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Recipe for Red Velvet Valentine Pizzelles


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Learn how to make cake batter cookies with this recipe for red velvet valentine pizzelles.

Learn how to make cake batter cookies with this recipe for red velvet valentine pizzelles.

Flavored Pizzelle Recipes

Pizzelles are one of my favorite cookies to make. I've been making them since I was a little girl; now as an adult, I have a lot of fun experimenting with pizzelles and pizzelle recipes. This was by far one of the easiest ways to add a new flavor and festive color to my most recent batch of pizzelles. The rich red color of these pizzelle cookies is perfect for Valentine's Day and Christmas.

All you will need is a pizzelle iron, your favorite store-bought red velvet cake mix, and a few other basic ingredients. This tutorial is perfect if you're looking for new and different recipes with red velvet cake mix.

The ingredients for red velvet cake pizzelles.

The ingredients for red velvet cake pizzelles.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

Approximately 75 red velvet pizzeles


  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 sticks butter, melted


  1. Pre-heat your pizzelle press.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine: cake mix, vanilla, sugar, eggs, and melted butter. Mix well.
  3. For easy baking, fill a pastry bag with the cake batter and dispense dollops in the centers of the molds. Close the iron and bake for approximately 30 seconds or until crispy.
  4. Remove finished cookies and lay flat to cool.

Step-by-Step Photos

Put the cake batter in a pastry bag to make it easy to fill the molds in the pizzelle press.

Put the cake batter in a pastry bag to make it easy to fill the molds in the pizzelle press.

Pre-heat the press. Fill the molds with dollops of the cake batter. Close and cook for 30 seconds or until crispy.

Pre-heat the press. Fill the molds with dollops of the cake batter. Close and cook for 30 seconds or until crispy.

Tips for Making Perfect Pizzelles

  • My pizzelle press has non-stick plates and I never have an issue with my cookies sticking. If your cookies are sticking, brush a little cooking oil onto the design plates—especially in the grooves.
  • The thickness (or runniness) of a pizzelle batter varies from recipe to recipe. Don't be alarmed if this batter is thicker (or runnier) than you're used to.
  • It may take you a couple rounds to figure out how much batter is too much or too little for your iron.
  • You can spoon the batter on to the iron or dispense it using a pastry bag. Both work, but the pastry bag definitely gives you more control and is less messy.
  • Always dispense batter into the center of the pizzelle molds. This ensures round and complete cookies but also helps cut down on possible dripping and messes.
The cookies also look great with a dusting of powdered sugar.

The cookies also look great with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Pizzelles and Powdered Sugar

Traditionally, pizzelles are dusted with confectioners sugar. These cookies look and taste great as is, but they are also great with a dusting of sugar.

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This recipe turns store-bought cake mix into a delicious, fancy treat.

This recipe turns store-bought cake mix into a delicious, fancy treat.

Where Can I Buy Red Velvet Cake Mixes?

For this recipe, I used a Duncan Hines red velvet boxed cake mix. My local grocery store also carries red velvet cakes by Pillsbury and Betty Crocker.

Did You Know?

  • There's much debate about where the first red velvet cake appeared and who made it. There's a surprising amount of mystery and myth around this little cake flavor.
  • Red velvet cakes became "re-popular" after a red velvet armadillo cake was featured in a very memorable scene of the 1989 film, Steel Magnolias. These days red velvet cakes are most popular in their trendy cupcake forms.
  • Many "from scratch" recipes call for 1-2 ounces of red food coloring to achieve the cake's deep color. You can also achieve this color naturally with beet puree while adding some extra nutrients and moisture to your cake.
You can shape some pizzelles into bowls for another fun treat.

You can shape some pizzelles into bowls for another fun treat.

Red Velvet Pizzelle Bowls

I always make my last few pizzelles into special little bowls for ice cream or fruit.

  1. Simply remove your cooked pizzelle from the iron and gently place it into the bottom of a small bowl. As it cools, it will harden into a very handy bowl shape.
  2. Remove the pizzelle from the bowl when cool and use as a "bowl" for eye-catching desserts.

I filled these pizzelle bowls with some whipped cream and fresh strawberries. I added some colorful Valentine sprinkles for a festive touch.

These vibrant treats are perfect for many holidays.

These vibrant treats are perfect for many holidays.

Heather Says

This is such a fun spin on a traditional favorite. If you're looking for new pizzelle recipes or easy red velvet desserts, this cookie recipe is sure to satisfy your search and your taste buds. Whether flat, rolled and filled like canolis, or shaped into bowls or cones and filled with fruit, these cute little Valentine treats are sure to be a hit. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Happy Valentine's Day!

© 2014 Heather


Diane on December 16, 2017:

Just finished making these. Followed the recipe exactly at first then switched gears and added peppermint extract and they are wonderful. Can't wait to experiment with other cake mixes!

Lynn on February 15, 2017:

I made these for a wedding. I am worried that they are a little to thin and will break. I will try again with a little more flour. I am wondering about adding anise instead of the vanilla. In our area most people expect to have anise pizzelles.

Christine on December 29, 2016:

Made my first patch of red velvet pizzells. Where I come from we call them tie plates. Northern Ontario They were wonderful. I add an extra cup of flour to make the batter a little thicker. They came out even better. I even did a dozen by rolling a white chocolate kit kat bar in each tie plate and dipped the ends in white chocolate.

Faith on December 21, 2016:

Genius.. I've been making them for years, but only just recently decided to make different flavors.

I know there is an oreo cake batter now imagine that as a cookie.. or even brownies. Endless possibilities.

Pat on February 08, 2016:

I love this Red Velvet pizzelle and will be making them for this Valentine's Day! Have you tried using this recipe and changing the cake mix to, for example, chocolate? I was just wondering if that would also work.

Kathy Stutzman from When not traveling, located in Colorado or Minnesota on March 05, 2015:

This looks like so much fun and is a nice twist to a favorite childhood treat. Thanks - I can't wait to give it a try to am not going to wait for Valentine's Day!

Heather (author) from Arizona on March 18, 2014:

@rebeccamealey-- Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub. I love making pizzelles and you're right-- you can customize them for just about any holiday. Thanks again :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 09, 2014:

These are so cool! I really never heard of them before. They would make great treats for most any holiday, given the right color. Thanks!

Heather (author) from Arizona on February 07, 2014:

@Tashaonthetown-- Thanks for reading. I hope you were able to give these a try. You'll have to let me know how they came out :)

@carlajbehr-- Thanks so much for the visit and wonderful comment! I definitely enjoy my time in the kitchen and I love to share my new ideas and experiences with people both on- and off-line. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this Hub and my work. Many thanks :)

@Eiddwen-- Thanks so much for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe! I wish you a great day too :)

@randomcreative-- Thanks so much for stopping by. These were a lot of fun to make and I also enjoy the simple ingredients needed and uniqueness that this recipe offers. Thanks again :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on February 07, 2014:

@Beth37-- Thanks so much for your visit and your wonderful comment. I'm excited for another HubPages contest and would love to be a part of it. I definitely enjoy this worlds more than my previous corporate and retail jobs. Thanks again :)

@Glimmer Twin Fan-- Thanks for stopping by. It's true... there are almost endless possibilities with the pizzelle waffle bowls. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub :)

@purl3agony-- Thanks for stopping by and pinning! I always love your comments and support. Thanks again :)

Natasha Pelati from South Africa on January 31, 2014:

These look so delicious and I love red velvet! Will definitely try these over the weekend.

Carla J Swick from NW PA on January 28, 2014:

You are such a talented, creative person... your hubs probably my favorite because of their high-quality content and photos! They are head and shoulders above most. Best wishes!

Eiddwen from Wales on January 28, 2014:

Interesting and very useful Heather. Voted up and saved. Enjoy your day.


Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 27, 2014:

So beautiful, and I'm sure that they are delicious as well! I can't believe that it's a cake mix base recipe. What a unique option for Valentine's Day.

Beth37 on January 27, 2014:

You are so creative. I mean... seriously. When that HPs contest thing comes around again, I sincerely hope you win the best hub writer b/c you just have it all. From ideas, to pictures, to getting your points across... you were made for this. You are at the top of your class missy.

Claudia Mitchell on January 27, 2014:

I love the pizzelle bowls you made. I could think of lots of yummy things to serve in those. The color from the cake mix is so beautiful. Unfortunately I don't have a pizzelle maker, but now I'm tempted. Pinned.

Donna Herron from USA on January 27, 2014:

These are so pretty, and perfect for Valentine's dinner or party. I love the idea of shaping them into bowls to use for a special dessert. Amazing! Voted up and pinned!

Heather (author) from Arizona on January 26, 2014:

Thanks, Melinda Longoria. I'm glad you stopped by today :)

Melinda Longoria MSM from Garland, Texas on January 26, 2014:

Those are so pretty and look delicious!

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