Lengua de Gato

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.

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Chocolate Crinkles

Chocolate Crinkles are soft and fudgy chocolate cookies enclosed in confectioners or powdered sugar. A perfect holiday treat : these delightful cookies (baked with lots of love) are good christmas presents for friends or even a luscious christmas dessert to share with the entire family.

It’s good to save some time and money this holiday season. Instead of buying desserts and pastries from the bakeshop, why not make your own? Have you finalized your Noche Buena dessert menu yet? Maybe you can include this in your list along with our Crema de Fruta, Leche Flan, and Maja Blanca.

Try this Chocolate Crinkles recipe. Let me know what you think.

Chocolate Crinkles

Chocolate Crinkles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 pieces raw eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Cream the butter in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer
  2. Whisk the granulated sugar in and continue mixing for 2 minutes
  3. Add the cocoa powder and melted chocolate then mix again for a minute
  4. Put-in the eggs and vanilla essence then continue to mix until the texture becomes fluffy.
  5. Add-in the flour, salt, and baking powder then mix again until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  6. Cover the mixing bowl with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours
  7. Remove the cover and scoop the mixture using 1/2 tbsp measuring spoon
  8. Roll the mixture using your palms until the shape becomes spherical
  9. Roll the chocolate balls over confectioners sugar until fully covered
  10. Arrange on a baking tray with wax paper (each ball should be 2-3 inches apart)
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the chocolate balls for 10 to 12 minutes
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down
  13. Arrange in a serving platter then serve. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 8