Vanilla Bean Pizzelle Cookies

Vanilla Bean Pizzelle Cookies – A crisp Italian cookie made in a pizzelle press with a gorgeous design. An elegant treat perfect for a Christmas cookie exchange!

Vanilla Bean Pizzelle Cookies

Vanilla Bean Pizzelle Cookies

It’s Freaky Friday time again! This time, it is our Christmas Cookie Exchange and I am so excited to share my Vanilla Bean Pizzelle Cookies recipe from Fully Belly Sisters with you guys! Freaky Friday is where a bunch of bloggers are all assigned different blogs and we make a recipe from their site to share! None of us know who is assigned to our site so it ends up a fun surprise and a great way to get to know each other and our sites better! It is organized by Michaela from An Affair from the Heart and it’s so fun!

For this round, I was assigned Full Belly Sisters and was so excited! Justine makes incredible healthy, yet delicious recipes that all look so tasty! I need to try out her Blueberry Dutch Baby and Burrata with Cranberries and Pistachios soon! I ended up deciding on making her Vanilla Bean Pizzelle “Snowflake Cookies” because well, they are just gorgeous! Surprisingly, I hadn’t tried pizzelle cookies before but they had been on my list of things to bake this holiday season already so I knew it was meant to be! These little crispy Italian cookies would be so great to give in a Christmas cookie exchange, pizzelle are elegant and making a big batch is really easy.  This pizzelle recipe alone make about 24 cookies.


Tips on vanilla bean pizzelle cookies recipe

  • Make sure you have a pizzelle maker! I picked this one up on Amazon and have already found a whole bunch of other recipes to make with it too.  Definitely worth picking up!
  • If you don’t have vanilla bean paste, you can use a high quality vanilla extract instead but the vanilla bean paste really tastes the flavor to a whole new level.
  • The only change I made to her recipe was it called for 1 cup white whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup almond flour but I didn’t happen to have it on hand but feel free to use those instead of all-purpose flour.
  • Getting the pizzelle cookies to be centered in the press took quite a bit of practice, I found that putting the batter a little above the middle worked the best in my press.

Make sure to check out all of the other Freaky Friday posts!

An Affair from the Heart – Mocha Rum Balls

A Dish of Daily Life – Cherry Pie Cookies

A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Black Forest Rum Balls

Bacon Fatte – Mexican Wedding Cookies

The Devilish Dish – Rosé Meringue Cookies

The Foodie Affair – No Bake Cookie ~ Copycat Samoas

Full Belly Sisters – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Hostess at Heart – Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars

LeMoine Family Kitchen – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dippers

Life Currents – Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

Mildly Meandering – Vanilla Bean Pizzelle Cookies

Pic Nic – Lemon and Blueberry Bars

Plattertalk – White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Take Two Tapas – Savory Pecan Cornmeal Biscotti Bites

Seduction in the Kitchen – Orange Snowball Cookies

Who Needs a Cape? – Almond Raspberry Thumbprints


Pizzelle Recipe

Yield: 20

Vanilla Bean Pizzelle Cookies

Vanilla Bean Pizzelle Cookies

A crisp Italian cookie made in a pizzelle press with a gorgeous design. An elegant treat perfect for a Christmas cookie exchange!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs and sugar.  Add in vanilla bean pasta and butter and continue to mix.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients in three batches, completely mixing each time.
  3. Cook pizzelle cookies according to the directions for your machine, mine had to cook 40 seconds after the machine heated up but this may vary machine to machine.
  4. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Pizzelle Cookies

Looking for more cookie recipes? Make sure to check out my Almond Spritz Cookies, German Pfeffernüsse Cookies, and French Palmier Cookies!

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  • Reply
    December 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Yay, I’m so glad you chose my pizzelles—they are a family favorite! Your photos are just beautiful xoxo

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    December 2, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    These are gorgeous!

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    debi at Life Currents
    December 3, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I remember making these as a kid with my mom. Mom loves cookies and we made all kinds! Yours turned out beautifully. I’m super impressed. These will be perfect at a cookie exchange!

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    December 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    My family loves pizzelles! Next time I am my mom’s I need to steal her pizzelle maker so I can make these!!!

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    December 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve never heard of pizzelles before but they are really grabbing my attention. These cookies are absolutely gorgeous! These would look so impressive on a Christmas cookie platter. I think I’ll be adding the pizzelle press to my wishlist 🙂

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    Lori Vachon
    December 3, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    These are showstoppers!!! Simply stunning and they sound DELISH!

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    December 4, 2017 at 9:10 am

    We love pizzelles! My husbands grandmother makes them every year for the holidays and we just go crazy for them! Can’t wait to try this recipe! It sounds incredible!

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    December 4, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Time to pick up a pizzlle maker! Love the delicate and intricate details on the cookie!

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    December 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I think the hubs would kill me if I bought a pizzelle iron. But they’re so decadent and pretty!! I may have to sneak it in and hide it in the garage.

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    Michaela Kenkel
    December 8, 2017 at 11:39 am

    These are STUNNING!! I so want to buy a pizzelle iron now!!

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    December 8, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    These are gorgeous!! Your photos are stunning!

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    Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    December 10, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Such pretty and delicate cookies… I just love them!

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