If you’re interested in the recipe, it is as follows. The yield is anywhere from 4-5 dozen, depending upon the size of the pizzelles used.
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups (288g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (220g) butter or margarine, cooled (must be cooled)
- 2 tablespoons (30ml) vanilla extract (or anise)
- 3 1/2 cups (476g) all-purpose flour, sifted
- 4 teaspoons (15g) baking powder
- Gradually beat sugar into eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add margarine and vanilla; beat until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, sift flour and baking powder. Gradually add to sugar mixture, mixing well after each addition.
- Drop by spoonful onto center of hot pizzelle iron. (If pizzelle iron is not nonstick, it will require a light brush of oil.) Bake for 22 seconds or until mixture no longer steams.
- Remove pizzelle with a fork onto a wire rack or wax paper to cool.
Pop stores the cooled pizzelles in a shoe box lined with paper towels. His son, Tony, sends Pop plenty of new sneakers so there are always pizzelle boxes!
Here’s a link to buy the pizzelle iron Mary uses: Chef’s Choice 834 Pizzelle Pro
I will definitely try this recipe
Love the series
Read the first two and the library is purchasing the rest for me and my neighbors
I’m a fan
Thank you for taking the time to write. I love when libraries do this! I’ve always found ours to be so helpful and it’s great to hear other libraries are as well.
You and your neighbors will certainly have much to discuss as the drama continues in Magdalena!!
Mary I enjoyed your Mam and you making the pizzelles so much, thank you for the recipe. I actually didn’t know what they were, now I know I am going to make them after I buy a pizzelle maker, hope they sell them here in Ireland. It was a pleasure seeing your Mom and I enjoyed listening to her. Go VERNA. Thanks again Mary for sharing the recipe.
Thanks for sharing the recipe and your Mom! Great teamwork!
Thank you! Mom was fascinated that anyone would actually want to watch her make pizzelles – Mom always has something to say, but I think the camera intimidated her a bit. She did a great job though and if she were here, she’d be ready to whip up another batch. I should have videoed the banana-nut breads she made and the zucchini pineapple breads! And she’s an expert at pecan pumpkin rolls…I’m still trying to master the art of not getting cracks in the cake part of the roll!
Really appreciated your giving that great information on how to make your
Mother’s Pizzelles. I plan to do them the first chance I get..Enjoy your
books as well so maybe I will enjoy a Pizzelles while reading the next
Thanks for the note! Mom enjoyed making that video and is still amazed when I tell her readers are commenting. I think she’d just as soon have a kitchen filled with people who want hands on experience and instructions 🙂
Next up is A Family Affair: The Gift – it’s due August 18th, but you can pre-order on Amazon, iBooks, and B&N. Get ready for the continuing saga of Cash and Tess and the baby they want so badly…
Thank you for sharing the recipe and the video. I love your books and this has brought them even more to life. Great to see you and your mother working side by side.
Thank you! After Mom went home, I thought of more videos we should have made. She could have told readers all about how to pick out a good head of lettuce, showed them the tricks to making a pecan pumpkin roll, and who knows what else? Maybe a pie crust?? I still haven’t mastered that one. God-willing, we’ll get her on tape when she visits this fall.
Get ready for A Family Affair: The Gift! It’s coming August 18th, but you can now pre-order on iBooks, Amazon, and B&N.
I love to read your books Mary. The stories are so good, always waiting for the next one comes out. I have all of them on my iPad. Always wondered what these were so thanks for this. Keep up the awesome writing, you are so talented. Thank you for bring us such wonderful stories. Can’t wait for your next book to come out.
Hi Nancy: Thank you for the kind words. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my stories. Now you know what a pizzelle looks like:) If you are in the US, you can purchase from Amazon or probably a major department store. Outside of the US, I’m not sure. I have one final read through of A Family Affair: The Gift and then I’m done!! It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon, iBooks, and B&N and will be out August 18th. You aren’t going to want to miss this one – Cash and Tess are going to get a child, but not… Read more »
I love pitzells I did not know they were so easy to make. Thank you to your mom and you and I like the anise. It is valid.
Mom would say that pizzelles with anise are the real pizzelles 🙂
Thank you to u and mom.
Thank you! I’ll let Mom know she has “fans” – she’ll enjoy hearing this.
Need a pitzells maker
I grew up with pizzelles and guess I just thought readers would know what they were…silly me! More than one reader has purchased a pizzelle maker since reading this series!
Make mine from a dough.
6 orange rinds
Jar of orange seasoning
1.5 cups oil
2 Tbs baking powder
2 cups sugar
About 5 lbs flour
Knead info dough. Cut into small pieces and then cook 3-5 at a time in iron on top of stove
I would love to taste these! I’ll bet the orange adds a nice flavor to the mix. Do you season the iron? Five pounds of flour must make a good amount?
Thank you very much for sharing!!
Luv this video – very helpful! However, on video the script shows 4 tbsp. of baking powder yet on the recipe under the video it says 4 tsp. of baking powder. I’m assuming that 4 tsp. is the correct amount. You may want to correct this. Thanks again for this great video tutorial!!!
Luv your books BTW!!!
Good eye on this one! I wonder if anyone else noticed? I’m going to send the correction along to my tech guy and see what he can do. I checked my other recipe and it is 4 teaspoons!
Take care and again, thanks for finding this!
You are very welcome!!
Thanks for sharing this recipe, gee look really yummy.
Yes, they’re quite tasty and addicting! You really can’t eat just one…
Thanks for the note.
I am so intrigued…had never heard of them until i started reading this series! Am going to have to try them! Never seen a maker in U.K…but guess never looked!! ?
Hi Paula! Please let me know if you have success finding a pizzelle maker in the UK. I grew up with pizzelles in the house, especially at holidays, and didn’t stop to consider many people had never heard of them…and certainly, not tasted them. Thank you very much for taking the time to write.
I so enjoyed your video with your Mom. Pop Benito is the reason I got my pizzelle maker. Now I know where they really came from! Can’t wait for the next chapter in Magdalena.
Wow. Reading all of the books, I couldn’t picture what a pizzelle was. I pictured a long and lean donut! Can’t wait to try these and thanks for the lesson in cooking.
God Bless you and your mom. I see where you get your good looks from. It was a complete joy to,see you two together. I lost my mom in October 2015 at the age of 95 so it did my hear good to see you share your mom with all of your fans. Truly a Hugh fan just not on any social media. Thank you for making the video and for sharing it in a email format that was very generous of you and thoughtful.
Thank you very much. Can’t wait to return to Magdalena! See you there soon
Loved this video with your mom. They look beautiful and because I’ve never had one I know it’s going to be delicious! Where is mom visiting from? Well it be easy to find a pixel maker? Thanks! Leslie
Thank you for the kind note. Mom is visiting from Pennsylvania – still lives in the same house where we grew up. If you live in the US, you can find these on Amazon and in some department stores. Outside of the US, I’m not sure. I did have a reader from Norway use her “krumkake” maker and my pizzelle recipe. She said they turned out very well and I asked for her recipe so I could try it with my pizzelle maker!
Enjoyed watching your Pizzelle making video, Mary. Nice seeing your Mom! Hi Verna!
Thank you very much! Mom and I had fun making the video and the pizzelles, but could you tell Mom kind of thought the viewers could see her?? 🙂
I’m getting hungry for them again – it’s been so hot and humid that I thought I’d wait for the weather to cool down a bit.
Take care and thanks again for writing!
I think I’ve read all your books now!! Huge fan. Thank you for such fun reads. I really want to make pizzelles now, your mom is adorable!
Thanks for the kind words regarding my book and my mom! She’s a spry, almost eighty-eight year old and when she visits in a few months, I’ll catch her on video again. She’s the one who taught me about the Penne pasta and spinach dish that Harry Blacksworth loves so much. (If you haven’t read Simple Riches yet, the mother in that one reminds me a LOT of my mom.) And yes, pizzelles!! I’ve got to get that iron out soon and get baking!!
Take care and next up is A Family Affair: The Weddings.
Hi Mary, like your book and characters!
I’m in Australia, what else can I use to cook the pixellas in?
Hi Ana! I’m so sorry I didn’t see your question earlier. I don’t know how I missed it and am very sorry for the late response. As luck would have it, I am going to make pizzelles with my daughter in the morning and have been chatting about them on my Facebook page. I will ask your question and hopefully, someone will have an idea. The pizzelle iron is somewhat like a waffle iron, but the grooves aren’t as deep and of course, the design is different. I’m not sure a waffle iron would be a good substitute…. I will… Read more »
I have been making Pizzelles for 50 years, sprinkled with the powered sugar. My recipe called for butter instead of margarine.
50 years! This is very impressive. When you make the pizzelles with butter, do you have any issues with burning? I would like to try it.
Thank you for the tip. Have a great week.
How interesting this video was.. I had never heard of pizelles and did not not have them pictured right at all.. They’re so pretty. On the 10th book and am so hooked..
Hi Sandy: I’m so glad you have a clear picture of them now. When I wrote these into the story, I thought most people would know what they were because I grew up with them. It’s been great to hear from people all over the world who now know what they are and some have even spotted them in stores, or made their own. I often get pictures of pizzelles on a grocery store shelf, but I much prefer homemade. Once you start eating them, it’s hard to eat just one. Thanks again for the note and have a great… Read more »
I’ll have to try this recipe. I LOVE Pizzelles!! I have the same Pizzelle make and love it, however, mine never seem to stay crisp without having to put them in the oven for a bit. I’ll be trying this recipe though and hope they crisp up better than usual. Thank you for sharing!
Always lovely to hear from a fellow pizzelle maker! My mom swears pizzelles should not be made on humid days and never stored in an airtight container. That’s why she likes dress boxes, or something that lets the pizzelles “breathe”. Also, we don’t stack them right away and leave them out for a few hours before putting away. I hope this helps! Take care and thanks for writing.
Please ask your mom if I can change to margarine to butter. Thanks
I asked Mom and she said she’s never tried butter, but it should be fine. It might “bake” a bit faster so you may have to adjust the time. I also asked several of my friends and they all use butter and have had no issues. I’m actually going to try my next batch using butter. Thank you for asking this question as it’s prompted me to re-work the recipe. Good luck!!
I Mary love you and your mum show making Pizzilles I would love to make them I only have a waffle machine and my family love the crispy biscuits my Italian friend gave me some which were very nice. I would love to purchase the pizzelle electric machine I have tried to buy one in my home town and on line I was wondering if you could please help me find one it would be so great. Thank you Linda from Australia
Hi Linda: Happy 2019! I’m so sorry for this delayed response. I’m glad you enjoyed the video of my mom and me making pizzelles. I must share a story with you – 2 days before Christmas Mom and I mixed up a batch of pizzelles and after the 6th pizzelle the machine died! I ordered a new one that same day and it arrived a week later. We had saved the pizzelle batter and tried it in the new machine – worked perfectly. I don’t know where you can buy one in Australia but I will ask my facebook readers.… Read more »
Hi Mary love your YouTube with your mom making Pizzelle Thank you
Just finished book 10 can wait to read book 11
Hi Lori: I don’t think I ever responded to your message. I’m so sorry. Oh, but I enjoyed writing AFA: The Gift. Cash and Tess are meant to be together and yet they’ve had their share of heartache. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Cash is a good counterpart to Nate and you’ll see more of that in later books. Happy 2020 and again, thank you very much for your loyal readership.
I have a question about pizzelles. Would like to serve them with cannoli filling. Could I add white wine and cinnamon to the batter?
Hi Stephanie: Thanks for writing. Now I’m hungry for pizzelles! Mom is coming to town in a few weeks and they are on the list of must makes. I’ve never tried wine and would worry about the liquid changing the texture of the batter. Not sure if you still planned to add vanilla, but you would need some flavoring. I just don’t know. I think adding the cinnamon is fine and have thought of doing that myself. Other readers have told me they add flavors like lemon, orange, coconut…very interesting combinations! Good luck and please let me know how they… Read more »
Your mom is so cute, Mary! You are very lucky to have her! Thanks for the recipe and the lovely how-to video! I’m off to make them!
Hi Gigi: Thank you! Mom spent Christmas with us and this year she and my oldest daughter made the pizzelles. They were delicious!! I don’t know why we only make them once or twice a year because they aren’t difficult to make…probably because they were always only for “special” occasions. When I call Mom this morning, I’ll tell her someone else watched the video of her….She still can’t believe anyone would be interested and then she’ll probably add on a few things I should tell viewers 🙂
There appears to be a mistake in the recipe. You have listed here 348g of flour for 6 eggs, but it says 828g in the video. Which of these numbers is correct?
Hello and thank you for contacting me about the discrepancy in the pizzelle recipe. While I am confident 3 1/2 cups of flour is accurate, I struggled with the conversion to gram. I researched the conversion from cups to grams just now and found the bread flour conversion is 136 grams per cup. That would make 476 grams of flour for this recipe. I am so sorry for the confusion and I hope this helps. Also, I now substitute butter for margarine and have had no issues. Please let me know if you have any other questions.