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Place of originItaly
Region or stateAbruzzo
Main ingredientsFlour, butter/oil, and sugar

Pizzelle (Italian pronunciation: [pitˈtsɛlle], singular pizzella) are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (usually anise or anisette, less commonly vanilla or lemon zest). Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy[citation needed] depending on the ingredients and method of preparation. It can be molded into various shapes, including in the tubular shape of cannoli.

Pizzelle were originally made in Ortona, in the Abruzzo region of Southern Italy. Many other cultures have developed a pizzelle-type cookie as part of their culture (for example, the Norwegian Krumkake). It is known to be one of the oldest cookies and is likely to have developed from the ancient Roman crustulum.[1]

Pizzelle are also known as ferratelle or nevole in some parts of Abruzzo.[2] Pizzelle are known as ferratelle in the Lazio region of Italy. In Molise they may be called ferratelle, cancelle, or pizzelle.[1]

The cookie dough or batter is put into a pizzelle iron, which resembles a small variant of the popular waffle iron.[3] Originally, the long-handled pizzelle iron was held by hand over a hot burner on the stovetop, although today most pizzelles are made using electric models and require no stove.[4] Typically, the iron stamps a snowflake pattern onto both sides of the thin golden-brown cookie, which has a crisp texture once cooled, though some pizzelle irons feature family crests, special dates, or other decorative designs.[5] Store-bought pizzelle are now commonly available in Italy, and other areas with a large Italian population.

Pizzelle shaped into a cannolo and filled with an orange-almond creme

Pizzelle are popular during Christmas and Easter.[2] They are often found at Italian weddings, alongside other traditional pastries such as cannoli and traditional Italian cookies.

It is also common to sandwich two pizzelle with cannoli cream (ricotta blended with sugar) or hazelnut spread. Pizzelle, while still warm, can also be rolled into a tubular shape using a wooden dowel to create cannoli shells.


  1. ^ a b, Molise - Dolci e Gelati - Torte e Ciambelle: Ferratelle (Cancelle, Pizzelle) (in Italian).
  2. ^ a b Barr Crocetti, Adri (December 12, 2016). "Pizzelle, the Italian way for waffle cookies". L'Italo Americano.
  3. ^ Melissa (2020-12-01). "Classic Italian Pizzelle : My family recipe". Keeping It Simple Blog. Retrieved 2023-08-23.
  4. ^ "Pizzelle: traditional biscuit with a long history". Biscuit people. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  5. ^ "Recipe: Pizzelle - The Italian Christmas Cookie and Its History". GRAND VOYAGE ITALY. Retrieved 2023-08-23.