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Pastel Pizzelles

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Pizzelles are one of my favorite cookies.  Light and delicate, pizelles are the perfect shower food for a baby shower or bridal shower.  The simple addition of color personalizes the pizzelles to match the baby’s gender or the bride’s colors.

Pastel Pizelles

I have been debating the purchase of a pizelle maker for years. The problem is that I tend to be a kitchen gadget junkie. I try to only buy a kitchen gadget that can be used for at least two different purposes.  My friend offered to let me borrow hers so I could play around with it.  I ordered my own pizelle maker about an hour after making my first batch!

Pastel Pizzelles

I didn’t want to just make plain, boring pizelles so I decided to add some color.  After making the batter, I divided it up and added food dye.  I ended up with pink, purple, and yellow for some fun spring colors.  I never quite got the amount of batter exactly right in the pizzelle maker.  I always just a little too much or a tad too little, but with more practice, I know I’ll figure it out.  The measurement is somewhere between 1-2 teaspoons.  The pizelles turned out beautifully anyway.

Pastel Pizzelle Cones

I decided to see if I could roll the pizzelles while they were still hot in to a cone shape.  I didn’t use a mold – I just rolled them around in to a cone and it worked great.  We could use them either as ice cream cones or fill them with fruit, pudding, or cream for a fun and beautiful dessert.   These would be so pretty filled with some yummy goodness for a shower! Or even just filled with candy and wrapped up prettily as a favor for guests to take on their way out.


Pastel Pizzelles

I made two mistakes with my pizelles, which you can learn from! The first few batches I left in the pizzelle maker too long and, as you can see above, they have a brownish tint to them.  The pizelles literally only need a few seconds to cook and keep their pretty colors.

I also made the mistake of making my pizzelles with anise extract and pretty much didn’t get any anise flavor at all. My friend told me that you actually have to use anise oil to get a nice strong anise flavor.  If you don’t have, or like, anise then any extract or oil you love will work just fine!

Yield: 40


Pastel Pizzelles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise oil


In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and mix to incorporate.
Add flour, baking powder and salt to the mixer bowl and stir to combine.
Add anise oil and mix in.
Cook pizzelles according to directions in your pizelle baker.


You can double, triple or quadruple this recipe.

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  • Bonnie W.
    November 18, 2017

    Try using anise seed. It is delicious!

    P.S. Greetings from Michigan!

  • Olga
    August 16, 2016

    I loved your first push pop post

  • Megan
    April 24, 2013

    These are the prettiest Pizzelles I have ever seen!

  • Melanie
    April 24, 2013

    So beautiful! I just love that idea of coloring the cookies. I never would’ve thought of that on my own.

  • Laura
    April 23, 2013

    I have never heard of a pizelle baker but after seeing these cute little cookies I think I need one.

  • Lori
    April 22, 2013

    These are so beautiful! I’ve never seen colored pizzelles before!

  • Renee
    April 22, 2013

    Oh now there you go feeding my kitchen gadget addiction. Now I need to get a pizzelle maker. Beyond pretty cookies. I’d love them anytime and not just at a shower.

  • Jennifer B
    April 22, 2013

    How pretty are these?! I love the pastel colors! Pizzelles are one of my favorite things to have, but I like them almond-flavored best.

    • Camille
      April 22, 2013

      I think my next round are going to be lemon, but almond is calling my name, too!

  • Tara
    April 21, 2013

    Oh no, now I need one because those are so gorgeous. I am a kitchen junkie also!!

  • Diana
    April 21, 2013

    So much fun! These are just plain pretty, and interesting on using the anise oil… I love anise flavor! 😉

  • Liz
    April 21, 2013

    Uh, oh. Looks like I need a new gadget, too. Beautiful!!

  • Bea
    April 21, 2013

    These are simply gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Jen
    April 21, 2013

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I just love the colors!

  • Heather
    April 21, 2013

    I’d love to have my own Pizzelle maker – mainly for making cones, but I know I’d get plenty of use out of it if I gave in. I love your pretty pastel colored pizzelles – and thanks for the tips! (I’m an anise-lover, so I’ll remember that.)

  • Jennifer
    April 21, 2013

    I have always wanted to make pizzelles and you inspired me! I may did out my pizzelle maker today and make your cookies! Love the recipe!

  • Stacy
    April 21, 2013

    Well, aren’t those pretty! Every once in a while, I see something in a resale shop that looks like a waffle maker but not quite. I am realizing now that they must be pizelle makers. I love the ones you rolled into cones. So many possibilities for filling!