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Ladyfingers from Madonia Brothers Bakery


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 large eggs, whole
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sifted twice, then measured)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, lemon, or orange extract


Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Sift together the sugar and salt.  In a mixer with a whisk, whip the sugar, salt, and eggs on high speed, until triple in volume and very pale yellow.  Fold in the flour and flavoring.

Line a sheet pan with parchment.  Place the batter in a piping bag fitted with a plain, medium-size tip (or use a resealable or plastic bag by cutting off the corner to create a small hole).  Pipe out small (3-inch-long) bars, about 1½ to 2 inches apart.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the edges are just barely brown, let cool on a rack.


** Tip**: A rather crisp version of this style of cookie, these are easily made into a tiramisu and are also great for dipping in espresso.