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Pumpkin Pizzelle

(Makes about 24)
Pumpkin Pizzelle

3 eggs
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch of salt


In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
Add the pumpkin puree, melted butter, and vanilla.
Add the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt.
Mix well to form a smooth batter.
The batter should be stiff enough to be dropped by a spoon.
The batter can also be refrigerated for later use.

Preheat a pizzelle baker according to manufacturer's directions.

For each pizzelle, place about 1 heaping tablespoon of the batter on each grid
pattern.  You may want to use 2 spoons to place the batter on the grid, using
the second spoon to push the batter off of the other spoon.  You will find that
by placing the batter slightly behind the center of the pattern, your pizzelles
will come out closer to a round shape.  This is because, as you close the
baker, the batter squeezes forward slightly.  Close the baker and clamp the
handles together.

Baking will take 30-40 seconds, depending on how brown you like them and
the consistency of the batter.  Remove the pizzelle from the grid with a fork or
spatula.  Place on a paper towel to cool.  Repeat with remaining dough.

Store pizzelles in an air-tight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.
When exposed to air the pizzelles will absorb moisture and become limp.
If this happens, put them in a hot oven for a short time and they will regain their
Pumpkin Pizzelle
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This is a traditional Italian pizzelle recipe with the added flavors of pumpkin and spices making them a delicious snack or dessert for autumn.  You do need a pizzelle baker to make these, but they are fairly inexpensive.
Cuisinart Pizzelle Press
As soon as you take your warm pizzelle
off the pizzelle press, wrap them around
the metal cannoli tubes and allow them
to cool.  You will have delicious cannoli
shells without any frying.
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The Cuisinart Pizzelle Press makes two
thin, crisp 4-inch cookies at once.   Dual
indicator lights provide easy operation and
take the guesswork out of timing.  Pizzelle
can be baked at one of 5 browning levels.
Nonstick plates allow you to remove warm
pizzelle without breaking them, so they can
be rolled for cannolis or cones.