Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jambelotti or Lady Fingers

Jambelotti are my favorite cookie.  These are soft, oval shaped cookies that mom would make for special occasions because they are a bit more difficult to make, but boy are they worth the extra attention.  About a year before my mother passed away, I asked her for the recipe, which she readily gave.  I’m  forever  grateful that I asked because there is no one else I know who has the recipe or who knows just  how to make these cookies except for bakers, and they are not willing to give away their recipes!


3          cups flour
1 1/2    cups sugar
8          eggs, separated
2          tsp. baking powder
1          tsp. vanilla
1          tbs. orange rind


Beat egg whites till fluffy not stiff.  Add yolks one at a time.  Add sugar and vanilla to mixture.  When ingredients are well blended and fluffy, begin adding sifted flour and baking powder, when mixed add orange rind.  Allow to stand for ½ hour at room temperature.  Place one tablespoon of mixture into greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.  Bake in preheated 3500 This cookie should not be dark in color, but a light almond color when removed from oven (5 minutes on middle and 5 minutes on top.  If you want a sweeter cookie, melt confectionery sugar and brush on top of each cookie.
1 cup sugar / 2 tbs. water

© Natala Orobello

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