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Italian Pizzelle Recipe

This Pizzelle Recipe will teach you how to make Italian Pizzelle Cookies, the oldest cookies in the world. Pizzelle are thin, snowflake shaped cookies that are thin and delicate. They are great served plain, with powdered sugar, nutella, or even ice cream!
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 30 pizzelle


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp anise seed, optional
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Add melted, cooled butter, vanilla, and anise seeds. Beat again.
  • Add flour and baking powder to a bowl and sift into the egg mixture. Batter should be thick enough to be dropped by a spoon (a mix between pancake batter and cookie dough).
  • Spray a pizzelle maker with nonstick spray and drop a tablespoon of mixture onto the pizzelle maker.
  • Close the pizzelle maker and allow to cook until the pizzelles are brown. My maker takes about 24 seconds.
  • Remove the pizzelle from the pizzelle maker and place flat on a cookie sheet to cool. Spray pizzelle maker with nonstick spray between each new round of pizzelle.
  • Dust with powdered sugar if so desired. Enjoy!


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
  • Anise Seeds: Anise seeds have a very distinct flavor, that is known to taste like black licorice. If you think you won’t like this flavor, you can also eliminate the anise seeds from the recipe. 
  • Baking Powder: Make sure you do not use baking soda
  • Vanilla:  I use pure vanilla extract.
  • I don’t find the anise seed amount overwhelming in this recipe. However, if you want to try the flavor without the risk of overpowering your cookies, you can add only half the amount of anise into the recipe. Alternatively, you can make half of the pizzelle plain, then add anise into the second half of the batter. 
  • Don’t forget to spray the pizzelle maker with nonstick spray between each batch of Pizzelle Cookies. It is common for the Pizzelle to stick if not greased enough. 
  • Keep a close eye on the pizzelle. They can go from perfectly browned to burned in a matter of seconds if not watched closely. 
  • Use a fork to remove the pizzelle from the iron.
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