Monday, July 27, 2009

Daring Bakers July! Milanos (Part 1 of 2)

This month's DB challenge was to do two things. The first was to make a homemade version of Mallowmars, the second was to make a homemade version of Milanos. I was excited about this challenge, I love both those cookies. I somehow ended up having a really busy past two weeks, so I wasn't able to do the challenge until today! The Milano cookies were easy and quick to make, but the Mallowmar cookies take a while, so those will be posted about tomorrow. These are pretty good, not perfect Milanos like I remember, but good. I don't know if it's because its so hot/humid, but they were a little soggy. I wanted to make mint Milanos, but couldn't find my mint extract. I halved the recipe, because it's just too many cookies to be eating at once.
The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

Milan Cookies
From Gale Gand, of the Food Network

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour

Serves: about 3 dozen cookies

• 12 tablespoons (170grams/ 6 oz) unsalted butter, softened
• 2 1/2 cups (312.5 grams/ 11.02 oz) powdered sugar
• 7/8 cup egg whites (from about 6 eggs)
• 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
• 2 tablespoons lemon extract
• 1 1/2 cups (187.5grams/ 6.61 oz) all purpose flour (I used rice flour mix, with 1/2 t xanthan gum)
• Cookie filling, recipe follows

Cookie filling:
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used dark chocolate)
• 1 orange, zested (I used 1 T triple sec)

1. In a mixer with paddle attachment cream the butter and the sugar.
2. Add the egg whites gradually and then mix in the vanilla and lemon extracts.
3. Add the flour and mix until just well mixed.
4. With a small (1/4-inch) plain tip, pipe 1-inch sections of batter onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, spacing them 2 inches apart as they spread.
5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Let cool on the pan.
6. While waiting for the cookies to cool, in a small saucepan over medium flame, scald cream.
7. Pour hot cream over chocolate in a bowl, whisk to melt chocolate, add zest and blend well.
8. Set aside to cool (the mixture will thicken as it cools).
9. Spread a thin amount of the filling onto the flat side of a cookie while the filling is still soft and press the flat side of a second cookie on top.
10. Repeat with the remainder of the cookies.


  1. Anonymous6:37 PM

    They look fantastic!

  2. Your cookies and photos look great!

  3. OMG, look at that shiny ganache oozing out. Those are beautiful Milanos, and the photos are spectactular! Awesome job!

  4. Your cookies look great! I really wanted to reach in, grab one and take a bite. I can't wait to see how your mallows turned out.

  5. They look great, and I love the photos

  6. Wonderful cookies and beautiful photos! Well done!

  7. looking amazing recipe, generally buy my food from store, but wants to try this!

  8. Great job and your cookies look delicious. Lovely clicks as well.

  9. Ooh those look so yummy. I only made the mallows, but these make me want to start a batch of Milan cookies right now!

  10. Mint sounds gooooood! Can't wait for the mallows which is what I was really looking to drool over!

  11. Your cookies look great! I had the same soggy issues and it is quite warm in my kitchen these days. Tasty, but not as crispy/crumbly as I was hoping.

  12. Incredible. I am so excited to make these as they are my husband's favorite kind of cookie. Yay!

  13. Your cookies are very beautiful!
    I'm glad you enjoyed this!

  14. Nice cookies there...yummy

  15. Anonymous2:32 PM

    Just made them!! They're delicious!!

  16. Oh my goodness. Making these!

  17. Ashley5:19 PM

    those look amazing!! How would you go about making them mint though? is it a creme like in Andes mints or is just mint flavored chocolate???