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How to Make Pizzelles: Best Recipes and Pizzelle Makers

Updated on November 27, 2014
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Make Your Own Pizzelle Cookies at Home with an Italian Cookie Press

Delicious light-tasting slightly sweet pizzelles - the classic flat Italian cookies that resemble a thin crisp waffle or Belgian cookie - are the perfect complement to fresh fruit and berries, chocolate, and rich creme fillings, or just to nibble "as is" with your mid-morning coffee.

Surprisingly easy to make, and versatile, too!

Here is a round-up of great pizzelle recipes and a video lesson in how to make pizzelles to get you started.

Wondering where to buy a pizzelle maker - and which model of press to choose? Got you covered on that, too, with a selection of pizzelle irons that get a stamp of approval from foodies and old grandmothers alike. Best yet, they come from brand names you know and trust - including Palmer's fine pizzelle makers, made in the USA by the Palmieri family since 1946.

Pizzelle filled with orange-almond creme, topped with slivered almonds.
Pizzelle filled with orange-almond creme, topped with slivered almonds. | Source

Palmer Pizzelle Maker Iron - Made in USA

All of C. Palmer Manufacturing's products are made in the USA. The family-run company, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1946 by Carmen Palmieri, working out of his basement on a shoestring and a dream. Its very first product was small Italian cookie irons. In time the company name was Americanized to Palmer, and three generations of the Palmieri family worked side-by-side as the company grew... It's a pretty great little success story.

Palmer 3 Round Pizzelle Iron
Palmer 3 Round Pizzelle Iron

A free cone roller is included with this American-made pizzelle maker, so you can make all sorts of delicious presentations.

 

Palmer Oval Pizzelle Maker - Made in USA

Here's another American-made model by Palmer, but oval in shape to make oval pizzelles instead of the traditional round waffled cookies. This version comes with an included set of free cannoli forms to roll the pizzelles around. What tasty stuffings will you use to fill your delightful desserts?

Palmer Oval Pizzelle Maker
Palmer Oval Pizzelle Maker

Here's another American-made pizzelle maker by Palmer, but oval in shape to make oval pizzelles instead of the traditional round waffled cookies. This version comes with an included set of free cannoli forms to roll the pizzelles around. What tasty stuffings will you use to fill your pizzelles?

 

Now, I happen to love cooking but really hate the clean-up, so a number of my favorite small appliances and cookware pieces are high-quality (preferably made in Europe or the USA) items with a non-stick surface. Treat 'em right (no scratchy implements, please!) and they'll last you for years.

What a delight to discover that Palmer also does the non-stick in a pizzelle iron!

Non-Stick Pizzelle Baker - Also made in America by Palmer

Palmer 1000T Electric Pizzelle Iron-Non-Stick
Palmer 1000T Electric Pizzelle Iron-Non-Stick

This version of the American-made Palmer round pizzelle maker is my top choice. For reference, the size of the round iron plate itself is 5 inches in diameter, so you can make two 5-inch cookies at a time. And again you get the wooden cone roller as part of the package. Gotta love that non-stick surface that makes clean-up so much easier!

 

How to Make Pizzelle Cookies

Pizzelle Recipe Cookbook

Even with all the great recipes you can find online these days, I still have a hankering for cookbooks to leaf through and look for inspiration. It's really nice to include a related cookbook if you're giving a small appliance as a gift, too - for example, as a bridal shower gift.

The New Book of Waffles & Pizelles (Nitty Gritty Cookbooks)
The New Book of Waffles & Pizelles (Nitty Gritty Cookbooks)

If you've never made pizzelles before, here's a great cookbook loaded with recipes for basic and exotic pizzelles to create and enjoy.

 

Do you make pizzelles?

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      I would to try to make pizzelles.

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      candy47 5 years ago

      I've been using the same pizzelle maker for about 30 years! I like the recipe variations that I've seen here. Thanks for a great lens.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      These look delicious.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think I'm gonna love pizzelles.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      These look yummy! I've never had a pizzelle, but it's one of those foods that I think I would just love.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      Oh these are beautiful. I didn't know about Pizzelles before I stumbled on this article, but they look absolutely tasty!

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      lynnswayze 5 years ago

      Very cool!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Just love these. Some friends of mine makes these and we always eat them up. Thanks for including the video

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes! They look yummy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My mother in law makes batches of 100's at a time, I think that most Italians do , they usually bring cookies when visiting people. Hers have anise in them, love that flavor :)

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I love these; I make them for the holidays.

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      CozyKitty 5 years ago

      These look so yummy!

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      Sue Dixon 5 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I'd never heard of these, but they look great!

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      Sue Dixon 5 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I'd never heard of these, but they look great!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      My wife's "Nana" made these. I've got to get a pizzelle iron - I now have a nostalgic as well as culinary yearning for these and the store bought ones are not the same. Thank you.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Pizzelles are delicious cookies, simple to make (with a specialized pizzelle maker) and low in sugar compared to many other types of cookie treats. Our kids love pizzelles, and use them to make ice cream sandwiches and in place of bread for peanut butter sandwiches.

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      The Pizzelles look delicious! They remind me of a delicate waffle. If I had any left over storage space, I'd love a Pizzelle Maker Iron.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      elsiesflat, my grandmother made them, too, and I still remember their very distinctive taste. Interesting article for anyone who wants to try making these!

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      elsiesflat 5 years ago

      My grandmother used to make these. Now I'll have to give 'em a try. Thanks!