Food - Drink
What Makes Tuile Cookies Unique?
By AUTUMN SWIERS
From mille-crepes to croquembouche, you’d be hard-pressed to find a country with more elaborate desserts than France. However, France is also home to simpler sweets such as the subtly vanilla- or almond-flavored tuile cookie, which may look unimpressive compared to a pile of macarons, but has its own unique charm.
A tuile is a simple wafer cookie taste made with simple ingredients, and its special rolled shape is its defining characteristic. Tuiles are like ultra-thin and crunchy tubes, and the name comes from the French word for "tile," since the rolled shape of the cookie is similar to curved tiles used on rooftops in classic French architecture.
To make tuiles, the dough is rolled out so thinly that it’s almost transparent, baked for four to five minutes, then shaped around a rolling pin. These delicate cookies can also be molded into other shapes, filled with mousse, berries, or pastry cream, served with ice cream or drinks, or and may even be flavored with orange, cocoa, or espresso.