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pizzelles on a wire rack with powdered sugar on top
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Italian Pizzelle Recipe

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.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons anise seeds optional
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • Beat eggs using a whisk attachment in an stand mixer for 3 to 4 minutes, until foamy. Add sugar and whisk until thick, another 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in butter, vanilla, and anise extracts.
  • Sprinkle the flour, baking powder, and salt over the egg mixture, and whisk in until combined.
  • Heat pizzelle press, then drop 1 tablespoon of batter at a time onto each template area of the press, then close and cook for 25 to 45 seconds, until golden and no longer steaming.
  • Carefully remove the pizzelle cookies from the press using a fork or a small spatula and transfer to a wire cooling rack. When cool, dust with powdered sugar, if desired.


Adapted from Baking a Moment.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 50mg | Sugar: 7g