These cookies were so much fun to make, so simple and looked so elegant.  According to Fannie Farmer’s Cookbook, the name of these cookies comes from the French word for tiles, as they are shaped to look like the roofing tiles of prior eras.  I found several recipes online that called for add ins of everything from almonds to Grand Marnier to orange zest and more.  I also found a lot of creative flares of fluting and molding the cookies, filling them and such.  I went with the Fannie Farmer recipe, which as with most of them, worked perfectly as it was.


6 Tablespoons unsalted butter

3 egg whites

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup flour


  • Melt butter over low heat and remove from heat, allow to cool.
  • Whisk by hand eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla until foamy in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Temper butter by spoonfuls, then add to egg mixture, stirring gently.
  • Pour batter by spoonfuls onto a paper lined cookie sheet.  (It will be very thin and runny.)
  • Bake for 6 minutes at 400 degrees F, or until edges just start to brown.
  • Remove cookies immediately and hang over a dowel rod, wooden spoon or suitable substitute.
  • After cookies take bent shape, remove and allow to cool completely.
  • Store in an air tight container until served.


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