This year I haven’t had much time to bake for my Christmas tins, so I had to limit the kind of cookies and limit the number of recipients. There are two delicate cookies, though, that I make sure I include because I want them to become a tradition. First, is pizzelle which are Italian waffle cookies. My mom’s side of the family is Italian, and so we borrow my grandmother’s pizzelle maker every year to make these fine cookies. Last year I was able to find the discontinued brand of pizzelle maker that my grandmother owns on Craiglist! I saw on Ebay that they sold for around $100 and were hard to find. But, I posted a “want” ad on Craigslist and a man from Naperville emailed me the next day. The fun part about it was that he said it was his aunt’s and she left her original recipe in the box. Very cool!
The other delicate cookie I love to make every year is the Chocolate Florentine. I’ll save these for a later post. But, these cookies are fabulous! You’ll just have to anticipate it’s appearance on Pennies on a Platter a little longer…
For now, here is the pizzelle recipe. Last year I made three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and orange. This year I didn’t have time to make different flavors, so I just used food coloring on the vanilla cookies for a festive look.