Crispy Italian Pizzelle Cookies

Crispy Italian Pizzelle Cookies

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The first time I tasted a Pizzelle, I fell in love with the light, crispy cookie. They have a lovely design, practically melt in your mouth, and are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.

Pizzelle Cookie Design - Cookies with Powdered Sugar

What are Pizzelles? Pizzelle comes from the Italian word ‘Pizze’ which means round and flat. And “elle”, which means small. These small, round, and flat sugar cookies are made with a special iron that gives them a pretty design. Kind of like a waffle maker, only thinner. Then they are often finished off with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

My mother-in-law made these cookies long ago, and has since made them at Christmas. This past year, I bought a Palmer Electric Iron so I could make these cookies for myself. I have to say, they are so easy to prepare and take little time or effort. Plus, I think they would make wonderful ice cream cones, or even cannoli shells with a just a bit of shape-forming.

I have since seen a Nordic Ware Pizzelle Iron that you can put on a gas range, which I think would be really nice to use, as well. (And it’s less expensive than the Palmer brand.)

 

Ingredients for Crispy Italian Pizzelle Cookies

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Preparing the Batter

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Allow it to return to room temperature.

In a large bowl, whisk the large eggs until golden and creamy.

You may do this by hand or with your mixer. I like to make this recipe by hand mixing.

Add in granulated sugar and whisk together until smooth.

Whisk in the vanilla extract, the Princess Flavoring Emulsion, and the melted butter to blend.

In a small bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture to incorporate.

 

Making the Cookies

Heat the pizzelle iron according to manufacturers directions. This may take 15 minutes or more.

Placing Dough in Pizzelle Maker

Spoon a large tablespoon of dough onto the designated cookie area. Close the lid and cook for 30-45 seconds, depending on how dark and crispy you like them.

This cooking process goes quickly. Feel free to check the cookie to see if it has reached the desired darkness once you reach 30 seconds. All irons will cook a little bit differently, so you’ll just have to practice a few times to see how long it takes. I encourage you to use your phone or a timer to clock the 30 seconds. After the first few tries, you’ll know how long to cook your Pizzelles. 

Allowing Cookies to Cool

Using a fork, remove the cookie from the hot iron and place cookies on a large baking sheet or wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

The cookies are quite pliable when they come off the iron, so this is when you would roll them into ice cream cones or cannoli, using a special roller.

Repeat until all of the cookie batter is gone. This recipe will make 20-24 cookies.

Stacked Pizzelle Cookies

Serve these light and crisp sugar cookies with your favorite tea or coffee. Store extras in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Browse more Cookie Recipes Here. See more Italian Food Ideas Here.  View Tea Party Ideas Here. 

 

Recipe for Crispy Italian Pizzelle Cookies

Crispy Italian Pizzelle Cookies

Here's a recipe for Italian Sugar Cookies that are round, thin, and flat and made with a special Pizzelle iron (kind of like a waffle iron). Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.
5 from 4 votes
Print Rate
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pizzelle Cookie Press, Princess Flavoring, Sugar Cookies, Tea Party
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies

Equipment

Glass Mixing Bowls
Stainless Wire Whisk
Copper Bowl
Pizzelle Cookie Press

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Princess Flavoring Emulsion
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter. Allow to return to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs until golden and creamy.
  • Add in granulated sugar and whisk together until smooth.
  • Whisk in vanilla extract, Princess Flavoring Emulsion, and butter to blend.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture to incorporate.
  • Heat pizzelle maker according to manufacturers directions.
  • Spoon a large tablespoon of dough onto a hot pizzelle maker. Close the lid and cook for 30-45 seconds, depending on how dark and crispy you like them.
  • Using a fork, remove from hot iron and place cookies on a large baking sheet to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Repeat until all of the cookie batter is gone. Makes 20-24 cookies.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted. 

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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