Pumpkin Pizzelle Cookies

Being Italian, registering for wedding gifts was a lot of fun because I had list of items I needed to make my family recipes. The item I was most excited about was of course, a pasta maker. But, another item I knew I had to have was a pizzelle press. If you have never heard of these cookies before, they are basically Italian waffle cookies. My grandma makes pizzelle cookies every holiday and they are so simple, but they are truly one of my favorite cookies! Now that my pizzelle press has been sitting in the closet for well over a year still in the box, I decided it was finally time to bust it out! My husband requested some traditional pizzelle cookies (a recipe I will post soon!), but I had another idea in mind, how about PUMPKIN pizzelle?! I was going to try to wait for fall to “officially” start before posting pumpkin recipes, but I am not a patient person, so here is the first of many pumpkin recipes I plan to post this fall!

I thought these cookies were pretty good, but they were a different texture than traditional pizzelle cookies. They were a little thicker because of the pumpkin I believe and seemed to require a little more cook time on the press, so they came out crunchier than the traditional variety, but this was all fine by me!

Pumpkin Pizzelle

Adapted from VillaWare

Makes approximately 40 pizzelle


– 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

– 3 eggs, room temperature

– 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled

– 3/4 cup granulated sugar

– 2 tsp. baking powder

– 1 tsp. vanilla extract

– 1 tsp. anise extract (optional)

– 1/3 cup canned pumpkin

– 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice


* You will need a pizzelle press to make these cookies (see link below)

1. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In a separate mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar and add in the pumpkin puree. Add vanilla, butter, pumpkin spice, and anise. Add the flour slowly to the egg mixture. Your batter should be thick, but not so thick that you can’t drop it by a spoonful.

2. Heat pizzelle press according to it’s instructions (most likely set to medium heat). Drop batter by 2 heaping teaspoonfuls onto each mold of your pizzelle press. Bake until pizzelle turn a light golden brown color. If you want your cookies to be softer, cook them for less time. If you want them crispier, then cook for a little longer. I found that these pumpkin pizzelle needed to be cooked a little longer than traditional pizzelle. When finished, gently remove pizzelle using a spatula. Place to cool and harden on wax paper.

Notes: I use this pizzelle press, but there are so many out there!



  1. Great idea to make pumpkin pizzelle, Stephanie. Will check out the press as this is a gadget I want to acquired.

  2. Those are so cute, and I like the pumpkin idea for fall!

  3. I never thought to make a pumpkin pizzelle…so creative…..I always end up going the traditional route. These cookies can be such an addiction. ;)

  4. These pizzelle are so beautiful! I’ve never tasted this pretty cookie…but I know I’d be a fan of both your pumpkin and traditional versions :)

  5. Your pizelle look so pretty! I love that you made pumpkin!

  6. My mom has a pizelle maker, I love the idea of making a pumpkin one. Maybe I can send her this recipe and she will make and send me a batch!! =)

  7. I must have one of these presses. This cookie looks amazing.

  8. How pretty! Love the flavor of pumpkin for fall!

  9. What a great idea! Love pizzelles (and pumpkin) so the combination must be divine! :)

  10. these cookies is to pretty to eat :) i’m very sure taste yum and crunchy :)

  11. Oh I say bring on the pumpkin recipes! It’s September, and after Labor Day, so I think it’s close enough =)

    These pizelles look gorgeous and tasty!

  12. Stephanie these looks simply gorgeous! Wow! I really love the design… so pretty. : ) I am sure you would make your grandmother very proud with your pumpkin version. I know I would eat way toooo many of these.

  13. Pizzelle is something I rarely come across, but they only are plain. The addition of pumpkin does sound delicious. I have a lot of gadgets, so the press must be carefully considered, but do send these until I decide to buy the press! Yum!

    • I know what you mean, Tina. Our apartment kitchen doesn’t have any more room! Half of the kitchen gadgets we got for our wedding are stored in our guest room closet. I can’t wait to get a bigger kitchen!

  14. Ooh, this makes me want a pizzelle press!

  15. Those cookies look delicious! I’ve had traditional pizzelle, but not pumpkin! That would make them EXTRA yummy!

  16. These take me way back to my childhood. We called them French cookies and they are a little thicker than pizzelles but practically the same recipe and they are so good. I have never thought about adding pumpkin or other flavors. These sound perfect!

  17. These are absolutely stunning! I’ve never had these before but you make me wish I had, lovely post! Thanks for sharing! =]

  18. I’ve always liked they way these cookies look. So decorative and intricate. I’m thinking spread a little nutella between the two and you’ve got yourself one delicious pumpkin pizzelle sandwich.

  19. Stephanie! These are WONDERFUL! I’m glad you didn’t wait for the official fall to start serving pumpkin! I love pizzelles. But I’ve yet to get a pizzelle maker. I may have to pick your brain about this. Beautiful cookies!

  20. Hi Stephanie, this is beautiful. I’ve never heard of pizzelles before but I love this type of cookie texture. I don’t know where to find the press, but when I find it I know it from your post and will get one!

  21. Ooohh…These are lovely :)

  22. These are beautiful! I am so excited for all of the pumpkin recipes this fall :)

  23. I want a pizzelle press! I love wafer-like cookies.

  24. How pretty, like snowflakes. My kids would love these, but I don’t have the storage space to justify a special tool just for cookies. I wonder if you could make them on a waffle iron…

    • I totally understand you, Ruby! That’s the downside to this press. I’m not sure how these would turn out on a waffle iron. They are supposed to be thinner than a waffle. Let me know if you ever give it a try.

  25. Stephanie, these are really fun – and they look so pretty too! Love that you added pumpkin while preserving the lightness of the cookie.

  26. I am honored and flattered that you added me to your blog roll. You are awesome!

  27. Very unique and a great tasting pizzelle for sure!

  28. You made them so perfect..love how it turned out! Just beautiful! I also love the anise extract aroma in pizzelle…really great job!!! Thanks for sharing sweetie and have a wonderful night!

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  30. I love pizzelle cookies! I haven’t had one in so long…and now I am pretty certain the next one I eat needs this pumpkin flavor behind it :) Looks fantastic!

  31. These are so pretty and the pumpkin flavor sounds excellent!

  32. Great time of year to take out your cookie press – pumpkin is the ingredient of choice right now and these are so pretty!

  33. I love these cookies! They are so elegant and you can’t go wrong with pumpkin! I heart your pictures toooooooo! :D

  34. What beautiful pizzelles! We never really had them when I was growing up, so I was always amazed by the thin little cookies when I would get them at a friends house or social gathering.

  35. Pizzelle’s are such a great Italian treat…and with pumpkin… Yum!!! These sound great!

  36. Ah those sound awesome! They look so perfect!

  37. I plan on trying these by the end of the week. I have a Pizelle maker sitting in my garage. I can’t wait to use it again.

    • Awesome, Renee! Please let me know how you like them! The texture and consistency is a little different than traditional pizzelle, but I really liked them!

  38. These are absolutely beautiful Stephanie! I’m inspired to shop for a pizzelle press. These would make beautiful holiday gifts, you could wrap them up in pretty cellophane with ribbon. Gorgeous!

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  40. These are so cute and look absolutely delicious!! Gorgeous!! :)

  41. These are so pretty! Maybe too pretty to eat. I don’t think I have ever had a Pizzelle but I would like to try one. Thanks for linking up to my blog hop!

  42. Stephanie, I totally missed these when you posted them but I love these cookies. My family has been making these cookies since I can remember. We haven’t ever tried them with pumpkin but they sound delicious. Thanks for sharing these!

  43. This recipe is horrible.
    1) Way too much flour.
    2) Steps never mention pumpkin flavoring whatsoever.

  44. Thank you so much for sharing. My daughter has been asking for Pumpkin Pizzelle and this recipe worked very well

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  46. I love making pizzelle but I am having a hard time getting the pumpkin flavor to stand out. I have increased the spice added a little pumpkin seed oil tried this recipe 3 times and had no luck could you please tell me how or what I can use to make the pumpkin taste stand out. Thank You for your website.

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