Merveilles (Orange-Scented Fried Cookies)

In France these are called merveilles, which means miracles. As the dough is fried in oil, it puffs up slightly, transforming into a delicate, airy confection. Here, we have cut the dough into triangles, but you can cut it into any shape you please.

Merveilles (Orange-Scented Fried Cookies)
Active Time:
1 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white whole-wheat flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons orange blossom water or brandy

  • ¼ teaspoon pure orange or vanilla extract

  • 2 cups canola oil

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  1. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

  2. Mix sugar, butter and orange zest in another medium bowl with a flexible spatula until smooth. Stir in egg, orange blossom water (or brandy) and orange (or vanilla) extract. Add the dry ingredients and stir until dough is soft and sticky. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

  3. Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap and cut the dough in half. Roll out each piece on a well-floured surface into an 8-by-10-inch rectangle, dusting with flour almost continuously.

  4. Using a saw-toothed ravioli cutter or a pastry or pizza cutter, cut each rolled-out piece of dough into 20 strips, squares or triangles. Place the cutouts on the prepared baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

  5. Heat oil in a medium saucepan to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels. Place confectioners' sugar in a fine-mesh sieve or shaker and set near the stove.

  6. Fry 5 cookies at a time until they're golden on both sides, about 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to the paper towels. Blot excess oil from the tops with another paper towel, then dust both sides with the sugar. Repeat with the remaining cookies, allowing the oil to return to 350° between batches. Serve the cookies within a few hours, dusted with more confectioners' sugar, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate dough (Steps 1-2) for up to 2 days. Refrigerate cookie cutouts (Step 4) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

47 Calories
3g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Serving Size 1 cookie
Calories 47
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 16IU 0%
Sodium 16mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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