Fall Leaf Tuile Cookies
Tuiles are thin, crisp almond cookies that are traditionally molded over a rolling pin, or another arched form, while they are still warm. Once set, their shape resembles the curved French roofing tiles for which they're named. Create a fall variation on these classic French cookies by shaping them with a leaf-shaped stencil. The basic tuile dough can be enhanced by flavorings such as chocolate, vanilla, lemon, or orange. These delicate cookies are delicious served alone or alongside a bowl of ice cream.
Make chocolate and white tuile batters according to recipes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trace a leaf onto a large, flexible plastic lid, such as one from a coffee can. Using scissors, cut lip from lid. With a utility knife, cut out the leaf shape to make a stencil.
Place nonstick baking mat on top of a baking sheet, and place stencil on mat. Using a small offset spatula, spread a thin layer of chocolate batter over stencil; carefully lift up stencil. Repeat, making more leaves, spacing evenly on baking mat. Transfer 1/2 cup white batter into a pastry bag fitted with a #2 tip. Pipe white veins onto chocolate leaves. Bake 4 minutes.
Using spatula, drape leaves over rolling pin to cool. Repeat process to make 50 cookies, reserving 1/2 cup chocolate batter.
Repeat step 2 with white batter, using reserved chocolate batter for piping.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2006