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Italian Pizzelle Cookies

Italian Pizzelle Cookies are classic thin, crisp waffle shaped cookies. My mother's recipe for pizzelle has subtle lemon and vanilla flavors.  Make a batch of these easy to make cookies with just a few simple ingredients in no time using a pizzelle iron.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pizzelle cookies, Italian waffle cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 - 22 cookies
Calories 101kcal


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • powdered sugar for serving


Prepare the batter

  • In a large bowl whisk eggs and sugar until frothy. Add vegetable oil, lemon zest, vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  • Add flour and baking powder and whisk until smooth. The batter will be quite thick. 

Cook the pizzelle

  • Heat your pizzelle maker according to the manufacturers instructions. My pizzelle has a non-stick surface and therefore does not require greasing. If yours is iron, I would suggest greasing it with cooking spray or lightly brushing the surface with oil or melted butter.
  • Place a tablespoonful of batter in the center of each pizzelle mold. Close the lid and cook for about 1 minutes or until lightly golden in color. Use the tip of a butter knife to carefully detach the pizzelle. 
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Do not pile pizzelle on top of one another or the steam they release while hot will prevent them from becoming crisp. 
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving or enjoy as is.


How to store pizzelle:

Pizzelle will stay crisp stored in an airtight container and they keep for weeks. These are the perfect make ahead cookies for the holidays since they keep for a long time!

Can pizzelle be frozen?

Definitely! Place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. They defrost very quickly at room temperature.

Pizzelle Variations:

  • For a little extra flavor try adding 2-3 tbsp. of Anisette liqueur just like my mom often does!
  • Replace the lemon zest with up to 1 tsp of anise extract for that classic pizzelle flavor.
Please note that the nutritional information provided is approximate any may vary according to exact ingredients used and portion size.


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg