A traditional Italian pizzelle recipe with a twist

Published Nov 20, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET
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Pizzelles are traditionally an Italian treat often regarded as one of the oldest cookies in the world because people have been making them for so long now that it’s impossible to say for certain where the recipe began. They can be served plain or topped with sweet and salty goodness, all of the qualities you’d expect in a good munchie food, and they’re so easy to make that we had to feature a cannabis-infused version.

What are pizzelle cookies?

This delicious crunchy snack is really thin, snowflake-shaped, and delicate, which is what makes them so versatile. This dessert recipe is popular because these cookies don’t require a long list of ingredients to make, and that’s why they're perfect because even during the hardest of times when people's cupboards are running low, it’s usually possible to whip up a batch. Pizzelle cookies offer a delightful experience enjoyed by thousands, if not millions of people over the years, and they’re just as famous now as ever.

How to eat pizzelle cookies

Pizzelle cookies are often served plain or with a thin dusting of icing sugar. However, many people prefer to indulge with a plate of optional toppings that can be added like fresh fruits, nuts, chocolate shavings, peanut butter, jam, Nutella or marshmallow spread. You could even take things a step further and fill 2 pizzelle’s with sweet cookie icing, but half of the appeal is their simplicity, so there’s really no need to get too fancy.

Pizzelle recipe

This pizzelle recipe is easy but you will need to have the right tools for the job, which in this case means a pizzelle maker as it will place the design and create the alluring shape that we’re after. Some people have had luck with oven baking and deep-frying these doughy delights, but the most consistent, old-fashioned method of preparation does depend on having one of these machines, so if you don’t have one yet, then you might want to consider getting one!

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Calories: 81

Servings: 30


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup cannabutter
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon anise seed (optional)


  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Silicone spatula
  • Pizzelle maker
  • Cooking spray
  • Scoop


  1. Combine the cannabutter, eggs, vanilla, and anise seeds in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Sift all of the dry ingredients together using a whisk before slowly adding to the egg mixture. By this point, the dough will be thick so you might need to switch over to a rubber spatula to finish the job.

  3. Spray a pizzelle maker with cooking spray, and then drop approximately 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture onto the middle of the machine.

  4. Close the pizzella machine, and leave the cookies to bake, which should take less than a minute.

Once your pizzelles are cooked, you can dust them with icing sugar or add any topping you might like before serving the fresh-baked treats.


These Italian cookies boast a good shelf life, staying fresh for an average of 4 days as long as they’re stored in airtight containers at room temperature. Unfortunately, the freezer tends to change their texture, so though it might buy you more time to eat them, the difference in taste probably won’t be worth it when you're left disappointed.

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