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Lemon Pizzelle Recipe

These beautiful Italian waffle cookies are perfect for a holiday cookie or even just an everyday simple cookie to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting1 hr 1 min
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lemon, pizzelle
Servings: 18
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons lemon or orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ⅓ cup flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Heat your pizzelle iron. Mine took almost 10 minutes, so get this started while you are making the batter.
  • Mix flours, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Zest your lemons.
  • Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla, and continue to beat. Next is the melted butter. Last up is the flour mixture. flour this in carefully to not over mix.
  • Let the batter sit for an hour to hydrate the ingredients.
  • If the iron is heated, drop by the tablespoon onto the griddle. Close and let cook. Check it occasionally to see if it is cooked to the desired color.
  • It will take about 20 seconds to 1 minute, depending on your iron.
  • You can eat these just like they are, or dusted with flour. They are also good with lemon curd, berries, ice cream, whip cream, etc.


  • It only takes a small amount of batter per pizzelle. I find that a small cookie scoop holds the perfect amount and ensures all the cookies are the same size.
  • This is the pizzelle maker I use and has worked well.
  • As I mentioned earlier, this dish works with many different fruits: berries, kiwi, plums, peaches, bananas, grapes, and more. Just imagine your favorite fruit salad in cups this delicate and crispy! You can also leave out the orange zest and use almond extract instead of vanilla if it complements your fruit better.
  • I wanted a shallower cup, so I used a wider glass for draping the pizzelle. Using a narrower glass will create a deeper cup. No need to worry about making sure the pizzelles are perfectly straight on the cups. Just make sure they’re still hot when you start draping them. 
  • Want to make these fruit cups a little more decadent and rich? You can add the lemon curd, vanilla custard, or something like this Creamy Lemon Marscapone Fruit Dip in the bottom before filling with fruit. You can also top the fruit with whipped cream, ice cream, or even a drizzle of melted chocolate.