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Orange Cat’s Tongue Cookie Recipe

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These treats are known as cat’s tongue cookies, or langues de chat, because of their long, thin shape. Adding a bit of fresh orange zest to these confections really kicks up the flavor and gives them a heavenly aroma as they bake.

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (powdered)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


Beat the butter, sugar, orange zest, vanilla extract, and salt on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the egg whites, one at a time, to the creamed butter. Gently fold in the flour and refrigerate the batter for 45 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Fill a pastry bag with the batter and pipe into 1/3-inch wide, 2 1/2-inch long cookies. Bake them for 10 minutes until the cat’s tongues are light golden brown. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for seconds, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

Variation: For lemon cat’s tongues, use lemon zest in place of the orange zest and replace the vanilla extract with 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract.

This cat’s tongue recipe makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

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 5 out of 5
, Member mcaisse77

A couple years ago, I stumbled upon this recipe looking for something to bake for my French project. I baked it, and everyone loved it! I have baked these cookies periodically over the years and only one person has ever not liked them, and only because she didn't like citrus.

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