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Gluten-Free Pizzelle Cookies

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

A gluten-free version of the classic Italian cookie, these gluten-free pizzelles are simply delicious. They're crispy, healthy and also easy to make too!

Gluten-Free Pizzelles

Pizzelle cookies are my absolute favorite kind of Christmas cookie. Partly because they're delicious. Partly because they're a family tradition. Kind of like our Sunday morning waffle tradition (started by my dad),  he's been making pizzelles every Christmas for years.

And they're one of those things that I just saw one too many times that I decided we needed to have a gluten-free version. And that's precisely what I set out to do!

For some reason, I thought pizzelles were going to be hard to recreate gluten-free. They weren't. They were easy-peasy and came out perfectly. These gluten-free pizzelle cookies even rival the ones my parents make at home. Just like theirs, my gluten-free pizzelles are light and flavorful, just sans the gluten and butter!

Easy Pizzelle Recipe

What are Pizzelle Cookies?

Pizzelles are a traditional Italian cookie that originally comes from the Abruzzo region in Southern Italy. They're basically a waffle cookie and are made using a pizzelle iron which is almost identical to a waffle iron. Pizzelles are typically thin and crispy, but can also be molded into different shapes when they're warm, including the shape of cannolis.

Pizzelles are also believed to be one of the oldest cookies in the world! They're thought to have been developed from the ancient Roman crustulum (the Latin word for a small cake or pastry/cookie)!

To me, pizzelles remind me of waffle cones, but in circular cookie form. They're thin and crispy, and I think it would be entirely possible for me to sit down and eat an entire batch. One of those cookies that you don't realize how many you've eaten until they're all gone. They're that good!

How to Make Pizzelle Cookies

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Pizzelles

Much like many other Italian recipes, the ingredient list for pizzelles is pretty darn simple. They're usually made from flour, sugar, eggs, butter, and flavoring.

Since I wanted to make my gluten-free pizzelles healthy, I swapped most of the traditional ingredients for my preferred ones. Here's what I used for the base of my pizzelles:

  • gluten-free flour blend: made up of sorghum, quinoa, and tapioca starch
  • eggs: I haven't tested these vegan yet, but they might work with Bob's Red Mill egg replacer!
  • maple syrup: to replace the cane sugar
  • coconut oil: to replace the butter

And then for flavorings, you can really use whatever you'd like! I went with vanilla, almond extract and anise extract, but it would also be lovely with orange or lemon!

Pizzelles Cooking in Pizzelle Iron

What is a Pizzelle Maker?

The next piece of our pizzelle puzzle is to choose your iron. Similar to waffles, you do need an iron to make pizzelles and it really should be a standard pizzelle maker.

You won't be able to use a waffle iron, but you might be able to use a waffle cone maker (but I haven't tested so can't be sure). Basically your goal is that you need to have something that will press the dough really thin, but doesn't have too deep of a design that the cookie won't hold together.

There are two types of pizzelle makers:

  • The Classic: is a standard metal “iron” that you put on the stove and flip over. Kind of like a traditional waffle maker! Here's what that looks like!
  • The Electric: I personally think these are better since they're faster and are easier to use. Here's the one we use!

Best Healthy Pizzelle Recipe

How to Make Gluten-Free Pizzelles

What's great about pizzelles is you can make them in one bowl! I usually start with my wet ingredients, beat them together and then beat in my dry. So simple.

The best method for making pizzelles is to use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Since this is more like a batter rather than a traditional cookie dough, it's helpful to use one of these to get a super smooth consistency. They'll also help you get the batter a little by lighter.

Once you have your batter mixed together, you simply drop a small dollop of batter into the center of each circle on your iron, close the lid and let them cook for about 70 – 90 seconds. The timing will depend on your maker, so it might take a few rounds to get the exact timing down to a tee. Once they're done though, quickly remove them, pop them on a cooling rack to let them crisp up. Then just repeat until you've used all the batter!

Pizzelle Cookie with Tea

Best Way to Store Pizzelles

Pizzelles are very delicate, so you'll need to be careful when you're storing them. We like to keep them in a plastic container that has a lid to keep them airtight and fresh. We like this large round one and also this shallow rectangular one.

The two best ways to store pizzelles are:

  1. Airtight container: similar to how I just described. You can leave these on the counter for at least 3 – 4 days.
  2. Freezer: We keep them in the same container and freeze them. Simply allow them to thaw at room temperature and you should be good to go!

Now, if you've never tried making pizzelles before, I hope this post has inspired you. They're really easy, they're absolutely delicious and I know you and your family will love them. Happy baking and Happy Holidays!!

homemade Pizzelle Cookies

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Gluten-Free Pizzelles
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Gluten-Free Pizzelles

Healthy gluten-free pizzelle cookies with a little twist! These are the ultimate Christmas cookie and taste just like the "real thing"!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword christmas cookies, gluten-free cookies, gluten-free pizzelle, healthy cookies, pizzelle, quinoa cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 95 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat a pizzelle cookie iron and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together in medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Gradually whisk in oil and flavoring. Add the syrup slowly as you continue to whisk until everything is incorporated.
  4. Beat in dry ingredients until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Spoon about a tablespoon of dough onto the hot pizzelle iron, close the lid and cook according to the instructions. Mine were about 1 minute per cookie. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  6. Let cookies cool completely on a wire rack. Store in a cool dry place.

Recipe Notes

gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Pizzelles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Hello! Enjoy following you on Instagram! FYI Abruzzo is central Italy, on the Adriatic side. I was born in the region. Also, olive oil is a great alternative to butter. It’s what my mom uses and heart healthy! Thanks for all you do!

  2. I’m trying to eat better; I guess I’m a late blooner. Can I just skip the stevia and use the maple syrup? I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for a healthy alternative to my favorite cookies.

  3. I just made some with a sprouted brown rice flour, coconut oil, egg, vanilla extract and Splenda. They turned out great. I picked up some quinoa flour on sale, so I’m going to try mixing the brown rice and quinoa in another batch. Can you link to the chocolate peppermint recipe?

  4. I made these and LOVED them, too! They’re fabulous.

    I’m watching my sugar/calorie intake, so I reduced the maple syrup to 1/4 cup, and they still tasted divine. So glad I can use my pizzelle maker again. Thanks for a lovely recipe–looking forward to trying the chocolate peppermint version, too.

    • Yay! So happy you liked them. I was actually just thinking about pizzelles the other week. They’re my favorite cookie by far! I’m definitely going to do some more experimenting with flavors soon. Thinking chocolate-orange might be good or a honey-lemon 🙂

  5. The addition of maple syrup does not make them soft? Before Christmas, I had not come upon your recipe and the one I used had liquid sweetener and it was rubbery in texture. I’m after the crunch and of course the flavour, but these are pizzelles and have to be crunchy for me to truly enjoy them. Thanks.

    • Hi Jennifer! Sorry for the late reply on this. The quinoa is measured after cooking. As a rule of thumb for my recipes, if it says “cooked quinoa” that means measured after it’s cook and if it just says “quinoa” that means measured before it’s been cooked 🙂 Hope that helps and let me know how they turn out for you! I’ve already made them again!

    • The quinoa actually added an amazing crunch. The nuttiness was very subtle, but the crunch was what sent them over the top for me 🙂 Last night I made some Chocolate Peppermint ones and they were delicious! Please let me know if you try them.

      Happy Holidays! xx Alyssa

  6. These looks wonderful, thank you for sharing! I’ve been missing Pizzelles since going gluten free. Quick question – do you know if there are things I can substitute for powdered stevia if I don’t have that? Thank you!

    • You could do liquid stevia if you have that… but i’m not sure about the number of drops – maybe 10? Other than that, there isn’t really a substitute for stevia. you could try omitting it and see what the sweetness level is. If it’s not sweet enough, add a little sugar. Hopefully that’s helpful! I’m going to make more of these cookies tonight 🙂 They’re the perfect Christmas treat.

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