Nonnas Pizzelle Recipe

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening (such as Crisco®), melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (such as Crisco®), melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 tablespoon anise seeds, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  1. Preheat pizzelle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Mix flour and baking powder together in a bowl.
  3. Combine eggs and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until well-blended. Add 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening and beat until blended. Add flour mixture and mix on medium speed until incorporated. Fold anise seeds and vanilla extract into batter with a spatula.
  4. Drop a teaspoon of batter onto the preheated iron. Bake until golden, 30 to 40 seconds, or a few seconds longer for darker pizzelle.