Langues de chat biscuits

Light, crunchy French biscuits, perfect for a refined teatime treat. Instead of vanilla, try flavouring the biscuit mix with orange zest or ground cardamom.


  • 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 125g/4½oz icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g/4½oz plain flour, sifted
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg whites

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line two baking trays with baking parchment.
  2. Put the butter and icing sugar into a bowl and beat using an electric hand whisk until pale and smooth. Beat in the flour, one half at a time. Add the salt and vanilla extract and then beat in the egg whites.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm/½in round nozzle and pipe straight lines of the mixture, about 8cm/3in long, onto the paper. Leave 5cm/2in between each biscuit as they will spread during cooking.
    Using piping bagsWatch technique1:15 mins
  4. Transfer the trays to the fridge for 15-20 minutes, or until the dough is firm to the touch.
  5. Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes, or until light golden-brown around the edges. Use a palette knife to transfer to a wire rack to cool (so they don’t stick to the tray).

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