Pink Heart Tuiles
The batter for these delicate yet crisp cookies may be made a kept
refrigerated for two days. To make a template for these cookies, cut
a three-inch heart-shaped hole in the center of a piece of heavy
plastic, such as a coffee-can lid. Trace a heart cookie cutter for
the shape, if you like. Spread the batter thinly over the template;
if the batter is too thick, the tuiles may bubble.
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pink food coloring
In two separate bowls, sift flour and confectioners' sugar. Set
In bowl of electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and
sifted confectioners' sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy,
2 to 3 minutes. Beat in egg whites, one at a time, until fully
incorporated. Add sifted flour; mix well. Add vanilla. Stir in food
coloring, drop by drop, until desired shade is reached.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F with two racks.
Place two Silpat sheets (French nonstick baking mats) on two baking
sheets. Place template on corner of mat. With offset spatula, spread
thin layer of batter over template, and lift template. Repeat to
make eight hearts, spaced equally, on each mat. Bake cookies until
cooked through but not brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a spatula, drape
cookies over handle of a wooden spoon to curl slightly; let cool. If
cookies cool before shaping, return pan to oven for 30 seconds. Bake
remaining batter, making sure baking sheets are cool before
Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, up to 1 week.
Makes 4 dozen.
Source: Martha Stewart Living Magazine, February 2000