Grandma's Italian Pizzelle Cookies


An Italian waffle cookie made with a pizzelle iron. Sprinkled with powdered sugar. Once completely cooled, store in a container with a well-fitting lid.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
30 pizzelles


  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon anise extract

  • cooking spray

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar, or to taste


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

  2. Beat eggs, sugar, and butter together using an electric mixer. Add flour and extracts; beat until combined.

  3. Spray the inside of iron lightly with cooking spray.

  4. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls into the center of each pizzelle grid. Close lid and bake until steam stops and cookies are light golden brown, 45 to 60 seconds.

  5. Peel pizzelle off using a fork and lay flat on a newspaper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while warm and let sit for 1 minute. Dust the other side. Repeat with remaining batter to make about 30 cookies.

Cook's Notes:

Margarine can be used in place of butter.

Substitute almond extract for the anise extract if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

94 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 94
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 15mg 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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