While many companies and chefs are making it easier than ever to go gluten-free thanks to great products and cookbooks, it’s still not always easy to live a gluten-free lifestyle, particularly when it comes to delicious treats like homemade cookies.
You don’t have to give up all of your favorites just to be gluten-free, though. Warm cookies from the oven are just around the corner, even if you follow a gluten-free lifestyle.
Every Christmas we would get a tin of these delicious crispy cookies from a friend of the family, it was my most anticipated holiday treat. Many years later I'm finally making them myself and giving them as holiday gifts. I've noticed not everyone knows about these cookies, so thanks for stopping by to learn more about the Pizzelle. Before you know it, you'll be whipping up your own batch of these delicious cookies.
Pizzelle is commonly pronounced Pit-zell or Pit-zell-ey
A Pizzelle is an absolutely delicious traditional Italian cookie made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (often vanilla, anise, or lemon zest). Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy depending on the ingredients and method of preparation.
They're known for being a holiday cookie, but Pizzelles can be enjoyed all year long.
The most common way to make a Pizzelle is by putting the dough or batter into a pizzelle iron, which resembles a waffle iron. The iron stamps a snowflake-like pattern onto both sides of the thin golden-brown cookie, which has a crisp texture once it is cooled.
It is also common for two pizzelle to be sandwiched with cannoli cream (ricotta blended with sugar) or hazelnut spread. Pizzelle, while still warm, can also be rolled using a wooden dowel to create cannoli shells.
This is my favorite recipe. I prefer the anise flavoring. Anise has a licorice-like flavor. (Even if you don't like black licorice, give this a try! I am not a fan of black licorice at all, but love these cookies.
* 6 eggs
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 1 cup margarine, melted and cooled
* 2 tablespoons anise or vanilla extract
* 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 4 teaspoons baking powder
1. Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in the melted margarine and anise extract. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir in gradually. Dough will be sticky.
2. Preheat your pizzelle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto the iron. Close and cook for about 90 seconds, or until steam stops coming out of the iron. Carefully remove and cool. Store in an airtight tin at room temperature.
*Note - A pastry bag or pastry shooter also works well for putting the dough on the iron.
If you've just started living a gluten free life, you might think that home baked goods are now off the list - but they don't have to be!
Although many companies are now selling pre-packaged gluten-free cookies, there's nothing better than sitting down to fresh-baked cookies.
We thought we'd start you off with one of our favorites - Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. A delicious combo that smells out-of-this-world as it’s baking, it’s a recipe you’ll want to keep handy again and again.
It usually starts with a hand-me-down. Someone passes a cookie jar down to you and suddenly you're hooked. You may fall in love with the shape, size and colors or the charm of yesteryear that it brings. No matter what the reason you love cookie jars, you'll have a great time collecting them now and into the future.
If you know someone who collects cookies jars and you find one they've been looking for, cookie jars make a great "just because gift".
Cookie Jar Photo Credit:Jay Cox.
The good thing about cookie jars is there are many in circulation. The bad thing about cookie jars is there are many in circulation. Know how to spot a fake. Because so many vintage cookie jars are still around, unscrupulous dealers may try to slip a fake that looks remarkably like it into the mix. Always know what you're getting. Ask for details and then do your research.
The Internet will become your best friend when starting your cookie jar collection. There are indexes and guides that list specific prices and photos for every cookie jar you can imagine. Get to know and bookmark those sites so you can hop on any time you find a new jar. See what it's worth so you don't get taken for a ride. And then offer a fair price for it.
Online auction sites like Ebay are good places to find cookie jars. But again, buyer beware.
Ask to see a clear photo of the bottom markings on the jar before you commit to buy. Then look those markings up in a good collector's guide. You'll start to get to know the marks by manufacturer. You'll learn which years are most valuable and which styles.
Decide the manufacturers you want to collect. Some go only for McCoy or Shawnee pottery. If you stick to just one kind your collection will be worth more to a buyer should you ever decide to part with it. Again, your reading on the topic is critical. Know which designs your manufacturer of choice made and didn't make.
Of course, sometimes you just want a cookie jar because you love it. It could have purely sentimental value because you remember your grandmother having one when you were young. Go for it if you spot one as you may never see it again.
Plan to store your collection somewhere safe. If you don't want them touched, be sure visitors know not to lift them off the shelves. If you want to let people enjoy them up close, bake a batch of gourmet cookies and choose one to place on the kitchen table. Everyone will be drawn to it and you may start your own tradition of having the family's most memorable kitchen items.
Enjoy your new hobby. It's so much fun to collect something cheerful and useful that takes us back to a simpler, slower time. Watch faces light up as they see a cookie jar their mother once had or one they remember from a neighbor's. There's nothing that can rival a vintage piece. You'll find pop icons like Elvis and Marilyn Monroe features on jars as well as Oreos and Clowns. There's no end to the variations you can find. There's always one that fits with your current decor and tastes. But chances are, you'll find there are many, many more than just one to choose from. Make your choices wisely and you'll have pieces you'll love to look at and use for years to come.
For many people, coffee is more than a morning ritual. It helps to define morning in a way nothing else can. Simply the smell of coffee is enough for most people to conjure up images of morning. The idea of combining that delicious beverage with a cookie, then, is nothing short of divine. Here are a few tips to make the best possible coffee cookies.
*It starts with good coffee. If you’re using a cheap off-brand of coffee, your cookies aren’t going to taste quite as good as you’d imagined. Working with coffee in your kitchen is a lot like working with wine. If you wouldn’t be willing to drink it, you probably shouldn’t be using it.
*Use whole beans, freshly ground. Freshly ground beans will give you a better product every single time, even if you’re using a cheaper brand of coffee. A coffee grinder is an inexpensive addition to your kitchen, and whether you’re brewing a cup or baking cookies, go with freshly ground.
*In the event your recipe calls for brewed coffee, which is rare in a cookie recipe, make sure you following the brewing instructions carefully. It will make a huge difference in the final product.
So, which coffee cookies should you make? There are dozens of different recipes out there, but here's one to get you started. Be sure to brew a fresh cup of coffee before you sit down to enjoy them!