Still need to whip up last minute batch of cookies for Chinese New Year? My fall back cookie to go is lidah kucing – langues de chat, or cat’s tongue cookies in English. This recipe is super simple, especially if you use the langues de chat mould (or eclair mould) to perfectly shape each cookie. But, you can totally make this cute cookies with regular baking sheet too!
What do I need to bake lidah kucing/langues de chat cookies?
You will need:
- 1/4 cup (60 gram) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup (100 gram) sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 60 gram (1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
Do I need 2 egg whites or 1 egg? Your choice!
Most lidah kucing/langues de chat recipes call for 2 egg whites instead of 1 egg, but I have experimented with both and I can’t detect that much difference between the two, and using 1 egg is much simpler than 2 egg whites.
But, if you want to stick with a more traditional recipe, feel free to use 2 egg whites.
How do I shape and bake lidah kucing/langues de chat cookies?
Let’s walk through the steps to bake these cute cookies.
- Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit (180 Celsius). Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside, or grease with butter generously.
- Cream butter and sugar. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla. Then add egg and vanilla, continue mixing until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
Note: If using two egg whites, then first add one egg white and vanilla, mix until combined, then add another egg white, and mix again until combined.
- Add flour. Fold in all-purpose flour with a spatula until the batter is smooth.
- Pipe the cookie dough. Transfer cookie dough to a piping bag attached with a plain 1/4″ tip, pipe into thin strips about 3″ long on the prepared baking sheets. Make sure to leave plenty of room (around 2″) since the cookies spread considerably during baking. If you are using half-sheet pans, each pan should fit 24 cookies: 8 in the long direction, and 3 in the short direction.
Note: If you don’t have a piping bag, you can also use a ziplock bag, and cut one of the triangular ends off with a scissor.
- Bake the cookies. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
- Cool and store. Remove the cookies from the oven, cool completely on a wire rack, then store in an air-tight container. The cookies should be fresh for up to 1 week at room temperature.
Other popular Chinese New Year (CNY) cookies
Chinese New Year is filled with visiting family and friends to exchange New Year greetings. To welcome and greet our guests, we bake many varieties of cookies ahead of time. Other than langues de chat cookies, we usually have these in our cookie tray too:
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