Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cigarettes Russes

Delicate and sweet, these cigarette russes are a charming and simple treat that will please any sweet tooth. The rich, chocolate tips truly make the world a better place. Show some love and care to friends and families by sharing a batch of these tasty goodies at a picnic or even as a light dessert. Enjoy!


Makes 30 to 40
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 10 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped medium fine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, and salt; make a well in the center. Add melted butter, egg whites, cream, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 425 degrees. place rack in center. Spray two baking sheets (do not use air-cushioned sheets or line with parchment) with vegetable-oil spray. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of batter onto baking sheet. Using the back of a spoon, spread batter into a very thin 6-by-3 1/2-inch oval. Repeat, making three more ovals of batter on the sheet.
  3. Bake just until brown around edges, about 6 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare second baking sheet. Working quickly, use a knife or long metal spatula to transfer a cookie to a work surface; roll around a chopstick or thin wooden dowel, forming a cigarette shape; place on wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining 3 cookies. If they get too stiff, return baking sheet to oven for 30 seconds. Continue baking and shaping cookies until batter is used up.
  4. Combine chocolate, corn syrup, and remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a double boiler over simmering water; stir occasionally with a rubber spatula until smooth. Let cool slightly. Dip about 1 inch of each cooled cookie into chocolate. Place on a wire rack, with dipped section off the edge, to dry. Store between waxed paper in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

Cigarettes Russes - Martha Stewart Recipes

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