Christmas Pizzelles

This Christmas I made ONE kind of cookie… Pizzelles.  These are new cookies for me to make. I bought a Pizzelle iron and tried several recipes before I decided on the best one. Most recipes are VERY similar. I tweaked one a little to get a nice anise flavor. Other flavorings can be substituted such as orange, almond or even chocolate.

What fun! I thrive on learning new things. These were easy and so pretty. Their delicate anise flavor and crunch makes them perfect for dessert or even breakfast! They can be rolled to make ice cream cones or filled with a sweet gooey filling.

If you have never made Pizzelles they are worth giving a try…even if you are not a baker. I invested in a good Pizzelle iron. I decided on a this electric, very substantial one by Palmer Company.
Pizzelles will be served as part of Christmas morning brunch. YUMMY! But wouldn’t they be wonderful for breakfast on New Year’s Day? I hope there are some left over!
StoneGable Pizzelles
3 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. UNSALTED butter, melted and cooled 
1/2 tsp. anise extract* 
1 tsp. vanilla extract
 1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 TBS anise seed, ground
  2 tsp. baking powder
Beat eggs.
Add sugar and beat. Add butter when it has cooled. Beat. Add anise extract and vanilla and beat.
Mix flour, anise seed and baking powder in a seperate bowl.
* Grind anise seed using a mortal and pestle or in the food processor.
Add to wet mixture. Beat well.
Heat pizzelle iron according to directions. Drop stiff dough on iron and cook.
 Remove pizzelles from iron with a fork and place on a cooling rack. Cool.

Store in an airtight container… or pretty jar!
Pizzelles can be sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar for a little extra sweetness… and a heaping helping of panache!


  1. says

    M~m~m. . .those look so yummy! I agree a breakfast menu item for sure!I just made a new cookie recipe from the January/February 2011 Tea Time Magazine. . .Cashew Cookies for our Christmas Celebration. I’ll post the recipe for all to enjoy in the New Year!
    Somehow a Christmas breakfast theme is really beginning to sound like a great idea about now! HA! Merry Christmas!

  2. says

    Oh honey! I won’t show Joe this post!!!:) He bought me a pizelle iron a few YEARS ago and I haven’t made them yet!!!!!!! I think I will try to do them after Christmas!!! I will try YOUR recipe because anything that comes out of YOUR kitchen is the BEST!!!!!! Enjoy all that SWEETNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas! XO, Pinky

  3. says

    We received a pizzelle maker when we were married 31 years ago – hadn’t heard of it before then. We love them and love to shape them into dessert cups for a custard sauce and fresh fruit. I love the addition of anise seed. Have a wonderful and joyous Christmas.

  4. says

    What pretty pictures, Yvonne! You always display things so beautifully.

    Like you, I had never made pizzelles either but I sure do love them! My sister has the iron so she does them for us. Try the lemon flavor next…Yummo!

    I just posted a VERY EASY cookie recipe that I just know you’ll love. They’re almost like candy & have only 4 ingredients. Very simple & quick & I know you’d love them.

    Enjoy a quiet & Blessed Christmas Eve, my sweet friend.


  5. says

    Hi Yvonne – your pizelles look wonderful. They’re a family favorite in this house. I haven’t pulled out my pizelle iron in quite a while – will have to fix that after the holidays. Btw, love yours… it’s beautiful. You’ll have to try other flavors when you get a chance – chocolate, vanilla, almond – oh my!

    Merry Christmas!!

  6. says

    Your cookies are beautiful Yvonne, I’d have to dip one part in chocolate cause I’m a chocolate monkey. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home this past year and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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