- Preheat the oven to 190 °C (375 °F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Add the butter and vanilla. Gently fold in the flour with a spatula.
- On the baking sheet, place 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of batter per cookie. Prepare 4 cookies per sheet, taking care to leave a 5-cm (2-inch) gap between each. Spread the dough with the back of a spoon to form thin 12.5-cm (5-inch) in diameter discs.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for about 5 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
- Loosen the cookies with spatula and shape immediately.
5 minutes per batch
Shaping Cigarette or Ginger Snap Cookies: three techniques
Form cigarettes-shaped cookies by laying the edge of the cookie on a stick or the handle of a wooden spoon. Roll loosely.
Form the cookies by laying them on a rolling pin. Let cool for 3 to 4 minutes before removing.
Form tulip-shaped cookies by laying a cookie on an upside-down glass and pressing lightly. Tulips can be filled with ice cream or sorbets.
To form a shape with the cookie requires that the cookie is warm to the touch, but still malleable. If you have waited too long and the cookies have lost their flexibility, return to the oven for 30 seconds.
Using two baking sheets makes for much faster work. After placing a first sheet in the oven, prepare a second one immediately. While the second sheet of cookies is in the oven, you can work on shaping the first sheet.