Homemade Ladyfingers Recipe

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Having a difficult time finding ladyfingers in the grocery store? Try baking your own! "I keep a few dozen of these light sponge cookies in my freezer to serve with fresh fruit or to use in trifles and other desserts," explains Peggy Bailey from Covington, Kentucky.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 69 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes; set aside.
  2. In another bowl, beat egg yolks with remaining sugar for 3 minutes or until thick and lemon colored; add water and extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into yolk mixture. Fold in egg white mixture.
  3. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip #12. Spoon batter into bag. Pipe 3-1/2-in.-long lines 2 in. apart onto a greased and floured baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack; cool completely. Cover and freeze for up to 1 month.
  5. To use frozen ladyfingers: Thaw in the refrigerator; dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve as a cookie or use in desserts. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Homemade Ladyfingers in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p43

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Ana Julieta User ID: 9115677 263754
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2017

"Good Recipe really nice lady fingers I didn't piped them because I'm terrible at that so I floured an Air bake pan (no grease) and just spread it there the thinnest and most even I could. Baked them and cut in stripes. Very nice using it for my Tiramisu :)"

CookiesRmyPassion User ID: 4815101 204882
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"I couldn't find ladyfingers in the grocery store so I did a search. I was so happy to find these. They were very easy to make and taste great! Just make sure you use a big enough piping bag or it can get messy. I am going to use them to make tiramisu."

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