Chocolate Pizzelle

Pizzelle are commonly made plain flavored with vanilla or anise but they can also be made with other flavorings such as these ones made with chocolate. I first tasted these chocolate variety at a friend’s house and they were sandwiched between raspberry jam.

Pizzelle were originally made in Ortona, in the Abruzzo region of Southern Italy. In other parts of Italy, they may be called ferratelle, nevole, or cancelle.

To make a pizzelle, the cookie dough or batter is put into a pizzelle iron, which resembles a small waffle iron. Initially, the long-handled pizzelle iron was held by hand over a hot burner on the stovetop. However, today, most pizzelles are made using electric models and require no stove.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele

Chocolate Pizzelle

Chocolate Pizzelle

Yield: Makes around 28 Pizzelle
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Chocolate pizzelle can be served plain dusted with powdered suagr, or pairs of cookies can be sandwiched together with jam or hazelnut choclate spread.


  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup (198g) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Espresso Powder
  • 3/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Dutch-process Cocoa
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 2/3 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted

To Serve:

  • Powdered Sugar, (Optional)


  1. In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, espresso powder, and salt untill very smooth.
  2. Add the cocoa and baking powder, and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the flour, mixing till well combined.
  4. Add the melted butter, again mixing till well combined.
  5. Preheat Pizzelle Maker or Iron.
  6. Bake pizzelle according to your instructions.
  7. A tablespoon cookie scoop works well for scooping batter onto the iron; a level scoopful of batter is the right size for most standard pizzelle makers.
  8. Serve dusted with powdered sugar or sandwiched together with jam.
  9. Pizelle are best eaten immediately, but they can be stored for up to 1 week in an airtight container or frozen for up to 1 month.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 28 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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