffle cones baking.

Okay, for those of you unfamiliar with this device … it’s a Pizzelle maker. It makes these cookies.

Pizzelles

Growing up in an Italian-American household, I can barely remember a time when they weren’t sitting in a cupboard. Any friends who weren’t Italian looked at them cock-eyed. Kind of the way my in-laws looked at me when I first included pasta with Thanksgiving dinner. Oh yes, we had the traditional turkey, but, I mean, come on … Italians always include pasta, at least the Italians I know. You can read about some of the delicious foods and funny stories of cooking in my short story anthology, Home Avenue. The story is titled, Hope Lies in Meatballs.

Anyway, back to the Pizzelles. In case you aren’t familiar with them, they taste sort of like a waffle cone, but are texturally different. However, if you include anise extract (which is optional), the flavor changes. It’s pronounced, pitz-ell, at least that’s how my Chicago-Italian family pronounces it.

pizzelle stacks

I thought about sharing the recipe here, but if you don’t have a Pizzelle maker, it won’t do you any good.

I LOOOVVE baking for the holidays. I thought I’d offer a few recipes and have readers decide which recipe they’d like to see. I’m trying to do a poll for the first time, so bear with me.

POLL CLOSED – WINNING RECIPE IS HERE: And the winner is …

You can buy the Pizzelle maker online, and I’m still offering that recipe as one of the options.

Here is the list  (poll is below):

Pizzelles – Now you know about them, and if you have the maker, I’ll be happy to share this recipe.

Dee’s Biscotti – These are not the kind of cellophane wrapped biscotti you buy at Starbucks. These are authentic Italian homemade biscotti’s. They are my cousin Dee’s recipe. In case you’re wondering about the Italian authenticity, Dee’s maiden name was the same as my Grandma’s, Vecchiollo. Dee plays a role in a couple of my anthology stories.

Church Windows – This is a chocolate and marshmallow delight that my Grandma used to make. It’s more like a candy than a cookie. She likely found the recipe in a magazine back in the 70’s, but they became a staple at Christmas time for our family. Grandma is also in my anthology, and I devoted a blog post to her here. (Note: This one includes multi-color mini-marshmallows that are seasonal for the holidays, but still might be difficult to find, depending on where you live.)

Grasshopper Pie – I mentioned this recipe on my pumpkin cookie post. It is a no-bake pie and includes Crème de Menthe.

Okay, the poll is below. Hope I did this all correctly. Let me know which one you’d like to see on my blog. Instead of my usual wisdom quote, I’ll post the winning recipe on Wednesday the 5th.

POLL CLOSED – WINNING RECIPE IS HERE:
And the winner is …

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19 thoughts on “Baker, Not a Breakfast Maker”

        1. I’m probably going to put up the Church Windows recipe in a week or so. When I make them I’ll take pics. Thanks for checking out the biscotti’s. Between you and me, even though I love the biscotti & pizzelles, I usually prefer chocolate myself. 🙂

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  1. I Vote for Pignoli Cookies, (almond paste and pine nuts), Lori.
    I know they are not on your list . . . but, they remain the ultimate holiday cookie for me sweetheart. Sorry I had to order off the menu.
    But, if I must be branded (LOL), and you’ll lend me your Pizzelle maker, I vote Pizzelle.

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    1. Nobody could brand you, James. 🙂 I’m not familiar with Pignoli. I looked it up on images and didn’t recognize them. The only other Italian cookie my family used to make, that isn’t mentioned here, are Taralli. Thanks for coming over and sharing your favorite.

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  2. I voted for the church window because my mom made them at Christmas every year. It makes me think of her. She was a joy to be around. Hope to see the recipe soon.

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    1. Biscotti’s are also good to put out for company, or bring to a gathering. They’re yummy with a cup of coffee (I don’t drink coffee, but they’re good with tea too).

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  3. I’m voting for grasshopper pie, as it’s the one I’m most likely to actually attempt!

    We have not a stitch of Italian in our bloodlines, but Pizzelles have been a Christmas staple in my Polish/German family for as long as I can remember. My great-aunt on my dad’s side always made them. My mom then carried on the tradition. Now my sister is sure to make them every year. I don’t have the maker, but I think I should get one.

    Can I cast a second vote? I want your true Italian Pizzelle recipe too! 🙂

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    1. My maternal grandma, the one I speak of frequently on my blog, was born and raised in Minnesota. She learned recipes for other ethnic dishes from there (MN). My grandma’s sister always made Povitica. You may have heard of it there. It’s a Croatian nut bread.

      If Pizzelle doesn’t win, I can always send you the recipe. Just email me to remind me. However, I’m contemplating putting up the other recipes throughout the holiday season. We’ll see. Thanks for voting, Terri, and for sharing about the Pizzelles in your family.

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