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Langues-De-Chat Cookies

Langues-de-chat -- "cat tongues" -- are classic French butter cookies.

  • Yield: Makes about 5 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2006

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Put butter into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Mix in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Fold in flour mixture.

  3. Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 3/8-inch plain round tip (such as Ateco #804). Pipe 2-inch lengths, about 3/4 inch wide (the ends should be slightly wider than the center), onto baking sheets lined with parchment, spacing about 1 inch apart. (Batter should be refrigerated if not being used immediately.)

  4. Bake until just golden around edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets 3 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 3 days.

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