Florence, Italy: Lengua di Gato (Crisp & Tasty Cookies)
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In case you're wondering, "lengua di gato" means "cat's tongue" in Italian. These sugar cookies get their name from their thinness and elongated shape. They have a delightful crunch that is complimented by their buttery flavor.
This treat has been served by Europeans and South Americans for many decades. According to Wikipedia, chocolate "cat tongues" have been produced by the the Austrian company Küfferle since 1892.
Here in Florence one can purchase lengua de gato in just about every forno in the city, and it's a great item to bring if you've been invited for tea or coffee at someone's home. It's also a good dessert after a heavy meal if you just want something light to go with a liqueur.
The traditional recipe calls for vanilla extract, but if you wish to try lemon extract or amaretto- then do so! Tweaking a recipe to your own personal taste is what real cooking is all about.
- 1⁄2cup salted butter
- 1⁄2cup sugar
- 1egg white
- 1 whole egg
- 1cup sifted white all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 165 c (325 f)
Grease and flour a cookie sheet OR spray it with non-stick spray
- Cream butter and sugar until smooth.
- Add egg white then whole egg gradually, then add vanilla.
- Add combined dry ingredients and beat until smooth.
- Place mixture into a piping bag with plain tip. Pipe onto cookie sheet about 2" long. Leave about 1 1/2" spaces in between (they flatten out a bit while baking).
- Bake 20-25min until edges are brown. Remove immediately from the baking sheet (otherwise they will stick) and set on a rack or flat surface to cool completely.
- Store in airtight container. Makes approximately 60 cookies.
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