Pizzelle—Italian Waffle Cookie

Pizzelles are are traditional waffle cookies that utilize a pizzelle maker which can be purchased on Amazon or at Williams-Sonoma.

Photography By Chris Rov Costa | November 15, 2015

About this recipe

Pizzelle, pronounced pit-ZELL-eh, are traditional waffle cookies. The name comes from the Italian word for "round" and "flat" (pizze). The recipe below is flavored with anise extract, but vanilla or lemon extract can also be used. For this traditional Italian cookie you will need a ready-made pizzelle maker. They are available for purchase at your local Williams-Sonoma or through Amazon.com. Typically, the pizzelle maker stamps a snowflake or flower pattern onto both sides of the thin golden-brown cookie. Enjoy the cookie as is or add chocolate or hazelnut spread to the top. If feeling indulgent, make a sandwich with the cookies by adding cannoli cream to the center.


In a large bowl, add and beat the ingredients in the order listed, beating well after each addition. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the center, or slightly higher, of the pre-heated pizzelle maker, about 2 tablespoons total. Close the lid and cook until the steaming stops, about 60 seconds. Remove the cookie with a fork or spatula and place on a cooling rack to dry. Repeat until all batter is gone.
Dust pizzelles with powdered sugar 
and serve.

Makes about 24 cookies

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  • 3 large eggs, well beaten
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • Powdered sugar
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