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Grandma's Pizzelle Recipe

My grandma's easy and delicious pizzelle recipe for the classic Italian cookie. Lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla and whiskey (with options for anise and other flavors), they are wonderfully crisp and buttery, and perfect for holiday gift-giving!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 1 hour
Servings 76
Calories 106 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder


  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar together until thick and pale in color, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the melted butter and beat until thoroughly combined and incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the whiskey and vanilla and beat to combine. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour and baking powder, mixing until thoroughly combine and smooth.

  2. Follow the instructions of your pizzelle maker for cooking the pizzelle (this is the one I have). I drop 1 heaping tablespoon of batter using this scoop and then cook to desired doneness (about 1½ minutes for me, but time can vary based on machine and personal preference).

  3. Remove pizzelle from the machine using a thin spatula and transfer to a wire rack until cool. Serve plain or dusted with powdered sugar. Pizzelle can be stored in a container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Grandma's Pizzelle Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 187IU4%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.