Anne Series · Montgomery

Anne’s Lady Fingers

Author: L.M. Montgomery
Book: Anne of Avonlea
Difficulty rating: Harry Potter
Deliciousness rating: Exceeds Expectations

Part of Anne’s Golden Picnic


“I’m going to have the daintiest things possible … things that will match the spring, you understand … little jelly tarts and lady fingers, and drop cookies frosted with pink and yellow icing, and buttercup cake” (102).

Did it measure up?
Miko: They don’t look particularly dainty, and they’re not anything like modern lady fingers, but they are pleasant and nice to eat. They’re not super-exciting, but I like them. They remind me a little of melon pan.

Jenne: I thought they were pretty bland and not worth eating when I could be having more ham sandwiches! If you do make them (I wouldn’t bother) at least add some salt.

Recipe from Culinary Landmarks


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbs of lemon juice


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Sift the flour and baking powder together.

3. Beat the butter, sugar, and eggs together until it’s light and fluffy.

4. Add lemon juice and milk.

5. Roll it out with your hands (not with a rolling pin.) Cut in little strips, and roll in sugar.

6. Grease a cookie sheet and line up the lady fingers, leaving a little space between each. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Avonlea. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., 1909.

4 thoughts on “Anne’s Lady Fingers

    1. I went back and looked at the recipe, and it doesn’t say! Which might be why it didn’t turn out too well.
      I can’t remember now if we even put any in at all, but the usual rule of thumb is one teaspoon per cup of flour.
      Good luck!


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