Lovely Lady Fingers, the Versatile Cookie

| December 22, 2012

Lady Fingers are a personal favorite of mine.  They are light, airy cookies, that originated in the late 15th century at the court of the Duchy of Savoy, and were created to mark the occasion of a visit of the King of France.

Later they were given the name Savoiardi and recognized as “official” court cookies and given to visitors as a sample of the local cuisine.

I love Lady Fingers since they are a wonderful quick fix for my genetic “sweet tooth” and very satisfying when paired with a cup of coffee or tea.

I also use them as a foundation for Tiramisu and Charlottes as well as other layered desserts.  In addition, they are a great accompaniment for brulees, puddings and ice cream.

The homemade version stays well in a cookie jar or tin and is tastier and healthier than store bought.  Enjoy!


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  • ¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp. cake flour
  • ¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 6 large eggs separated
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. lemon extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift together both flours and salt and set aside.

In an electric mixer combine ½ of the sugar with the egg yolks until it forms soft peaks. Gradually mix at medium speed until mixture is a thick pale yellow.  Beat in vanilla and lemon extracts.

In a separate large bowl whip the egg whites on low speed until it forms soft peaks. Gradually beat in remaining sugar and increase to medium speed until the whites form medium stiff peaks.

Fold whites and flour mixture into yolks alternating small amounts. Fit a piping bag with a plain tip.  Pipe 3 inch lengths of the batter onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  Dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Bake for 7-8 minutes watching the bottoms to be sure they don’t overbrown. Alternate baking trays between racks in the oven. Bake for an additional 4 to 5 minutes until they turn golden brown.  Remove and cool.


Yield 4 dozen cookies

Charlotte Goldblatt