Lady Fingers

"These are SO much better than store bought, and very simple to throw together. They make a delightful cheesecake 'crust'."
photo by Dave Morey photo by Dave Morey
photo by Dave Morey
Ready In:
19 fingers




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper.
  • Beat the yolks and 1/2 cup sugar on high for 5 minutes until ribbons fall from beater.
  • Lower speed and beat in vanilla and water.
  • Increase speed and beat for 30 seconds to thicken.
  • Sift the flour over this and set aside, without mixing.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites until foamy, then add cream of tartar.
  • Beat until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
  • Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  • Add 1/3 of the whites to the yolk bowl and fold until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Gently fold in remaining whites.
  • Working quickly to avoid deflation, scoop 4 cups into a large pastry bag with a 3/4 tip.
  • Pipe 3 inch by 1 1/2 inch'fingers' 1/4 inch apart.
  • They will attach during baking.
  • Be sure and let the batter fall from the tip, rather than pressing onto the sheet.
  • If you are making a bottom for a cheesecake, pipe a spiral, ending at about 10 inches in diameter.
  • Sift the powdered sugar over- the batter will absorb some.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until springy to the touch.
  • Remove to racks and cool slightly.
  • Remove from parchment with long spatula while still warm.
  • Or invert disc onto towel-covered rack and reinvert back to plain rack.

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  1. Im so excited these turned out so great! Now to attempt the tiramisu!
  2. This is a great recipe. I used the lady fingers in a trifle (Recipe #354868) and they were perfect. Thanks.
  3. These were absolutely delicious! I plan to use them for a tiramisu recipe, but by themselves they are wonderful. Spongey and springy, but soft..MMmmm. I added a bit of almond extract in place of 1/4 a tsp of vanilla just to enhance the flavor a bit more. I will use this recipe again and again! Thanks for posting :)
  4. Living in an area where I can't purchase lady fingers for my tiramisu,, I found this recipe online to make my own. They turned out great and my kids love them just plain too.
  5. This was an easy recipe to follow. The cookies came out really well and tasted great. I will make this recipe again; however I will use a berry flavor or almond so that I can have them with tea.


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