Őznyelv – Deer’s tongue

by | Dec 9, 2016 | Breads, buns & biscuits

Rest assured, neither Bambi nor his relatives fell prey to this recipe. Őznyelv is an old-school confection that was probably named after its form reminiscent of a deer’s tongue. Today confectioneries don’t offer these simple, but amazing sandwich cookies, so if you want to taste them, you have to make them at home.

Őznyelv is made from puff pastry and filled with cooked chocolate or vanilla cream. The dough is rolled out on powdered sugar, but if you don’t want to add sugar to the cookies, feel free to roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface.

The net preparing time is 30 minutes, but the cookies and the filling have to be cooled before assembling the sandwiches, so you will need to wait approx. 80-90 minutes until you can have a bite of deer’s tongue.

Őznyelv - Deer's tongue
Őznyelv – photo: zserbo.com


  • 500 g (~1 lb) puff pastry
  • 100 g (~3/4 cup) powdered sugar for rolling out dough
  • 150 g (~5 1/3 oz) semi-sweet dark chocolate
  • 150 g (~2/3 cup) whipping cream
  • 50 g (~3 1/2 tbsp) butter

Heat the cream and pour over the chocolate broken into small pieces. Stir until chocolate melts completely, then add butter and keep stirring until butter is fully incorporated. Set the chocolate filling aside and let it cool.
Preheat the oven to 200°C / 392°F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Dust a pastry board with powdered sugar and roll out puff pastry until 5 mm/ 1/5 inch thick. Cut out circles with a 5 cm/2 inch cutter. Roll out each circle into an oval shape. Place the ovals on the prepared baking trays and poke them with a fork. Bake them for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Once the cookies are cool, spread half of them with the filling and top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches. That’s all. Don’t wait, just eat them immediately.

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