Pizzelle Cookies

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Italian Pizzelle Cookies are light and crisp, made lighter with less butter and sugar for a tasty holiday treat. Also works great with gluten-free flour!

Pizzelle Cookies with powdered sugar
Pizzelle Cookies

My mom always made these Italian Pizzelle Cookies around the holidays when I was growing up, and my family loves them. I decided to play around with my mom’s pizzelle cookie recipe to see if I could make them with less butter and sugar. This lighter take on the traditional was delish and my to be honest you can’t tell! For some more light holiday cookies, try my White Chocolate Oatmeal Lace Cookies and Coconut Cookies.


I love baking during the holidays. To ensure that I don’t eat everything I bake, I love to gift the sweets to neighbors and friends. These pizzelle cookies would make excellent gifts wrapped up in a cute clear bag or holiday tin. I tested them out with Bobs Redmill Gluten-Free flour and they came out just as great, if not better.

How to Make Pizzelle Cookies

You will need a pizzelle maker to bake these cookies. Pizzelle irons work similarly to waffle irons. I recommend buying a nonstick one.
To make the pizzelle cookies, beat the egg, egg white, and sugar, and then stir in the wet ingredients (butter, milk, and vanilla). Next, blend in the flour and baking powder. Heat up the iron and lightly spray. Place 1 level tablespoon of batter on each circle and press down. Transfer to a cooling rack before storing.

What is the difference between Krumkake and Pizzelle?

A Pizzelle is a traditional Italian sugar cookie served plain or rolled into a cone and filled with fruit, cream, or ice cream. Krumkake is a thin, delicate embossed Norwegian cookie typically rolled into a cone while still warm and flexible.

What does pizzelle mean in Italian?

Pizzelle means “small, flat, round” in Italian, which is exactly what pizzelle cookies are.

Variations and Tips:

  • Sub the vanilla extract for anise, orange, lemon or almond extract to switch up the flavor.
  • Spread Nutella on a pizzelle and top with another to make a pizzelle cookie sandwich.
  • Dip part of the cookie in chocolate and let harden in the refrigerator for a chocolate-covered pizzelle.
  • You can also roll them on a dowel to make a cone before they harden.
  • Rolled pizzelles can be used as cannoli shells.
  • Pizzelle cookies should last up to a month in a well-sealed container.
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Pizzelle Cookies

91 Cals 2 Protein 14.5 Carbs 3 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 10 servings
COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: Italian
Italian Pizzelle Cookies are light and crisp, made lighter with less butter and sugar for a tasty holiday treat.


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons skim milk or milk of your choice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, or GF flour mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, for topping


  • In a large bowl, beat egg, egg white and sugar until thick.
  • Stir in the melted butter, milk and vanilla.
  • Sift together the flour and baking powder, and blend into the batter until smooth.
    pizzelle batter
  • Heat the pizzelle iron. Lightly spray iron with oil.
  • Drop about one level tablespoon of batter onto each circle on the iron. You may need to experiment with the amount of batter and baking time depending on the iron.
  • Bake about 45 to 50 seconds, or until steam is no longer coming out of the iron.
  • Carefully remove cookies from the iron and transfer to a cooling rack.
    pizzelles on cooling rack
  • Repeat with spray and batter.
  • Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
  • To serve, top with powdered sugar.


Serving: 2pizzelle, Calories: 91kcal, Carbohydrates: 14.5g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 25mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 7.5g
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  1. 100% Italian and these were great!!

  2. Question: Has anyone made this recipe with a sugar substitute such as Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sugar? I’ve tried my traditional recipe using this substitute and the cookies came out hard and shiny. Just wondering if anyone else has had luck with this particular recipe using a sugar substitute?

  3. Mine came out like pancake consistency. Used bob red. Mills gluten free 1 to 1 flour. Any suggestions?

  4. I use 2 oz of Sambuca instead of anise and 3 oz of margarine 
    3 eggs, baking powder, flour ,stick of butter (soft) 
    You’re welcome  I’m 88 , been making pizzels for a lot of years

  5. Hi Gina
    Love your recipes and was so excited when I came across your pizelle recipe! However, a few years ago my maker broke and the new ones I’ve tried make soft, not crisp cookies. I’m so glad you listed the maker you use but it seems as though it’s been discontinued as I can’t find it anywhere!  Please help! Do you have another recommendation that would ensure a crisp cookie?
    Thanks so much!

  6. All I can say is WOW!!  I grew up with these and thank you for bringing me back. 

  7. These were delicious!  This was my first time using my pizzelle press and they turned out great.  Thank you for the recipe!

  8. I made these for Christmas and they are absolutely delicious. I also made another batch where I substituted a 1/4 cup of flour with cocoa powder and the vanilla with peppermint and mint extract. An absolute hit especially with my 3 year old son!  Thanks again for a great recipe. You never disappoint!  

  9. Can this recipe be doubled or tripled without any specific changes( other than 2x or 3x the ingredients). Thanks.

  10. Wow ! Delicious . Will try it .
    Multiple Storage Glass Containers from GV Shoppy

  11. I would like to make a batch for my granddaughter who is gluten-free and dairy-free. Do you think I could use almond or coconut milk and some non-dairy butter substitute?

  12. I made these. They are wonderful. Thank you.

  13. I was going to skip baking cookies this year to avoid the calories and WW points and Pizzelkes are a Xmas tradition gi am grateful for your version and all the points and calorie info. Thank you. Nadya

  14. Thank you for this recipe. I am looking forward to making a GF version with anise flavoring. I love being able to scale the recipe up and down right on the print page.

  15. What could I add to make these chocolate?

  16. Wonder if you could substitute Swerve for the sugar?

    • Not too sure, if you do, let me know how it comes out.

    • I used Swerve granulated and Land O Lakes Light Butter with Canola Oil to make my anise flavored ones. I also user a mini Pizelle maker and put 1 tsp of mix per cookie. They turned out great, just a little soft compared to my Italian family version.

  17. Can’t tell the difference between the traditional full fat and this low calorie one. I’m never going back. Thanks for creating these tasty treats👍

  18. can I use waffle maker instead of the pizzelle maker?

  19. Definitely going to try this version! I have been making pizzelle for years. Thank you!

  20. These are my absolutely favorite cookies. Thanks for a reduced calorie version. Now if I can only find a reasonably priced pizzelle iron!

  21. Did you use Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose GF flour or the GF 1:1 Baking Flour? These look so tasty and pretty! We don’t usually do pizelles at Christmas, as my family is Norwegian, but my mom has been making really yummy GF krumkake (and other Norwegian treats) especially for me every Christmas since I found out I was gluten-intolerant. Thank you for including modifications for leaving out gluten and experimenting with the GF flour in your recipes!

  22. Is there an alternative to the pizelle maker!  Unfortunately I don’t have one 

  23. Just went downstairs and carried up my pizzelle maker.  Was dreading the fattening recipe that I use each year.  I opened my iPad to spin and bingo, there was an angle that made me a do-able WW recipe. A package came yesterday, but I can’t open it.  I know it’s a cookbook you wrote. Made the lemon cranberry scones last week.  Yum.
    You truly are amazing.

  24. I would LOVE to try making these, but don’t have a pizzelle maker.  Is there any other possible way of making these without one?

  25. Happy holiday! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Being Italian, I make these every year for family (who now expect them!). We use anise extract. I’m excited to try this recipe! Do you think I can double it while making the batter, or is it best to make 2 separate batches? 

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  27. Any idea if/how we can sub some of the sugar for Splenda? Thanks!

  28. Can’t wait to try! I’m half Italian, grew up on these, my kids grew up on these and they request every Christmas!