Everything you need to know about freezing cookies

Nothing is better than freshly baked cookies. But during the holidays when fresh, homemade cookies matter most, we’re also needing to split our time between cooking, hosting, shopping, and celebrating the season, leaving little time to spend rolling out and filling dozens of dainty little cookies. This is when having a magical holiday depends on the magic of the freezer. Freezing cookies or cookie dough now can save you later when you’re just too busy to bake. Just follow these tips and you’ll be good to go. What types of cookies can I freeze? Lots of cookies are great candidates for the freezer. Cutout cookies, slice and bake (icebox) cookies, drop cookies, and biscotti are all excellent choices. Any cookie with a lot of butter or fat will freeze well. Try to avoid freezing cookies that are decorated, filled, or delicate — like meringues — since they would loose a…

For Italians, pizzelle have always made the holidays

Pizzelle, piazelle or pizzele. However you spell it, to Italians, there is no feast without them. Another holiday season is approaching, and with it will be stacks of gorgeous golden pizzelle. As we bite into this crispy confection and gorge on three or four biscuits before dinner even begins, we should take a minute and consider what this cookie has meant to families for millennia. The pizzelle’s often misspelled, mispronounced name, comes from the Italian word “pizze” meaning “round” and “flat”. Many other cultures have adopted versions of the thin cookie and renamed it accordingly. The Belgians have the lukken, and the Norwegians call it krumkake. But the central Italian region of Abruzzo is credited with creating the first pizzelle, and on a grander scale, what is thought to be the world’s first cookie. Centuries ago, families would have pizzelle irons customized with their family crests or other meaningful designs. The irons would be passed down for generations. Modern day pizzelle makers are…