Today is a good day! Good because I finally get to share one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes, Vanilla and Chocolate Pizzelles, and because I get to tell you about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap that I participated in this year.
Let’s start with The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! I remember last year at this time seeing all sorts of wonderful cookie recipes on my favorite food blogger’s websites. I was curious why so many of them were sharing these wonderful cookie recipes on the same day. I did a little investigating and discovered they were part of this cookie swap. The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is in it’s 4th year and is a way to bring food bloggers all over the world together and celebrate with delicious cookies! Not only is it a great way to meet new bloggers, but it also benefits Cookies For Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer.
As you can see it’s a win win for everyone! Cookies For Kid’s Cancer gets monetary donations, we all get to meet new food bloggers and share our favorite cookie recipes, and I get to eat lots of delicious cookies!! I was paired up with Curious Cuisiniere, What Jew Wanna Eat, and Living Better Together. I was so excited to share my favorite Vanilla and Chocolate Pizzelle recipe with them. On top of sharing my cookies with these lovely ladies, I also received some amazing cookies from Traveler For Good, Life on Food, and Home Cooking Memories.
In case you aren’t familiar with pizzelles they are a flat, round, Italian, waffle type cookie. While there’s not a drop of Italian blood in me for some reason my family has made making pizzelles every Christmas a tradition. I was fortunate enough to inherit my grandma’s pizzelle maker so now I can make these tasty cookies whenever I get a craving. Traditionally we have always made them using vanilla or almond extract, but you can use other flavorings such as anise, lemon, or orange. This year I decided to venture out from the vanilla tradition and try making a chocolate version as well. I loved this chocolate version and will definitely continue making it along with the vanilla. Aside from just eating the pizzelle cookies as is, you can also sandwich a couple of them together with nutella or even some ice cream. One time for a special New Year’s Eve dessert, I even formed them into cannoli shaped shells and filled them with sweet cannoli filling…that was a dangerously delicious dessert! I hope you enjoy these Vanilla and Chocolate Pizzelles as much as I do and maybe they will become a holiday baking tradition in your family as well!