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Classic Italian Pizzelles: My Family recipe

A classic Italian Cookie flavored with Anise
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pizzelle recipe
Servings: 25 pizzelles


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 3 tiny drops of anise to do this, pour a tiny amount of anise on to a spoon. Slowly turn the spoon downward over your mixture and wait for 3 tiny drops to fall and then you are done!
  • 1 stick 8 tbsp of melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp of salt


  • Whisk together your eggs, sugar, vanilla and anise in a medium bowl.
  • Now add your flour, salt and baking powder and mix it well until there are no lumps and it looks smooth.
  • Now add your melted butter and mix that in to your mixture.
  • Pre-heat your pizzelle maker. They are all a little different so follow the manufacturers instructions for this.
  • Once it is heated, add a heaping tablespoon of your thick dough to the middle of each of your pizzelle areas on the iron. Close and cook for about 30-45 seconds until it is a light golden color.
  • Once they are cooked, remove the pizzelles from the iron (they will still be soft and pliable at this point) and place on a cooling rack where they will cool and get nice and crispy. Keep doing this until all the dough is used up!
  • Once all of your pizzelles are fully cooked and cooled, you can go ahead and clean them up if you would like by lightly breaking off any parts of the pizzelle that went beyond the design edge. I find this to be relaxing but it is not necessary :)

To serve

  • Stack them up or fan them out on a plate and eat them as is or with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Serve with tea or Italian coffee and Enjoy!