This Authentic Italian Pizzelle Recipe for the classic Italian cookie includes anise extract and anise seeds for a truly traditional pizzelle flavor with a crunchy texture.  
Authentic Italian Pizzelle Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
 

This Authentic Italian Pizzelle Recipe for the classic Italian cookie includes anise extract and anise seeds for a truly traditional pizzelle flavor with a crunchy texture.  

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian pizzelles
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons anise seeds (optional)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat pizzelle iron.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until frothy and start to thicken, about 3-4 minutes. Add the sugar, melted butter, and vanilla and anise extracts. Whisk again until thick.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and anise seeds.  Slowly add the flour mixture, stirring until combined.  The dough will be very soft and sticky.

  3. Use a small cookie scoop to drop 1 tablespoon of the pizzelle batter onto each design in the hot pizzelle press.  Close the lid and cook for 30-45 seconds or until the pizzelles are slightly golden.  Remove the pizzelles from the press with a fork and lay flat on a wire rack to cool or mold into your desired shape.

  4. Dust the cooled pizzelle with powdered sugar and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart.