Gluten-Free Pizzelle

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Gluten Free Pizzelle

I have not been feeling very festive so far this December, but my one holiday indulgence has been these pizzelle.  Over a year ago I purchased a waffle iron that came with plates to make hot sandwiches and pizzelle too.  I was so excited, but never tested out the pizzelle maker.  Mostly because I had no idea if one could make gluten-free pizzelle.  Recently I found this recipe by The Wannabe Chef.  His recipe was a great guideline for me.  I have made a few alterations and plan to test it out with other flours too.  But for now I was excited to share this holiday treat with all of you.

Gluten Free Pizzelle

Crispy and slightly sweet.

Pizzelle have been a family treat for me since I was a child.  The Italian half of my family would have them at most holidays, although I don’t remember if they were ever homemade before.  I loved them!  I know it is not for everyone, but I love anise.  It was a common flavoring in many of our traditional holiday desserts.

When I lived in Florence I quickly discovered that pizzelle were not native to the Tuscan region, but I discovered a cousin of the pizzelle, the brigidini which are thinner than pizzelle and a little more crispy, with the same overall flavor and style.  Now that I am living gluten-free I am really excited that I still can enjoy these nostalgic treats!

I have put together a few photos of the pizzelle making process to help you along the way with your gluten-free cooking adventures.

Gluten Free Pizzelle Batter
The batter comes out a little sticky and dryer than I had assumed, but don’t worry it makes good cookies!

Scoop of Pizzelle Batter

You only need a small cookie scooper (about the size of a melon-baller) for the batter.  One heaping scoop should be good for each pizzelle round in your pizzelle maker.

Cooked Gluten Free Pizzelle

In order to get a nice golden color to the pizzelle I cook them for about 1 minute and 15 seconds.  Definitely check the manufacturer’s instructions on your pizzelle maker though as they are bound to cook at different rates.

Gluten Free PizzelleGluten-Free Pizzelle

recipe inspired by The Wannabe Chef
makes about 20 pizzelle

2 1/2 cup Pamela’s gluten-free baking mix
3 eggs
1/4 c coconut oil, warmed to a liquid over low heat
1/3 c raw agave
5 tsp anise flavoring*

Heat the pizzelle maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients with a whisk until well combined.  Batter will be thick.

Once pizzelle maker is ready, add a heaping scoop of batter using a cookie scoop to the center of each pizzelle round on your pizzelle iron.

Cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  My pizzelle maker takes about 1 min 15 seconds per pizzelle.

Transfer to a cooling rack.  The pizzelle will be soft and flexible until they cool completely.

*I used alcohol free anise flavoring.  The original recipe called for less anise which could possibly be based on an alcohol based anise flavoring, or it could be that I really like the flavor of anise.  Be sure to test the flavoring level out to your liking.

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Categories: breakfast, cookies, dairy free, dessert, gluten-free, snacks, uncategorized, vegetarian, wheat-free

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7 Responses to “Gluten-Free Pizzelle”

  1. tara says:

    if i can find a waffle iron with a pizzelle plate i wanna make these for xmas eve!!

  2. Well don’t those just look super fancy pants. I want to make these and stick them into some coconut ice cream. Guess I’m adding a new appliance to my list. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • buddinglotus says:

      Thanks Meghan! They would be awesome with coconut ice cream! You can also roll them when they are warm into cones or cannoli shells which I think will be awesome. Have fun with the recipe.

  3. gluten free wife and mother says:

    Is the agave a substitute for sugar? If so, is there a conversion if I’d prefer to use unbleached sugar? Thanks

    • buddinglotus says:

      Yes, you can substitute sugar for agave but it might get a little tricky. Generally agave is 2x more concentrated than sugar so you would want to try doubling the sugar to even out… The complicated part will be in the liquid to dry consistency which you will probably just have to work with to figure out. I hope you enjoy them!

  4. gail says:

    I like to use orange juice or any fruit juice to it also. Adds a little extra flavor.

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