Pizzelle Italian Cookies
Pizzelle are nothing short of delightful. They are lightly sweetened with a crisp texture, easy to make, and perfect for holiday gift-giving.
I just said this, but I’ll say it again: Pizzelle are nothing short of delightful.
Everything about them is pleasing. They have a crispy yet delicate crunch. They have a beautiful, fascinating, and intricate pattern. Their lightly sweetened taste is addictive.
I learned about Pizzelle from one of my good childhood friends. Her family made pizzelle the traditional way, with an iron that had engraved plates and a clamp to hold it together.
It reminded me of a campfire pie iron.
Put away your kindling, though. These days, pizzelle are easier than ever to make, and just as delicious.
Modern pizzelle irons are just like a waffle maker. A silvery, shiny, beautiful waffle maker that makes cookies. (Cuisinart is not sponsoring this post. This is the pizzelle maker I have and love, and my sister has one as well. We are obsessed.)
If you love tossing all your ingredients together in a bowl, this recipe is for you. 6 ingredients, 1 bowl, and a partridge in a pair tree.
While I love the sweetness of vanilla in my Pizzelle, experiment with your favorite flavors. One time I made lemon-flavored pizzelle and turned them into tiny ice cream cones for blueberry ice cream. Or, roll the pizzelle and fill them with sweetened ricotta cream for an easy mock cannoli. Anise, chocolate, hazelnut, and almond also sound so tempting!!
Pizzelle are ideal for a bake sale or cookie swap because they are more rare than the usual chocolate chip cookies or brownies, and they look so fantastic wrapped in a small plastic treat bag tied with a pretty bow.
In fact, this is the cookie I chose to make and share for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Every year, hundreds of food bloggers from around the country (and the world!) bake and share cookies with other food bloggers.
It’s a chance to connect, share our treats, and raise money for a good cause. This year, we raised money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. I am so proud to be part of the team!
Pizzelle Italian Cookies
Yield: 36 to 40 cookies
Cook Time: 45 min
Total Time: 45 min
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 eggs
- Powdered sugar for dusting, optional
- Preheat pizzelle iron and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, baking powder, and eggs. Drop slightly rounded tablespoons of batter on to pizzelle iron and close.
- Bake as directed by manufacturer or until golden brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Using a nonstick spatula, remove each pizzelle to a cooling rack; repeat with remaining batter.
- Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar if desired.
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