This post is inspired by my grandma, “Grandma Rees” we called her. She would make my brother, sister, and I pizzelles when we visited.

Today’s post is not just a recipe as per usual. I’ve decided to turn the image above into a holiday card and do a giveaway. These cards say “Happy Holidays” on the front & the cookie recipe is on the inside. They are mighty cute if I may say so myself.

On December 1st I will choose 5 people to win a set of 15 cards. To eneter the giveaway, simply go to this address, click the “enter sweepstakes” button, and fill out the form. You must provide an email address so that I can contact you if you win. I can promise you that I will never use your email address for anything other than this giveaway. =)

This reciepe was adapted from Vegan Feast Kitchen’s recipe.


  • 1/3 cup    Earth Balance, melted (earth balance is a healthy margarine)
  • 3/4 cup    almond milk
  • 1/2 Tbs    pure almond extract (vanilla extract works fine too)
  • 1 1/2 cups   powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup    whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup    unbleached white flour
  • 1 very small pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Using the “s” blade, combine all the ingredients (except the powdered sugar for dusting) in a food processor or a Vitamix.
  2. Heat up the electric pizzelle iron according the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Spray the pizzelle iron with some oil.
  4. When the iron is ready, add 1 Tbs of batter to the center of each cookie. The amount of batter you need will vary depending on which iron you have.
  5. Close the iron and let it cook for a little less than a minute.
  6. Remove the cookies from the iron and sift powdered sugar over them.
  7. Store in a air tight container until ready to eat.

Dont forget to enter the card giveaway.


Linda Perkins - Love the cards. Wish I would have had them to use when I sent out invitations to this years Cookie Exchange.
I have a pezzelle maker….I give then out as a gift to all the girls that attend.

Maisie lam - Your photography is wonderful!

Angel Legume - The styling of these photos is so pretty.
My boyfriend and I have been attempting to veganize his moms anise pizzelles. We thought using cold coconut milk solids to replace some of the eggs would work well, but ours fell right apart in the iron.
We did make a successful batch just using whipped egg replacer, but we’re going to try yours and see how it goes. Maybe we’ll swap out some of the almond extract for anise oil, to stick to his mom’s tradition.

The Peace Patch - Making pizzelles with my Sicilian grandmothers is one of my favorite childhood memories. Those big clunky irons, pizzelle batter dripping everywhere, the heavenly scent of almond extract. And piles of pizzelles disappearing just as quickly as we made them! Thanks so much for sharing this!

vkrees - You sure can! Just shoot me a message from the contact form. =)

Denise Adams - I am sorry to have missed the sweepstakes for the pizzelle cards. My grandmother taught me how to make them. I make them every Christmas to honor her memory. Can I purchase any from you?
Thank you for sharing your love.
Happy holidays.

Paulina - Your cookies are amazing, but I am wondering if it’s possible to make them without pizzelle iron? I live in Poland and I don’t think I could find pizzelle iron anywhere here. Maybe I could bake them in the oven or use a frying pan?

vkrees - Claire- I do indeed sell prints! Just send me an email if you’re interested. =)

Claire - Just curious, do you offer prints of your photographs? Just in case I don’t win some cards!

Leinana - hi! i am waaaay behind on my blog reading so i hadn’t been to your site in quite a while. i checked it out today and just wanted to say that your photography is just breathtakingly beautiful. some of the best food photography i’ve ever seen, hands down. thank you for being so inspiring!

Julia Schuster - Simply lovely!

meridith - i love this…it reminds me of my grandma too! i can’t wait to make these for holiday gifts for friends and family.

Kate - This is so lovely! I’m bummed the sweepstakes isn’t for us mobile-users–it’s all I got!

Ashlae - Stunning, lady. If I don’t win these, I wanna buy some from you ;)

Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! - Vanessa, you never cease to amaze me. This shoot is so beautiful and truly looks like Winter and the Holidays. I’ve never had a pizelle, but I may just have to try them out! Here’s to hoping that I win those beautiful Holiday cards! :)

ameyfm - so sweet. I already loved this image, but I love it even more knowing that it is grandma-inspired. Grandmas are the best.

Evan Thomas - These look terrific! Always a great Christmas cookie choice.

Ashley - This is fantastic! Entering now, and those pizzelles look amazing.

Denise - You make all the winter blues go away. So lovely.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - What a beautiful cookie! A total hit!

Caitlin - what a great idea! it’s super cute and the photo is gorgeous!

ana cooks - this is so beautiful.
i’m so thankful for follow your blog where i learn so much about pure beauty in photography.
i just keep scrolling upside-down amazed!
thank you!

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