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An easy Pizzelle recipe for the classic Italian cookie, lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla or anise. All you need are 6 ingredients and 1 pizzelle maker!

Pizzelle on a cooling rack being dusted with powdered sugar.

I learned about Pizzelle from one of my best childhood friends. Her family made Pizzelle the traditional way, with an iron that had engraved plates and a clamp to hold it together.

Loosely translated, Pizzelle means “small, flat, and round” and that’s exactly what these cookies are.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for Pizzelle Italian cookies.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Equipment and ingredient notes

  • Pizzelle iron: Modern versions of pizzelle makers are just like waffle makers. They’re silvery, shiny, and beautiful, and they also make cookies! We rounded up the best pizzelle makers you can buy, and our top pick is the one I personally own and love – the Cuisinart Pizzelle Press.
  • Anise: Anise (black licorice) is a common flavor, or you can use vanilla or almond extract. For lemon, use 1 teaspoon lemon oil instead of lemon extract (lemon extract doesn’t have enough flavor).

Do you need a pizzelle maker to make pizzelle?

I tested some of the most popular hacks on the Internet to see if you can in fact make pizzelle without a pizzelle iron—and none of them worked! I tried making them in a waffle maker, the oven, and on a stove-top. The waffle maker made pizzelle flavored waffles, and the oven and stove-top both led to pizzelle flavored pancakes.

We rounded up the best pizzelle makers you can buy, and our top pick is the one I personally own and love – the Cuisinart Pizzelle Press. You can buy it on Amazon for $46.99 or at Walmart for $46.99. If you’re not looking to spend a ton of money, the Dash Mini Pizzelle Maker is a great option, too. It’s so cute—and it’s only $12.99 at Target!

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Preheat pizzelle iron and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, butter, anise or vanilla extract, baking powder, and eggs. Drop slightly rounded tablespoons of batter on to pizzelle iron and close.
Pizzele batter in a pizzele maker.
  1. 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.
Pizzelle on a cooling rack being dusted with powdered sugar.

Recipe tips and variations

  1. Yield: This recipe makes about 36 cookies, 12 servings of 3 cookies each.
  2. Rolled: While the pizzelle are still warm from the iron, wrap them around a wooden dowel. You can even fill them with sweetened ricotta for a mock cannoli.
  3. Bake sale: Pizzelle are ideal for a bake sale or cookie swap because they are rarer 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.

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Pizzelle

An easy Pizzelle recipe for the classic Italian cookie, lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla or anise. All you need are 6 ingredients and 1 pizzelle maker!
Author: Meggan Hill
5 from 441 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 12 servings (3 cookies each)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Calories 88

Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Preheat pizzelle iron and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, butter, eggs, anise or vanilla extract, and baking powder. 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.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Pizzelle iron: Modern versions are just like a waffle maker: a silvery, shiny, beautiful waffle maker that makes cookies. I use and recommend the Cuisinart Pizzelle Press, which you can buy for $46.99 on Amazon.
  2. Anise: Anise (black licorice) is a common flavor, or you can use vanilla or almond extract. For lemon, use 1 teaspoon lemon oil instead of lemon extract (lemon extract doesn’t have enough flavor).
  3. Yield: This recipe makes about 36 cookies, 12 servings of 3 cookies each.
  4. Rolled: While the pizzelle are still warm from the iron, wrap them around a wooden dowel. You can even fill them with sweetened ricotta for a mock cannoli.
  5. Bake sale: Pizzelle are ideal for a bake sale or cookie swap because they are rarer 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 3cookiesCalories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 64mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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    1. Hi Janet, vanilla and almonds is the best combo. I’m so glad you loved the cookies, and I’m so grateful you took time out of your busy day to leave a comment and let me know. Thank you! Happy New Year! -Meggan

  1. We love this recipe, but we are looking to make chocolate mint pizzelles for the holidays this year. Any suggestion on the ratio of flour to cocoa powder? Anything else we might want to add?

    1. Hi Brian, sounds delicious! You’ve inspired me to try a batch myself during the holiday break! I would replace 1/4 cup of the flour with the cocoa, and substitute the extract with peppermint extract. I’m thinking some instant coffee or espresso might add a nice flavor. I would probably start with a teaspoon, make and try one cookie, then adjust as needed. Also, another option would be to add some orange zest, probably starting with 1/4 teaspoon and adjusting as needed. Thank you so much for the question and inspiration! – Meggan

  2. I have been looking for this recipe for all the years that I have been making Pizzelles. It is fool proof. Thank you!

  3. Light, crispy and so tasty! Easy to make in a short time. A favorite of our family and they turned out perfect! My go-to recipe!5 stars

    1. Hi Kim, I haven’t tried it myself, another reader has though! They wrote that they used a couple flours and a gluten-free blend, adding one more egg to increase the fat. Hope this helps! – Meggan

  4. I have never made these but would love to try them. Can I use my Krumkaka iron or my waffle iron to cook them? Can’t afford the pizelli iron!

    1. Hi Jo, I hope you love them! You can definitely make them in the Krumkaka iron. I would caution against using a waffle iron, they come out like pizzelle-flavored waffles. Take care! – Meggan

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