real life test kitchen: pizzelle cookies

Every Christmas my Great Aunt Jean makes hundreds of delicious pizzelle waffle cookies. Each one is perfectly crisp, slightly golden and has just a hint of anise flavor to it. After much coaxing, she finally passed along the recipe, which it turns out, is quite standard when it comes to pizzelles. I bought myself a a pizzelle press — a piece of equipment I won’t need 364 days of the year. But this past Sunday, I was a pizzelle-making machine and loved it! I still have a few things to learn about how to place the batter on the pan so they become more symmetrical rather than lopsided, but they turned out rather nicely. I packaged a bunch up and am merrily distributing them among friends.

Click through to the next page for the recipe…. and tell me, what’s your favorite holiday cookie recipe? Last year, I made a whole assortment from my mom’s Betty Crocker’s cookbook but this year I’m keeping it simple with just pizzelle!

Classic Pizzelle (I doubled this recipe, fyi)
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp of baking powder
3 large eggs
3/4 sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tbs anise extract (or vanilla, if you prefer)

First mix the sugar and eggs until stiff, then add butter and anise. Slowly add in dry ingredients until well mixed. Drop by the spoonful on the waffle machine, and cook until slightly brown. Allow them to cool completely before storing.

From our partners

so pretty! we used to use the anise flavored ones as flying discs when i was little though. we’d freak out if they “infected” the delicious plain ones.


I would be eternally grateful if I could learn the sceret to keeping the pizzelles from skicking to the waffle machine?

Thanks, Olivia


Anise or no anise I’ll eat them up yum.


To keep the pizzelle from sticking to the iron, brush vegetable oil or melted crisco shortening onto the griddles before heating the iron. You may have to discard the first one or two pizzelle.

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Ed Battalini

Eh–Take it from me (Italian kid)….anise extract is good…anise oil is extraordinary.
Use both the vanilla and anise oil….go easy…the oil is overwhelming in too large a dose – go easy…for the recipe above use about 1/4 tsp to start with…pop out a couple of cookies…let cool…taste…you normally have obtain anise oil at a pharmacy if they give you heat tell em Eddie-The- Bat (Battalini) said you to order the stuff….Walgreens can get the HUMCO brand and itsa great. Bada bing.

One more ting… the electric worked well but we went back to flames…we clean off the garage bench…cover it with butcher paper….set up a gas camp stove….wife scoops the dough I flip the iron on the flames…we make several hundred for our folks at the office….the entire building smells like a licorice stick for that week before Christmas….we know Jusus he likes the smell…

Colocate pizzels can be fabulous…make sure to use butter never margarine…go to gormet shop and get espresso coffee extract add 1/4 tsp to mix…leave out the anise entirely…the darker the mix the better…use a little extra sugar.

Dats it…outa hea

Buon Natale