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Langues-de-Chat

  • yield: Makes about 5 dozen 3-inch cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for cookie sheet
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon, grated
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter a heavy cookie sheet. In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add the sugar, and continue to beat until creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Sift the flour three times with the salt. Beat egg whites into the butter, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add flour mixture gradually, scraping down the sides. Stir in the lemon zest.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer the batter to a large pastry bag fitted with a #2B tip and a large-size coupler. Pipe out cookies in an S shape, about 3 inches long. Repeat S pattern in reverse.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Cookies will become crisp as they cool.

  4. Step 4

    Combine the chocolate and corn syrup in a double boiler over simmering water; stir occasionally with a rubber spatula until smooth. Using a small offset spatula or knife, spread cookie with chocolate, and top with another cookie to form a sandwich. Dip about 1 inch of each cooled cookie into chocolate, and roll to coat with pistachios; let dry.

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Reviews (10)

  • 6 Jan, 2011

    I have French molds called cats tongue. Have never seen a cookie recipe for them, thanks I will try this recipe.

  • 10 Aug, 2010

    If you go to allrecipes.com; or epicurious.com or google Langues-de-Chat, you will see variations of "cat's tongue." With chocolate, orange zest, praline coating, etc.

  • 9 Aug, 2010

    The recipe without the chocolate, corn syrup and pistachios is correct. Following the directions to up to and including step #3 would match the picture. There seems to also be a slight variation in the shape. This is probably an additional version. Sounds really good though.

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    I agree....something is wrong with photo and recipe. No match!

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    The comment about the cookie's distinctive name coming from the shape would mean more if the name was translated. Having taken French I know that it means Cat's tongue but not everyone speaks French and It IS in fact the wrong recipie.

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    I would like to have the recipe for the cookie pictured above. Any idea what it is?

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    No chocolate, no pistachios, no "s" shapes and lastly, no "sandwich" type cookie. What cookie are we looking at in this picture. Is the recipe the correct recipe for the one pictured or the one stated in the recipe.

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    Something's wrong here - not the right recipe for the picture.

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    This picture doesnt look like what the recipe says. Where is the chocolate and pistachios on the cookies above?

  • 26 Mar, 2008

    I love to bake and these cookie recipes are great for me and my daugher. This cookie recipe is one I would try. Thanks so much for giving me the chance to recieve everyday.