Get ready to bake some amazing Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies! These cookies are thin, crispy, and have a wonderful chocolate flavor. They’re a fantastic treat for holidays like Christmas and Easter, but honestly, they’re so good you’ll want to make them all year round.
What are Pizzelles?
Pizzelles are classic Italian cookies, known for their thin, crisp texture and distinctive embossed designs. Originating from Central Italy, they are one of the oldest known cookie recipes, traditionally flavored with anise or vanilla. These cookies are made using a special iron that imprints a characteristic pattern, often resembling snowflakes or flowers.
Pizzelles are versatile and can be enjoyed plain, dusted with powdered sugar, or shaped into various forms while warm. They are a staple in Italian celebrations, especially during Christmas and Easter, symbolizing family tradition and the joy of sharing.
This is a chocolate version of the cookie, but if you’re looking for a classic one, I have a Vanilla Pizzelle Cookies recipe that you should check out!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Fun and Easy: The steps are simple, and I’ll walk you through each one. But you’ll have fun making these delicious cookies and watch them turn from batter to beautiful designs!
- A Big Hit: Trust me, everyone’s going to love these chocolate treats. They’re also perfect for giving as gifts.
- Unique Chocolate Flavor: We’re giving a chocolatey spin to the traditional pizzelle, making them even more special.
You only need 7 simple ingredients to make chocolate pizzelle cookies, and you probably already have everything in your kitchen.
Complete list of ingredients with quantities and instructions is located in the recipe card below
- Butter: We are using unsalted butter here. Melt it to make your batter nice and rich.
- Sugar: Just your standard granulated sugar for sweetness.
- Eggs: You need 3 large eggs. Let them sit out a bit so they’re not too cold when they’re mixed in the batter.
- Cocoa Powder: Use the unsweetened kind for a true chocolate flavor.
- Flour: Good old all-purpose flour is perfect for these cookies. If you’re in the UK, this is Plain flour.
- Baking Powder: This gives your cookies their light, crisp texture. Make sure that your baking powder is fresh before you add it to the flour.
How To Make Chocolate Pizzelle
- Mix Your Batter: Start by whisking together melted butter and sugar in a big bowl. Then mix in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder, and stir until everything’s just combined. Don’t overdo the mixing.
- Heat Up Your Iron: Get your pizzelle maker nice and hot. Depending on your model, you might need to grease it lightly.
- Cooking Time: Scoop a big spoonful of batter onto the iron for each cookie. Close it up and cook for about 45-60 seconds. When the steam stops, they should be done.
- Cool Them Down: Carefully take the cookies off the iron and let them cool on a wire rack. They’ll crisp up as they cool.
- Neat Edges: If you want, trim the edges of your pizzelles while they’re warm to make them look extra neat.
- Right Amount of Batter: Use just enough batter to cover the pizzelle iron pattern. Too much, and it’ll spill over.
- Know Your Iron: Cooking times can vary, so it’s good to know a bit about your particular pizzelle maker.
- Fun Idea: Roll the warm pizzelles to make shapes for desserts. You can fill them with cream, ice cream, or whatever you like!
How To Store Chocolate Pizzelle
Store your pizzelle in an airtight container at room temperature. They can last up to two weeks as long as no moisture gets to them.
Pizzelle can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Enjoy them right away after defrosting.
The Best Pizzelle Iron
Pizzelle irons come in different styles. You may have a vintage stovetop pizzelle maker, passed down from an Italian great-grandmother. If so, that’s fantastic, but modern pizzelle makers are mostly electric, plug-in models that are easy to use and clean.
If you don’t already have a pizzelle maker and are looking for the best one to buy, I suggest buying a non-stick electric model. I have this one from CucinaPro that is really easy to use. It also comes in a version without the nonstick coating. Some might prefer this, but I definitely prefer the non-stick one.
While a pizzelle maker is ideal for traditional pizzelles, you can try using a waffle cone iron as a substitute, though the cookies will have a different pattern.
The pizzelles are ready when they are firm and slightly browned. It usually takes about 45-60 seconds, but this can vary depending on your pizzelle maker. The key is to watch for the steam to stop.
It’s best to avoid adding chunky ingredients like nuts or chocolate chips to the batter, as they can interfere with the cooking process and may cause the pizzelles to stick to the iron.
Bake these Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies for the holidays, a special occasion, or just because you want a yummy treat. They’re sure to be a favorite! Don’t forget to save this recipe for later!