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Flame Tuiles

Scarlet flames -- tuile cookies tinted red -- eerily evoke the underworld when they dance around a dense devil's food cake.

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Photography: Kate Sears

Source: Halloween 2007, August 2007


  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Red and orange gel-paste food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat, such as Silpat. Beat egg white and sugar in a mixer on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour and salt, and beat to combine. Beat in butter, cream, vanilla, and a few drops each red and orange food coloring.

  2. Using a small offset spatula, spread 1 teaspoon batter into an oblong shape, about 5 inches by 2 inches, on prepared baking sheet. Repeat, spacing the ovals 1 inch apart. Bake until just set at edges, about 6 minutes. To create flame shapes, remove tuiles from baking sheet with an offset spatula, and set them on a clean work surface. They will naturally dry into wavy shapes within a minute or two. Carefully shape flames by breaking off edges and leaving them jagged.

  3. Repeat process with remaining batter.

Cook's Notes

Tuiles can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.


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