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Pizzelle cookies cooked to golden brown and coated in powdered sugar.


This pizzelle recipe is flat crispy vanilla flavored cookies that are baked in an iron, then finished with a dusting of powdered sugar. A classic Italian dessert that's perfect for parties and gift giving!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 191kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • Pizzelle iron, waffle iron with pizzelle attachment or a sandwich maker with a pizzelle attachment.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Whisk together the eggs, sugar, milk, melted butter and vanilla until smooth.
  • Use a sifter to add the flour and baking powder to the batter. Mix the batter until it is smooth and there are no lumps.
  • Brush a pizzelle iron with oil until lightly coated. Make sure to brush the top and bottom plates of the pizzelle iron.
  • Place about a tablespoon of batter at the center of each pizzelle pattern in the pizzelle iron and close the lid.
  • Let the batter cook for around 30 seconds and lift the lid. The pizzelle should be cooked through and golden.
  • Every pizzelle iron is different. You can adjust the amount of batter or cooking time to make your perfect pizzelle.
  • When each pizzelle is cooked, carefully remove it from the pizzelle maker and lay it on a flat surface to cool and harden.
  • Sift powdered sugar over the pizzelles just before serving them.


  1. If your cookies are coming out uneven, try adding the batter slightly to the back (hinged side) of the center pizzelle pattern. Closing the lid will push the batter forward.
  2. Use a wooden skewer to remove the cookies from the iron. The iron will be hot, so be careful.
  3. A good way to know that your cookie is just about finished is that steam will stop coming out of the iron.


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg