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Course: Cookie Iron / Waffle CookiesDifficulty: Medium



Pizzelles are an Italian tradition and baked with a special cookie iron, called, appropriately enough, a Pizzelle Iron (see note*, below). They are similar to waffles, but thinner and crisper and more cookie-ish. In Italy, they’re popular at Easter and Christmas and are often made for wedding celebrations.


  • 3 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed anise seed or extract

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder


  • Beat eggs and sugar. Add butter, vanilla, and anise. Sift flour and baking powder and add to egg mixture. Batter will be stiff enough to be dropped by spoon. Spoon onto pre-heated pizzelle iron (see note*, below) and bake until golden. Batter can be refrigerated to be used at a later time.

  • This video recipe below is a bit different from mine but it shows the process of making them on the iron. Her process is interesting because she separates the dough into 2 or three batches and flavors them all differently.

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Loved the YouTube video
- Sharon

This is the recipe that I have used for many years and they always come out great.
- A Baker

You can omit the anise entirely or substitute another flavoring like almond, lemon or orange. Dusted lightly with powdered sugar, they are heavenly.
- Cheryl in Pennsylvania

i've made a million of these, now my son is making them and selling them at his school
- nina in hb., ca

I grew up with these cookies in my house and was taught by mother how to make them--I have an old pizelle iron and how it's stayed alive for 40 years I don't know, but it is. The cookies are a favorite every year and I work at a hospital and all my friends at xmas get these for their xmas present---it makes them look forward to xmas for my cookies----LA
- LA

Not very tastey
- A Baker

I make this every year with my family, they are the best.
- Jenna

Great recipe...perfect flavor, perfect crispness. Recipe made 50- 4" pizzelles.
- A Baker

I use this recipe for 30 years and never had a problem with it.....they are perfect and everyone loves them.
- A Baker

I lost my Great Grandmother's recipe for pizzelles, which I used every year for 6 years now. I found this recipe and it was terrible. I could not get one good cookie out of the batter. There was too much baking powder or something in the recipe. I ended up with very thin holey cookies that spilled over the sides of the iron. They looked like lace cookies, not waffles. I have to say that the mounds of crumbs that I have did taste good. I will have to find a new recipe and start all over.
- Baker in Denver, CO

This is actually for the Baker from Denver CO. This recipe is the actual recipe from the Villaware pizzelle maker. I have made these fro years and actually friends and family request me making the Italian cookie. I think you are just not experienced enough or the knack to make it.
- A Baker

The cookies are CRISP!!! Finally - a crisp tasty pizelle that lends itself nicely to coffee or tea! My great aunt from Italy would be happy to much on these any time of year! YUM!!!
- Rocky from San Jose
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