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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.

  • yield: Makes about 100 cookies

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Ingredients

Cook's Note

Work quickly when removing the cookies from the oven: If you wait too long, the cookies will harden on the baking sheet and won't be flexible enough to curve over the rolling pin. If this happens, you can return the cookies to the oven for a few seconds, and try again.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    Using spatula, drape leaves over rolling pin to cool. Repeat process to make 50 cookies, reserving 1/2 cup chocolate batter.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat step 2 with white batter, using reserved chocolate batter for piping.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, January 2006

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Reviews (3)

  • watkinsnw 19 Nov, 2008

    Did you try the food coloring? If so how did it turn out? I 'm also wondering what thickness of plastic lid to use for the stencil? Plastic ice cream tub lids are alot thicker than margarine tub lids. Also, any tips for someone trying this for the first time?

  • ecampbell34 10 Oct, 2008

    To jakenalli i don't see why not. You can add pink for valentines and black for bats. i would just make sure to use paste or gel colors not water based food colors

  • jakenalli 9 Sep, 2008

    Is it possible to add red, orange or yellow food coloring to the white batter to make a more colorful display?