Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Friday, February 3, 2012

snowflake cookies

with not very much snow outside, i decided to create my own snowflakes this week and made old fashioned pizzelle cookies.  i often call these snowflake cookies, since they remind me of snowflakes covered in powdered sugar.

i have a Cuisinart pizzelle maker which works very nicely to create these cookies in a matter of minutes.  i was able to make 24 cookies in less then one hour with the non stick maker.  these classic Italian cookies can be flavored with lemon zest, anise, or just vanilla.  here is a lovely selection of vanillas that was given to me by a friend which offers a delicious variety of tastes for these cookies.

the maker resembles a waffle iron with the snowflake stamp being pressed into both sides of the cookie at the same time. along with the pizzelle maker comes a wooden dowel so that the cookies can be shaped, while still warm, into cones for ice cream or other cream filled desserts. a recipe booklet is included with the pizzelle maker, and many recipes can also be found online for these classic cookies.

once the cookies are pressed, i cool them on waxed paper sheets and dust them with powdered sugar on both sides.  next, the cookies can be trimmed with a sharp knife to even up the edges.

these cookies are wonderful for tea as they crisp up when cooled to create a delicate crunch when eating.  the cookies can be stored with waxed paper between the layers in a sealed container for several days.

for more information on the Cuisinart pizzelle maker, follow this link:  http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-WM-PZ2-Pizzelle-Press/dp/B00006F2ME

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