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!

 

Pizzelles stacked on a cooling rack.

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!
5 from 32 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 36 to 40 cookies
Calories: 81kcal
Author: Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal
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  1. Deena Parsolano

    Just a caution…depending on where you get your pizza dough, it may contain egg.  It shouldn’t, but I bought frozen once (I was traveling, so didn’t want it to go bad on the 10 hour drive.) and I noticed the ingredients included eggs.  If you purchase from a real pizzaria, it shouldn’t…but ask!

  2. Dang, I wish you’d gotten my name for the swap–I would have loved to try your pizelles! So pretty and delicate and they just scream “Christmas” to me. :)5 stars

  3. Ahhhh! Love these, Meggan! Why have I never heard of pizzelle before?
    I love love love that you can keep them as simple cookies or make canoli (& ice cream cones!) with them. 
    Merry Christmas! :-)5 stars

  4. Thanks for posting this recipe.5 stars

  5. Mary Natvig

    I have a granddaughter that is allergic to eggs– Is there any way pizzelle could be made without using eggs?? I have a pizzelle iron but have never been able to find an eggless recipe Thank you!

    1. Diane Rosati

      Hi … I was also looking for egg free recipe and I found one using pizza doug (for 1 third cup of dough – add 3 tble sugar and lemon for flavour. What I am not sure of is if the dough needs to rise or use it as soon as it is mixed …

    2. Hi Diane, I cannot say for sure whether you should let the dough rise or not. With regular pizzelle dough you just use it right away. I think trial and error will be your friend here. You could set half of the dough aside and let it rise, and proceed immediately with the other half? Good luck to you, and thank you for stopping by!

    3. Hi Mary! I have never tried to make egg-less pizzelle. I am certainly willing to try it out and report back to you, but I won’t have access to my pizzelle iron until after the holidays (I’m visiting family right now). But, in this recipe, eggs are being used as a binder more than a leavening agent (in my opinion). So I feel like you could substitute applesauce or bananas to go egg-less the way cake mixes do it. To replace 4 eggs, you’d want to use 2 medium bananas, mashed, or 1 cup of applesauce. Feel free to give it a try if you are adventurous, or I will tackle it in January and let you know! Such a shame to not be able to use your pizzelle maker otherwise!

      Thank you so much for your question.

  6. These cookies are so pretty. I’ve never heard of a pizelle iron – I’ll probably see them everywhere now. But now I’ll know! All the flavor possibilities with extract sound yummy. Could you do a cocoa version?

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.5 stars

    1. Tom Schoot

      Lucy I’ve made chocolate ones and honestly I prefer the ones made with anise.  You can but a pizelle iron from many places.  I would not recommend the teflon coated ones.  I love my pizelles.5 stars

    2. Luci, I have done (and loved!) a chocolate Pizzelle with cocoa powder. So delicious! I will look for my chocolate version and comment again once I find it, it should be something like “use x-cups of cocoa powder in place of y ingredients” or something like that. Or pinterest will have a bazillion options I’m sure! I saw a version on Pinterest that was chocolate and orange, sounds pretty good to me! Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

  7. Sarah Reesnes

    These pizelles were AMAZING! My kids were fighting over them!5 stars

    1. So glad you loved them! :) I can’t wait to make some more for you!

  8. I like pizzelles. I haven’t had any in a very long time. Now I have a recipe I can make my own. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. Thank you, Norma! I hope you enjoy them. I wonder if a cardamom version would be good? :)

  9. I bet these pizelles smell amazing when they’re cooking up. I’m looking into a pizelle iron…thanks for the inspiration and friend invite on FoodBuzz! ;)

  10. They look very cute.. I think if they wouldn’t be made with pizzelle iron they wouldn’t look that good.. :)

  11. Jeff

    My uncle uses a waffle iron to make these, they lack the all important pizzelle iron!

  12. Cedric Terrell

    I am definetely going to try this recipe.Got to add the powdered sugar.

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