November 5th, 2015
With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
In a bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Stir in the butter and vanilla. With a spatula, fold in the flour.
Spoon 1 tbsp (15 ml) of batter per cookie onto a baking sheet. Place 4 cookies on each sheet, spacing them at least 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Spread the batter using the back of a spoon to form a thin disc, about 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter.
Bake, one sheet at a time, for about 5 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
Loosen the cookies from the sheet with a spatula and shape into tuiles, tulips or cigarettes (see below for three shaping techniques). Let cool and unmould.
3 TECHNIQUES FOR SHAPING
Cigarettes: Place the edge of the cookie on a chopstick or the handle of a wooden spoon. Roll loosely.
Tuiles: Gently press the cookie on a rolling pin and allow it to cool for 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully detach the cookie from the rolling pin.
Tulips: Place the cookie onto an upside-down glass and press into shape. You will be able to serve ice cream and sorbet in these.