Petits Fours

A petit four is a small bite-sized cake or pastry. The name “petit four” is derived from the French adjective petit, meaning “small” or “tiny”, and the noun four, meaning “oven”. Petits fours are usually decorated with icing, fondant, or glaze, and can be found in a variety of flavours.


  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (190 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour a 12-cup mini muffin pan.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together water, sugar, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add butter to the flour mixture, and use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Add eggs to the flour mixture, and mix until the dough comes together.
  6. Roll the dough into 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls, and place them in the prepared muffin pan.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the petits fours are golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven, and let cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many potential changes and improvements that can be made to this recipe. For example, you could try using a different flour, such as whole wheat or almond flour. You could also add in some dried fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips to the dough. If you want a sweeter petit four, you could try dipping them in a simple icing made from confectioners’ sugar and milk.

What other food it works well with

Petits fours can be enjoyed on their own, or with a cup of coffee or tea. They can also be served as part of a larger dessert, such as a cake or pie.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making petits fours is not letting the dough balls cool completely before removing them from the pan. This can cause the petits fours to stick to the pan and fall apart.

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes 12 petits fours. Each petit four contains approximately:

  • 95 calories
  • 4.5 g fat
  • 12 g carbohydrates
  • 1 g protein


This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Wheat

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