Italian Pizzelle Cookies

by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 5 comments

in Blog, Desserts, Holidays

Italian Pizzelle Cookies

Italian Pizzelle Cookies – what could be better?  Don’t you immediately smell them, taste them and feel them melting on your tongue?  It is one of those cookies that once you have tasted them once, you are hooked.  I was thrilled and honored when Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge offered to guest post for me with this childhood favorite of mine.  The funny thing is… I have never made these delicious cookies.  Stephanie made them look so good (psst, she makes everything look so good on her blog) that I am running to the store this weekend and purchasing a Pizzelle maker!

I am beyond thrilled to be guest posting for one of my favorite bloggers this week, Family Foodie.  I like to call myself an accidental food blogger since I started blogging as a way to keep track of the cookie recipes I was making my boys. When I discovered Isabel’s #SundaySupper movement I was immediately drawn in. I followed the work she was doing and enjoyed every minute of it. Her passion for family and preserving family memories is inspirational.  I became a #SundaySupper contributor back in October and am so glad I did! When Isabel was looking for guest posts on holiday cookies, I knew I could help.

I decided to make my favorite holiday cookie, Italian Pizzelle.

Every Christmas my grandma would make stacks of these thin crispy cookies. I grew up in a large Italian family, so I can only imagine how long it took her to make all the pizzelle.  Our request for pizzelle throughout the year was always met with the same: “Those are special holiday cookies” answer.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that she confided in me that she would rather not make them year round because they took so long make!

They may be a little time consuming (you can only make 2 at a time) but they are worth it! 

Italian Pizzelle Cookies

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Italian Pizzelle Cookies
Recipe type: Italian Holiday Cookies
Cuisine: Italian
Italian Pizzelle Cookies are a wonderful tradition around the holidays! You will need an Pizzelle maker.
  • 1 ¾ cups of flour
  • ¾ cup of white sugar.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon of Anise Extract
  1. Preheat the Pizzelle Press on a medium setting
  2. Sift flour and baking powder together in a bowl and set aside
  3. Mix together eggs and sugar until thickened
  4. Melt butter and add it to the egg mixture
  5. Slowly add in Anise
  6. Stir in flour mixture in thirds
  7. Using a cookie scoop, place a scoop of dough in the middle of each grid
  8. Close pizzelle press
  9. Open when light on the pizzelle press turns green
  10. Remove with a spatula to a wired rack to cool
  11. Repeat
  12. Makes 30-40 Pizzelle
  13. Dust with powdered sugar if desired, enjoy!

Italian Pizzelle Cookies

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

I have always wanted to make Pizzelle’s! There such a wonderful, buttery little cookie!! I need to see if my waffle press will work so I can give these a try!


Stacia December 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

Your recipe talks about sugar but it is not included under the ingredient list. How much should be added? Thanks!


FamilyFoodie December 21, 2012 at 11:56 am

ahhh…. thanks for a great catch Stacia. It’s in there now! Let me know if you try this recipe.


Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction December 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I’m a new Twitter follower and thanks for following. I’m a Pizzelle fan too. My family has been making these since my Grandmother came over from Italy. We use the Pizzelle iron that only makes one cookie at a time and is cooked one side at a time over a gas flame. Check out my post at
Merry Christmas,


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

This is my grandpa’s thing, he makes these every Christmas and I love em! Yayyy pizzelles!


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