Crisp, sweet, and decoratively imprinted, pizzelle cookies make a wonderful holiday gift--as does the press itself. To use, simply scoop a spoonful of batter on each round nonstick surface of the press, close and latch the lid, and in only 60 seconds two perfect pizzelle are ready. Roll the warm pizzelle around the included wooden dowel to make cannoli, or shape over an inverted custard cup to make a tiny dessert bowl. Pizzelle harden as they cool, and can be eaten flat like crisp cookies or shaped and filled with chocolate mousse, whipped cream, or fruit. A five-setting switch on the press adjusts the temperature for browning preference, and recipes in the instruction booklet offer variations on flavors. A measuring spoon is included. Red and green lights indicate readiness, and a quick reheat time means three dozen of these four-inch cookies can be cooked in no time. The press measures 9 by 8 by 4 inches, is easily wiped clean, stores upright to save space, and comes with a three-year warranty against defects. --Ann Bieri
Cuisinart engineering simplifies the art of baking the perfect pizzelle. 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. Plates wipe clean with a damp cloth, and the unit stands up for compact storage.