lemon-almond petit fours


On Saturday, I gathered with a wonderful group of women from my church for a bridal shower. We dined alfresco, basking in the warm sun. At one point, the bride was asked to share the qualities she loves about the groom, and there wasn’t a dry eye at the table (thankful for sunglasses!).

Lemon-Almond Petit Fours | Tutti Dolci

My contribution was lemon-almond petit fours, just the right size for a sweet treat following brunch. Light and lemony with a delectable glaze, I used this Nordic Ware Petit Fours pan to create the mini floral cakes. I’m smitten with these for any spring occasion; I can’t think of a more lovely confection for Mother’s Day.

Lemon-Almond Petit Fours | Tutti Dolci

Lemon-Almond Petit Fours
1 1/3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp Meyer lemon zest
3/4 tsp almond extract
2/3 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
3 large egg whites, at room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp Meyer lemon zest
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice
2 Tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray petit four pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in lemon zest and almond extract. Combine milk and yogurt in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, alternating with milk mixture.

Using an electric hand mixer with clean and dry beaters, beat egg whites in a clean bowl at high speed until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each cup (about 2/3 full) and bake for 15 minutes, until golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 2 minutes in pans on a wire rack, then carefully invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.

To prepare glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, lemon zest, almond extract, lemon juice, and water in a small bowl. Glaze should be thin enough to pour; if too thick, microwave briefly (5 to 10 seconds) and whisk. Set rack with petit fours over a piece of waxed paper. Dip tops of petit fours into glaze; let set before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 40 petit fours
Calories – 60 (per petit four)
Carbs – 10

  1. I’ve got to try these..I didn’t have luck with a slightly larger nordicware pan that made small bundts, I couldn’t get them to release easily, but these are too cute to pass up. Do you grease the pans, or is the non-stick surface good enough as is?

    1. Hi Sue, I sprayed the pan well with nonstick spray and they released pretty easily for me. You could also spray and lightly flour the pan.

  2. Too adorable! I didn’t even know about the existence of petit four pans. (Happy to see that we’re on the same citrusy-almond, wavelength today!) 😀

  3. Lovely petit fours and I see my favorite Meyer lemon making a contribution!
    I agree these would make a wonderful Mother’s Day treat 😉

  4. What a beautiful contribution to what I’m sure was a lovely shower. These are just stunning (almost too pretty to eat…almost). Thank you for sharing!

  5. What scrumptious and adorable treats for a bridal shower – and, I agree, for Mother’s Day as well. Now, if only someone would make them for me 😉 I can even provide the Meyer lemons from our tiny tree!

  6. This pan definitely belongs on my ‘kitchen must-haves’ list. I’m sure ‘petit fours’ has a very specific French meaning, but I’m betting it refers to the fact that you must have at least four at a time of these tasty treats! 😉

  7. I have long wanted to try making my own petit fours but have always been intimidated by them. I actually came close to buying that very same pan recently but I wondered if it would be easy to unmold the petit fours–you’ve just convinced me to buy one, too. Is there a better combination than lemons and almonds? I think not.

  8. How sweet. I want one of those cute pans to add to my out of control pan collection. I have to start figuring out what I’m making for a shower on the 11th, babies everywhere around here. Happy Wednesday.

  9. Whoa that petit fours pan looks so fancy!!! I love that they put 4 shapes so it’s visually fun to plate these little treats on the plate. Your petit fours look so pretty, Laura! I bet these were very popular. 🙂

  10. so dainty and sweet. I bet they were thrilled with these at the shower. I have to check out this pan…it’s adorable!

  11. Uh, oh. Another pan I need to buy!!! Beautiful petit fours…perfect nibbles for a bridal shower 🙂

    PS…thanks for your kind words, my friend. xo

  12. Hi Laura,

    what a lovely blog you have! I like it that you use seasonal and local products, that’s what I try to do when I cook…
    This recipe is interesting, since you use low-fat milk and yogurt…I’ll try it soon!

    Happy Sunday from sunny Italy,

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