There are zillions of cookies out there, but for the non homemade category, nothing beats Canadian made NuStef Foods Limited Reko Pizzelle cookies.
Clocking in at 23 calories a wafer, these versatile cookies can be eaten plain or dressed up in recipes (below) for special occasions.
The genius behind these cookies lay in the quality ingredients and company ethos that standards in baking, packaging and distribution are consistently upheld.
The word Pizzelle means, loosely, “small, flat, and round” in Italian. These waffle-type cookies are made by pouring batter between the two plates of an iron, which is then held over a fire or heated electrically.
Pizzelle were first made in the south-central area of Abruzzo (now the Region of Abruzzo) in the 8th century. Two small towns each claim to have originated the treat, which are featured in their yearly festivals:
The citizens of Salle, in the Province of Pescara, celebrate the festival of Beato Roberto every July. Celebrants walk down the street carrying branches on which Pizzelle are hung as an offering.
In Cocullo, in the Province of L’Aquila, the celebrants eat Pizzelle during the festival of their patron saint, Domenico. They cover his statue in snakes and carry it around the town.
Pizzelle are closely associated with family; in fact, Pizzelle irons have been fashioned with the pattern of a family’s crest. Pizzelle are also popular in countries with large Italian populations, such as Canada, the U.S.A., and Australia.
I discovered these cookies by sheer luck in a Sweet Bay grocery store in Fort Myers, Florida, on a business trip. I purchased the traditional Anise flavor and discovered the best prepackaged cookie I've ever bought that rivals bakery offerings. I actually make Pizzelle from scratch with a plug-in Pizzelle maker I bought years ago on an impulse. These Reko cookies are better than mine too. Who has time to bake anymore?
Reko is the largest Pizzelle manufacturer in Canada. http://www.pizzellecookies.com/
In 1985, NuStef Foods Limited found equipment that could produce multiple Pizzelle at a time. NuStef Foods has grown so that as far away as Taiwan, New Zealand, and Mexico to the United States has fans eating these Canuck cookies from heaven.
Also, they are one of the few companies in Canada that ship products back to their original country of heritage – even Italians in Italy think Reko Pizzelle products are better than their locally made ones.
Flavors offered include Anise; Chocolate; Chocolate Mint; Dulce de Leche; Maple Syrup; Vanilla; Lemon and my new favorite flavor ever: Whole Wheat Vanilla!
Enjoy these Easter brunch recipes, courtesy of Reko:
Pizzelle Cookie Dessert Nachos
1-package of Reko Pizzelle cookies (desired flavor)
½ cup Nutella
2 Tbsp. Heavy cream
1 cup of strawberries (Diced)
Hazelnuts chopped (Optional)
In a small saucepan over low heat whisk the Nutella and 2 Tbsp. of heavy cream together until warm with a syrupy consistency.
Break Pizzelle Cookies into halves or quarters. Arrange the Pizzelle Cookies on platter, drizzle with Nutella syrup, sprinkle with diced strawberries, and top with whipped cream. If using, add chopped hazelnuts on top of whipped cream.