The best Homemade Italian Ladyfinger Recipe (Savoiardi)! This is an authentic recipe from my hometown of Sardinia. These spongy, airy, light and slightly crunchy cookies are a true Italian classic!
I grew up eating these cookies in Italy and they are one of my absolute favorites! I know you will love these classic Italian homemade cookies. Incredibly easy to make and eat :).
Enjoy this delicious Italian treat for breakfast, with an afternoon cup of tea, or dessert with a little ice cream!
Homemade Italian ladyfingers require a few basic ingredients you most likely already have at home!
- All-purpose flour
- Large eggs (separated)
- Granulated sugar
- Potato starch (can use corn starch)
- Vanilla extract
- Baking Powder
- Powdered sugar (icing sugar) for dusting
See the recipe card for quantities.
Homemade sponge finger cookies. The sponge interior of the cookies and the crisp exterior make this lady-finger recipe delightful! Simple and easy preparation.
Photos 1-3. Start by separating the egg yolk from the egg whites.
Place the egg whites and half of the sugar in a stand mixer (or hand mixer) with a whisk attachment. Start at medium speed until soft peaks form.
Gradually increase to high speed. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Photos 4-7. Mix the egg yolks, vanilla, and remaining sugar until combined.
Add egg yolk mixture to the egg whites, a little at a time, until completely incorporated. Do not overmix.
Sift in the dry ingredients, flour mixture, to the egg mixture and incorporate well. Be careful not to over-mix the batter.
Photos 12-14. Then, spoon the sponge cake batter to a piping bag or pastry bag with a wide tip.
Pipe the batter onto prepared baking sheets lined with parchment paper. I use a standard cookie sheet.
Squeeze out 4"/8 cm strips onto the baking tray, and keep them a few inches apart. Bake for about 15 minutes until well risen and golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool on a cooking rack. Mangia! (eat!)
Hint: don't worry about making the shapes perfect on your first try. You can make the "fingers" as fat or slim as you like!
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What are Savoiardi Ladyfinger cookies?
Ladyfingers or Savoiardi are traditional Italian biscuits. Savoiardi cookies are the classic biscuits used for tiramisu recipes.
They are called “ladyfingers” for their long skinny shape that resembles the fingers of a lady (this is a very generalized statement). They are sometimes called sponge fingers.
They are a little bit like American angel food cake. More Italian cookie recipes: Authentic Italian Wedding Cookies (Anginetti), Soft Italian Amaretti Cookies (Sardinian Recipe), and Italian Classic Almond Biscotti Recipe (Cantucci)
If you would like to make this recipe gluten free simply replace the flour with this gluten-free flour variety.
This recipe is classic and simple. It is perfect for making tiramisu! If you want to change up the taste try these variations.
- Extracts - add almond, lemon, orange, or anise extracts to the batter
- Flavors - add a little lemon zest or orange zest to the batter
- Toppings - add a drizzle of melted chocolate after baking. Add sliced almonds before baking and create added texture.
Try this Heavenly Angel Food Cake (Strawberries and Cream) on my website!
After the cookies cool- transfer them to an airtight or tin container. If not used immediately they’ll harden in the air.
Stored in an airtight container these Savoiardi cookies will keep for about 2-3 days at room temperature.
Let these tips help you achieve the best results!
- Weigh your flour and sugar. With precise measurements you will achieve a better overall result and won't risk getting dry cookies.
- Clean bowl. Any grease or leftover soap will interfere with the whites whipping properly.
- Do not over-mix the batter. Make sure to gently fold in the egg yolks into the egg whites and the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. This will make the cookies nice and airy.
- Don't open the oven! This will make the cookies collapse.
Ladyfingers are best fresh- eaten the same day. If you have any leftovers you can store homemade ladyfingers in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. Ladyfingers may also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw them at room temperature before eating or using them in a Tiramisu recipe.
Homemade lady fingers are softer than the store-bought variety. The homemade variety remain soft and sponge-like. The store-bought variety are crunchy and hard in texture. Since the homemade variety is more delicate they get firm if left uncovered.
Stale ladyfingers should be used instead of fresh ones. This is because the fresh ones tend to become soggy when they absorb the liquids in the tiramisu. If you use homemade lady fingers for tiramisu do not soak them as long in the liquid.
These Homemade Savoiardi Biscuits are a true taste of Italy in a classic cookie! They are a little crisp to bite in and soft and airy inside.
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- 120 grams sugar
- 4 eggs, separated
- 110 grams all purpose flour
- 40 grams potato flour (or corn starch)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 340 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Start by separating the egg yolk from the egg whites. Place the egg whites and half of the sugar in a stand mixer (or hand mixer) with a whisk attachment. Start on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually increase to high speed. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Mix the egg yolks, vanilla, and remaining sugar until combined. Add egg yolk mixture to the egg whites, a little at a time, until completely incorporated. Do not over mix.
- Sift in the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and incorporate well. Careful not to over mix the batter.
- Then, spoon the sponge cake batter to a piping bag or pastry bag with a wide tip. Pipe the batter onto prepared baking sheets lined with parchment paper. I use a standard cookie sheet.
- Squeeze out 4"/8 cm strips onto the baking tray, keep them a few inches apart. Bake about 15 minutes until well risen and golden. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooking rack. Mangia! (eat!)
*See recipe post for step by step photo instructions and tips
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Sweet
- Method: Italian
- Cuisine: Italian
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