Easy Almond Tuiles

23 January 2023

This is an easy recipe for almond tuiles—thin, crisp cookies with beautiful scalloped edges and generous amounts of sliced almonds. These elegant golden brown cookies are satisfyingly crunchy and rich in buttery almond flavour.

How to Make Almond Tuiles

Makes nine 8½ cm tuiles

Whisk in a medium bowl until frothy:

  • 1 large egg white

Add one at a time and whisk well after each addition:

  • 20g sugar
  • 20g flour, sifted
  • 20g butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Fold into the batter:

  • 100g sliced almonds

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 160°C. Line one large baking sheet with baking paper.

Stir the batter. Place heaping tablespoons of batter on baking paper, 6–8 cm apart. Use the back of a teaspoon to spread each clump of batter into a thin disc 8–9 cm in diameter.

Bake about 18 to 22 minutes or until almond tuiles are golden brown. Let cool on the sheet for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips for Making Almond Tuiles

How can I make my almond tuiles more crispy?

For crispy almond tuiles, make them as thin as possible. After you have placed the batter on the baking sheet, nudge the batter outwards to form a large disc. Use the back of a teaspoon (or a chopstick or bamboo skewer) to reposition the almonds until they are mostly spread in a single layer.

How will I know when the almond tuiles are ready?

The almond tuiles are ready when they are golden brown. Almond tuiles will brown quickly, so keep a close watch near the end of the baking time. Baking until golden brown helps to ensure that your almond tuiles are crispy.

How can I make my almond tuiles look prettier?

For prettier almond tuiles, pay attention to the handling of the sliced almonds. When folding the almonds into the batter, mix gently to avoid crushing the almonds.

Shape your almond tuiles into neat circles, using a teaspoon, chopstick or bamboo skewer to adjust the shapes and neaten the edges. For more precision, you can place a round cookie cutter on the baking tray, then place the batter inside the cookie cutter.

To make almond tuiles with perfectly scalloped edges, arrange the outermost almond slices end to end to form a neat ring. Though time-consuming, this produces pretty results.

How do I store almond tuiles?

To retain the crispiness of your almond tuiles, once they have cooled store them in an airtight container, such as a glass container with a tight seal. Almond tuiles will keep for several days at room temperature.

Do I need to use an electric mixer to make almond tuiles?

There is no need to use an electric mixer for this recipe. It’s easy and fast to whisk the almond tuile batter by hand.

Is it necessary to rest the batter in the fridge?

Resting the batter in the fridge allows the batter to thicken before baking, so it’s better not to skip this step. If you are in a hurry, try shortening the resting time to 30 minutes.

Can I make the almond tuiles smaller?

If you prefer, you can make smaller almond tuiles. Smaller almond tuiles may need a shorter baking time.

Can I change the sliced almonds for another ingredient?

For a variation on this recipe, try replacing some or all of the sliced almonds with pumpkin seeds.