I have a bad track record with office roommates. All four of the previous employees I shared with have since left the company (although, in my defense, two of those kept working for the company in other countries before quitting, and one had already quit before she moved in with me). I tried to think if I have any annoying office habits that could have driven them all away, but for the most part I think I’m pretty easy to get along with. I don’t clip my nails in the office, I stay awake (and therefore don’t snore, although I don’t snore anyway, but I do talk in my sleep), I keep my shoes on, I don’t slurp my coffee, I keep my desk clean and I have good hygiene. I do have a habit of eating throughout the day, however, which kindof comes with the territory of being a food blogger. Usually I stick to fruits and veggies, since I am spending eight hours a day sitting after all, but the downside of fruits and veggies is that they are generally quite crunchy.
The other day, I ate an entire bag of sugar snap peas. I get irrationally excited about good snap peas.
Halfway through the bag, I apologized to my newest office roommate. I believe I said something like “If you want some peas, just ask. Or if I’m ever bothering you, just tell me to stop. I eat a lot.” And he replied “I know, I can hear you.”
But then he gave me a cookie, which I’m taking as a sign of goodwill. Especially since the cookie was delicious, and when I asked where he got it, he said a friend brought it back from Japan. If a friend brought me delicious cookies all the way from Japan, I’d be hard-pressed to share (maybe my selfishness is why I go through roommates so quickly?) Anyway, since I can’t buy these cookies in Vancouver, I figured I should try to make them myself – and share them with my new roommate as a sign of my goodwill.
And also so I’m not the only one in this office crunching away.
Chocolat Blanc et Langue de Chat
The packaging of the cookie was entirely in Japanese, except for one line along the bottom in French. My elementary school French is good enough to understand white chocolate, but at first I wasn’t sure if I was translating cat’s tongue correctly. Apparently I was; it seems a langue de chat is a more or less a flat tuile (which made me feel better, because I was convinced it was a tuile cookie, but tuile is already a French word – for tile, in case you were wondering. Which doesn’t make sense, since tiles are flat, and cats’ tongues are curved. But I digress.)
60g butter, at room temperature. I used European style, which has a slightly higher fat content and less water than the American types. I’m sure either would be fine.
60g icing sugar
60g pastry flour
two egg whites
a few drops of vanilla
at least 100g white chocolate (but there’s nothing wrong with having extra!)
Preheat the oven to 392 degrees Fahrenheit (I converted from 200 degrees Celsius, hence the specific number. My oven is digital – and I have a strange affinity for irregular numbers – so I just entered 392, but I’m sure 400 would work perfectly fine). Line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper. If you’re an engineering type you can trace out squares so your cookies will all be the same size (just make sure to flip the paper so the cookies aren’t touching ink or graphite) but it’s not necessary.
Cream the butter in a bowl, slowly adding in the icing sugar and flour. Add the vanilla and the egg whites, and whip until there are no lumps.
Pipe or spread the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. I piped mine initially but found the cookies were too thick for my personal tastes, so I switched to smearing them into the squares as thin as I could make them.
Bake for about 8 minutes, or until the edges are brown. Let cool completely.
I made caramelized white chocolate for my filling using David Lebovitz’s method, but if you don’t want to watch chocolate melt for an hour and stress about the chalky lumps then you could also just melt the white chocolate normally. (But seriously – caramel? White chocolate? Does it get any better?) Spread a bit of chocolate on the underside of a cookie, and sandwich with another. My apartment is crazy hot so I let the sandwiches solidify in the fridge before serving.