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Italian Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches

"Seize the moment. Think of all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart." - Erma Bombeck

I had to start you off with that quote so you would feel better about this post.  This is real indulgence.  My husband and kids love these ice cream sandwiches.  You can make these with store bought italian pizzelle cookies, but it's so fun to actually make the cookies yourself.  Pizzelle cookies can be made in any flavor and shaped when still warm, allowing you to make little waffle dishes or cones.  But my guys' favorite way to eat them is to smear them with their beloved Nutella, cut slices of ice cream and make a sandwich out of them.  Of course, you can also just eat them alone, as a cookie, but what fun is that?


Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies

for a printable recipe, click here


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar + 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder


Beat eggs and sugar. Add cooled melted butter and vanilla. Sift together the cocoa, flour and baking powder. Add to egg mixture. Batter will be stiff.  Drop by teaspoonful onto pizzelle maker.  Close lid and cook for about 20 seconds.  After the first couple, you will know how long to cook them for your pizzelle maker.  Makes 30 pizzelles.

The pizzelle maker I use is from Villaware.

Sometimes two cookies will be formed together.  Just break them apart.  Most cookies will need to be trimmed a little around the edges:

It's fun to make little waffle cups - just place the hot pizzelle right off the griddle onto an inverted custard cup.  The ones below were formed on a rolling pin:


For all you Nutella lovers out there, you may enjoy this link.


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Reader Comments (27)

Those ice cream sandwiches look delicious. And with nutella, what's not to love?

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChocolate Shavings

This sounds so wonderful. I could even imagine some nice caramel sauce in there too. You've just reminded me that I received a pizzelle maker as a gift years ago - probably time that I tracked it down!

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaniniKathy

You might be considered a bad influence!

I have that same pizzelle maker, and I can get Nutella imported from Italy at The Chelsea Market.

So I guess I know what my next decadent concoction will be. Thanks for the quote. It helps (a little).

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Very nice! You trim the cookies so you can take a nibble, right? ;)
Wonderful post!

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaryann

Yummy! My family will love this! That really looks delicious.

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFoodista

Oh my, this sounds absolutely delicious! Anything with nutella is a winner in my book :)

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

ohhhh. i just love pizelles. these look beautiful. i just got an iron but haven't used it yet. i love the idea of bending them while they're warm. i'm definitely pulling my iron out soon!

January 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

We used to make pizzelle ice cream sandwiches and cannoli shells when i was a kid. They were always a huge hit for b-day parties!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan from Food Blogga

This could possibly be my new favorite thing!!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterProud Italian Cook

i normally stand on my chair so to get the dessert cart person's attention sooner! LOVE this recipe and especially love the wise addition of nutella !

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMsGourmet

I got a pizzelle iron from a friend for Christmas and this sounds like the perfect recipe to try first! Bookmarked!

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTartelette

A real indulgence indeed. These look so delicious!

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYankeeSoaper

These look beautiful. My waffle maker came with pizelle plates, but I haven't tried them out yet.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I love Pizelle's. I also use a VillaWare pizelle maker. I never thought about doing this with them. Thank you.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJannette

I've always been afraid to buy a pizzelle maker because I feared I'd gain too much weight since I love them so. Your ice cream sandwiches look delicious. Have you ever made a savory pizzelle? I just thought about that possibility, pizzelle crackers?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterARLENE

Arlene: What a great idea. I've never made a savory pizzelle. That's really got me thinking of the possibilities. . . thanks for the idea!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Italian Dish

thank you for your kind words. then i come here and i see my favorite thing ever. ice cream sandwiches with nutella! oh man... can i have these for breakfast?

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAran

How gorgeous.Oooooooooh...I wish I had a pizelle press too. Unheard of where I live. Those cups are beautiful!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassionate About Baking

What a fun dessert! I had a pizzelle maker, but I'll be darned if I know what ever happened to it! I do have though a single pizzelle maker with a long handle that you hold over the stove. It's back breaking work and takes *forever* to get a nice pile of cookies made!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

What a neat dessert. I'd love to have one of those pizzelle makers! So cute!

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

BTW.. where in MI are you? I'm originally from Grand Rapids area. My parents are still there so we visit often. :)

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered

Wow.. I made these the other day for friends and we all loved it!! Thanks for sharing! It's a keeper for sure!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered

This really a 'cool' idea.

Thanks for sharing. I'm going to make my own ice cream sandwiches pizzelle. Mmm, Yummy!

Cheers" rel="nofollow"> PizzelleMaker

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPizzelleMaker

Which is better...polished or non stick? I'm shopping for a pizzelle iron and I need help!

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

From The Italian Dish:

Jackie: I have a nonstick one and I love it.

November 18, 2013 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

What kind of ice cream is this? Looks yummy!!!

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarina

Recently purchased a Pizzelle iron. My first batch of Pizzelle were thick, not crispy and lacked
something. I used vanilla and almond for flavoring. Does anyone have a suggestion for making them
Better? I want to love my new cookie maker!!

December 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVickiLyne

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