Pizelle cookies originated in the Abruzzo region of Italy. They look like small, thin waffles. Traditionally, cooks baked pizelles by holding the pizelle baker over the burner on a stove. The Toastmaster pizelle maker allows you to make two pizelle cookies at a time and takes much of the guesswork out of the baking process. The pizelle batter can follow the recipe that comes with the machine, or you can add flavorings to suit yourself. You may also vary the length of time the pizelles cook so they can be soft or crispy.
Prepare the pizelle batter according to your recipe.
Wipe the surface of the Toastmaster pizelle maker with a soft cloth before each use to remove any dust that may accumulate during storage. Brush the cooking grid with soft shortening to season it. Do not use non-stick spray.
Plug the unit into an electrical receptacle and allow it to heat with the lid closed. The red power light should be visible. Some models have a green light that goes off when the pizelle maker is ready to use. If your model doesn't have a green light, allow approximately five minutes for the unit to heat.
Open the pizelle baker. Drop a rounded teaspoon of pizelle batter into each grid. Close the pizelle baker but do not latch it. Allow the cookies to bake 45 to 60 seconds. Carefully open the lid when the cookies are no longer steaming. Use a non-stick spatula to remove the baked cookies to a cooling rack.
Continue cooking pizelles until you run out of batter. Unplug the machine to allow it to cool.
Wipe the cooled pizelle maker inside and out with a clean, dry cloth once it has cooled. Close the Toastmaster pizelle maker and store it upright on its edges.