Vanilla or Chocolate Tuiles


"Tuile" is the French term for "tile." In tuile recipes, the cookies are very pliable when hot out of the oven and are traditionally draped over a rolling pin. When cool, they resemble the tiles on old French villas.

close up view of a dessert with Chocolate Tuiles, ice cream, orange sauce, strawberries, and blackberries on a white plate
Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
1 dozen cookies


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

  • 4 egg whites

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup cake flour


  1. Beat butter and sugar together with an electric mixer on medium-high speed. Beat in the egg whites, one at a time. Beat in the vanilla.

  2. Lower the speed and add flour or flour-cocoa mixture (see Cook's Note) and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Cover bowl and chill for at least 1 hour.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  4. Cut a small hole (about 3 1/2 inches in diameter) in a thin piece of cardboard or plastic to serve as a template in forming the tuiles. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and place the stencil on it. Using a small offset spatula, place a small amount of batter in the center of the hole of the stencil and spread it out evenly. Carefully lift the stencil off. Repeat for more cookies.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly brown around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven and while still hot, remove tuiles from the pan and drape them over a rolling pin. Allow to sit a few minutes to harden and cool. Store in an airtight container.

Cook's Notes:

To create Chocolate Tuiles, substitute 3/4 cake flour sifted with 5 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder for the 1 cup cake flour.

The plastic lids from yogurt or cottage cheese containers are perfect for making stencils.

Shape the tuiles however you like: Drape the hot cookies over a rolling pin, over a glass, or in the hollows of an empty egg carton.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

156 Calories
8g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 156
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 33mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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