Langues de Chat (French Cat Tongue Cookies)

langues de chat (6 of 6)This is my second posting for The Secret Recipe Club! In the Secret Recipe Club, each blogger is assigned a different blog each month. They secretly choose a recipe, prepare it, and post it on a designated day. This month, I was assigned The More Than Occasional Baker.

Ros’ blog was new to me and it was difficult to decide on just one recipe. I finally settled on these Langues de Chat, but other recipes now on my list include Portuguese Egg Tarts, Rose Cupcakes, and London Almond Cookies. She has a baking goldmine of both sweet and savory posts, with a large assortment of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, breads, brownies, and pastries.

Langues de Chat are French cookies called Cat Tongues. These light cookies are soft in the middle and crisp around the edges. Egg whites are beaten until stiff and folded into butter, sugar, and flour. The mixture is piped into thin strips and baked until the edges are golden brown. They can be plain with vanilla extract or flavored with various garnishes.

langues de chat

Really watch the temperature when baking these cookies. They can darken quickly. The cookies are best the day they are made, but store extras in an airtight container and eat within 2 days. I live in Florida with high humidity. They may last a little longer in a dryer area.

I used a mixture of garnishes on my cookies. I left a few plain, sprinkled some with lavender or cinnamon, and dipped the others in chocolate. My favorites were the cinnamon Langues de Chat. For chocolate, use your favorite- dark, white, or semi-sweet.

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Langues de Chat (French Cat Tongue Cookies)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

55-60 cookies

Langues de Chat (French Cat Tongue Cookies)


125 g (~8 3/4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

125 g (~1/2 cup + 5 teaspoons) caster (superfine) sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 egg whites

125 g (~1 cup) all purpose flour

Possible Garnishes:

Lavender flowers

Ground cinnamon

Melted chocolate

Lemon or orange zest

Preheat oven to 390 degrees F (200 C) and line two baking sheets with parchment or lightly grease.

In a large bowl, beat sugar into the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla extract.

In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into the butter mixture. Gently fold in the flour.

Fit a piping bag with a 1/2 inch tip and add the batter. A ziploc bag can also be used with 1/2 inch corner cut off.

Pipe 3 inch long strips onto prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each strip. Sprinkle with lavender, cinnamon, or zest, if using (just one garnish on each cookie). Bake in preheated oven until golden around the edges, 5-8 minutes.

If using chocolate, allow cookies to cool completely before dipping. Texture is best day cookie is baked.

Adapted from The More Than Occasional Baker

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Comments: 48

  1. katie 29 September, 2013 at 11:11 pm Reply

    What cute cookies!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 6:31 pm Reply


  2. gloria 29 September, 2013 at 11:42 pm Reply

    I love Ros blog and these cookies look delicious!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 6:32 pm Reply

      Thanks! I love her blog too!

  3. Beth 30 September, 2013 at 5:29 am Reply

    These cookies look great. Love your blog!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 6:32 pm Reply


  4. Nicole (@hapatite) 30 September, 2013 at 9:37 am Reply

    I love the name of these cookies! Do you think you could mix cocoa in with the batter and make them chocolate cookies?

  5. Emily @ Life on Food 30 September, 2013 at 9:42 am Reply

    These cookies look fabulous. I love all things French. Happy Reveal Day!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply

      Thanks! I have only tried a few French recipes, but this is making me want to try many more.

  6. Traci 30 September, 2013 at 10:06 am Reply

    These look incredible! What a wonderful SRC pick!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 6:40 pm Reply


  7. shari brooks 30 September, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

    these look amazing! I’m putting these on my to bake list! great choice. fellow SRC Group D member

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 6:41 pm Reply

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy them!

  8. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious 30 September, 2013 at 11:42 am Reply

    Eat within 2 days? No problem. Great SRC choice!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 6:44 pm Reply

      Thanks! Definitely wasn’t an issue for us 😛

  9. turnips 2 tangerines 30 September, 2013 at 2:57 pm Reply

    These cookies look awesome~ Great SRC pick~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 6:46 pm Reply


  10. sallybr 30 September, 2013 at 3:33 pm Reply

    Your post brought me memories of my years living in France…. I used to love those cookies, the technician in our lab used to bring them every couple of weeks to spice up our coffee… fond memories! I should really try to make them myself one day, so I’ll be pinning your post right away!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

      Hope you enjoy them as much as the ones you had in France!

  11. Amy (@amy_donovan) 30 September, 2013 at 4:19 pm Reply

    These look fantastic and I love the idea of dipping a few in chocolate. YUM!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 8:07 pm Reply


  12. Bobbi Renee Hass-Burleson 30 September, 2013 at 6:12 pm Reply

    Oh myyyy the ones dipped in chocolate are calling my name!! Wonderful recipe!

    Happy Reveal Day!
    Bobbi ~ Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 8:07 pm Reply


  13. Emily @ Life on Food 30 September, 2013 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Who doesn’t love a good cookie? Especially one dipped in chocolate. Great pick!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 8:08 pm Reply


  14. Melissa 30 September, 2013 at 6:41 pm Reply

    The way these cookies look remind me of Milano Cookies. They look absolutely delicious! Great pick this month. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 8:09 pm Reply

      Thank you! Another variation is to actually make them into sandwich cookies with a layer of chocolate in the center :)

  15. Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies 30 September, 2013 at 7:12 pm Reply

    These look great…just like the lady fingers you use in tiramisu! Great SRC pick!

    • Tara 30 September, 2013 at 8:48 pm Reply

      Thanks! I really need to try ladyfingers someday.

  16. Fantastical Sharing (@FantasticalSR) 30 September, 2013 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Those are almost too pretty to eat! I bet they are delicious :) Happy Reveal Day

    • Tara 2 October, 2013 at 3:00 pm Reply

      Thanks, they were!

  17. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories 30 September, 2013 at 9:21 pm Reply

    What a wonderful job you did with these! They are perfect!

    • Tara 2 October, 2013 at 3:00 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  18. Kirstin 30 September, 2013 at 10:31 pm Reply

    YUM! these look great. I just tried my hand at Lady Fingers last week…it was kind of fun.

    • Tara 2 October, 2013 at 3:02 pm Reply

      Thanks! These were a lot of fun too.

  19. avril 1 October, 2013 at 3:15 pm Reply

    What a beautiful blog you have! My mother’s side of the family is from France so I hold a special place in my heart for anything FRENCH….especially baked goodies!!! :-)

    • Tara 2 October, 2013 at 3:03 pm Reply

      Thank you! I definitely love the baked goods too! One of my favorite parts of Europe.

  20. Bean 1 October, 2013 at 6:28 pm Reply

    I’ve never heard of these before, but they look amazing! I love how versatile they are with all the different flavors and garnishes!

    • Tara 2 October, 2013 at 3:04 pm Reply


  21. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes 2 October, 2013 at 6:16 am Reply

    For some reason I made this type of cookies when I was very young, which is weird since it’s not easy to make them look good. But they look perfect Tara! Great job!

    • Tara 2 October, 2013 at 3:16 pm Reply

      Thank you Paula!

  22. The Wimpy Vegetarian 2 October, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply

    I haven’t made these since culinary school! I loved them – thanks so much for the reminder. They’re a little tricky with the piping, but so worth it :-) Great garnish ideas too!

    • Tara 2 October, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply

      Thanks! I’ve only recently gotten better with piped cookies. So much fun!

  23. Bakingaddict 3 October, 2013 at 2:17 am Reply

    I’m so glad you picked these. It’s been a long time since I’ve made these myself. I love what you’ve done with the garnishes and dipping in chocolate is genius! Happy belated SRC reveal day

    • Tara 3 October, 2013 at 10:23 pm Reply

      Thanks so much! It was such a fun recipe!

  24. dena @ohyoucook 9 October, 2013 at 7:35 pm Reply

    They remind me of elegant lady fingers. I’m going to have to bake up a batch … dipped in chocolate. Great SRC choice!

    • Tara 12 October, 2013 at 10:38 pm Reply

      Thanks! I definitely recommend them.

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