What Do You Need To Make Pizzelle?

Pizzelle are a delicate Italian cookie with the imprint of either a grid or a floral pattern, and sometimes dusted with powdered sugar or rolled into cylinders for use as cannoli shells.  They look very beautiful and elegant on display, and because of this, many people do not realize just how simple they are and how easy a pizzelle recipe really is.

When making these delicate cookies, the process is more time consuming than difficult.  Dough is spooned out onto patterned grids on a hot iron, and then the iron is closed and the cookies are left to bake, filling the grids and creating the thin cookie with the decorative patterns.  Pizzelle makers are available for different cookie sizes and often only make from one to four cookies at a time.

However, the ingredients and supplies that are used to make pizzelle are basic.  In fact, most of them are probably already part of your baking staples and supplies.  Here is a list of what is typically found in a pizzelle recipe and in the baking process, regardless of your recipe.

Basic Cookie Ingredients — many cookies start out with similar ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, and butter.  Pizzelle are no different.  In fact, for a basic vanilla cookie, these ingredients are all you really need.  However, for an easy way to change the flavor quickly, you can switch the vanilla extract for another one, such as  chocolate or even banana.

Flavoring Oil — Stronger and used in smaller amounts than extracts, these are most often used to give the pizzelle recipe its flavor.  Anise, with its licorice taste, is common and is an Italian favorite.  If you are not fond of anise, though, there are many more options to choose from.  Cinnamon and orange are great ones to try as well.  You can find flavoring oils online or with candy making ingredients.

A Good Mixer — An electric mixer is best for this recipe, as the recipe makes a thick dough.


A Pizzelle Maker — While it is a specialty item that you cannot use to make many more things than pizzelle and a couple of other waffle-type cookies, if you make these cookies at least once a year, then it is well worth having an electric one.  A pizzelle maker has from 2-4 grids that the dough is dropped onto to make the designs on the cookies.  They are easily available online and in stores.

Powdered Sugar In A Sifter — Used to dust the cookies lightly after they cool.  Definitely optional but also definitely a nice touch.

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