Lengua de Gato are long thin cookies that resembles the shape of a cat’s tongue. This might be the reason why these tasty treats were called such.
This is one of my favorite holiday treats. They usually come in plastic jars similar to the packaging of the commercialized Peanut Brittle. Whenever I receive one for Christmas, all I do is make myself a cup of coffee and just like magic – the contents of the jar are all gone.
Have you tried making your own Lengua de Gato? You might probably think that the process is complicated. Actually, it is not. All that you’ll be needing are tools that can help make your work easier.
Mixing, Piping, and Baking are the only things that you need to do. It is better if you have an electric stand mixer or an electric hand mixer to make the mixing process as easy as possible. The key in mixing is to make sure that all the ingredients are well distributed.
Piping is defined as an ornamentation on pastry edges and seams. This is usually done with icing to make a cake look more beautiful. In our case, we need to pipe the mixture so that a long thin shape can be achieved. This is done by placing the mixture in a piping bag with tip and pressing the bag over a wax paper lined baking tray until the desired shape is formed. As for the tip, I use the standard number 12 round tip.
The last process involved to complete our treat is baking. When baking Lengua de Gato, always remember to preheat the oven for 10 minutes before starting to bake. Since these are thin cookies, it could burn easily. Remember to stick to the given temperature, but check the color of the cookie once in a while. Sometimes, you’ll need to adjust the time depending on the oven that you are using.
Try this Lengua de Gato Recipe and let me know what you think.
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup superfine white sugar
Whites from 2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Watch the cooking video:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cream the butter using an electric mixer then gradually add the sugar. Continue mixing for another 2 minutes.
3. Stir-in the egg whites gradually and mix for about 3 to 4 minutes more.
4. Add salt and vanilla extract.
5. Gradually stir-in the flour. Continue to mix for about 2 to 3 minutes more or until the mixture is well incorporated.
6. Get a piping bag and install a round tip. Place the mixture in the piping bag.
7. On a baking tray lined with wax or parchment paper, begin piping the mixture. Each piece should be about 2.5 to 3 inches in length.
8. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven and place in a cookie rack until the temperature cools down.
10. Place in a container and serve.
11. Share and enjoy!