Pizzelle Recipe Tips

While pizzelle are easy to make, here are a few tips that will make the process easier.

The cinnamon pizzelle recipe on this site makes approximately 100 pizzelle. Because of this, you will want to cook them on a workspace where you can easily move them to a place to cool and sit until you are finished. I usually set the iron on the end of my kitchen table and lay a few clean kitchen towels on the other end. As I pull the fresh baked cookies off of the iron, I set them onto the towels to cool as I spoon more dough into the iron. While the next batch is baking, I then dust the cooled cookies with powdered sugar, and then move them to the edge of the table, staggered so I can fit a long row of them across the other end of the table.

Like with waffles, the first cookies of your batch will not look or taste very good, since these first few soak up the excess oil from your iron. These first few cookies generally become a treat for the dogs.

The length of time you will need to cook them will depend on your pizzelle iron and on the amount of dough you place onto it. Your first several will very much be a test of how much dough you need per cookie and how long you need for it to cook. Since I only make them once or twice a year, I often spend the first few batches figuring this out all over again. As long as you keep an eye on your iron, however, you will likely be just fine, and will settle into a good workflow quickly.


You may find you have a bit of overflow from the cookie molds in the iron. Don’t worry about trimming them up and making them perfect. Even cookies with a bit of overflow will taste just fine, and will still look pretty when stacked with the completed batch of cookies.

Flavor variations are very easy to make. If you have a flavoring oil you would rather use instead of cinnamon, such as anise, keep the vanilla extract in the recipe and add a few drops of your flavoring oil for a different cookie flavor.

You can also leave out the flavoring oil altogether for a vanilla cookie, or replace the vanilla with a different extract such as chocolate.

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