Classic Italian Pizzelle Recipe - Crafting a Family Dinner (2024)

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Classic Pizzelle Cookies are a traditional Italian cookie that is perfect forChristmas time. They are thin, crisp, buttery, and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar for sweetness. When I married my Italian husband was the first time I tasted a Pizzelle and I have been a fan ever since.

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My first Pizzelles were purchasedat our local Italian import store in Cleveland Ohio, Gust Gallucci’s Italian Food & Market. Every year when Jim was a boy his family visited Gallucci at Christmas. As a special treat, they always bought our children pizzelle cookies. When we started our family we now continue this Christmas tradition and our kids ask each year when we are making our Christmas trip to Gallucci”s.

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One of my first Christmas gifts from Jim was an electric Pizzelle Maker from Gallucci’s. As a family, we have been making our own Pizzelles with the kids at home. Believe me, it is so easy. The batter is simple. Just basic ingredients that you control, are eggs, flour, butter, and sugar baking powder. Traditionally Pizzelles were made with anise seed extract but when the kids were little we make them with vanilla. I love them both but little ones may not like the licorice flavor of anise.

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I know making pizzelle cookies will become a family tradition for your family. The easy batter, simple to use pizzelle maker, and ready to eat in 30 seconds. Yes, I said seconds. Your kids can have fun mixing the batter and sprinkling the powdered sugar on top and not have a long wait to eat the reward.

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A Pizzelle Maker can be purchased here at a really reasonable price. I have had mine for 30 years and wehave had 30 years of fun. I use the recipe in my instruction book, but you can also purchasemixes that make it even quicker.

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When the pizzellecome off the pizzelle iron they are soft and flexible. You can roll them into a cone with a Pizzelle Cone Roller. They can then be filled with chocolate or vanilla whip cream for a special dessert. I am thinking of ice cream this summer out on the deck with the kids. (just in case there is a mess).

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Italian Pizzelle Cookie

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  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian
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Thin Crisp Waffel Italian Cookie


Units Scale

  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Butter Melted and Cooled
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla extract (or Anise Seed extract)
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Powder Sugar for dusting about 2 cups


  1. Pre-heat your Pizzelle Maker.
  2. Put the eggs in a dish and mix with a fork slightly.
  3. Beat together eggs and sugar.
  4. Melt the butter and have it cooled.
  5. Add the cooled butter to the eggs and sugar.
  6. Add the vanilla (or anise seed) extract
  7. In a separate bowl sift together the flour and the baking powder.
  8. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture.
  9. Mix until just combined.
  10. Add one tablespoon of batter in each section of your maker. Place the batter slightly to the back of the circle.
  11. Close the lid and lock.
  12. Set your timer for 30 to 60 seconds.
  13. When the timer is done, open the maker and using a spatula remove the cookie and set it on a flat surface or cooling rack.
  14. Take the powdered sugar and put the powdered sugar in a strainer and tap the side to make a snow-like layer on each Pizzelle.


  • Pizzelle cookies can also be made chocolate. All you have to do is add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of additional sugar to the basic recipe.


  • Serving Size: 30

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Let me know what fun and traditional cookie you make with your family each year.

Classic Italian Pizzelle Recipe - Crafting a Family Dinner (2024)


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