The 6 Best Pizzelle Makers

Updated December 01, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. If you're familiar with Italian desserts, perhaps you've come across the delicious flat, waffle-like cookies known as pizzelle. If you're a fan, you can make your own at home with one of these presses. Simply pour in the batter and close the lid on the iron for hard and crisp or soft and chewy treats, depending on how you like them. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pizzelle maker on Amazon.

6. Piccoli by CucinaPro

The Piccoli by CucinaPro makes up to four 3.25-inch wafers at the same time, each with a geometric design reminiscent of a cathedral's stained glass windows. It'll make great looking desserts for your family or the display window of your bakery.
  • locks tightly closed
  • includes a wooden cone shaper
  • may bake unevenly
Brand CucinaPro
Model 220-03
Weight 4.3 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

5. Chef's Choice 835 Pro Express

The Chef's Choice 835 Pro Express comes with a locking latch to ensure uniform thickness, while a channel catches any overflowing batter. This is a compact and efficient unit great for the casual cooking enthusiast who doesn't live near an Italian bakery.
  • adjustable time-control knob
  • green ready indicator light
  • plastic latch is a bit flimsy
Brand Chef's Choice
Model 835-SE
Weight 4 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

4. EdgeCraft 834

With the capacity to make two 4.75-inch cookies at a time, the EdgeCraft 834 is a quick-cooking and straightforward option. The size of its plates makes it a good choice for rolling up ice cream cones and cannoli shells once your wafers are done.
  • holds temperature between batches
  • baking surface is nonstick
  • gets too hot for some users
Brand EdgeCraft
Model 834
Weight 5.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Cuisinart CPP-200

The Cuisinart CPP-200 is made out of brushed stainless steel and has a locking lid to ensure even browning. It comes with interchangeable heating plates, so you can also use it to make crepes, waffles, tortillas, pancakes, and more.
  • opens into two flat griddles
  • plates are dishwasher safe
  • adjustable timer and heat settings
Brand Cuisinart
Model CPP-200
Weight 9.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. CucinaPro 220-05NS

The CucinaPro 220-05NS comes with extra thick baking plates to ensure even heat distribution over its two cooking surfaces. It makes cookies large enough be rolled into cones for ice cream or used as cannoli shells, if you can restrain yourself from eating them right away.
  • built-in steam guards for safety
  • makes two 5-inch cookies at a time
  • includes an authentic recipe
Brand CucinaPro
Model 220-05NS
Weight 4.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Palmer Classic

The Palmer Classic is a durable, heavy machine that creates two thin, crispy, five-inch wafer cookies. It comes with a roller for making homemade ice cream cones, and its solid cast aluminum design ensures even heating for years to come.
  • backed by a 5-year warranty
  • made in the united states
  • cooks a batch in under 60 seconds
Brand Palmer
Model 1000
Weight 5.5 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

A Wide, Flat Italian Tradition

Growing up in an Italian-American household in New Jersey came with certain traditional experiences. We ate Sunday dinner at three in the afternoon, and it was always more or less the same meal: spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, and gravy (which is what we called tomato sauce). The alluring aroma of frying garlic and fresh Italian bread lay in a cloud over the entire town.

Some traditions came along less frequently, a lot of them saving up their energy toward the Christmas season. Among the great Christmas traditions in my household was the taking out and dusting off of the pizzelle maker. It was a simple device with a nonstick coating and space to cook two pizzelles at a time, and it was the only tool my mother allowed me to operate in the kitchen until I was old enough to be trusted around the oven or the knives.

If you're familiar with the concept of a waffle iron, the pizzelle maker will make immediate sense to you. When you open one up, you see two to four decorative, patterned circles on one side and two to four decorative circles on the other directly corresponding to them. By simply placing a small amount of pizzelle batter at the center of each circle and closing the sides together for about 30 seconds, you very quickly and very effectively cook beautiful, delicious pizzelle.

With such a simple mechanism, the battles from here come down to the batter. I won't go and divulge my Nana's secret recipe here, but suffice it to say that you cannot underestimate the importance of the lemon, but you can very easily overdo it with the vanilla.

Friendly Competition Between Grandmothers

In keeping with the theme of the Italian-American household, we should speak for a moment about competition. Matriarchal figures in such households often hold each other to unbelievable competitive standards of housekeeping, most of which revolve around activity in the kitchen.

If my Nana told her cousin Kay that she was making a wine roast, Kay would counter that she'd just made one for her grandchildren the week prior. If Kay expressed a desire to thaw out some frozen gravy, Nana would magically be right in the middle of a fresh batch. Come Christmas time, the cookie game got serious, and pizzelles were like the queens on a chess board of cookie pawns.

Take the size of a pizzelle, for example. You'll notice that the makers on our list provide you with pizzelles that range from just under three inches all the way up to five inches in diameter, depending on which one you get. There isn't any clear traditional doctrine about pizzelle size, but you'll find no shortage of opinions among cooks as to which is best for certain applications.

Standard pizzelle served up as cookies tend to be larger, since there isn't a heck of a lot of complexity to them. By contrast, the smaller pizzelle often go under-cooked to increase their pliability for molding and stuffing. Make sure you invest in a pizzelle maker that suits your intention for the confection, or you might just have to get yourself more than one.

The other consideration here is one of time and quantity. The pizzelle maker my family used throughout my childhood could make two pizzelle at a time, so a season's worth might take a whole day to prepare. Theoretically, a maker that fits four pizzelle would make just as many of the cookies in half the time. But beware, the odds of finding a maker that pops out four pizzelle at a time in a size above three inches are rare.

Neighbors In The Italian Mountains

Tracing the origins of the pizzelle back to the old country, to Italy in the 8th century, you'll find a bitter dispute between two small towns, each of which claims to have made the first pizzelle in history.

In the region of Italy called Abruzzo, East-northeast of Rome, you'll find high mountain ranges to the interior and a sprawling, beachy, Mediterranean climate toward the coast. The cultural dynamics throughout the region are wide-reaching, but between the towns of Salle and Cocullo, the divide over each municipality's claim to pizzelle fame is ferocious.

The towns, despite only being some 15 miles apart, couldn't be more different. Salle sits nestled in a valley between mountain ranges, the weather breaking just above it into dense fogs and healthy rains, making it look more like a piece of Scotland than of Italy. Further up and into the mountains you find Cocullo, a town built up like the mountains themselves, steeped in snow and strange histories.

Both places swear to have invented the pizzelle, which, before the advent of the electrical irons on our list, were made by heating a similarly shaped iron directly over a fire. For my money, I'm going to go with Salle's claim to have been first, if only because my Nana featured so heavily both on this list and in my early pizzelle education. My Nana also hated snakes, and Cocullo is famous for its population of the deceitful, slithering creatures.

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Last updated on December 01, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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