Want a deliciously traditional cookie recipe this holiday season but normally skip out because you cannot have gluten? Well you are in luck! Make this gluten free recipe and your friends and family won’t even know!
Gluten Free Pizzelles
It’s not Christmas in an Italian household without Pizzelles. Any other Italians/Italian Americans out there agree?
Ahh it’s Christmas time, with 60 degree temperatures, and rain, I’ll take it! We are at home with my family in Maryland and it feels like old times, minus the dog. As many of you know my sweet Amber passed away this year and being home for the holidays makes me miss her sweet face staring at me begging for more cookies and bacon. She used to sit on my lap and make herself right at home and paw my keyboard or phone until I pet or acknowledged her. She was ALL about taking it all in and making sure she was the center of attention, and with that face, how could she not be?
I am thankful for all the sweet memories I have with her and hope she’s enjoying ALL the bacon in her afterlife and going on walks galore with her best bud Harley who recently passed as well. Speaking of memories, my mom used to let my brother and I in the kitchen over the holidays. I say “let” because let’s be honest I am a hurricane when it comes to the kitchen. You know when I’ve been in a kitchen, sure you get a fabulous end result (“It’s what I do”) but I leave quite the mess in my wake.
My mom would be in charge of making all of her delicious cookies because we were incapable of matching her talents back then. When she was at work my brother and I decided to make ricotta cookies for her so she had one less cookie to make and we messed up BIG TIME. We didn’t taste them before she got home because we swore she would count the cookies and know we ate a bunch, but we should’ve tasted them and thrown them to the birds, EW! We put baking soda instead of baking powder and must have done 10 other things wrong because it was not the cookie we had grown up with!
She left us in charge of rolling the half moon cookies in powdered sugar and putting sprinkles on the sugar cut-out cookies. Sometimes if she was being brave we even iced the ricotta cookies….sometimes.
I’m sure after this picture was taken I had powdered sugar EVERYWHERE and my mother had to do another load of laundry, whoopsies!
It has been a few years since I have had a real pizzelle (autocorrect please stop trying to change that word to PUZZLE). Ever since finding out gluten and me are NOT friends I have avoided it. I made a gluten free recipe (found here) last year and while it was OKAY it did not really meet my expectations. Beggers can’t be choosers you say? Well I’m sorry I’m sassy, stubborn and picky, just ask my poor husband! This year when we were with JJ’s grandparents they bought us some authentic pizzelles (because I was talking about how much I loved them) and of course they had no idea I could not eat the ones they bought and it gave me a hankering for the real thing. I felt terrible for turning them down but not terrible enough to warrant GI symptoms and brain fog, no way!
When we got to my parents I immediately took over my mama’s kitchen (did you see my chocolate bark recipe from yesterday?) and hurricane Laura was back in action. She now let’s me run free and then helps clean up the mess, she realizes there is no preventing the mess and that’s okay. Seriously kitchens are meant to be cooked in so stop trying to keep them oh so pristine! I had her pull out all her old Christmas cookie recipes and did some recipe development to make the old gluten filled cookies,new and improved and of course safe to eat. Since I keep seeing JJ sneak back for more I’d say they are a hit. Success!
While I am by no means saying these are “healthy” I am saying if you have digestive issues like me and want a good ol’ fashioned pizzelle cookie this one might do the trick! Enjoy!
What is your favorite cookie this time of year?
Oh yeah, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from my sassy kitchen to yours!
- 6 eggs
- 1–1/2 cup granulated sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
- 1.5 ounce fresh orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3–1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder, optional
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted (or butter)
- Coat pizzelle iron with coconut oil or a cooking spray, close and preheat iron.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix eggs, sugar, orange juice and vanilla until frothy.
- Add flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
- Add melted oil/butter slowly as to not splash.
- Add a tablespoon to each pizzelle iron and press until slightly golden brown. Repeat until done.
ps. You may want to double the recipe so you can have a few for “Santa”