Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Let It Snow...Let It Snow....Let It Snow...

Today was a great was the first snow of the season! 

Yes, I am sure most of you are all wanting to SCREAM at me that I am crazy. Which I am sure I am in regards to the snow but I love seeing the change of seasons. It reminds me life keeps moving by and that we need to enjoy our time now. Plus the fact, the next three months are my favorite of the entire year. 

I love the holidays and all of the events that occur in the next several weeks. The parties, brunches and other social events that makes me love my life. For those who know me, I love traditions. It can be anything from going for ice cream after the dentist to annual gatherings I have with friends. These events are a reminder that while the world keeps moving, it's these moments we enjoy never get old no matter how many times they occur. 

In getting ready for this season, I do have to admit I already decorated my home for Christmas this last Saturday. Yes yes...I know what you are thinking....No decorating until after Thanksgiving!!! I completely agree...however I am graced with amazing friends who I am able to share and host an annual party. I look forward to this weekend every year. To be surrounded by such amazing women for those few hours allows me to be thankful for those in my life that support me and I am able to support in return.

So to celebrate the first snow and the beginning of the holiday season I wanted to offer Chocolate Chip & Cinnamon Pizzelles. These wonderful italian cookies my grandmother used to make when I was a child every holiday season. I always looked forward to the container on the counter and the wonderful treats inside. I hope you have wonderful traditions such as these or can add these to your list for the future. I wish you the best this Holiday Season!!!!

Hint: If you are interested in purchasing a Pizzelle Iron I would venture over to Sur La Table. They sell one for about $50. This is one of my favorite stores for kitchen gadgets.

Chocolate Chip & Cinnamon Pizzelle

1/2 C Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt, fine
5 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
2/3 C Unbleached Flour
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 C Mini Chocolate Chips

Preheat the pizzelle iron to medium-high heat. (My iron only has one temperature). 

Whisk the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl until foamy. Blend in butter, flour, baking powder and cinnamon until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Grease the pizzelle iron before you start. Spoon 1 Tbsp of batter in the center of the pizzelle iron. Close the iron and cook until deep golden, about 1 minute 15 seconds. Transfer the pizzelles to a rack to cool.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Note - These can also be formed while warm into shapes such as cones, cannoli shells or placed in a muffin tin and formed into cups when cooled. If you don't have a pizzelle iron you can use a waffle iron. Use 1/2 C of batter and cook for about 3 minutes.