It is getting closer to that time of the year, and thinking about holiday cookies. So, I purchased a new Pizzelle maker by CucinaPro (which I bought on Amazon). I decided to go with the new non-stick finish, and I like it. Of course, it always takes a little practice with a new appliance to get it just right, but I enjoyed this pizzelle maker.
I wanted a different flavor for my Italian pizzelle instead of just vanilla, anise, or chocolate. I thought about this for a couple of weeks before settling on cardamom as the main ingredient. I love orange with cardamom, so that was the second flavor. It needed a little zing, so I threw in some cinnamon.
Ingredients for Pizzelle
- Powdered Sugar
- White Sugar
- All-Purpose Flour
- Orange Zest
- Unsalted Butter
- Pure Orange Extract
- Baking Powder
- Kosher Salt
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Cardamom
Instructions for Making Pizzelle
Preheat the Pizzelle maker!
Add the melted butter, eggs, sugar, orange extract, and orange zest to the mixer bowl and beat for 3-4 minutes on your medium-high setting.
Fold the flour mixture into the eggs and sugar by taking a good spatula (I use a great one-piece that does not separate between the head and the handle). This batter is very easy to fold the dry ingredients into the wet; no muscle is required.
The cardamom and orange turn the batter into a golden color, and the smell is fantastic.
Take a heaping tablespoon of batter, and drop it just slightly above the middle of the mold. It will spread toward you as you shut the lid down. Follow the direction for your pizzelle maker on cooking time.
Move them to a flat surface to cool after taking the pizzelle off the hot plates. After they cool, sprinkle powdered sugar on top, and enjoy!
FAQ on Pizzelle Makers
What is a pizzelle maker?
A pizzelle maker or iron is an electric appliance. It reminds me of a waffle maker. It has heated top and bottom plates that bake the cookie dough into a round flat cookie with a pattern.
Are there different types of pizzelle makers?
There is a single pizzelle maker that makes one cookie at a time. Most pizzelle makers make two cookies at a time. So you can buy one brand that makes four small cookies, but the norm is two by far. Another difference is non-stick vs. aluminum or cast iron. I purchased a non-stick CucinaPro that I enjoy using. The latching is a little flimsy, but all in all, I do like it.
Try Another Cookie with Cardamom or Orange
Cardamom Orange with Cinnamon PizzelleBarbara Hall
- 3 (3 ) Eggs Room temprture
- ¾ cups (150 g) Sugar white
- ½ cup (113.5 g) Melted butter
- 1 Tablespoon (1 Tablespoon) Orange zest
- ⅛ teaspoon (0.13 teaspoon) Orange extract
- 1 ¾ cups (218.75 g) All-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) Salt
- ¼ teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) Ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) Ground cardamom
- Preheat pizzelle maker and follow the manufacture instructions for non-stick spray or oil for your pizzelle maker.
- Weigh or measure the flour, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, salt, and run a whisk through to blend. Melt the butter on the stove or in a microwave and set it aside to cool a little before adding it to the mixer with the eggs.
- In a stand or hand-held mixer, beat the cooled melted butter, eggs, sugar, orange zest, and the orange extract for 3-4 minutes on a medium-high setting.
- Take the bowl off the stand and gradully fold in the flour mixture till incorporated.
- Take a heaping tablespoon and add to slightly above the center point on the pizzelle iron. Then bake for a minute to a minute and a half. Take them off the iron and lay flat to cool. When cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar on top and enjoy!