Pizzelle Recipe

An easy Pizzelle recipe for the classic Italian cookie. Lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla or anise, they are perfect for holiday gift-giving!

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.

It reminded me of a campfire pie iron.

Put away your kindling, though. These days, buttery, crispy, and perfectly-sweetened Pizzelle are easier than ever to make.

An easy Pizzelle recipe for the classic Italian cookie. Lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla or anise, they are perfect for holiday gift-giving!

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What does the word Pizzelle mean?

Loosely translated, Pizzelle means “small, flat, and round” and that’s exactly what these cookies are. (Thanks to my assistant Jana who happens to be fluent in Italian).

How to make Pizzelle

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. No mixer of any kind required!

You do, however, need an iron. Modern pizzelle irons are just like a waffle maker. A silvery, shiny, beautiful waffle maker that makes cookies.

Pizzelle are nothing short of delightful. They are lightly sweetened with a crisp texture, easy to make, and perfect for holiday gift-giving.

One of the most common flavors of Pizzelle is anise (black licorice). However, some of my favorite flavors include vanilla, almond, lemon, and even chocolate!

You can also roll Pizzelle into tubes for cannoli (or whatever else you can dream up).

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.

An easy Pizzelle recipe for the classic Italian cookie. Lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla or anise, they are perfect for holiday gift-giving!

 

5 from 28 votes

Pizzelle Recipe

An easy Pizzelle recipe for the classic Italian cookie. Lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla or anise, they are perfect for holiday gift-giving!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword anise, pizzelle
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 36 to 40 cookies
Calories 81kcal
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon anise or vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal

 

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  1. Beth

    This recipe was perfect! It was easy and the cookies are delicious!5 stars

  2. Elpida

    Would a waffle maker work?

    1. Donna

      No the grid is to deep.. the pixel level maker is almost flat the design barely cut in

    2. meggan

      Hi Elpida, I can’t find the answer on the internet, so I’ll have to look into it myself. But I probably won’t be able to do that in the next few days, so I’m sorry about that. It’s possible it would work, you would just do a very thin layer of batter in the waffle maker and basically cook it from the bottom of the cookie upwards. It sounds totally feasible. I just don’t know for sure! Sorry about that. Thanks – Meggan

  3. Nick

    Meggan,
    My family has been making them since this 55 year old can remember & our family uses oil vs the butter, now i carry on this tradition with my 2 teenage daughters & we literally make the day of it, usually start around 9 am & pack up is completed around 8 pm. anyway, what do you think about oil vs butter? my batches are much larger so we use 12 eggs / 7 cups flour to 2 cups of oil. of course we have other ingredients as well.

    1. Carolyn Mirdo

      I’m 77 years old and my grandmothers recipe uses oil as well. I can’t seem to bring myself to use all oil so I use half butter & half oil. I’d like to know the difference of oil vs butter. Does anyone know?

  4. Mike

    Good to re-heat @200* for 10 minutes to re-crisp after a few days of humid weather in warm climates. If your eggs are a bit small, the mix can be too thick, so I added water(+-2 teaspoons) to get the right texture. Too thick and the Pizzelle may not cook to a crisp without being too dark.5 stars

  5. rosemarie perenic

    My dough is sticky..should I add more flour?

    1. Meggan

      Hi Rosemarie, your dough should be sticky. It’s hard to know what to tell you without feeling it myself, so I would say if it’s so sticky you can’t work with it, then yes, add a little flour. Good luck! -Meggan

  6. Charmaine

    How should pye plstes be stored if not used for a few weeks

    1. Bette

      Put a paper towel between each plate and then put in brown paper bag for storage.

  7. Sila

    Would waffle maker work?

    1. meggan

      Hi Sila, that’s a great question. I can’t find the answer on the internet, so I’ll have to look into it myself. But I probably won’t be able to do that in the next few days, so I’m sorry about that. It’s possible it would work, you would just do a very thin layer of batter in the waffle maker and basically cook it from the bottom of the cookie upwards. It sounds totally feasible. I just don’t know for sure! Sorry about that. Thanks – Meggan

  8. Mariann Bulko

    To the lady asking about an engraved iron Palmer in West Newton sales a lovely engraved iron I have my monogram in mine they also offer an engraved iron for weddings. They do have a website. Google Palmer oitzelle irons. [email protected]

  9. Susan Yakus

    If I need to stop for awhile, should I put the dough in the refrigerator. Must you cook all of them at once? I am pressed for time. Thanks! Susan5 stars

    1. Sandy

      Hello,
      I mix my dough a day or up to four days before and refrigerate it. I was taught that way by my very experienced Mother-in-law, she was 93 when she passed. She used her mother’s recipe from way back!!!
      When you refrigerate the dough it lets the flavor “settle” as I was taught. If you press the dough chilled it makes for a very crisp cookie. Enjoy!!

    2. meggan

      Hi Susan, I don’t know! I doubt it. I think the batter would be fine in the fridge because, although they have a leavening agent, it’s not like they are tall cookies. They don’t rise. So I can’t imagine it would make a difference. I’ll test it when I get the chance, but likely not in time for you. Thanks for the question! Sorry I couldn’t give you a better answer! -Meggan

  10. Tanya

    Hi, I was wondering if you have to cool the pizzelles before you eat them.

    1. Kathy

      I had an ice cream waffle cone maker instead of a pizzelle maker. Because the cone maker has two flat patterned areas that close together it worked as a great substitute.
      I did half the recipe and used vanilla extract. Just in case.
      These were absolutely great. Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

    2. Meggan

      Hi Tanya, yes, you can definitely eat them warm. They will be soft if you do, and if you wait until they cool they will get crunchier. That’s the only difference. Hope this helps!

  11. jane Lombard

    I have a question regarding the directions for mixing the ingredients. Other recipes say to mix the sugar, eggs, vanilla/anise together then add the dry ingredients. Your recipe indicates mixing all the ingredients together at same time. Which way is better ?

    1. Meggan

      In a lot of baking recipes, you begin with wet ingredients, then add in the dry ingredients. In this recipe, I found that it didn’t really make a difference. By doing this, it eliminates one bowl.

  12. Alexis Moe

    They are so good5 stars

  13. Tania

    Would you know where I can get an engraved pizzelle maker? I’ve been trying to find one as a gift for my mom but can’t seem to find them anywhere.

    1. Angela

      If you’re still looking they sell them on amazon.

    2. Meggan

      Hi Tania!

      That sounds like such an amazing gift! My first thought was Things Remembered, a mall store. I found this on thingsremembered.com: “Did you know? Things Remembered can engrave gifts that you bring in, like that treasured heirloom from your great-grandmother or a piece of unique jewelry you picked up on your last European vacation. Carry yours into any of our stores throughout the U.S. to learn more.”

      Hopefully this helps! Good Luck!

  14. Sandi

    This is truly the best recipe !!! As this is the first time I’ve used my iron. They slide right off and right onto the plate. Very light and crispy. The only recipe I’ll ever use. Thank You So Much5 stars

    1. Valerie Blazek

      Sandy, did you refrigerate your dough or just make them right away?

    2. Meggan

      Wow! Thanks so much Sandi! I’m glad you like the recipe! :D -Meggan

  15. Lauren

    I’m having trouble finding a round metal tin for my pizzelles. I don’t buy coffee in a can but might have to just for the can. I saw some at a dollar store but can’t remember which one it was. The recipe is great though I’ll make half a recipe and use Splenda rather than sugar. Growing up my mom made these and tried different flavors each time. The coconut and the lime pizzelle were the best. I’m thinking of trying to make a strong liquid batch of raspberry-lemonade drinks mix and using it. With so many flavors of sugar free drink mixes available for a dollar, it’s worth it. 5 stars

    1. Steve

      Hi, if you are just looking to store them and keep the fresh, I have found a that a wrapper from a loaf of bread is perfect.

  16. Jean DiGiorgio

    Love making these every year for Easter. I hand them out to neighbors. They look beautiful in a clear covered tower jar. 
      I accidentally purchased extra large eggs.  Sadly, my pizzelles came out too cake :(((. Is there a way to “fix” the batter?  My first batch were done with my large eggs.

    1. Denise Evancich

      Jean,
      Just add more flour until the dough becomes firmer.

    2. Meggan

      Hi Jean, wow, that sounds so wonderful! That’s so nice of you to hand them out to your neighbors, and I’m glad that you love the recipe. As far as your batter, I’m sorry, but I don’t have a solution for you. I haven’t tested it with the extra large eggs, so I wouldn’t know where to begin. I hope you are able to salvage the batter, but unfortunately you may just have to start over. :( Have a wonderful Easter and thank you for reading, and for being such a wonderful neighbor. :D -Meggan

  17. Deni

    Very easy to make the batter. Hardest part is getting the amount right. The really hard thing I had to deal with is keeping my fingers clean. I think I need suggestions on this. One noted- I used Duck eggs and the flavor was great. Will try chicken eggs next. Thanks Meggan.5 stars

  18. Kara

    Hi! I made these the other day and they were really good. The only problem I was having is when I closed my press quite a bit of the dough squished out of the iron. I tried less dough but then it didn’t make full cookie. Any suggestions? Maybe refrigerating the dough for an hour os so?5 stars

  19. Mona Maria

    These were so simple to make and tasted great! This recipe is a keeper! Last year I tried to make some  and it was a real mess! I made these in about an hour and put them in a clean coffee can as a gift – they were so beautiful and tasted so good and I was pleased I could give them as a gift to a friend who is is Pizzelle connoisseur!5 stars

  20. CJOHN

    Wow! Those options sound great.

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