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Pizzelles are a thin, sweet Italian wafer cookie that is especially popular around Christmas time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: christmas cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Kasey Schwartz


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar


  • Lightly spray your pizzelle iron with cooking spray and plug it in to preheat.
  • Add the flour, sugar and baking powder to a medium sized bowl and whisk together.
  • Whisk in the butter, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla extract until the batter is smooth and thick.
  • Pour two tablespoons of batter into the hot pizzelle maker. Use the back of the spoon to spread the batter across the pizzelle iron.
  • Close the pizzelle maker and cook the pizzelle for about 45 seconds. The pizzelle should be a light golden brown and easily lift from the hot plates.
  • Remove the pizzelle by grabbing it with tongs. 
  • Place the pizzelle cookies on a cooling rack while you cook all of the batter.
  • Use a sifter to dust the cookies with the powdered sugar.


  • You can also use a cast iron pizzelle cookie press rather than an electric pizzelle maker. Follow the directions that come with your iron to heat and cook the pizzelles over a gas stovetop. 
  • Use anise extract in place of vanilla extract for a classic flavor twist on these cookies. 
  • Use only one tablespoon of pizzelle batter to make thinner, crisper cookies. 
  • Invest in a double pizzelle maker so you can cook two pizzelles at once!


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg