Chocolate Peppermint Pizzelle

Use a pizzelle iron to create beautiful Italian biscuits in an instant.
  • For the pizelle
  • 190g plain flour
  • 40g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 220g sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter, melted, cooled to room temperature
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • Icing sugar, for dusting cookies
  • For the filling
  • 340g milk chocolate
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp mint essence

Serves: 18 sandwiched cookies

For the pizelle:

1) Whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, orange zest, and salt together in a large bowl.

2) In another medium bowl, briskly whisk the eggs, sugar and melted butter together until smooth and evenly combined.

3) Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg mixture. Gradually whisk the liquid into the flour to make a thick batter. When the pizelle batter starts to clump up in the whisk, switch to a rubber spatula to finish mixing it together. (If you have a large pastry bag, put a big round tip in it, and fill with the pizelle batter.)

4) Preheat a pizzelle iron until a drop of water sizzles on the hot surface, about 10 minutes. Lightly spray the hot surface with nonstick cooking spray. Pipe or spoon about a tablespoon of the batter into the center of each cookie imprint. Close the iron and cook until whiffs of steam comes from the iron, about 30 to 45 seconds. Open and remove cookie from the iron, cool on a rack. Repeat with remaining batter.

For the filling:

1) Put the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Cover and microwave on medium power until soft and melted, about 3 minutes depending on the power of your oven; stir until smooth. Alternatively, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with 2-cm or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl on the pan (without touching the water). Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Stir in mint essence.

2) To serve pipe a tablespoon of the mint filling into the center of half the cookies. Top with another cookie and press to sandwich them together. Serve now or keep tightly covered for up to 1 week.

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