Pizzelle Makers

by candy47

Delicate and light Italian wafer cookies made with a hint of anise. So easy to make with a pizzelle iron, and it only takes a few minutes.

These Italian cookies get their name from the Italian word 'pizze' which means 'round and flat', pizzelle are small, round and flat. Traditionally served in Italian households during the Christmas holidays along with an array of Italian cookies and pastries. As with most Italian desserts, pizzelles aren't excessively sweet or sugary, in fact they are usually sprinkled just before serving with confectioners sugar to give them a bit of sweetness. Pizzelle irons typically stamp an ornate design of a snowflake onto each cookie giving them a delicate appearance to complement their texture.

Above photo credit: Stacey at Wikimedia Commons

My Pizzelle Maker

An oldie but goodie

My old pizzelle maker


Out With the Old


I've had my old pizzelle maker for about 20 years, and it still works. But, the last time I used it I noticed the cord had a few cracks so I went shopping for a new one. There are so many to choose from but I wanted to get one that is similar to the one I already have. Finding that was easy.



 In With the New

This Chef's Choice Pizzelle Maker is a lot like the one that I've been using, but with a few more advantages.  After all, mine is 20 years old!  This one features instant temperature recovery so it's always ready to bake, and it has a locking latch for even thickness. (With my old one, I have to hold the handle closed.)




Basic Pizzelle Recipe

  • 3 large eggs - beaten
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter - melted
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. anise extract*

*You can substitute vanilla, peppermint or almond extract

Preheat pizzelle iron to medium heat or as directed in pizzelle maker manual.

In a medium sized bowl combine ingredients in the order listed, mixing thoroughly after each. Batter will be thick, not pourable. Drop one rounded tablespoon into center of each plate. Close the lid tightly. Pizzelle are done when the sizzling stops and there is no steam. Approximately 1 minute, you can peek.  Makes 2 dozen.


Batter in Center of Plate
Batter in Center of...
Photo by Candy Dorsey
Pizzelle are ready
Pizzelle are ready
Photo by Candy Dorsey

Serving Pizzelle

Pizzelle on a platter



Serve them plain and simple arranged on a platter just like cookies, perhaps with a cup of tea or espresso.

If you want to shape the pizzelle, you must do it immediately after removing them from the hot plate. Wrap them around cannoli tubes or use a rolling pin to get a taco shape. Place the hot pizzelle in muffin tins to make a bowl or wrap them around a wooden cone.

After the pizzelle are the desired shape and have cooled you can fill them with ice cream, pudding, custard, fresh fruit, yogurt and just about anything you can think of.

Cone Shaped Pizzelle
Cone Shaped Pizzelle
Cannoli Shaped Pizzelle
Cannoli Shaped Pizzelle

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Updated: 11/18/2015, candy47
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candy47 on 07/07/2017

I prefer anise. That's what my Italian grandmother used. She didn't use extract, she used anisette liqueur.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/06/2017

candy47, Which do you prefer of the almond, anise, peppermint and vanilla extracts? Are those your substitutions or is the choice linked to something such as different local recipe traditions from Italy?

candy47 on 10/19/2015

Thank you blackspanielgallery. Now to get my next 50.

blackspanielgallery on 10/19/2015

These look interesting. And congratulations on getting to 50 articles.

candy47 on 10/19/2015

You're welcome sheilamarie, I made a batch a few days ago. With vanilla.

sheilamarie on 10/19/2015

I love pizzelle, though I had forgotten the name. Thanks for the recipe.

candy47 on 10/19/2015

I like mint flavored pizzelle too Angela, with a scoop of chocolate ice cream!

AngelaJohnson on 10/19/2015

I've never heard of pizzelle. I like the taste of anise and like you mentioned, you can substitute other flavors. I'd like to try mint.

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