Holiday Recipe | Chocolate & Vanilla Italian Pizzelle Cookies

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I was about to write … this is my favorite holiday cookie … but I think I’ve said that with every cookie recipe I’ve ever shared. Truth is, they’re ALL my favorites. I have so many holiday memories that involve cookie baking with my mom that it makes it hard to narrow down just one favorite. So instead, I’ll just say that making Pizzelles are one of my many favorite holiday cookies.

Growing up my mom had an ancient pizzelle iron that I think was new when her mother bought it. I had hopes of it becoming mine one day but let’s just say it got passed on to someone else in the family and is now nowhere to be found. It’s a shame but it is what it is. Fortunately, Cuisinart still makes Pizzelle irons and I scooped one up last year when I was holiday shopping.

It’s a simple little machine that makes two pizzelle cookies at a time with a unique pattern on both sides. Basically, drop in the dough, close the lid and wait for the light to turn green. That’s all there is too it.

Cuisinart Pizzelle Iron

I’ve used several different recipes in the past and truth be told, most of them are the same. Although I do miss the ones my mom made, she’s not the measuring type so it’s impossible for me to duplicate. But these recipes from King Arthur Flour, including the plain vanilla pizzelle are both fantastic.

chocolate and vanilla Italian pizzelles recipe

Holiday Recipe | Chocolate & Vanilla Italian Pizzelle Cookies
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Serves: 28 pizzelles
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • ⅜ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup unsweeted cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 - ⅔ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, espresso powder and salt until smooth.
  2. Add the cocoa and baking powder, whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the flour, mix well then add the melted butter and whisk until smooth. The result will be quite thick.
  4. Spray your pre-heated pizzelle iron with non-stick cooking spray and drop about ½ to 1 tablespoon of batter into the center of each iron. Cook according to manufacturer's directions. It takes a few tries to figure out the right amount of batter.
Recipe Source: King Arthur Flour


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  1. says

    I love pizzelles! They weren’t anything my mom made growing up but my first real job was working at a very authentic Italian restaurant and during the holidays these were always available in the kitchen. It was so hard to stop eating them. I really need to buy this iron so I can make some too!

  2. says

    Darn you, Cat! Now I am sitting here trying to decide if I want to use some of my Amazon credit for a Pizzelle maker or not … why must you torture me?!
    I love my mom making these as a kid.

  3. Evelyn Goettner says

    My husband just bought me a pizzelle maker. I have to try this recipe. They look amazing!

  4. says

    Oooh! These look just absolutely elegant. And I love how thin and crispy they are. Link up anytime to I Made It! Monday.

  5. says

    I am not able to remind myself about the delicious flavor of Italian Pizzelle, because last I tasted these Pizzelle when I was in Italy 2 years ago. I am also not good enough in cooking otherwise I will surely try this at home.