What Are Lenguas de Gato?
In Spanish, lenguas de gato means "cat's tongue." But don't worry! These cookies are called that only because of their oblong shape. When I was growing up in the Philippines, this cookie was one of my favorites, especially during the holidays.
The cookies are a bit hard to describe. They're almost like a cross between a flat fortune cookie and ladyfingers. The only way to find out for yourself is to try it out. There are also many variations. They're available readymade at Asian stores, but if you like to bake you can easily make them yourself at home. The recipe calls for basic ingredients such as flour, sugar, and butter.
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- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
- Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
- Cream the butter with the sugar.
- Beat the egg whites and add slowly to the butter and sugar.
- Mix in the flour and salt.
- Add the vanilla to the mixture.
- Place the mixture into a disposable plastic piping bag.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using the piping bag, form oblong cookies on the cookie sheet. You can vary the length anywhere from 2 inches to 4 inches, depending on your preference.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool, then serve.
- Grease the cookie sheet instead of using parchment paper.
- Sprinkle sugar or powdered sugar on top of the cookies before serving.
- Add ube jam (purple yam jam, available at Asian stores) or cocoa powder to the mixture to create ube or chocolate cookies.
- Dip the cookies in melted chocolate and allow them to cool before serving.
- Experiment using different decorating tips using the piping bag to create an assortment of designs for your oblong cookies.