Italian Pizzelle Cookies

Pizzelle cookies originated in Italy, and since my family is Italian…well we eat these all the time! Most often my mom makes them at Christmas time, so whenever I see one, I get excited! Even if it’s in July…it’s like Christmas in July!


It’s a family tradition to make them, and when time allows we do it together with my kiddos and mom now to carry on the tradition to future generations!

Now that I’m thinking about it, we even left these little wafers out for Santa Claus when we were little too! I suspect my dad ate them, leaving a few crumbs behind for effect and all.

My kids love them, my husband loves them, everyone loves them! I haven’t met a non-Pizzelle lover yet come to think of it…hmm…

Anyway, this is a secret family recipe from my authentic Italian mama. I’ve kept this recipe secret forever now, so please don’t share it with anyone! It’s just a special treat for you! ;o)



  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 t vanillla
  • 2 sticks MARGARINE softened (melt then cool this if it’s right out of the refrigerator…NO YOU MAY NOT USE BUTTER!)
  • 3 1/2 C flour (sifted 3 times)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pizzelle Iron (I have a Cucina Pro)
  • Flour Sifter
  • Optional: Powdered Sugar



  1. Beat eggs slowly and add sugar. Continue beating sugar and egg mixture until smooth.
  2. Slowly beat in cooled but softened margarine and vanilla.
  3. Sift flour and baking soda together at least three times, then mix into batter.
  4. Drop approximately 1 Tablespoon size of batter onto the Pizzelle Iron and bake until the light turns green, or pizzelles are a nice light golden color.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!




And for those of you trying to watch your girlish figure this holiday season…one of the best parts about these delicious bites of yummy goodness…they’re only 1 weight watcher point! Whoo hoo!!

Buon appetito miei amici!


I’m posting this as part of the “Cookie A Day Until Christmas” series!

Make sure to go over and check them out yourself for some scrumptious cookie ideas this holiday season!


  • Caterina Mangano November 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Yay!! We make these, too!!!
    I have to compare recipes with my mom.

  • kimberly November 23, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Our family loves Pizzelles. My grandma makes them year round, too. But I especially love them at Christmas. I am going to share this recipe with my sister. Thank you for sharing.

  • Rhoda November 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Is there a reason for using margarine and not butter? Usually butter works so much better and gives better flavor, let alone the health reasons. Just curious. I had never heard of Pizzelle Cookies before, but they look wonderful.

  • Vicky November 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I see you omitted the Anise, that is the only thing about pizzells that I don’t care for. I am def. going to try it with just Vanilla this time.

  • Lola November 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Hmm sorry butter and anise all the way.

  • Bernadette November 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I LOVE pizzelles. Every year I look at the pizelle irons and get overwhelmed. Which iron do you use?

  • Jennifer October 24, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Your recipe doesn’t say how many servings. Could you let me know?

    • erica November 2, 2017 at 11:04 am

      It makes about 24 cookies or so, but it can really vary depending on how large you make them 🙂


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