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PERFECTLY PLEASING PIZZELLES

Updated on August 4, 2012
Pizzelle:  the perfectly versatile dessert cookie
Pizzelle: the perfectly versatile dessert cookie | Source
pizzelles
pizzelles | Source

Perfectly Pleasing Pizzelles

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The pizzelle is a traditional Italian cookie that is flavored and dropped onto an iron and cooked much like a waffle on a waffle iron. The name pizzelle comes from the Italian word “pizze” which means round and flat, just as these cookies turn out to be. In this recipe, you will find that pizzelles are so much more than just a cookie.

I do not recall the exact time and place that I had my first pizzelle. All I know is that I have loved them as far back as I can remember. I ate them with friends in grade school and high school, bought them on a trip to the Italian Market in Philly (Philadelphia, PA) and munched on them while visiting the butcher, cheese and olive shops, and while meandering through the displays of fresh produce on the street, picked them up at the bread counter in the grocery store, and have bought them from an Italian deli in New York to snack on. I have tried anise flavored, orange flavored, vanilla flavored, lemon flavored – all of them delicious. Finally, my husband became tired of me buying them all the time and he bought me a pizzelle iron for my birthday one year. I went crazy making pizzelles…I tried all the flavors….and still I have not picked a favorite. I just love them all. I am going to share with you a small batch pizzelle recipe that is very basic and simple – most, if not all, of the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen – you WILL need to borrow or buy a pizzelle iron but it will be worth it. The pizzelle is the most versatile little cookie/snacking/dessert treat. You can even make ice cream cones, ice cream cups, cannoli wrappers and little sandwiches out of them. I hope you try them and love them as much as I do!

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: 24 - 30

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ tsp. Sambuca liquor or anise extract
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch salt

In place of the Sambuca or anise extract you can use ½ tsp. of lemon extract & ½ tsp. grated lemon peel ~Or~ ½ tsp. of orange extract & ½ tsp. grated orange peel ~Or~ ½ tsp. of any flavored extract you would like to try, come to think of it, coconut might be delicious - that's the next one I'm going to try - that’s the great thing about them!

NOTE: Be sure to add vanilla no matter what base flavor you are using!

Pizzelle ingredients:  flour, baking powder, eggs, melted butter, Sambuca (flavoring), vanilla, sugar, salt
Pizzelle ingredients: flour, baking powder, eggs, melted butter, Sambuca (flavoring), vanilla, sugar, salt | Source
Whisk the eggs and the sugar together
Whisk the eggs and the sugar together | Source
Add your flavoring to the egg and sugar mixture, including your vanilla
Add your flavoring to the egg and sugar mixture, including your vanilla | Source
Add your baking powder and salt to the flour and whisk together
Add your baking powder and salt to the flour and whisk together | Source
Add your flour mixture to your egg mixture and mix to combine
Add your flour mixture to your egg mixture and mix to combine | Source
What your batter should look like - a little thicker than cake batter
What your batter should look like - a little thicker than cake batter | Source
drop onto hot pizzelle iron, shut the lid and cook for a a few minutes, depending on texture likeability factor
drop onto hot pizzelle iron, shut the lid and cook for a a few minutes, depending on texture likeability factor | Source
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together until combined, the eggs and sugar. Add the melted butter and the flavoring, including the vanilla that you wish to use. (You may always add more flavoring if you prefer a stronger flavored cookie.) In a medium bowl mix together your flour, baking powder and salt with a whisk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat until fully mixed together. The mixture will look like a thick cake batter. Preheat your pizzelle iron. Once it is hot, add a tablespoon of the mixture to each pizzelle shape. My iron has 3. (I use a Tablespoon coffee scoop and a small rubber spatula – makes it not so messy). Lower the top of the pizzelle iron and cook until the cookies begin to turn brown or according to your pizzelle iron manufacturer’s instructions. I prefer my cookies to be very light with a hint of golden brown when I remove them so they are softer and more pliable; others prefer them to cook until they are brown and crispy.
  2. It is completely up to you to decide how you like them. Try them both ways and adjust your iron’s temperature to suit your fancy. When you remove the cookies from the iron they will come out as one large piece, but you just cut around the edges with a knife to get your individual cookies. The extra pieces are good for a little taste so if you need to adjust your flavorings for the next batch you don’t have to eat an entire cookie. It is at this time that you can shape them into cannoli rounds by folding them over on a metal or wood round form or make ice cream/dessert cups by placing the warm cookies into a muffin tin and allowing them to sit until cooled completely. You can also shape them into little mini ice cream cones, if you’d like.
  3. Some of the things we have done with our pizzelles, besides using them for ice cream cups, cones and dessert cups is obviously as a nice little snack all alone or adding peanut butter and jam, chocolate and marshmallow for a new twist on s'more’s, ice cream sandwiches – which are delicious with homemade ice cream, and spreading nutella and crushed nuts on the top – there is an endless amount of snacking and dessert ideas for the very useful and fun pizzelle – you are only limited by your own wild imagination!
cooling pizzelles, front ones prior to being separated into individual cookies
cooling pizzelles, front ones prior to being separated into individual cookies | Source
individual pizzelles
individual pizzelles | Source
Pizzelle strawberry ice cream sandwich
Pizzelle strawberry ice cream sandwich | Source
Peanut Butter and Jam Pizzelle
Peanut Butter and Jam Pizzelle | Source
Pizzelle S"more
Pizzelle S"more | Source

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      sallieannluvslife 2 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks so much pstraubie48! I really appreciate your comments and sharings!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O Yum but they look too pretty to eat (however I am sure I can overcome that!!)

      Thanks for step by step directions: I was waiting to see if I need a special iron for these and you answered that question

      Voted up +++ shared g+ pinned and tweeted

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      sallieannluvslife 2 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Hi Peachpurple....no, they are not waffles, even though, you are right, they do look like them....and you do use an iron to bake them- not a waffle iron but a pizzelle iron. But, unlike soft, fluffy, crispy-on-the-outside waffles (which I love, too!), Pizzelles are a thin cookie usually flavored with orange, lemon or anise.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      is that also called waffles? It looks like it and maybe taste like it

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      sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Hi Elsie! Thanks for you kind comments! I see you are from New Zealand! Friends of ours visited New Zealand and said it was one of the most beautiful places they have ever seen! I would love to visit someday!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Nicely written with some great photos to help me along the way.They look so delicious I could have one now with my cuppa.

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Hi Gail! Thanks for the kind words - hope you do try this recipe - let me know what you think!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      I have never heard of these, but they look delicious! I'm going to give your recipe a try. Thanks for the great hub! Voted up and useful.

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks Mama Kim! Pizzelle irons are not that expensive and I don't think you will be disappointed if you try this recipe! Thanks for the "up" vote! Have a blessed day!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      This is a fantastic recipe! ^_^ thank you for sharing it. Ok... now I need to get a pizzelle iron!! voting up and awesome ^_^

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      sallieannluvslife 5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Hi travel-o- grapher, wouldn't it be nice if we could reach into the computer and taste other people's recipes from their hubs? Or jump into someone else's pictures!! I would be jumping into your pictures quite a bit!!

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      travel-O-grapher 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      looks lovely! im getting hungry just by looking! :D

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      sallieannluvslife 5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks Crystal! I just made them 2 days ago and have one lonely pizzelle left...:( They make the best snack...I hope you try them...thanks for your nice comment!

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      These are absolutely exquisite! They look lighter than air and delicious. Voted up.