Pizzelle - Chocolate-Espresso

October 27, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Makes about 50 cookies
Author Notes

Pizzelle is a "must" during the holiday season; I grew up with an Anise flavored Pizzelle; I always crave chocolate and so here is my recipe, inspired by my grandmother’s Anise cookies.

These crisp, chocolaty snowflake wafers are excellent as is, but for a variety I like to roll some cookies, hot off the Pizzelle iron, and stuff with a cream filling once they have cooled.

BTW - a Chocolate Vodka Martini makes an excellent accompaniment!

What You'll Need
  • Tool needed: Villa Ware Pizzelle Baker
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Espresso Powder (Medaglia D' Oro)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Creme de Cacao
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 cups of flour (all purpose)
  1. Preheat the pizzelle baker.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add and whisk to incorporate the sugar and Espresso powder.
  3. Mix in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Add and mix the cooled butter, vanilla and crème de cacao.
  5. Sift the baking powder, cocoa and flour together.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the sugar/egg mixture 1 cup at a time; mix to make a light enough dough to drop onto the pizzelle baker.
  7. Drop a heaping teaspoonful of batter in center of each grid pattern to make full size pizzelles.
  8. Hold handles together firmly during baking, note: some bakers have a clip to hold the handles firmly together. Trim off any overflow if needed.
  9. Baking time is 30 to 45 seconds, will vary slightly because of consistency of the batter or the amount of dough used. Let cool completely on a rack, then store in an airtight container.

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  • Hilarybee
  • TheWimpyVegetarian
  • Niknud
  • MuyBueno
  • Sagegreen

23 Reviews

Maureen January 25, 2022
Absolutely one of the worst recipes I have tried for pizzelles. I’m sure they taste delicious but I wouldn’t know as they stuck to my pizzelle maker and had to be scraped off. What a waste of time and ingredients. I do not recommend at all
Lauren May 21, 2019
For the cocoa powder, do I use sweetened or unsweetened? Most recipes call for unsweetened but I can’t find it in my stores.
lapadia May 22, 2019
Hi Lauren, I use Hershey's Cocoa 100% Natural unsweetened. Hope you can find it...
Hilarybee November 13, 2011
I gave these a try today. They turned out great when cooled, though I had a lot of problem with sticking. I have a couple different irons, so I tried the Palmer and the Villa Ware and had the same sticking issues. It's raining today and I always find that affects the cookies. I'll try again on a drier day and report back.
lapadia November 13, 2011
Hi, Hilaraybee, I am thrilled you tried these! I have never had a sticky problem, you are so good at making them I am sure you can tweak whatever you need, easily. Congrat on you CP :)
Hilarybee November 19, 2011
Thank you! I'm pretty sure it was the weather. I don't bother making pizzelle in the summer here because of the humidity. I can sometimes get them to work by adding more flour. But it is freezing now, so perfect pizzelle weather.
TheWimpyVegetarian October 27, 2011
I'm so glad to see these here - these are such favorites of mine!
Niknud October 25, 2011
Just gorgeous! And the only thing that approches the magic of the chocolate-peanut butter duo is chocolate-espresso combo. Delicious!
lapadia October 25, 2011
Thanks, Niknud! I agree with the chocolate-peanut butter "thing" :)
MuyBueno November 30, 2010
They are like chocolate snow flakes! Beautiful!
lapadia November 30, 2010
Yes, and tasty too! Thanks...
Sagegreen November 28, 2010
Love all your ideas with these!
lapadia November 28, 2010
Thanks, Sagegreen, you always have great ideas, so if you think up one that will fit these I would love that!
TheWimpyVegetarian November 27, 2010
I love these, and I think I see another new tool I need so I can make these!!
lapadia November 28, 2010
You will have a lot of fun once you make your purchase! All the different flavors to try out and ways to present them too...
iuzzini November 2, 2010
Oooh- I hope to make these for the holidays! This is one tradition my family hasn't gotten into yet but a perfect one to start for the future. Thanks lapadia!
lapadia November 3, 2010
Sounds great, iuzzini! I am sure you will all enjoy them!
lapadia October 27, 2010
@Hilarybee - YUM, stuffed with gelato! I have rolled and piped a stiff whipped cream. I have thought about ice cream sandwiches, and thought they would probably crack easily, but, then you never know if you don't try!
Hilarybee October 27, 2010
My family makes these every christmas, too. I got four!! pizzelle irons when I got married to ensure I would carry on the tradition. My husband loves the chocolate- but I usually prefer either almond or orange.
lapadia October 27, 2010
I love them all, Hilarybee! Growing up we always had vanilla with aniseed, I had my grandmother's old iron (and we are talking OLD), it finally "died", but I still keep it around.
Hilarybee October 27, 2010
Have you ever made ice cream sandwiches out of them? My grandma used to stuff the pizzelle with homemade gelato.
thirschfeld October 27, 2010
Now those are just beautiful.
lapadia October 27, 2010
Thanks thirschfeld! I'd love to see what you might do with them!!