A straightforward Pizzelle recipe for the old classic Italian cookie. Gently sweetened and flavored with vanilla or perhaps anise, they are ideal for holiday gift-giving!
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:40 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes
Yield:30 - 40 cookies 1x
1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup butter melted and cooled
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon anise or vanilla extract
Preheat pizzelle iron and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, butter, anise or vanilla extract, baking powder, and eggs. Drop slightly rounded tablespoons of batter on to pizzelle iron and close.
Bake as directed by manufacturer or until golden brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Using a nonstick spatula, remove each pizzelle to a cooling rack; repeat with remaining batter.
Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar if desired.
Pizzelle Variation Ideas:
Lemon Pizzelles – Omit vanilla extract and anise seed. Add 2 teaspoons lemon extract and 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest.
Chocolate Pizzelles – Mix 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons sugar. Add to basic recipe.
Nut Pizzelles – Add 1 1/2 cups very finely chopped or ground nuts to basic recipe.
Maple Pizzelles – Omit vanilla extract and anise seed. Add 3 teaspoon pure maple syrup.
Rolled Pizzelles – When just removed from the pizzelle maker and they are still hot, they can be rolled around cannoli forms or pressed between two small custard cups to form shapes that can be filled with cream, custard, or fruit.
Liqueur Pizzelles – Omit vanilla extract and anise seed. Add 2 teaspoons of your favorite liqueur.