All recipes are for 2 servings unless noted. Oil is canola oil and salt is kosher salt.


Almond orange honeycomb cigars

Thin crunchy cookies that remind of the top candy layer of florentins. The rolled shape makes them easy to take somewhere or send as a gift. This is an adaptation of a recipe by Rumi Kojima, a pâtissière.


(Makes 3 cigars)

1 tbsp + 1 tsp (15 g) butter
1 tbsp + 1 tsp (15 g) sugar
1/2 tbsp (10 g) honey
1 1/2 tbsp (15 g) flour
2 or 3 tsp sliced almonds
Zest of 1/4 orange
1 tbsp candied orange peel

Heat oven to 355 F (180 F).


In a frying pan, lightly toast almond slices.


Melt butter by microwaving for 20-30 seconds.
Add sugar and honey, and mix.

Sift flour in, and quickly mix.
Add orange zest and candied orange peel, and mix.
Add almond slices and mix.


Scoop approximately 1 tbsp, put on 10-15 cm (4”-6”) square parchment paper.

Spread with spatula or spoon into a round.
Try not to overlap almond slices, as they tend to block the dough from spreading. 


Bake for 7-8 minutes until edge turns light brown.


Place a chopstick on one edge, lift parchment paper, and roll the edge over chopstick.
If cookie is too soft to peel from parchment paper, use a knife to peel it off and put edge over chopstick.

Fold edge around chopstick (with the help of a knife if necessary), and roll chopstick as you lift parchment paper to form a cigar.

Roll the cigar for a few seconds on the counter (surface should be cold) until it firms up somewhat, and cool on wire rack.

Once completely cool, keep in an airtight container.

  • If a cookie becomes firm before you finish rolling it into a cigar, you can put it back in the oven for a short time to soften.
  • Cookies out of the oven are very hot and soft. Be careful not to burn your hands when rolling.
  • Until you get used to rolling, work on only one or two pieces at a time.
  • If candied orange peel is not available, double the amount of zest.
  • You can make slightly skinnier cigars if you use almond dices, broken almond slices or no almond slices; this is handy when taking your cookies somewhere (edges are less likely to break).
  • If rolling each piece is too time-consuming or bothersome, cookies can be cooled as flat pieces. Alternatively, make multiple small rounds and cool over a rolling pin or bottle for a curved shape like tuiles, or make a single large sheet and cut it up or break it by hand. The shape doesn’t really matter – it still tastes great!
  • When made without almond slices and candied orange peel, the above recipe makes 2 cigars.
  • Other citrus also works. A lime version without nuts (as described in Kojima's original recipe) is my favorite.
  • Thick cotton gloves would be handy when rolling cookies.

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