Sunday, March 27, 2011


As a girl I was captivated by simple things.  Not much has changed apparently because my kitchen faucet is leaking and it made me think to share these recipes based upon thoughts of splats.  Don’t ask. They’re all delicious though to be sure.
Cheese Crisps...
that’s what FOOD & WINE magazine calls these tasty little bits of cheese oops.  I made these on accident (I know you have also but we’re not talking about you are we? No, haha, so anywho...) when cheese leaked from something else I was preparing.  I kindly lifted them from the pan with my spatula and let them cool.  I served them as little food accessories and I thought they were pretty cool.  My guests did also and I never forgot them.  You try ‘em, ok.  On purpose. FOOD AND WINE did it like this:


that’s what one gets when sugar cooks in an oiled, medium high heat pan until it browns.  You could have this happy accident in a pan sprayed with cooking spray (Pam) and then sprinkle it with walnuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds - you pick.  Then remove the beautiful browned sugar and seeds from your medium high heat pan and allow time to cool (10 minutes).  Crumble to size you find pleasing and sprinkle over something to fancy it up.  I do this over a lettuce salad.  No it’s not healthy but it is incredible to behold with your eyes and with your taste buds.   
You could also make little sugar discs and add to a scoop of ice cream for a gourmet touch.

Tuille Cookies

I know you have taken cookies too soon from the cookie sheet and they have melted like a sleepy baby from your spatula and then you let them cool some more.  What happens if you don’t?  Well you can shape them into culinary magic if you were so inclined... 
Do this with a really light cookie and you can shape a cone, a fortune cookie, a chip or crisp.  Sometimes I make these when people show up unannounced, they’re that quick and easy.  I drape the warm cookie over my rolling pin.  Here is a simple recipe for a light cookie but not as thin as the one pictured above.  Most closely matches the cookie shown in ice cream cake photo.  The cookies can be chocolate, with cocoa powder added, or vanilla.  Try something fun by piping chocolate into an initial or shape and then add the vanilla over the top.  The thin cookie spreads out on the cookie sheet so allow ample room.  Tuille cookie recipe.

Shown above are a Tuille Orange Lace Cookies  (recipe link)
Though I think the term cookie is generously bestowed here, they are still fun to make for your coffee, dieting friends or to have ala mode. 
The real magic of Tuille Cookies is that what you can do with them is infinite.  Trace into something sturdy, a simple shape. Lay the template on a silpat or cookie sheet and smear your tuille batter over it, then lift.  Bake your cookie and then shape it while it's still warm and you should have something insanely amazing.



  1. As a young boy my mother would often make sweets from cheese crisps and add syrup similar to your sugar cookies.( Yum ). Although your Tuille cookie recipe is one that I will definately try real soon for sure. Lots of Wonderful treats to try on your great site , & thanks for sharing, cheers , Mal..

  2. Wow! This sounds so simple yet looks so elegant!

    BTW, thanks for the follow on my blog! I returned the favor!