Thin Crisp Italian Pizzelles

Thin Crisp Italian Pizzelles

Thin crisp Italian pizzelles, just the way that I like them. Growing up I thought that my grandmother invented the pizzelle. Truth be known the pizzelle originated in the Southern Region of Italy many years ago.

 These were always on the table for the Christmas and Easter Holidays. And, if you've ever been to an Italian wedding I'm sure you saw these on the cookie table.

There are so many different variations of pizzelles. You can make them, thin and crispy, soft and chewy, and in many different flavors. You can also shape them like a cone, or cannoli, or a bowl and fill them with your favorite filling.

Thin Crisp Italian Pizzelles: My Ingredients

6 large eggs
1 teaspoon Anise extract
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 teaspoon Lemon extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, oil or margarine (melted) (We use butter.)
1-1/2 cups sugar


  1. Beat the eggs and sugar together, we use our KitchenAid Stand Mixer.
  2. Add the cooled butter, margarine, or oil.
  3. Now add the vanilla, lemon, and anise.
  4. Last, add the flour and baking powder to the egg mixture.
  5. Mix until the batter is stiff enough to be dropped by a spoon.

recipe pizzelles Italian cookies

Here is the batter all ready to go. This recipe will make about 50 to 60 pizzelles depending on how many you eat while you're making them. If you don't want that many just cut the recipe in half. But trust me these won't last long.

Some people don't like the Anise flavoring. So, you can substitute lemon for the Anise, or any other flavor you like.  Such as, Almond, Vanilla, Orange, Rum, and the list goes on.

Pizzelles Italian Cookie

Now, it's time to make the Pizzelles. You'll need a Pizzelle Baker or Iron. Before making your cookies spray the top and bottom of the iron with a non-stick spray, or brush lightly with vegetable oil.

After the iron is heated, drop the batter by tablespoons onto each side. Close and clamp the iron for about 30 seconds or less depending on how you like them, light or darker.

Remove the cookies with a spatula and place them on a flat surface to cool. We store them in an airtight container to keep them nice and crisp.

 Pizzelles will last up to 2 weeks stored like this. But, I'm going to bet they are not going to last that long.

Rolled and Filled Pizzelles by Carmie and Jimmy

Pizzelle Italian cookie

Carmie and Jimmy are my cousins, they also keep the old family traditions and recipes alive. Here they made one of the variations of pizzelles.

In their recipe, they used grated orange rind, orange juice, and vanilla as the flavoring. Carmie and Jimmy went one step further by rolling and filling the pizzelles.

Talk about a sweet treat. Don't those look mouth-watering? I assure you these too will not last long. You're family and friends will think you are a pastry chef.

Pizzelles Italian Cookies

Carmie used some 5/8 x 6-inch wood dowels to shape the pizzelles cannoli style. You'll want to do this while they're still hot off the iron. After rolled let them cool completely.

Carmie's Sweet Filling Ingredients

1 cup Crisco
2 cups of sugar
1-1/2 cups of warm water
1 cup butter softened
1 teaspoon of vanilla


  1. Beat together the Crisco and butter, add the sugar a little at a time, continue beating until dissolved.
  2. Add in the vanilla and continue mixing.
  3. Add the warm water 1/4 cup at a time (make sure water is really warm)
  4. Continue mixing until really smooth
  5. Use a pastry bag to fill the rolled pizzelles.
Tip: If you don't have a pastry bag use a zip lock bag and snip off one corner. 

Thank you Carmie and Jimmy for the recipe and pictures of your rolled and filled pizzelles.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it.

 I would like the hear if you have any different variations of Pizzelles, please let me know in the comment section.

Sausage Cheese Ball Appetizers

Sausage cheese ball appetizers

I like quick and easy, and these sausage cheese ball appetizers are just that. Whenever your planning your next party add these to your appetizer list.

Or, Make these anytime just as a snack your family and friends will love them. These will disappear as fast as you get them out of the oven.

Made with a few simple ingredients, Bisquick, Sausage, and Cheddar Cheese. We always make these around the Holidays and make sure we make enough to freeze.

Did I mention that you can make these ahead and freeze them? Then just bake when you're ready for a snack. They make a perfect game day appetizer. We will be making these for the Super Bowl for sure.

Sausage Cheese Ball Appetizers Ingredients:

1 lb. bulk sausage
3 cups Original Bisquick
4 cups shredded cheddar
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup milk
1-1/2 tsp. chopped parsley (optional)

  1. Cook the sausage in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.
  2. You want the sausage to be crumbled, use a spatula or wooden spoon to break it up while cooking.
  3. Cook the sausage until browned.
  4. In a large bowl add the sausage and all other ingredients.
  5. Mix well and shape into 1-inch balls.
  6. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Use parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet. You can also freeze the sausage balls for a snack at any time. You should yield about 100 sausage balls. It depends on how big you roll them.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it!

Slow Roasted Prime Rib Roast

Slow Roasted Prime Rib Roast

Slow roasted prime rib roast cooked to a perfect medium-rare. With simple seasonings of salt, pepper, fresh garlic, and Penzeys English Prime Rib Rub. This is all you need to make this a perfect feast for your family and friends.

Slow Roasted Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Oh, and of course you need to start with a nice prime rib roast.  I started with this 5.5-pound boneless prime rib roast. Prime rib is a very expensive cut of meat. Many people tell me that they don't attempt making prime rib roast in fear of ruining it. 

I'm here to tell you that making this is so easy, and you'll be so happy with the results. Once your family and friends taste this prime rib you'll be a hero.

I used 3 cloves of fresh garlic cut in half. I made six small cuts on both sides of the top and stuffed the garlic in. Then I seasoned the roast with salt, pepper, and Penzeys English Prime Rib Rub.

Slow Roast Prime Rib Roast

I  left the prime rib out for a couple of hours to reach room temperature.  I inserted the probe of my ThermoPro TP-20 Thermometer. Then, placed it in the oven at 275 degrees until the internal temperature was 125 degrees, about 2.5 hours.

Out of the oven, I covered the roast to let it rest for 30 minutes before cutting. While resting the roast will continue to cook to 130 degrees, a perfect medium-rare. The outside was a nice dark tasty crust while the inside was a perfect medium-rare. 

The rule of thumb is about 15 minutes per pound. If you don't have a probe to monitor the internal temperature, use an instant-read thermometer and check the internal temperature after 2 hours.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it.

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