Monday, July 27, 2009

Daring Bakers: Milano Cookies

I was not going to do this challenge. Too hot. I haven't missed one yet. I got up early this morning and made the Milano cookies. I just couldn't pass up the challenge.

These cookies are delicious. I changed mine up a bit. I only put a tablespoon each of vanila and lemon extract. They still had a lot of flavor. These are quick cookies that are really delicious. (Much better homemade, shhhh).

I am sure you will be seeing tons of beautiful Daring Baker cookies all over the place. Enjoy. If you are wondering where to find the amazing Daring Bakers, click here.

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
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network website

Prep Time: 20 min
Inactive Prep Time: 0 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 0 min
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
• Cookie filling, recipe follows

Cookie filling:
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
• 1 orange, zested

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.


isabelle said...

Your Milan cookies looks absolutely delicious! They came out very well.
Nice job!

Mary said...

Lori, these look like the real thing. My congratulations!

kat said...

I still need to do mine too, summer just gets too busy

Lori said...

Isabelle- thank you.
Mary- Dont look too close. Some looked like amoebas.
Kat- It is so short with lots to do, especially if your always "jammin'" like us!

Barbara Bakes said...

Love you cookies in the beautiful cup!

Chow and Chatter said...

great cookies you are such a good baker Lori

Lucy said...

Lori, those are my favorites, and your Milan's look so good!

Grace said...

surprisingly, the part that excites me most is the inclusion of orange in the filling—delightful!

The Blonde Duck said...


Lisa Michelle said...

Gorgeous job on the Milans. *I love that you added a lot of chocolate filling! Like I always say, Lipsmacking Goodness' suits your blog perfectly, because i have to smack my lips together to keep from drooling!

That said, I turned my plain Milanos so the imperfections and curves were on the other side, but then again, those were the best 'plain' ones I got out of like 100! lol

creampuff said...

Glad you made them, Lori! They look pretty in the cup!

Selba said...

These cookies are wonderful!

zurin said...

Thee look and sound like the cat's tongue cookies....I love them..a must try for me :) look real pretty too.

Bunny said...

Beautiful Lori!! Absolutely Beautiful!!

Cristine said...

Looks perfect!

Anonymous said...

these look so good, I love anything chocolate orange flavoured. mmmm

Katy ~ said...

They look positively delectable and beautiful!

Heather B said...

Great job! They look delicious!

Donna-FFW said...

Applause for doing thi early in the morning.. they look amazing and so yummy.

LittleRed said...

I too almost didn't make the challenge this month. (Just got in from a month away on the 27th)...but I just had to try the marshmallow cookies because homemade marshmallow had been on my bucket list of cooking. Now I think I need to try the Milano cookies. Yours look beautiful! I wish I could taste them;)

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Oh...oh it's the Daring Bakers tempting everyone yet again. I really look forward to this each month. :)))

Ingrid said...

LOL, you just couldn't NOT do it! Good for you that you haven't missed a one!

Lauren said...

Gorgeous job!! I love the cookies in the cup =D.