Tuesdays with Dorie: Rousquilles from Dorie’s Cookies

Rousquilles on a black serving tray.This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies is one I’m not sure I’d make again but I’m glad I tried it!

Dorie says:

I spotted these white-glazed ring cookies (the name means “little wheels”) the first day we were in Barcelona, bought some and then bought them every day thereafter. I’d find them in fine pastry shops, supermarkets and neighborhood bodegas. Sometimes they’d be tossed into a basket and you could buy them the way you might loose candy; sometimes they’d be small enough to call tea treats; sometimes they were large enough to wear as bracelets; and always they had the flavor of anise, sometimes strong, sometimes faint. You could catch the flavor of honey in the cookies and sometimes something else, the occasional addition of orange flower water. There was a lot going on with this cookie, and all of it interested me.

These cookies are found not only in Spain but also in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of France and are traditionally flavoured with anise and orange flower water, though Dorie says that Banyuls, (a sweet red wine of the French Southwest), or Muscat (a floral white wine) are sometimes used too. For this reason, it’s pretty much an “anytime of day” cookie (morning, afternoon, apéro or evening).

Ok, so immediately after reading this description, I wasn’t sure I’d like these. I recognise them as being the sort of cookies that look much yummier than they actually taste LOL! I am also not a fan of anise or orange flower water in baking but was curious to try the recipe anyway – Dorie’s look so perfectly donut-y shaped and are really cute!

I made a tiny amount, because of this (1/3 of the recipe for about 10 cookies) and omitted the anise (actually realised I didn’t have any).

Close up of glazed rousuqilles.The dough was easy to work with (made in a food processor) but is a little soft, meaning when you cut the circles out, it’s hard to keep them perfectly round – hence my oval-y shapes!

Dorie Greenspan Rousquilles on a black serving tray.Dorie suggests a simple glaze but it is one that requires heating sugar and water to a certain temperature then cooking egg white with the sugar mix. For such a small amount of cookies I didn’t bother with that and just made an even more simple glaze with milk and icing sugar and dipped a few of them in.

These cookies were just “ok” in terms of taste – in retrospect I should have made them unflavoured as the orange water was overpowering for me. But I love the look of them and the idea behind them (an “anytime of day” cookie is always a good idea!).


Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Rousquilles from Dorie’s Cookies on p 303 of Dorie’s Cookies!

Dorie's Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com


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4 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie: Rousquilles from Dorie’s Cookies”

  1. good call on the glaze. i also made a small batch, and as i was fiddling with a dumb amount of sugar syrup and a thimble-full of egg white, i was like, “why am i just not making royal icing or 10x glaze?”

  2. I have just baked mine and I second your comment about the softness of the dough- easy to work with but warps easily. I have not tasted them yet but I am not sure I will like them much either.


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