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Have a nice traditional pizzelle maker at home? Don’t settle with making only the Italian cookies with it. Here are 16 things you can also make.
Pizzelle is the Italian word for little pizza-like cookies. They are usually made from flour, eggs, and water or milk. The batter should be thin enough to spread quickly but not too runny so that it doesn’t stick together when cooked on the hot pan. You will need about 1/2 cup of dough per pancake. We like them with fruit toppings such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, apples, etc…
Pizzelle maker is an electric device that makes these delicious crispy treats in minutes! It’s easy to clean up after making your pizza-style snacks at home. This gadget has been around since the 1950s and was initially used by restaurants to make their desserts more appealing. Nowadays, this tool is trendy among foodies who love homemade baking goodies.
The Pizzelle Maker comes in two sizes: small and large. The small one bakes two 5-inch cookies, while the larger version bakes four 4-inch cookies at once. Both have different features but work similarly. Extra-thick and non-stick baking plates make it easy to bake evenly and clean up afterward.
How Do People Eat Pizzelle?
People like to eat pizzelle during Italian-style holidays, weddings, etc. They are a traditional Christmas gift too.
An anise extract or anise seed is often used as a flavor for classic pizzelle.
Pizzelle are a great candidate for long-term storage and are perfect for getting a head start on holiday baking.
You might need a little more batter or less time to get your pizzelle done since it can take some trial and error, and all irons are a bit different.
To make the perfect cookies, place pizzelle iron in the oven and coat it with cooking spray.
Things to Make with Your Pizzelle Maker
You can make any waffle or cookie-like pastry with a pizzelle maker. Its staple is the thinness. Hence, you can roll it and fill it with various fillings for a variety of recipes.
- Waffles – making thin crispy waffles is the most obvious alternative use of the pizzelle maker since it looks so much like a waffle maker.
- Make mini-pizza crusts – Use the small-sized pizzelle maker and cut out circles using cookie cutter shapes. Fill each circle with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and other ingredients of choice. Bake until golden brown. Serve warm.
- Pizza rolls – Roll out the dough and fill with the desired filling using the medium-sized pizzelle maker. Roll up and bake according to the instructions above.
- Fruit pies – Cut out rounds using the small-sized pizzelle makers. Top with jam, jelly, or preserves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before baking.
- Mini muffins – Cut out round pieces and top with chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits, or coconut flakes using the small-sized pizzelle marker. Bake according to the instructions above.
- Biscotti cookies – Using the medium-sized pizza maker, roll out the biscuit dough and cut out strips using cookie cutters. Place biscuits side by side on a parchment paper-lined sheet tray and brush tops with egg wash. Bake until lightly browned.
- Crackers – Using the medium-sized pizzelette maker, roll out the cracker dough and cut out squares using cookie cutters. Brush tops with olive oil and sprinkles with salt. Bake until light brown.
- Breadsticks – Using the medium-sized piezlete maker, roll out breadstick dough and cut it into sticks using cookie cutters. Dip ends in beaten egg, then coat with crushed cornflakes. Bake until golden brown and serve immediately.
- Cinnamon Rolls – Using the medium-sized pies tablet maker, roll out cinnamon roll dough and cut into rectangles using cookie cutters. Spread cream cheese icing over rolled edges and place another rectangle on top. Fold sides together and pinch the seam closed. Repeat process with remaining dough—Bake as directed above.
- Chocolate chip cookies – Using the medium pizzelle maker, roll out the dough and cut into triangles using cookie cutters. Mix melted dark chocolate with shortening and spread the mixture onto half of each triangle. Cover with a second piece of dough and press down gently. Chill for 15 minutes. Remove from fridge and slice off rounded corners. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 – 14 minutes or until slightly firm around the edges. Cool completely on wire racks—store airtight.
- Mini brownies – Roll the batter into balls about 1 inch wide using the large pizzelle maker. Arrange evenly spaced apart on greased pan. Press flat with fingers dipped in flour. Bake at 325 degrees F for 10 – 13 minutes or until set but still soft inside. Let cool entirely on the rack.
- Apple crisp – Roll out crisp apple dough and cut into 2 ½ x 4 ¼ inches rectangles using the sizeable pizzelle maker. Layer apples between sheets of pastry. Combine granulated sugar, oats, flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon; mix well—drizzle butter over fruit. Sprinkle topping overall. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown. Serve warm.
- Muffin cups – Use the large pizzelle maker to make mini cupcakes. Fill with frosting and decorate with sprinkles if desired.
- Edible cupcake liners – Make cupcakes using the large pizzelle maker. Line pans with liners and spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake at 400 degrees F for 18–22 minutes or until done.
- Cannoli – Roll cannoli filling into long ropes approximately 3/4 inch thick. Cut into rounds using a sharp knife. Lay one end of the rope against the edge of the countertop to form an upside-down V shape. Bring the other end up through the center of the rope and twist both ends tightly together. Continue twisting rope until the entire length has been twisted. Wrap cannolis individually in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes before baking.
- Krumkake – Using the small pizza cutter, cut the krumkake batter into circles. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Top each circle with powdered sugar and bake at 300 degrees F for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow pizzelle to cool completely before storing. They will keep up to 3 days stored in an airtight container.
Yes! You may also use this tool to make other pastries such as Danish Pastry, Croissants, Pains au Chocolat, etc…
It depends on how thick your dough is and how large the maker is. The thicker the dough, the longer it takes to cook through. It usually takes me approximately 1 minute per batch.