These delicate, sweet cookies get their name from their shape, which resembles a cat's tongue. They're a breeze to make, and sure to be a hit!
For about 1 dozen, you'll need:
+ shortening, 2 tablespoons
+ butter, 2 tablespoons, softened
+ powdered sugar, 6 tablespoons
+ flour, sifted, 6 tablespoons
+ 1 egg, separated
+ salt, 1 pinch
+ 1/2 vanilla bean, seeded OR powdered cocoa, sifted, 1 tablespoon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease.
Cream shortening, butter, and sugar. Add egg white (discard yolk), and gradually incorporate flour and salt. Fold in vanilla or cocoa*; transfer batter to a piping bag with a medium, round tip.
Gently pipe the batter into thin strips, about 4 inches long. Bake for 6 minutes; carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
* Though vanilla and cocoa are traditional flavorings, feel free to add lemon / orange zest or ground spices -- or, experiment!