Langues de Chat

Ever tasted cat tongues? Don’t worry, it’s just the name of these cookies! Langues de Chat are part of the petit four tradition. They are called that because their size and shape make them look like cat’s tongues.

Makes: 20Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 20


  • 1⁄2 cup butter, melted
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over very low heat. Remove from heat and pour in a large bowl. Add the sugar and stir firmly, until the sugar combines with the butter. Stir continuously while adding the flour.
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are very firm. Add them to the first bowl, and fold them in slowly; you have to wrap the whites around the rest of the mixture until they combine together. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer mixture to a pastry bag and pipe 2-inch-long lines (about 1⁄2 inch wide) on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Be careful to space them well, about 1⁄2 inch apart from each other. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes. The “tongues” are ready when they are slightly golden.
  • Wait for them to cool down and put in an airtight box.