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You’ll get major cinnamon churro vibes from this crunchy sweet treat! These Cinnamon Sugar Pizzelles are so delicious and easy to make! The gluten-free, vegan pizzelle batter is made with simple ingredients, cooked in a pizzelle maker and then coated in cinnamon sugar for the perfectly crispy cookie waffle for holiday parties!
Christmas is almost here… almost, as in a couple weeks away! Don’t panic, take a deep breath… luckily I got all of my shopping done and wrapped #onit But guys, it’s not Christmas without my favorite little Italian waffle cookies. Luckily they are super easy to make, phew!
This time of year is seriously my favorite. Good food, great company, and lots to celebrate, including my son’s first birthday! He was born last Christmas Eve and I always joke saying God knew that I love Christmas soooooo much that he gave me the best gift ever last year, and I get to celebrate that amazing blessing year after year and remember just how grateful I am for this little miracle.
That also means that the holidays just got a little busier for us, a wonderful kind of busy, though. I want my son to feel special and celebrated too, amongst all the hustle and bustle of the season, so that means Thanksgiving + a birthday party + Christmas all within a months time. Can you feel a tad bit of anxiety in my words?! Luckily, I love to host and throw get-togethers but that comes with lots of kitchen time. So naturally the answer is pizzelles… 😉 This recipe makes 50-55 pizzelles so it’s great for parties, and besides a little patience, these Cinnamon Sugar Pizzelles really are easy to make.
To make this pancake-like batter you’ll need plant milk (such as oat, coconut, rice, almond, etc.), gluten free flour, baking powder, cinnamon, coconut sugar, flaxseed meal (to make a flax egg), pure vanilla extract, melted vegan butter, and salt. I love making this batter because you simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and combined. TIP: add the milk first to help it blend easier.
To make pizzelles you need a pizzelle maker. There’s no way around that. I was gifted one from my dad that used to be his and although I only use it once a year generally, it’s great to have because I do love pizzelles! My hope is to make cannolis some day with my pizzelle maker 🙂
Other than a pizzelle maker, you’ll need a blender, spray oil- like coconut oil, and a large, shallow bowl for coating each pizzelle in cinnamon sugar, yum!
If you don’t want to coat them in cinnamon sugar to keep sugar content down you can skip this part, however, I will say that it takes these Cinnamon Sugar Pizzelles leap to a whole new deliciousness with it. We’re talking churros meets elephant ear… GOOOOD!
I used the same cinnamon sugar coating recipe that I used in my Grain-Free Churro Donut Holes, be sure to check those out too if you’re a fan of cinnamon sugar 😉
These Cinnamon Sugar Pizzelles were actually a failed attempt at making my cinnamon rolls. I doubled the recipe and the dough just didn’t work out… so I had the bright idea of thinning out the dough and making pizzelles instead. My dad just gave me his pizzelle maker and I’ve been dying to try some for quite some time. I was so excited and pleasantly surprised with how these turned out! The other amazing thing is you can make a lot of pizzelles, I’m talking 50-55 pizzelles depending on your pizzelle maker. so they make a great dessert item for holiday parties.
I hope you love this Cinnamon Sugar Pizzelle recipe! Leave a comment below in the comments section, as well as giving it a rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ if you love this crunchy holiday dessert! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, or save it for later on Pinterest!
Storage: store the pizzelles in a covered glass or tin container, not plastic, to keep them crunchy.
** NOTE: don't spray too much oil on the pizzelles or they will lose their crunch. Just give them a light coating so that the cinnamon sugar will stick. Alternatively you can lightly brush oil on them with a pastry brush.