Lengua de Gato Recipe


How to make Lengua de Gato Recipe. 

Lengua de Gato Recipe.  Lengua de Gato is a popular Filipino pasalubong treat by many balikbayans, these are easy-to-make light butter cookies. They are baked to a slight golden crisp that can be served with ice cream, chocolate drink or a cup of coffee. Lengua de Gato are thin cookies that look like the shape of a cat’s tongue, that’s why it is called Cat’s Tongue Cookies in other countries and Lenguas de Chat in European countries.

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Lengua de Gato Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup flour, sifted

Cooking Procedure:

  • Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Using a mixer at medium speed, cream the butter and gradually add sugar. Continue mixing until light and fluffy. Turn mixer on a high speed and add egg whites one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition, then add vanilla essence. Sift the flour 2 times on a wax paper and fold in, blending thoroughly to form a smooth mixture.

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  • Spoon mixture into a pastry bag with a small round tip. Pipe 2-3 inch strips of the batter onto a lined baking tray with wax paper, about 2 inches apart. Flatten the batter a little bit by tapping the tray lightly on a flat surface. Bake each batch in preheated oven for about 8 minutes or until the cookies have lightly browned edges. Remove cookies immediately from the baking tray.


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  • Peel off wax paper from the cookies while it’s hot to prevent sticking. If the cookies become cool you’ll have a hard time taking them off. Transfer to a wire rack and let it cool to crisp. If not eating, pack in an airtight container or mini-plastic wrap, sealed and store up to a week.
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A freshly baked Lengua de Gato, the smell is so tempting….  Yum o’ yum, what a buttery goodness!  Waiting in line while it’s cooling and watching them disappear one by one.
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Lengua de Gato is delicious on its own, but you can try dip Lengua de Gato in a smooth melted semi-sweet or dark chocolate.  A fast and easy cookie recipe to serve at a children’s party, Kids will surely love it!

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  1. Hi..

    What flour is to be used? Is all-purpose flour okay?

    For the butter, To use salted or unsalted?


  2. Hi Ayne, I used all-purpose flour and salted butter in this recipe.

  3. Hi, i followed the instructions except for the temperature as I’m only using an electric oven so i tried to decrease the temperature to 140C, in less than 6 minutes my cookies got burnt on the sides ;(, and didn’t turn out to be crunchy… please advise. thank you :)

  4. Hi Claudz, sorry to hear that but i haven’t tried using an electric oven and the oven temperature should be exact, it helps to have a crisp cookies. And these cookies needs an extra attention ‘coz they tend to burnt easily, so you have to keep an eye for it. As they cool down the cookies get crispy maybe they are still soft in the center?? Hope you try it again and make it perfect.

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