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Perfect Pizzelle

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I always make Pizzelles on December 15th, my Sister’s birthday. My sweet sister, Flora, a widow, traditionally helped me make these when she visited us at Christmas time. Understand that Flora was neither a cook nor a baker. At times she was frazzled if having to boil an egg. However, she would get so excited at helping me bake these little treasures that she would always proudly exclaim, “Wait until I tell my friends when I go home that I’m a baker now”! Every time I now make Pizzelles I still whisper up to her, “Yes you are, my dear Sister, yes you are indeed”! Happy Birthday!

Tasty small round traditional Italian waffle cookies easily made on a pizzelle iron.


  • 6 eggs – room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup oil – vegetable or canola
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsps vanilla flavoring – or your favorite such as almond, lemon, anise.
  • 3 tsps baking powder – level
  • pinch of salt


  1. HEAT PIZZELLE IRON – according to directions as directions may differ from one to the other.
  2. Beat eggs, add sugar, oil and vanilla (you can use any flavoring that you enjoy).
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  4. Add to egg mixture and beat at high speed until light and lump free.
  5. Check pizzelle iron to make sure it has heated.
  6. Lightly grease the iron (I use oil) and carefully wipe any excess.
  7. Drop a teaspoon of dough on iron and cook until golden, about 1 minute. NOT TO WORRY, the first one or two usually are a throw-away until the iron settles down and you are comfortable with the quantity of the mixture you pour onto the iron.
  8. Now the fun begins….bake away and lay finished pizzelles on wire rack to cool.
  9. If you want to, you can curl some around a small glad while it is still warm to make a cone shape that you can later fill with a custard cream or whipped cream.

Buon Mangiata!

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