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.
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.