Christmas Traditions: Pizzelle
Whether it’s setting up your Christmas tree or planning your family meals, this time of year brings out some of the best time honored family traditions. In our family, this time of year usually involves baking cookies. Some of my favorite traditional Italian cookies are made during this time of year.
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One in particular that always stands out for me is the pizzelle. This traditional Italian wafer-like cookie always makes an appearance during Christmas time. The name pizzelle comes from the Italian word “pizze” which basically means “round and flat”. Traditionally, the pizzelle was made using a batter that was poured between two iron plates and then held over an open fire. The iron plates would have intricate designs and in some instances families had their family crests stamped into them. Today, you can find electric pizzelle makers with their floral or snowflake-like designs in just about any kitchenware store. You can also find many store-bought brands that are available for purchase that aren’t half bad although nothing beats homemade.
Christmas cookies are a fond tradition for many Italian families. What is your favorite family Christmas cookie?