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I have been baking these buttery delights for years and these cookies are always a treat to bake and give away for the holidays. Store them in covered cookie canisters and place a pretty bow on it for gifts. This is an AsianInAmericaMag recipe. Makes about 20 pieces.
9 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat the eggwhites with the cream of tartar, till soft peaks form. Set aside.
Sift the flour together with the baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream softened butter and sugar. Add 1 whole egg.
Blend in flour mixture. Add vanilla.
Slowly fold in beaten egg whites by hand, till totally incorporated.
Put cookie batter in a pastry bag, and form 2-inch long pencil-thin shapes, in a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 375 F degrees for 7minutes. Remove "lenguas de gato" from pan immediately after baking. Cool on counter.
Store in air-tight containers.
Elizabeth Ann Quirino, based in New Jersey, is a journalist, food writer and member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). She blogs about Filipino home cooking and culinary travels to the Philippines on her site AsianInAmericamag.com.
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