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RECIPE CORNER: Traditional Italian Pizzelles

Dr. Mark Gustavson, his wife Katie and their family continue a long family tradition of baking Pizzelles.

Pizzelles are an Italian favorite

(Italian pronunciation: [pitˈtsɛlle], singular pizzella) are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (usually anise or anisette, less commonly vanilla or lemon zest, in Grandma’s recipe, brandy or rum).

Pizzelles are Italian cookies and have been in my family for generations.

My grandma Guizzetti passed the pizzelle iron down to my mom. We cannot find one that cooks them the same way anywhere – we have tried many!

Every year, my mom comes into town (luckily now she lives here) and we would make MANY of batches of pizzelles. Not only are they a favorite of the kids, but many of our friends have come to expect a tin of pizzelles every year. Since we don’t live in Minnesota anymore, we have started sending tins of pizzelles to relatives during the holidays. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them.  ~Katie Gustavson (Dr. Gustavson’s wife)

How to make Grandma’s Pizzelle Cookies

cookies with grandma

Easy to make recipe, but you will need a pizzelle iron like this.



1 lb butter, salted
2 cups of sugar
6 large eggs
4-1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
4 tablespoons liquor (brandy or rum)




  1. Preheat pizzelle iron and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients with a mixer. Drop slightly rounded tablespoons of batter on to pizzelle iron (towards the back) and close.
  3. Bake as directed by iron manufacturer or until tan, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Using a nonstick spatula, remove each pizzelle and repeat with remaining batter.
  4. Cool completely.


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