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Pizzelle-Italian Tradition Recipe

Pizzelle-Italian Tradition

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"This requires a pizzelle iron, similar to a waffle iron in appearance. Makes thin wafer-like cookies with snowflake designs, an Italian tradition for Christmas or anytime."

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Original recipe makes 1 1/2 dozen Change Servings


  1. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer until light. Add the sugar, butter, lemon zest and vanilla, mix well. Stir in the flour and baking powder.
  2. Heat pizzelle iron. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto the center of the patterns, close the lid and cook for about 30 seconds. Test the cooking time on the first one, because temperatures may vary. Remove cookies carefully from the iron and cool on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 20, 2003

I just bought a pizzelle maker and have been experimenting with different recipes. These turned out great........ thin and crispy. We loved them! They're addicting. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 14, 2009

This recipe is for someone who wants an "Italian Like" cookie. If you want the real thing, omit the lemon zest and add 1 to 2 tsp. anise extract or 1 tsp. anise oil.


22 Ratings

Dec 20, 2003

My grandparents used to make pizzelles and have them fresh and ready for us when we visited. When my grandmother passed away, I got the pizzelle iron but no recipe! This recipe has the head-on exact taste of hers, and everybody LOVED them. THANKS!!

Jun 08, 2003

These came really good! But I only added 3 cups of flour instead of 3 1/2 and put anise extract instead of Lemon Zest. I also put about a tablespoon of anise seeds.

Dec 28, 2009

"Purists" who swear by anise when making a pizzelle don't know what they're missing when they refuse to accept other flavors. This recipe is awesome! I also made it with the zest of clementines (it's what I had on hand) and a little orange extract in the batter ... oh my god what a cookie ... Afterwards, I dusted the finished product with powdered sugar. Heavenly!

Mar 25, 2005

pizzelle`s it made 5 doz

Nov 23, 2008

Excellent recipe. My family has been making these for a hundred years. Another good flavor to use is Anise in about the same quantities as the other flavors. My company loves them!

Feb 10, 2010

Delicious! We cooked them about 20 seconds then rolled them while still hot... added a sweetened ricotta filling for a "canolli." Best snowed-in day ever!


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  • Calories
  • 806 kcal
  • 40%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 107 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol
  • 267 mg
  • 89%
  • Fat
  • 36.4 g
  • 56%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 14.1 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 615 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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