Nonna's Pizzelle


My great-grandmother's pizzelle recipe, which my mother has adapted for pizzelle presses or irons (I use a Cuisinart® double pizzelle press). A family must-have at all of our holiday dinners, especially Christmas!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 mins
Total Time:
21 mins
5 dozen


  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 6 eggs

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ¾ cup shortening (such as Crisco®), melted and cooled slightly

  • 2 tablespoons shortening (such as Crisco®), melted and cooled slightly

  • 1 tablespoon anise seeds, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional)


  1. Preheat pizzelle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.

  2. Mix flour and baking powder together in a bowl.

  3. Combine eggs and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until well-blended. Add 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening and beat until blended. Add flour mixture and mix on medium speed until incorporated. Fold anise seeds and vanilla extract into batter with a spatula.

  4. Drop a teaspoon of batter onto the preheated iron. Bake until golden, 30 to 40 seconds, or a few seconds longer for darker pizzelle.

Cook's Notes:

To make chocolate pizzelle, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the flour mixture in step 1.

To roll pizzelle for filling, roll immediately after they come off the hot iron.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

80 Calories
4g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 16mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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