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Delicate, crisp, and light, these beautiful and tasty Italian Waffle Cookies are known as Pizzelle and similar to Norwegian Krumkaker. Anise is the most common Authentic Italian Pizzelle recipe flavor. However, I'll show you how to make lemon, cardamom, and chocolate pizzelle too!

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I've been making this Authentic Italian Pizzelle Recipe ever since my friend Diane turned me on to them many years ago. Diane, whose husband is Italian, usually gives them out to friends for Christmas.

This year, I decided to crash Diane and Rick's pizzelle-making party. By the way, "Pizzelle" is pronounced "pitˈzell" in Italian. These cookies are also referred to as "Italian waffle cookies."

Although I own a pizzelle ironand know how to make them, I thought it would be more fun to make them with Rick and Diane. After many mishaps, we managed to make somechocolate pizzelle.

It turns out Diane can't talk and follow a recipe. We did manage to have some laughs though. Later, I experimented with a few other flavors on my own.

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Why This Recipe Works

In order to make this Authentic Italian Pizzelles, you need apizzelle waffle iron. A pizzelle recipe is usually included in the package.

Although I thought Diane had a "secret recipe" that was passed down from her Italian mother-in-law, I was wrong. In fact, Diane uses the recipe that came with her pizzelle maker (which looks ancient by the way).

My new pizzelle iron came with the same exact recipe. Furthermore, all the recipes I found online use the same basic recipe. The variation comes with the flavors/extracts added.

Although anise is the traditional flavor, there are other popular flavors like chocolate, almond, and vanilla. For the record, I love the traditional anise flavor, but I'm excited to try some new flavors too!

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What Goes Into This Recipe

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Recipe Ingredient Notes

  • Chocolate Pizzelle — The ingredients listed above are for anise Pizzelle. To make chocolate-flavored Pizzelle, you will also need to add ¼ cup cocoa powder, an additional ¼ cup sugar, and an additional ¼ teaspoon of baking powder.
  • Cardamom — Cardamom is not traditionally added to anise Pizzelle. Feel free to leave it out.

How to Make Authentic Italian Pizzelle

Step 1: Heat the Pizzelle waffle iron, while you prepare the batter.

Step 2: Whisk eggs, white sugar, butter, and anise extract in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt until the batter is smooth.

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Step 3: When the iron is ready to use, spray with non-tick cooking spray. Place one tablespoon of batter on each of the hot plates, and close the lid.A cookie scoop or melon baller works perfectly for this.

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Step 4: Cook until hardly any steam is being produced, usually somewhere between 45 seconds to a minute.

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Step 5: Some models have a light that goes from red to green as the Pizzelle cook and back to green a second time, indicating that the Pizzelle are ready.

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Step 6: Use a fork or a thin spatula to remove the Pizzelle to a wire rack to cool. Continue until the batter is all used up.

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Step 7: Cool Pizzelle completely, then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Step 8: Store the Pizzelle in your favorite jar or tins for longer storage. This will help to retain their crispy textures.

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Pizzelle Recipe Variations

This Authentic Italian Pizzelle Recipe can be altered to make various flavors.

To make cardamom pizzelle, replace the anise extract with 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon cardamom.

Forlemon pizzelle, replace the anise extract with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and the zest of one lemon.

After playing around with different variations, I've settled on my favorite; cardamom-anise walnut pizzelle. To make them, add 1 teaspoon cardamom powder, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon anise extract, and ⅓ cup ground walnuts.

I hope my Italian ancestors aren't rolling around in their graves with this crazy combination! You may want to start with this Pizzelle recipe but then experiment with your own favorite flavors.

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Recipe FAQs and Expert Tips

What do pizzelle taste like?

One of the things I love about this Italian Pizzelle Recipe is the mild flavor. They are also light and go perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea.

Pizzelles are not overly sweet, and low calorie, so you can enjoy more than one, guilt-free! But perhaps the thing that pizzelleare best known for is how crisp they are.

The taste also depends on the type of pizzelle you make. Besides the flavors mentioned above, you can also find the following flavors: ginger, peppermint, orange, and my personal new favorite, cardamom!

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How do you store Pizzelle?

Store Pizzelle in tins (which can be found at any Dollar Store) this time of year. They last for months when stored like this.

The tins are also a great way for you to give the pizzelle to family and friends for Christmas. So be sure to spread some love around with these delicious cookies.

Do Pizzelle freeze well?

I had read that Pizzelle do not freeze well, however, based on my own experience they freeze great! After they are completely cooled, double bag them in ziplock bags and they should be good for at least 6 months.

  • Although I'd never considered adding nuts, Diane added chopped pecans to her chocolate batter and it was delicious. However, adding nuts to the mix does make the Pizzelle stick to the Pizzelle Iron more frequently.
  • Pizzelle irons come in various sizes. This includes 3″ and 5". If I had it to do over again, I would have purchased the 5″ pizzelle iron.
  • You can use Pizzelle to make Cannoli shells. To do this, you need to shape them when the pizzelle are warm (they become crisp as they cool off). Cannoli tubes or formscan be used to make the shells.
  • Another tool that comes in handy is an ice cream cone mold.The molds are used to make pizzelle ice cream cones. Be sure to purchase the 5" pizzelle iron, instead of the 3" pizzelle iron, which would be too small to make cannoli shells and ice cream cones.
  • Another idea would be to drape the soft pizzelle over an overturned small bowl. Once the pizzelle cool off and harden, they make an edible ice-cream bowl.
  • Finally, you can use two pizzelle to make an ice-cream sandwich; Is that a great idea, or what?
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Authentic Italian Pizzelle Recipe

Easy pizzelle recipe, a traditional Italian cookie, using a pizzelle iron.

5 from 11 votes

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Italian

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 28 cookies

Calories: 63kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 medium eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon anise extract
  • cups white flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (for dusting)

Chocolate Pizzelles

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (additional)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder (additional)
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Instructions

  • Heat the Pizzelle waffle iron, while you prepare the batter.

  • Whisk eggs, white sugar, butter, and anise extract in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt until the batter is smooth.

  • When the iron is ready to use, spray with non-tick cooking spray. Place one tablespoon of batter on each of the hot plates, and close the lid.A cookie scoop or melon baller works perfectly for this.

  • Cook until hardly any steam is being produced, usually somewhere between 45 seconds to a minute.

  • Some models have a light that goes from red to green as the Pizzelle cook and back to green a second time, indicating that the Pizzelle are ready.

  • Use a fork or a thin spatula to remove the Pizzelle to a wire rack to cool. Continue until the batter is all used up.

  • Cool Pizzelle completely, then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

  • Store the Pizzelle in your favorite jar, or tins for longer storage. This will help to retain their crispy textures.

Notes

  • Although I'd never considered adding nuts, Diane added chopped pecans to her chocolate batter and it was delicious. However, adding nuts to the mix does make the Pizzelle stick to the Pizzelle Iron more frequently.
  • Pizzelle irons come in various sizes. This includes 3″ and 5". If I had it to do over again, I would have purchased the 5″ pizzelle iron.
  • You can use Pizzelle to make Cannoli shells. To do this, you need to shape them when the pizzelle are warm (they become crisp as they cool off). Cannoli tubes or formscan be used to make the shells.
  • Another tool that comes in handy is an ice cream cone mold.The molds are used to make pizzelle ice cream cones. Be sure to purchase the 5" pizzelle iron, instead of the 3" pizzelle iron, which would be too small to make cannoli shells and ice cream cones.
  • Another idea would be to drape the soft pizzelle over an overturned small bowl. Once the pizzelle cool off and harden, they make an edible ice-cream bowl.
  • Finally, you can use two pizzelle to make an ice-cream sandwich; Is that a great idea, or what?

Nutrition

Serving: 1Pizzelle | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 42mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 7g

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FAQs

What is the original pizzelle flavor? ›

Anise. This flavor is known as the 'traditional' flavor of pizzelles.

Do they make pizzelles in Italy? ›

Pizzelle originated centuries ago in the Abruzzo region of south-central Italy, according to 19th-century Italian historian Giuseppe Tassini, and are still common in the neighboring regions of Molise (formerly part of Abruzzo) and Lazio, home of Rome.

How long do homemade pizzelles stay fresh? ›

They will easily keep well for at least 1 month. To freeze the pizzelle, make sure they are completely cool, then store them in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Why did my pizzelles come out soft? ›

Pizzelles should be crunchy! They're a thin, light, crispy cookie. If your pizelles are soft, it means they have absorbed moisture from the air or they weren't cooked enough.

What is the oldest cookie in the world? ›

Pizzelles are the oldest known cookie and originated in the mid-section of Italy. They were made many years ago for the “Festival of the Snakes” also known as the “Feast Day of San Domenico” in the village of Colcullo in the Italian region of Abruzzo.

What consistency should pizzelle be? ›

Sift flour and baking powder into mixture, and mix on low until the batter becomes stiff enough to be dropped by a spoon. If you have never made pizzelles before, the batter is surprisingly thick in consistency (and that's normal).

Should pizzelles be refrigerated? ›

Pizzelle dough can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Allow the dough to come to room temperature before cooking. Pizzelles can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Why do my pizzelles stick to the iron? ›

While its spelling varies from pizelle to piazella, pizzelle bakers often toss out several cookies that stick to the iron. Greasing the iron with butter rather than sprays or oils adds to the flavor of the delicate treat while preventing burns and sticky messes.

What is the difference between a Stroopwafel and a pizzelle? ›

Stroopwafel and pizzelle are both thin and crispy waffle cookies, but they have their differences. Pizzelle is an Italian waffle cookie that can be eaten alone or rolled to make cannoli shells, for example. Stroopwafels are Dutch and are made with two thin cookies filled with warm caramel.

How do you say pizzelle in Italian? ›

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What does pizzelle mean in English? ›

noun. an Italian cookie like a thin, crisp waffle, usually flavored with anise.

How do I clean an old pizzelle iron? ›

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Can I use a waffle maker to make pizzelles? ›

Skill level. I cook these sweet pizzelle using my great Aunt Italina's hand-made waffle iron but if you don't have one, you can easily use an electric waffle maker instead.

What else can you use a pizzelle maker for? ›

They can also be used to make cannoli shells or small ice cream cones as they are slightly pliable while still warm from the maker. The word pizzelle comes from the same root word as pizza to describe something small, found and flat. The dough is simple to make and similar to a waffle.

How many calories are in homemade pizzelles? ›

Pizzelle cookies, homemade (1 each - approx 4 1/2" diameter) contains 9.5g total carbs, 9.3g net carbs, 3.9g fat, 1.2g protein, and 78 calories.

How many carbs are in a pizzelle? ›

Nutrition Facts
Calories 81(339 kJ)
Sodium5 mg0%
Total Carbohydrate11 g4%
Dietary Fiber0 g0%
Sugars5 g
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How do you soften store bought pizzelles? ›

Store bought pizzelles and your microwave. Pizzelles are thin wafer like cookies that become pliable for a few seconds after heated in the microwave. You simply heat and then quickly shape into a cannoli shell.

Which is the top selling cookie in the United States? ›

- According to a Nestlé Toll House poll in 2017, chocolate chip cookies are the most popular cookie in 18 states, followed by peanut butter chocolate chip. Considering this comes from a chocolate chip maker, we take that with a large grain of sea salt.

What ethnicity are Pizzelles? ›

Pizzelle (Italian pronunciation: [pitˈtsɛlle], singular pizzella) are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (usually anise or anisette, less commonly vanilla or lemon zest).

What are cookies called in England? ›

Biscuit (UK) / Cookie (US)

In the US, cookies are flat, round snacks made of sweet dough. In the UK, these are generally called biscuits, although people do call the bigger, softer kind cookies, too.

Can you make pizzelles without pizzelle iron? ›

Warm a griddle {you can also use a waffle cone iron or pizzelle} to medium heat. Drop a golf ball sized dough ball on the griddle and press with a lightly greased grill press. Let it sit for 30-60 seconds until crisp and brown, then flip using a turner and press again. Allow to cook 30 seconds.

How do you use a traditional pizzelle maker? ›

Start small to avoid a mess on your stove. Attach the handle clip to bake the pizzelle evenly thick. For the first few pizzelle, add the batter or dough and cook for about 1 minute, turning the iron over every 15 seconds or so. As the iron gets hotter during baking, pizzelle will bake faster.

Can you refrigerate pizzelle dough overnight? ›

Take the last bit of flour and mix it with the baking powder. Mix it in and BLEND WELL. The dough should be sticky enough to be dropped by a spoon. Refrigerate dough overnight.

How do you store a pizzelle iron? ›

How to Store Pizzelle
  1. Put the pizzelle in an air-tight container. If pizzelle are exposed to air they will absorb moisture and become limp.
  2. Store the pizzelle at room temperature for up to two weeks.
  3. Reheat the pizzelle in a warm oven, around 350 degrees Fahrenheit, before serving. This will restore any lost crispness.

How do you pack Pizzelles? ›

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When did Pizzelles originate? ›

PIZZELLE ORIGIN

Pizzelles are believed to be the oldest cookie in history, first made in the 8th century in south-central Italy. The traditional pizzelle cookie is made from a sugar/butter-based batter that is pressed between two hot irons, usually sporting a design.

What is the difference between a Stroopwafel and a pizzelle? ›

Stroopwafel and pizzelle are both thin and crispy waffle cookies, but they have their differences. Pizzelle is an Italian waffle cookie that can be eaten alone or rolled to make cannoli shells, for example. Stroopwafels are Dutch and are made with two thin cookies filled with warm caramel.

What does pizzelle mean in English? ›

noun. an Italian cookie like a thin, crisp waffle, usually flavored with anise.

What are Pizzelles made of? ›

Pizzelle are a traditional Italian waffle cookie made from eggs, sugar, anise (or vanilla), butter or oil and flour. The word “pizzelle” means small, flat and round….

How do you pronounce the Italian word pizzelle? ›

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What is the difference between a pizzelle and Krumkake? ›

Krumkake is a thin, delicate embossed cookie of Norwegian origin. Typically the cookie is rolled into a cone while still warm and flexible. It can be served plain or filled with whipped cream. A Pizzelle is a traditional Italian sugar cookie served plain or rolled into a cone and filled with fruit or ice cream.

Are Pizzelles German? ›

Pizzelle (Italian pronunciation: [pitˈtsɛlle], singular pizzella) are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (usually anise or anisette, less commonly vanilla or lemon zest).

What else can you use a pizzelle maker for? ›

They can also be used to make cannoli shells or small ice cream cones as they are slightly pliable while still warm from the maker. The word pizzelle comes from the same root word as pizza to describe something small, found and flat. The dough is simple to make and similar to a waffle.

Can you use a waffle maker for pizzelle? ›

Skill level. I cook these sweet pizzelle using my great Aunt Italina's hand-made waffle iron but if you don't have one, you can easily use an electric waffle maker instead.

Can you make Pizzelles without pizzelle iron? ›

Warm a griddle {you can also use a waffle cone iron or pizzelle} to medium heat. Drop a golf ball sized dough ball on the griddle and press with a lightly greased grill press. Let it sit for 30-60 seconds until crisp and brown, then flip using a turner and press again. Allow to cook 30 seconds.

What is the plural of pizzelle? ›

pizzella (plural pizzelle or pizzellas) A traditional Italian waffle cookie.

Who invented the pizzelle iron? ›

To Steubenville resident Charles “Chip” DeMarco, there had to be a better way. In the 1950s DeMarco invented the electric pizzelle iron in his shop called Tri-State Machine and Driveshaft. He and his wife then patented the invention and began selling them all over the country.

How do you heat a pizzelle iron? ›

Heat the closed pizzelle iron over medium heat. Hold it over the flame for five minutes, then flip and heat the other side for another five. When both sides have been heated, lightly spray both inside surfaces with non-stick spray or brush with oil or more melted butter.

What consistency should pizzelle be? ›

Sift flour and baking powder into mixture, and mix on low until the batter becomes stiff enough to be dropped by a spoon. If you have never made pizzelles before, the batter is surprisingly thick in consistency (and that's normal).

Do you grease a pizzelle iron? ›

One reader suggests the best way to grease your pizzelle iron is to dip a towel in vegetable oil, and wipe it all over the iron's interior plates. This helps avoid the sticky residue you may get from spraying the iron with non-stick spray.

How do you clean a pizzelle iron? ›

When you're finished cooking, you can simply wipe it clean with a soft cloth, and then dry it. Remove any stuck-on dough with a thumbnail, brush or other non-metal implement, since metal might mar the cooking surface. Some models have removable cooking plates, which you can clean in a sink filled with hot, soapy water.

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