Little Pepi’s Pizzelle Waffle Cookies – Vanilla & Original Anise Flavor

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How’s it going guys? Tonight I am burning the midnight oil and killing some time while waiting for the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Well, my partner in crime is waiting for the release, I am tagging along for the fun of it. In an effort to kill sometime (which I have a lot of before the clock strikes midnight) we wandered the aisles of The Nugget (which is a fancy pants supermarket here) and looked for things that could be potentially tasty. I enjoy this store because they carry a lot of kind of hard to find items and their bakery and deli are AH-MAZAIN. Of course there are a lot of things that I turn my nose up because I have the culinary taste of a 6 year old child, I can always manage to find something to pick up anywhere I go.

I had never seen these cookies before, and truth be told, Little Pepi’s sounds like a hole in the wall pizza company more than it sounds like a cookie company. I was apprehensive about how these would be without any company from ice cream or frosting or some sort of companion. My favorite morning food is a waffle, and I like cookies, so these couldn’t be too bad, right?


Admittedly I did not pick these up, Richard did – but I like to assume that I have mutual rights to his property, legal or not 🙂 (Hi Richard, please let me continue to share your food after this post! :P) I had no interest in trying the Anise flavor as I do not care for black licorice, but in the spirit of being brave, I thought I would give it a try. We pulled into our destination for the DVD and had a little mini-feast of cookies in the car, which is why the pictures are not that great. We started with the vanilla flavor – most likely because it would be the more “safe” flavor. The vanilla flavor was pretty good. The cookie itself had kind of a chewy texture to it, despite being crispy for the most part. It tasted like a sweeter version of a waffle cone that you would get at a place like Coldstone. Alone they are pretty tasty, but I imagine that smothered in something like Nutella, or even some whipped cream, would take this over the top.

Then there is the Anise flavor. I made Richard try it first because again, I don’t like black licorice. He gave it a try and assured me that the flavoring was not too strong, so I trusted his judgement and had a small piece. NOPE. NOT GOOD. NO THANK YOU. He is right, the flavor is not super strong, but IT’S STILL THERE. *nothankyouhands*


Texture: 3/5 – This crispy cookie was somehow chewy, but chewy in a kind of stale way. Normally I would chalk this up to maybe getting a package that had some air in it or wasn’t sealed all the way, but both packages had the same texture. These also don’t expire until the first portion of next year, so I know that’s not the case either.

Smell: 4/5 – These have that rich buttery sweet waffle smell. Mmmm mmm…

Appearance: 4/5 – These are rather big cookies. I would venture to say that they are about almost 4 inches round. They all have a nice golden color and the classic waffle design.

Taste: 3.5/5 – I will only rate the vanilla flavor because the anise flavor was beyond not my cup of tea at all (which I would give a 1/5). Over all these cookies are good, but I would not see myself sitting down to enjoy these without the addition of something else like peanut butter or fruit or something of that nature. They are tasty and would be a great fancy edition to a bowl of ice cream as a yummy garnish.

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  • Reply Albanyish Dana

    “This crispy cookie was somehow chewy, but chewy in a kind of stale way.” Yup, that’s a Pizzelle, sounds like they nailed it.

    December 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    • Reply Erin

      Wow! And here little ignorant ole’ me had no idea. Glad to know that my cookie experience was not foiled by improper packaging. Do people normally just eat these alone?

      December 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm
      • Reply Albanyish Dana

        They’ve never been my cup of tea, probably because of the anise, which I loathe, and they’re not in my ethnic universe, so I’ve only had them a few times. I think they’re often sprinkled with powdered sugar (?). But really you could learn more about them from Bing than me. They always taste like a firm cookie that’s sat out in the humidity too long and got a little floppy to me.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Kate

    Little Pepi’s is a family run business out of PA. It’s not a pizzelle without some aniseseed!!

    December 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply Erin

      Hey Kate, forgive my ignorance! Are pizzelles more of an east coast thing? I honestly have never really seen them on the west coast. Sadly you and I differ on the whole anise seed deal, more for you! 😛

      December 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm
      • Reply Kate

        I didn’t think they were relegated to the east-coast specifically, but it might be the larger concentration of European immigrants via Ellis Island. It’s an italian cookie, with origins from Abruzzi, but both my Bruzzesse and Sicilian grandmothers made them.

        January 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm
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