Lingue di Gatto are Italian cookies that are crispy, chewy, and buttery. Just five ingredients and one bowl. They are perfect served with a cup of tea or even with a bowl of your favorite ice cream!
I don’t always write a post with an Italian title, so why am I doing it now? Well because the translation to English for these cookies is not the prettiest! Lingue di Gatto means Cat tongues, see what I mean?
And why you ask would a cookie ever be called Cat Tongues/Lingue di Gatto? It’s because of its shape, and the top of the cookie has that rough surface just like a cat’s tongue.
Oh but don’t let that fool you, they are easy and delicious the only thing is I wrote this recipe in grams. Weight is essential in this recipe. I will convert it to imperial but use at your own risk.
- Softened butter – the butter should be very soft
- Powdered/icing sugar
- Room temperature egg whites – remove from the fridge about 1 hour before using.
- Flour – all purpose with at least 11 % protein.
- Vanilla extract
Every bakery in Italy I have been into they always have these types of cookies and lots of them. This is one of the simplest and easiest Italian cookies to make.
The Italian origin of these cookies are in the Piedmont Region, although they are originally from France.
In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar for approximately 5 minutes or until creamy.
Add the eggs a little at a time beat for 30 seconds. You don’t want to whip the whites until stiff.
Add in the vanilla and flour beat for 30 seconds.
Add the batter to a pastry bag with a 2a round tip. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet make 3 inch long sticks, 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10 minutes until they start to turn golden around the edges. Let cool on the cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes, then move gently move to a wire rack to cool completely.
How to store the cookies.
Store the cookies in an airtight container, they will keep for up to a week at room temperature, or 2 weeks in the fridge. They can also be frozen in an freezer safe container or bag for up to 1-2 months.
These cookies are usually served at breakfast or as a snack with a cup of coffee or tea. Italians also like to serve them with a dish of gelato or even fruit salad.
Different Ways to Serve Them
If you can resist eating them straight from the baking tray, here are some of my favorite ways to serve them.
- I love them with a bowl of Nutella ice cream or pistachio ice cream.
- Feel free to dip them in chocolate before serving.
- Make a sandwich cookie using your favorite filling such as Nutella or a Chocolate Cream.
- Serve them with some fruit salad for a light dessert.
- Serve them with after-dinner drinks like limoncello or chocolate liqueur.
- Treat yourself to a thick hot chocolate for dunking the cookies.
- You can’t go wrong with an iced coffee and lingue di gatto for an afternoon snack.
Whether you call them cats tongues, flat cookies or go with the Italian name, enjoy these delicate little cookies. They’re so easy and delicious you can’t stop at just one. Enjoy!
More Easy Italian Cookie Recipes
Italian Lingue di Gatto (Flat Cookies)
- 50 grams butter softened (3½ tablespoons)
- 50 grams powdered sugar (6 ⅔ tablespoons)
- 50 grams egg whites (room temperature) (2 small eggs)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 50 grams all purpose flour (at least 11 % protein) (6¼ tablespoons)
- Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C) Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar for approximately 5 minutes, until creamy.
- Beat in the egg whites half at a time, then beat for 20-30 seconds. You don’t want to whip the whites until stiff. Add in the vanilla and flour beat for 30 seconds.
- Add the batter to a pastry bag with a 2a round tip, pipe out 3 inch (8 cm) long strips approximately 2 inches (5cm) apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10 minutes until they start to turn golden around the edges. Let cool on the cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe updated from July 11, 2015.