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Let’s talk about pizzelles.  I can’t say for certain when I was introduced to pizzelles but I can say for sure what I think about every time I eat one.   I used to go to my friend Danielle’s house and I have vivid memories of her mother making pizzelles.   I have no idea why that one memory sticks out as she used to cook all kinds of things but I remember what a treat it was to go over to her house and enjoy a fancy pizzelle.

Looking for an easy to make Christmas cookie? Try these Spiced Vanilla Pizzelle cookies made in a Pizzelle maker!

That’s how I thought of them, as a fancy cookie.   Her mom used to make both anise and vanilla flavored ones.   I would only eat the vanilla flavored ones and would hate it whenever I bit into an anise flavored one as I despise that flavor.   I just thought these cookies were so pretty with the design on them.  Little did I know just how easy they are to make.

I also think of pizzelles as wedding cookies.  I often see them sitting on the cookie table, which is totally a Pittsburgh thing, and they always look so delicious.  I like the crisp, thin cookies because of their flavor and the crunch.

Grab a Pizzelle Maker and make a batch of these tasty spiced vanilla Pizzelles

I had no idea my mother had a pizzelle maker until I told her I was making cookies for a friends wedding.   She told me I should make pizzelles because they are so easy so I decided to give them a try!   My mom was totally right, the recipe for these cookies is so simple.  They are also a snap to make as they go into a waffle iron type machine and are ready in 30 seconds.   Yes you can only make two at a time but they are so quick that I had a dozen made in under 10 minutes.

Looking for the perfect holiday cookie? You'll love these crispy Spiced Vanilla Pizzelles.

So if you are looking for a super easy cookie that looks amazing and tastes great give these Pizzelles a try!

Looking for an easy to make Christmas cookie? Try these Spiced Vanilla Pizzelle cookies made in a Pizzelle maker!


Yield: 10 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

A delicious and crisp vanilla cookie with a fun pattern on it!


  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 c. flour


  1. Whisk the egg in a medium bowl. Add in the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Gently whisk in the butter and vanilla.
  3. Add the flour and whisk until fully incorporated.
  4. Cover the bowl and set aside for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a pizzelle maker. Before adding the batter spray both sides with cooking spray.
  6. Add one tablespoon of batter to the center of each pizzelle plate on the pizzelle maker. Close the maker and cook for 30 seconds. Check to see the doneness of the cookie. Close and cook for an additional 10 seconds if desired.
  7. Using a long, flat icing spatula, pick up the pizzelle and place it gently on a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batter.


Slightly adapted from Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan.

Love the crunchy texture of these Spiced Vanilla Pizzelles!

Check out all the delicious Christmas Cookies we are sharing today:

Anginetti from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Candy Cane Cookies from The Freshman Cook

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies from Family Around the Table

Chocolate Coconut Layer Bars from Making the Most of Naptime

Chocolate Dipped Coffee Shortbread Cookies from Feeding Big

Cookie Butter Crisps from Palatable Pastime

Crispy and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Cuppa Cookies from Cooking With Carlee

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies from Simple and Savory

Melting Snowmen from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings 

Meyer Lemon Cookies from Caroline’s Cooking

Pizelles from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Red Velvet Snowballs from The Chef Next Door

Snowday Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal


  1. This is my favorite Christmas cooking. No one else in my house eats them though- I load mine up with anise… it smells like anise for a month in my house. My Gramma makes the best ones of course.. but she doesn’t send them every year.

    Thanks for sharing- I think I need to break out my iron and make a few thousand of these.. lol

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