There were many family recipes, meals and treats that we had growing up that I learned were only a part of our family. If I talked about pasties, pizzelles, sprits, (among others) no one knew what I was talking about.
This Christmas season I borrowed my mom's pizzelle iron to make these family tradition cookies for the first time. Pizzelles are a thin and light waffle like cookies that can be dusted with powdered sugar. As far as I know they are impossible to make without the proper iron because they are so thin. If you'd like to get your hand on a pizzelle maker check you local secondhand store or I've even seen them at garage sales. If you're willing to shell out the money you can also buy one online. The one I used is about 30 years old so if you do choose to invest, they last!
3.5 cups of flour
1.5 cups sugar
1 cup butter
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons vanilla
Directions: Beat eggs adding sugar gradually. Beat until smooth. add cooled melted butter and vanilla. Add flour and baking powder to mixture and mix. Dough will be sticky enough to drop by spoon.
Place a heaping teaspoon on each grid pattern. Close iron and "cook" for 45 seconds.
To change is up you can try different flavoring or food coloring.
I love that my mom still has the original booklet with my grandma's handwriting in it. My grandma passed away almost 5 years ago at the age of 93 so it's so touching to come across such sweet tokens as this.