Lady Fingers

Lady fingers are also of the main ingredients of tiramisu and charlottes, but they’re also wonderful cookies on their own. You may add 1 teaspoon lemon zest if you like.

Makes: 24Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 24


  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup cake flour
  • 1⁄8 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 cup confectioners’ sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Beat the yolks and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar on high speed 5 minutes. Mixture will be thick and pale, and will form ribbons when beater is lifted. Blend in vanilla.
  • Sift flour over egg mixture. Do not fold in.
  • Whip egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar; whip to soft peaks. Gradually add 3 tablespoons granulated sugar. Fold egg whites and flour into yolks carefully; be sure not to deflate batter. Transfer to a pastry bag and, with bag at a 45° angle to baking sheet, pipe 3-inch-long fingers.
  • Sift confectioners’ sugar over lady fingers. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until cakes are firm. Cool 5 minutes; remove from paper while still warm.