Christmas, oh how I love bringing back traditional family baking!! Growing up, I remember both my grandma and my mother making these traditional Christmas Galettes. Every year we looked forward to them. We only made them at Christmas to keep them special. You want to try these sweet, crunchy delights.
Before you can even begin to make these cookies, you need a unique iron maker. It looks similar to a waffle iron; only the grooves are not very deep. These are made special to keep your cookies nice and thin. I am lucky enough to have been given the family iron. I love it! I remember trying to find one online a few years back, and it was impossible. I couldn’t find it anywhere except in Belgium (which makes sense as it is a traditional cookie). However, I FOUND the Pizzelle maker on Amazon….soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy! These would even make for a perfect Christmas gift.
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Once you have your lovely Pizzelle iron, you can quickly whip up your cookie batch. One batch will make about 40 cookies, possibly, even more, depending on the size of your dough balls. I tend to make mine about 1 inch to 1 inch a half. You can play around with the size to find how it fits on your Pizzelle iron.
This lovely family recipe consists of butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and flour. Very simple, but very delicious. The recipe did call for cream of tartar, but every time I made them with it, the cookie got slightly puffy and would not come off my iron. Last year alone, I made 3-4 batches unsuccessfully until I realize that the previous years when I made them, I didn’t have cream of tartar on hand and would make them without success. I have since removed it from the recipe.
To start, cream 2 cups of butter with 2 cups of sugar. That is why this recipe is delicious, lots of fat and sugar. Next, you will add 4 eggs and 1 tsp of vanilla. Mix it all together. Finally, add 1 tsp of baking and soda and 4 1/2 cups to 5 cups of flour. Be sure to add all the flour. The dough will be thick.
When it is complete, turn on your Pizzelle iron. While it is heating, roll your dough into 1-inch balls. When the iron is ready, add each ball just slightly above the centre. Close it tightly and let cook for approximately 60 seconds. When you open the lid, the cookies will be very delicate and flimsy. Mine tend to stick to the top of the iron. As I open the lid, I do it slowly and use a spatula to remove the cookie from the top of the iron. I then put them on a cutting board. I make 4 piles and try not to put a hot cookie on top of another hot cookie. They will get soggy.
As an added touch, you can dip a few in chocolate. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
- 2 Cups White Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 2 Cups Butter (at room temperature)
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 4 1/2 - 5 Cups Flour
- Cream both butter and sugar in your mixer
- Add all 4 eggs and mix
- Add remaining ingredients, and make sure to put all the flour.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
- When your Pizzelle maker is nice and hot, add dough balls just slightly above the centre.
- Cook each for approximately 60 seconds. The cookies are very delicate. As you open your machine, pull up slowly and use a spatula to make sure the cookie is coming off from the top of the grill.
- Remove and let them cool for 2 minutes. These can also be dipped in chocolate.