Lengua de Gato
Butter cookies, its popular everywhere, but cat shaped ones? Yes, this one too. Lengua de Gato in the Philippines, Katte Tong in Netherlands, Langues de Chat in France and Lidah Kucing in Indonesia. While they are all named differently the basic ingredients are all similar butter, flour, sugar and eggs, other varieties can be prepared with a ganache, cream, jam filling and sandwiched together, others are dipped in chocolate or it can also be served with sorbet or ice cream but for the Filipino version its simply served on its own.
Lengua de Gato is a holiday treat, usually given as a gift or giveaway during the holiday season like fruit cake. They usually come placed on a jar or a festive box. It’s a nice cookie, very addictive and goes really well with coffee, so be careful when you start your first piece, you may never stop. It’s a good giveaway and it’s easy to prepare, so if you forgot to buy someone that gift why not prepare this, it not yet too late.
- 1 cup flour, sifted
- ½ cup caster sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 egg whites
- 115 g butter, cubed and softened
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Place butter in a mixing bowl then cream it using an electric mixer for a minute.
- Gradually add sugar while mixing continues, do this for around 2 minutes.
- Add the egg whites, continue for 2 more minutes.
- Gradually add flour then continue to mix for 2 minutes.
- Finally add the vanilla and salt then continue for 1 more minute.
- Place mixture in a piping bag with large flat oval tip.
- Prepare a baking pan lined with baking paper then pipe mixture. Size should be around 3 inches long.
- Place in a 180C preheated oven then bake for 10 minutes or until the edges starts to turn light golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, let it cool before serving.