Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Italian Pizzelles

A flashback of the good days in Italy...
Complexity Level:  Easy*
Italian Pizzelles
What You Need:
6 Eggs
3 1/2 cups Flour (Can use Gluten Free)
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 cup Melted Butter (cool not hot)
1 tbsp + 1 tsp Baking Powder  (about 4 tsp)
2 tbsp Anise Flavoring (you can find this near the vanilla extract)
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
*Note:  You do need a pizzelle griddle.

Start by heating your pizzelle griddle.  While the griddle heats beat your eggs with the sugar.   In a small sauce pan, melt the butter with the anise and vanilla.  Do not bring this to a simmer, only heat to melt.  Add the butter and anise to the egg mixture and stir.

Now you will want to sift together the flour and baking powder, then add it scoop by scoop to the egg mixture.  Do not beat this portion, but rather fold in the flour.  If using a kitchenaid mixer, beat this together slowly adding 1/2 cup of the flour at a time on setting 2.  Over mixing may make this a tough dough once baked.

The mixture will be sticky do not fret!  The baking powder will also cause it to puff slightly -- and this is a good thing!

Scoop about 1 tbsp of the dough onto each center portion of the griddle and cook until the steam stops rising from the iron (about 30-35 seconds).  Next, pull them off the griddle and lay them on a cooling rack.  Do not try to peel off the excess until they cool -- they are soft when warm, crispy when cool.

If your griddle is not already seasoned, brush with cooking oil -- do not use spray or butter.

These are just gorgeous, and any one can make them!  Though it takes time to go through the batter, it is a fun, simple cookie that even kids can help you make (just watch their fingers on the hot griddle).

 My mother bought my griddle from Bed Bath and Beyond for only $40 (thanks mom!!!)  I tell you one thing, it was more than worth it!

I hope you enjoy!  My mother was in town, and she has never made these.... we had a great time working through the batter!  She even called my dad and grandmother (both pizzelle fanatics!) to say that this might be the best recipe yet (they are picky!!)  In fact, her carry on has 3 dozen in it!  Be careful mom!!

So the next time you hear someone complaining about pizzelles being hard to make, or the batch not tasting good, refer them here!  They are easy, delicious, and delicate treats!

Happy Baking and Bravo Pizzelles!!!


  1. Love the post and pictures..I love my pizzelle grill too..I'm on my third!! Kids and adults love them!

  2. Oh my goodness, you are so adorable! Love the pics! I have never made pizzelles - will have to try :) Hugs!

  3. Thanks guys! ;) My mother was visiting and said she heard they were difficult to make. So I said, Momma, I'm gonna show you they aren't!

    And I don't know how it happened but this recipe I made seriously created amazing pizzelles... we ate half a dozen each!

  4. I can't believe your on your third! I'll have to get to making them more often haha!

  5. I've been dying to get a press for years, but I just don't have room to store one! I'll have to settle for enjoying everyone else's - they are SO pretty!

  6. Jen -- Thanks for commenting ;) I too shouldn't have a press... but it's so small it fits just perfectly in my collection of fun kitchen gadgets ;) But someone needs to make them, and others enjoy them, so either way your doing your part ;)!

  7. Yummy! This was one of the things I absolutely wanted for the Wedding Registry and my husband didn't. I am still waiting. Makes them extra special at Christmas time.

  8. Oh! They aree so small and perfect to have in the house! I hope you have the chance to get one soon, and if not, then at least you can still enjoy them during the holidays!!!!

  9. pretty pictures! These look yummy! I don't have a griddle but this is a good excuse to go get one :)

  10. These look delicious! We make something similar to these for our church smorgasbord every year, but we call them rosettes. Different looking press, but the ingredients are very similar. And they're delicious! Great job!

  11. I need to buy a press like that, it looks way more tasty then the one Im use to! Wishing you all the best!

  12. Ooooohhh - I need that griddle. Soo cute.

  13. Tanks guys! I'm glad you liked these!
    Kristina -- it's the perfect little addition to a house of appliances ;)
    Maggie-- this is the first i'm hearing about "rosettes" and now I am seriously intrigued! I must know more!!
    Little Housewife -- I must say, I did first buy one with a different design, and my mother made me return it, so I have no idea what it would have looked like cooked. BUt I am happy we got this one instead, they were gorgeous!!
    Bananamondaes == It's at bed bath and beyond and totally worth it!

    It's a Cusinart. If you win the gift card i'm giving away this month you all could potentially consider getting one! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week : THanks for stopping by and leaving me a note -- they are something I look forward to everyday after work ;)

  14. Thanks* not tanks lol. I am the worst at typos I swear! hahaha

  15. Chandra you're so adorable! They are really just gorgeous aren't they? And by adding anise and vanilla they tasted soooo amazing! THanks for stopping by and for your support of Bargain Bites!

  16. Thanks so much for stopping by! I love making these cookies, maybe i need to go bust out my iron i haven't made them in awhile :)

  17. Steph! Thanks for stopping by bb! I encourage making them - they are too often left for Christmas and only christmas it's sad!!


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