How to make Scandinavian cookies

Posted June 18

If you want a tasty, but different treat for your next family gathering, check out this recipe.

These cookies are not like normal cookies in that they are typically anise (black licorice) flavored. You can make many other flavors of these cookies, but black licorice is the most common. This dessert is also very flat and are typically made into a cone shape.

The cookies are put into a cookie maker that looks like a waffle iron and it gives the cookies a pretty, flower shape. The cooking tool is called a pizzelle maker and can be bought at Wal-Mart, Target or online.

There are a variety of recipes for pizzelles, but a simple, delicious recipe can be found on The recipe calls for:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 1 cup of butter (melted and cooled)
  • 2 tablespoons of anise extract
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
There's really only one ingredient that you may not have in your kitchen already, which gives these cookies their special flavor: anise extract. Make sure you buy that ingredient before you begin baking.

When mixing the ingredients, beat the eggs and sugar together until they are fluffy and then stir in the butter and anise flavoring. Combine the flour and baking powder (stirring it in gradually). The dough will be sticky.

Preheat the pizzelle iron (this may take a little time.) I'd suggest filling the irong with as much batter as it can hold without overflowing. It only takes 90 seconds to cook the pizzelles. Be careful when you are taking them out so you don't burn yourself. These cookies don't take long (though if you are trying to make them cone shaped that takes a little longer.) But overall, they are simple to make.

We typically prepare the cookies and add a vanilla filling —typically pudding —in the center of them for extra deliciousness.

Work time: Cookies take about 15 minutes to mix, cook in about 20 minutes and ready in 35 minutes after cool time. The recipe serves 18.

Heidi Wilder


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