Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits – Ladyfingers

28 February 2010

Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits

Ladyfingers are called savoiardi in Italian, derived “from savoy”. The French call them biscuits à la cuillère and are a common ingredient in many French desserts. You may be familiar with ladyfinger like biscuits in tiramisu, charlottes and trifles.

The recipe to these biscuits makes a delicate and perfect accompaniment to your coffee or tea. They are light (but not too fragile), crispy and slightly sweet.

If you are using these in a dessert, you can make them well in advance (stored correctly, they should be good for up to 2 – 3 weeks).

Making ladyfingers was part of The Daring Bakers February 2010 challenge for tiramisu. Part of the challenge was to bake our own ladyfingers. They are so easy to make, there’s no need to ever purchase them in the store again!

Savoiardi Biscuts – Ladyfingers
source from Cordon Bleu At Home

Makes about 24 large or 34 small ladyfingers

Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits - Ladyfingers


3 eggs, separated
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup cake flour, sifted (or 3/4 cup all purpose flour + 2 tbsp corn starch)
6 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar


Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C) degrees.  Lightly spray 2 baking sheets with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper.

Beat the egg whites using a hand held electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gradually add granulated sugar and continue beating until the egg whites become stiff again, glossy and smooth.

Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits - Ladyfingers

In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly with a fork and fold them into the meringue, using a wooden spoon. Sift the flour over this mixture and fold gently until just mixed. It is important to fold very gently and not overdo the folding. Otherwise the batter can deflate and lose volume resulting in ladyfingers which are flat and not spongy.

Fit a pastry bag with a plain tip (or just snip the end off; you could also use a Ziploc bag) and fill with the batter. Pipe the batter into 5″ long and 3/4″ wide strips leaving about 1″ space in between the strips.

Sprinkle half the confectioner’s sugar over the ladyfingers and wait for 5 minutes. The sugar will pearl or look wet and glisten. Now sprinkle the remaining sugar. This helps to give the ladyfingers their characteristic crispness. Hold the parchment paper in place with your thumb and lift one side of the baking sheet and gently tap it on the work surface to remove excess sprinkled sugar.

Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits - Ladyfingers

Bake the ladyfingers for 10 minutes, then rotate the sheets and bake for another 2-3 minutes or so until the puff up, turn lightly golden brown and are still soft. Allow them to cool slightly on the sheets for about 5 minutes and then remove the ladyfingers from the baking sheet with a metal spatula while still hot, and cool on a rack.

Store them in an airtight container. They should keep for 2 to 3 weeks.

Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits - Ladyfingers

Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits - Ladyfingers

More Historical Information About Savoiardi Biscuits – Ladyfingers
Ladyfingers on Wikipedia

by Cristina A-Moore

Desserts · Flavors of Italy

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MoonLight @ AWorldInMyOven August 20, 2013

Thank you so much for the recipe! It was just what I needed for my home-made Tiramisu.. it turned out amazing: these cookies soak up so much more coffee and have a way better flavour than the store-bought ones!


Cristina August 21, 2013

I’m glad you tried it!! It’s a great recipe – I was really happy with it to and won’t ever buy store-bought lady fingers again. :)


Leyna December 31, 2012

Thank you so much for this recipe! It worked perfectly for my tiramisu this weekend. :)


Kitiara December 11, 2012

I just made these and they are absolutely fantastic. It tastes just right. Thank you =)


Maryam June 6, 2011

My ladyfingers keep coming out with an eggy taste and smell. What could be causing this and how can I eliminate it?


Gina Stanley July 16, 2010

I’ve never tried these at home, but I think I’m going to! Thanks for sharing!


Cristina - Teenie Cakes July 17, 2010

Hi Gina – They’re great homemade and really doable! Let me know if you give ‘em a try too. ;)


TeenieCakes March 7, 2010

- @Divina & @Daydreamer Desserts: It was an overwhelming challenge. Was wondering if I was ever going to finish, but like you mentioned, it was very rewarding and the outcome turned out delicious! :)
- @Roti n Rice: Thank you. They turned out pretty good and I’d definitely make them again. Their versatile for other desserts too.
- @citronetvanille: Thank you!! It was painless to make…will definitely be making these again!


citronetvanille March 1, 2010

beautiful savoiardi, I bet those are tender in the middle, like the soft biscuits à la cuillère and certainly nothing better than homemade ones! one day, I might try making them when making tiramisù!


Daydreamer Desserts March 1, 2010

Your Savoiardi look fantastic! Like Divina said, Feb’s DB challenge was a bit overwhelming but it was a great experience learning to make each individual component from scratch.


Roti n Rice March 1, 2010

Wow, you really take the time to make the ladyfingers as well….impressive! These look nice and light!


Divina March 1, 2010

The DB Challenge is overwhelming with lots of components so it’s good to focus one of the ingredients. I usually buy these ladyfingers. :)But it would be great to make them soon.


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