My grandmother made these waffle-shaped cookies at Christmas time. They are Italian and I imagine she learned how to make them from my great-grandmother, my grandfather's mother, who was an Italian immigrant. My father kept the tradition going as an adult and taught me how to make them. When he passed away, I took the tradition over and make them every Christmas. I use the recipe card written by my grandmother and use her pizzelle iron, which was made in the 1940s.
Beat eggs well. Add oil. Mix in sugar gradually. Add anise. Then add flour, one spoonful at a time. Mix well. Lightly grease a pizzelle iron and heat on stove over medium-high. Press a spoonful of batter in the iron and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Makes about 36.