One really great feature of a pizzelle recipe is that it is very basic. This allows you to change it around as you want to. So if you typically make vanilla pizzelle but have been in the mood for something different, you can do so without having to hunt for a new recipe.
The next time you want something else in your pizzelle, put down the cookbooks and recipe files. Instead, just change out one or both of the following ingredients and customize your recipe just the way you want it.
Flavoring oils, very concentrated edible oils, can be found in well-stocked grocery stores. They’re also available online through gourmet and speciality food merchants, as well as in the candy making sections of craft stores. You can probably find your favorite flavor among them, including orange, raspberry, hazelnut, anise, or cinnamon. Many Italian cookies, including pizzelle, use anise oil in the recipe. However, some don’t like the licorice taste of this oil, and find that other flavors work just as well.
While flavoring oil adds to the taste of the cookie, it is not an essential ingredient in a typical pizzelle recipe. If a vanilla cookie is all you really want, then you can leave this oil out. Omitting it will not affect the texture of the dough.
Vanilla And Other Extracts
A lot of times, a pizzelle recipe includes vanilla extract. This ingredient, unlike the flavoring oil, is needed in the dough, so if you change the flavor, be sure that you do not leave this ingredient out.
But you can switch the vanilla for a different flavor of extract altogether. This is a good solution for when you can’t find the flavor you want in an oil. This also works as a great solution when you don’t have a source for finding the oils or you ran out unexpectedly. A variety of extract flavors are available at the grocery store or even online, creating a totally different cookie with just a simple change. Look for something that isn’t so traditional, such as banana or coconut extract. And if you want chocolate cookies, look for some chocolate extract.
Lastly, for a new and different creation, combine a new flavor of oil with a new and different flavor of extract. Test and experiment to find your favorite flavor combination. You could become known for your one-of-a-kind hazelnut cinnamon or chocolate orange pizzelle. Be imaginative and come up with your own creations.