Pirouettes AKA Cigarettes Russes
So I finished my test (yeah!) and as it turns out, blogging actually helped my grade – so I think its safe to continue! Almost immediately after the test, we left for Taos, New Mexico. We had a great visit with my in-laws, ate and drank well, and even got some skiing and hiking in. Apparently we brought the bad weather with us, but it was still better than the cloudy skys we came back to in Ohio. I was planning on taking a break from cooking while on vacation – but of course I got the urge to bake after about 10 hours. Actually I’ve had the urge to bake these particular cookies for several weeks. I kept putting them off because they looked kind of complicated, but spring break seemed like the perfect time to try these out!
The reason I have been wanting to make these cookies for so long, is that you really can’t buy them anywhere! Sure, you can buy filled Pirouettes, but I like the plain and simple taste of just the wafer – without hazelnut, mint, or chocolate cream inside to ruin it. Pepperidge Farm does actually make the simple “Cigarettes Russes” (without the filling), but the only place I have ever seen them is inside of the entertaining pack of assorted cookies, and even then you only get like 2! So while I really did enjoy making these cookies, there was also a utilitarian reason for making them.
I actually tried making these twice. The first time they did not work out …at all. I’m going to blame it on the 7,500 altitude in Taos, NM, but honestly I think there were a bunch of factors that caused the initial demise of these cookies. The second time was much better, and now I know the specifics of how to make them perfect – and lucky for you, I’ll share that info with you :-)!
- 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) softened butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 egg whites at room temperature (the first time I took them straight from the fridge – which didn’t work)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 tsp. salt.
1. Preheat an oven to 425°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with silicone liners. (Do NOT use Parchment. If you don’t have silicon liners you could try a greased cookie sheet, but this didn’t work as well for me)
5. Add the vanilla and beat until blended.
6. Mix flour and salt together, and gradually add to buter mixture. Stir to combine.
- 3 oz semisweet chocolate
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 tsp corn syrup (if you have it – I didn’t so I didn’t use it)
Adapted from Williams Sonoma