Ah, lovely, light, sweet pizzelle cookies. Believed to be the oldest cookie type in Italy, pizzelle were baked over an open fire using irons embossed with a family or village crest. Italians still happily eat pizzelle cookies to celebrate having driven out snakes that once infested Abruzzo, in south central Italy, in 700 BC. (Today, we still celebrate the Festival of the Snakes and eat pizzelle, although it is now politely known as the Feast Day of San Domenico.) Saluti!