“These are an Italian cookie often made during the holidays or for weddings. It is thought to be the oldest known cookie! Traditionally, these are flavored with anise, but I’m not a fan of that flavor, so I opted for a recipe with vanilla instead. I saw one recipe that added a bit of lemon zest, and that would be excellent in these cookies as well. You can make these up simply keeping them flat and dusting them with powdered sugar, but you can also have a bit of fun too. You can dip the edges in chocolate and then in nuts or sprinkles.

You can shape these into bowls or cones and fill them pastry cream, ice cream, fresh fruit, chocolate mousse or ganache, nuts, sprinkles … the sky is the limit! When rolled into tubes and filled with cream, they are called ‘trubochki’ or ‘Russian cannoli’.” – April Ferre


Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Italian


  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest Optional
  • 3/4 Cup Butter Melted & Cooled
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Powdered Sugar For Dusting


  • Preheat the pizzelle iron for 15 minutes. Melt butter and allow to cool.
  • Beat eggs and sugar together until light and lemon-colored. Add vanilla and lemon zest, if desired. With mixer running, slowly add in butter until incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients a bit at a time and mix until smooth.
  • Before cooking the first set of pizzelle, spray the iron with non-stick spray. You only need to do this for the first pizzelle of the day.
  • Add a heaping tablespoon of batter just behind the center of the pizzelle iron. Bake until golden, this can be anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your iron . You'll need to experiment to find what works for yours; for my CucinaPro Stainless Steel model this was approximately 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Using a non-stick spatula, immediately remove to a wire rack and allow to cool, or while still warm, shape to make waffle cones, bowls, mock cannoli or trubochki.
  • Once cooled, carefully clean up the edges and dust with powdered sugar.
  • Store in an airtight container in layers separated by wax or parchment paper. Makes approximately 2 dozen pizzelle.

2023 Adapted Recipe – April Ferre – Adapted from Culinary Hill