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How to Make Pizzelles: Best Recipes and Pizzelle Makers

Make Your Own Pizzelle Cookies at Home with an Italian Cookie Press

Delicious light-tasting slightly sweet pizzelles - the classic flat Italian cookies that resemble a thin crisp waffle or Belgian cookie - are the perfect complement to fresh fruit and berries, chocolate, and rich creme fillings, or just to nibble "as is" with your mid-morning coffee.

Surprisingly easy to make, and versatile, too!

Here is a round-up of great pizzelle recipes and a video lesson in how to make pizzelles to get you started.

Wondering where to buy a pizzelle maker - and which model of press to choose? Got you covered on that, too, with a selection of pizzelle irons that get a stamp of approval from foodies and old grandmothers alike. Best yet, they come from brand names you know and trust - including Palmer's fine pizzelle makers, made in the USA by the Palmieri family since 1946.

Pizzelle filled with orange-almond creme, topped with slivered almonds.

Pizzelle filled with orange-almond creme, topped with slivered almonds.

Palmer Pizzelle Maker Iron - Made in USA

All of C. Palmer Manufacturing's products are made in the USA. The family-run company, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1946 by Carmen Palmieri, working out of his basement on a shoestring and a dream. Its very first product was small Italian cookie irons. In time the company name was Americanized to Palmer, and three generations of the Palmieri family worked side-by-side as the company grew... It's a pretty great little success story.

Palmer Oval Pizzelle Maker - Made in USA

Here's another American-made model by Palmer, but oval in shape to make oval pizzelles instead of the traditional round waffled cookies. This version comes with an included set of free cannoli forms to roll the pizzelles around. What tasty stuffings will you use to fill your delightful desserts?

Now, I happen to love cooking but really hate the clean-up, so a number of my favorite small appliances and cookware pieces are high-quality (preferably made in Europe or the USA) items with a non-stick surface. Treat 'em right (no scratchy implements, please!) and they'll last you for years.

What a delight to discover that Palmer also does the non-stick in a pizzelle iron!

Non-Stick Pizzelle Baker - Also made in America by Palmer

How to Make Pizzelle Cookies

Pick a Pizzelle Recipe - Selected Best Recipes for Pizzelles

Pizzelle Recipe Cookbook

Even with all the great recipes you can find online these days, I still have a hankering for cookbooks to leaf through and look for inspiration. It's really nice to include a related cookbook if you're giving a small appliance as a gift, too - for example, as a bridal shower gift.

Do you make pizzelles?

OrganicMom247 on July 08, 2012:

I would to try to make pizzelles.

candy47 on July 04, 2012:

I've been using the same pizzelle maker for about 30 years! I like the recipe variations that I've seen here. Thanks for a great lens.

RetroMom on June 28, 2012:

These look delicious.

anonymous on June 22, 2012:

I think I'm gonna love pizzelles.

Camden1 on May 27, 2012:

These look yummy! I've never had a pizzelle, but it's one of those foods that I think I would just love.

Tjoedhilde on April 19, 2012:

Oh these are beautiful. I didn't know about Pizzelles before I stumbled on this article, but they look absolutely tasty!

lynnswayze on April 10, 2012:

Very cool!

Fay Favored from USA on April 07, 2012:

Just love these. Some friends of mine makes these and we always eat them up. Thanks for including the video

MelonyVaughan on April 05, 2012:

Thanks for the recipes! They look yummy!

anonymous on April 05, 2012:

My mother in law makes batches of 100's at a time, I think that most Italians do , they usually bring cookies when visiting people. Hers have anise in them, love that flavor :)

Deadicated LM on April 03, 2012:

I love these; I make them for the holidays.

CozyKitty on April 03, 2012:

These look so yummy!

Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on April 02, 2012:

I'd never heard of these, but they look great!

Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on April 02, 2012:

I'd never heard of these, but they look great!

Chazz from New York on April 02, 2012:

My wife's "Nana" made these. I've got to get a pizzelle iron - I now have a nostalgic as well as culinary yearning for these and the store bought ones are not the same. Thank you.

Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on April 02, 2012:

Pizzelles are delicious cookies, simple to make (with a specialized pizzelle maker) and low in sugar compared to many other types of cookie treats. Our kids love pizzelles, and use them to make ice cream sandwiches and in place of bread for peanut butter sandwiches.

BeyondRoses on April 01, 2012:

The Pizzelles look delicious! They remind me of a delicate waffle. If I had any left over storage space, I'd love a Pizzelle Maker Iron.

Einar A on April 01, 2012:

elsiesflat, my grandmother made them, too, and I still remember their very distinctive taste. Interesting article for anyone who wants to try making these!

elsiesflat on April 01, 2012:

My grandmother used to make these. Now I'll have to give 'em a try. Thanks!