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Lengua De Gato Recipe

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Craving for Lengua de Gato? Discover the ultimate Lengua De Gato recipe inspired by Rico’s Lengua De Gato Baguio.

This pasalubong from Baguio is a Filipino butter cookies. They are thin, crispy, and of course, buttery. You can also easily make them at home. 

On top of that, you can enjoy them with your coffee, tea, or whatever drink you want when the craving hits. 

So, if you’re a fan of butter cookies, these melt-in-your-mouth buttery Filipino cookies will definitely make you happy. 

Ready to know more? We got you. 

In this post, we will talk about Lengua De Gato. We will also show you a Lengua De Gato recipe you’ll love. 

What Is Lengua De Gato?

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These Filipino cookies serve as many Filipinos’ favorite holiday treats. 

They usually come in plastic jars similar to the packaging of the commercialized peanut brittle. 

Whenever people receive one jar for Christmas, they usually pair it with coffee. Then, just like the magical Christmas, the contents of the jar disappear. 

Comparisons aside, we’d also like to share how we love chewy cookies. If given the choice, we always go for the softer ones. 

While we don’t know what you exactly prefer, we want to say this so you can see how much we love these cookies. 

So you see, most Filipinos like us love soft, chewy cookies. However, these cookies are the exception. 

Given a choice, Filipinos will pick soft and chewy cookies 95% of the time. The other 5%? Reserved for Lengua De Gato. 

In a nutshell, Lengua de Gato are thin and crispy Filipino cookies. They have long and flat oval shapes resembling a cat’s (gato) tongue (lengua). Often offered as a midday snack, these cookies get paired with coffee or tea. Aside from making great holiday treats, these cookies also serve as great pasalubong.

These cat’s tongue cookies are also a popular treat in many countries. These include such as the French Langue de Chat or the Indonesian Kue Lidah Kucing.  Their buttery crunch is addictive as is. But it’s also common to serve cookies dipped in melted chocolate or baked with colorful candy sprinkles.

Lengua De Gato Baguio

baguio's special pasalubong

These delicious cookies are a common pasalubong (roughly translated as souvenirs) in the Philippines. 

The cookies come from Baguio City, known as the summer capital of the Philippines. In a country where the average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit, Baguio’s temperature offers relief. 

In particular, Baguio’s temperature goes down to 15°C. That temperature draws a line between sweating all day and feeling comfortable. 

If you’ve been to Baguio, you likely know the best Lengua De Gato Baguio. 

As its name suggests, Lengua De Gato Baguio comes from the city. Interestingly a convent is one of the best places to get the Lengua De Gato Baguio from. 

The best lengua de gato is without a doubt from the Good Shepherd Convent. You read it right. 

You can get the best Lengua De Gato Baguio from the same place that makes the best ube halaya in town. In fact, they got inspired by the ube jam. Because of this, they decided to make crispy, buttery cookies. 

As you may well know, you can perfectly pair Lengua De Gato Baguio with ube halaya. 

Lengua De Gato Baguio, with its buttery and just right thickness, makes it a perfect cookie for ube jam. 

Rico’s Lengua De Gato

Rico's lengua de gato
Rico’s Lengua de Gato

Another famous Lengua De Gato comes from an Igorot-owned brand. 

Rico’s Lengua De Gato is a well-known Lengua De Gato Baguio brand. 

Interestingly, the brand started as a small family business. Now, Rico’s Lengua De Gato manufactures thousands of cat tongue cookies. Their jars get sold at supermarkets, wet markets, and tourist destinations all over the city. Their jar of buttery goodies can be just as great as the ones made by Good Shepherd. 

Rico’s Lengua De Gato are a little bit more affordable though. Due to this, a lot of tourists prefer Rico’s Lengua De Gato. 

Moreover, Rico’s Lengua De Gato has thousands of loyal customers both online and in person. These loyal customers always buy whenever they crave for cookies or go to Baguio. 

How to Make Lengua De Gato

how to make lengua de gato

Have you ever attempted to make your own? If not, you likely believe that the procedure is difficult. It is not, in fact. 

Fortunately, you only need staple baking ingredients, baking tools, and kitchen equipment to make these cookies. 

Moreover, you only need basic ingredients which you can get from any baking supplies store. These include butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and salt. Sounds easy, right?

In addition, the only things you need to do are mix, pipe, and bake. To make the mixing procedure as simple as possible, use an electric stand mixer or hand mixer. The key to successful mixing is to ensure that all of the components are evenly distributed.

Piping is described as an embellishment on pastry edges and seams. Bakers do this using frosting to enhance the appearance of a cake. In this scenario, we need to pipe the mixture to obtain a long, thin form. 

You also need to place the ingredients in a piping bag fitted with a tip. Then, you need to push the bag over a wax paper-lined baking pan until the desired shape is created. You can use a regular number 12 round tip for the tip.

Next, you need to bake the cookies. It’s the final step towards completing our delight. Always remember to preheat the oven for 10 minutes before baking the cookies. 

Because they are not thick cookies, they may burn easily. Remember to keep the temperature set. However, you must check the color of the cookies every now and again. You may need to change the time based on the oven for baking

To create the cookie dough, use a stand mixer. You may also use a portable electric mixer.

In addition, use a disposable piping bag to get uniformly sized cookies. But if you don’t have one, a Ziploc bag would suffice. Simply cut one of the tips or corners.

Lengua De Gato Recipe

Lengua De Gato Recipe

Lengua de Gato are Filipino butter cookies. They are thin, crispy, and of course, buttery. You can also easily make them at home.
In a nutshell, Lengua de Gato are thin and crispy Filipino cookies. They have long and flat oval shapes resembling a cat’s (gato) tongue (lengua). Often offered as a midday snack, these cookies get paired with coffee or tea. Aside from making great holiday treats, these cookies also serve as great pasalubong.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cream the butter using an electric stand or hand mixer.
    1/2 cup HICAPS Buttercream Gold
  • Gradually add the sugar. Continue mixing for two to three minutes.
    1/2 cup White Sugar
  • Fold the egg whites gradually. Continue mixing for another three to four minutes.
    2 Egg White
  • Add vanilla extract and salt.
    1/2 teaspoon Emulco Vanilla Flavor, 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Gradually add the flour. Continue to mix for two to three minutes or until the flour is properly incorporated.
    1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • Get your piping bag and put a round tip on it.
  • Place the mixture inside your piping bag
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Pipe the mixture on it. Each one should be 2 to three inches long.
  • Put the cookies in an oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies are slightly brown.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven. Place them on a cookie rack until they cool down.

Notes

Lengua De Gato are buttery, crispy cookies we all love. They are surprisingly easy to make, too! 
So, you have no reason not to create these delectable cookies through our Lengua De Gato recipe inspired by Rico’s Lengua De Gato Baguio. Please let us know what you think of this Lengua de Gato Recipe using the comment section below. Happy baking!
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How to Store Lengua De Gato

how to store lengua de gato

Make sure the cookies have completely cooled before putting them in a jar. Don’t leave them out in the open for too long or they’ll lose their crispiness.

The cookies may be kept on the counter for approximately a week in an airtight container. Keeping them in an airtight container prevents them from becoming stale or soft. It also keeps its nice texture. 

How to Pack Lengua De Gato

how to pack lengua de gato

The cookies must be placed standing up and closely packed together inside a jar. You can use a plastic or glass jar. Just make sure that it is airtight. 

The cookies must be arranged in such a way because they quickly shatter. As a result, the regular way of packing cookies splits them into halves. 

In addition, if you’re giving these away for Christmas or selling them, it’s best to add a piece of food-grade packaging tissue paper around the cookies. This protects them from the container. Doing so makes the cookies look festive as well. 

Lengua De Gato Recipe Tips and Tricks 

pasalubong from baguio

Recipe Tips: Making the Dough

  • Use softened butter. When the egg is added, the dough may split if the butter is too cold. Softened butter facilitates mixing. It also helps avoid overworking the batter. This can result in a harsh, gummy, or chewy texture.
  • Use eggs that are at room temperature. If the eggs are cold, they may not integrate well with the melted butter. This results in a lumpy batter.
  • Make sure to pipe the cat’s tongue cookie dough onto a baking sheet coated with parchment paper.

Piping Lengua de Gato Recipe Tips

  • To prevent the cookies from sticking, line the baking pans with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Use a pastry bag equipped with a 1/4-inch round piping tip. As an alternative, you can use a Ziplock bag with the tip snipped to form the cookies.
  • Remove any air pockets from the piping bag. This ensures that the dough will be piped evenly.
  • Pipe the dough into two- or three-inch lengths. They should be about 1/2 the thickness of your index finger. They may not crisp up enough if they are too broad and thick.
  • Because the cookies spread a lot, keep them at least two inches apart.

Baking Lengua de Gato Recipe Tips

  • To achieve an appropriate baking temperature, use an oven thermometer.
  • Bake the cookies until the edges begin to brown but the tops remain white. Keep an eye on them since they can quickly deepen and burn.
  • When they come out of the oven, they will be mushy to the touch. However, they will crisp up as they cool.
  • Allow the cookies to cool somewhat before removing them from the parchment paper to avoid sticking. 

Recipe Tips: Storage

  • Allow the cookies to cool fully before placing them in a jar. Do not store them while they are still warm. The residual heat will develop moisture within the container, affecting the texture.
  • If the cookies are left out for too long, they will lose their freshness. To maintain freshness, store the Filipino cookies in an airtight container.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make lengua de gato na panlasang pinoy?

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C or 375°F. 
  • Using an electric mixer, cream the butter. 
  • Then, gradually add the sugar. Mix for a further two minutes.
  • Add in the egg whites gradually for another three to four minutes.
  • Mix in the salt and vanilla essence.
  • Stir in the flour gradually. Continue to mix for another two to three minutes, or until the mixture is fully combined.
  • Use a piping bag and a round tip. Fill the piping bag halfway with the mixture.
  • Pipe the mixture onto a baking sheet coated with wax or parchment paper. Each cookie should be between two and three inches long.
  • Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes in the oven. 
  • Remove them from the oven. Let them cool on a cookie rack until the temperature drops.
  • Put everything in a container and serve. 

What is lengua de gato means?

Lengua De Gato means cat tongue. They are buttery cookies from the Philippines. The term cat tongue is originally in Spanish. This refers to the cookies’ distinctive oval and thin form. 

Where is lengua de gato from?

Lengua De Gato is from the Philippines. The cookies are usually found in Baguio City, Philippines.  The cookies are a famous pasalubong (roughly translated: souvenir) from Baguio, the Philippines’ summer capital.

How do you make Filipino biscuits?

  • Preheat the oven to 375° F or 190°C. Grease the baking pan or line it with parchment paper. 
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl. 
  • Beat in the eggs gradually. 
  • Mix in the cornstarch, cream of tartar, and baking powder until thoroughly combined.
  • Roll the dough into one-inch balls. Place them on the prepared cookie sheets, one inch apart.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden, in a preheated oven. 
  • Place on wire racks to cool.

Conclusion

Lengua De Gato are buttery, crispy cookies we all love. They are surprisingly easy to make, too! 

So, you have no reason not to create these delectable cookies through our Lengua De Gato recipe inspired by Rico’s Lengua De Gato Baguio. Please let us know what you think of this Lengua de Gato Recipe using the comment section below. Happy baking!

lengua de gato recipe
Lengua de Gato by Rico’s

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