Monday, July 27, 2009

Chocolate Milan Cookies (Daring Bakers)

If you are a fan of the Pepperidge Farms chocolate milano cookies then you must give these a try. A chocolate ganache filling sandwiched between soft, delicate lemon-vanilla cookies. I enjoyed each of the elements separately and together. The cookie would be great on its own with a cup of tea and the chocolate ganache can just be eaten with a spoon! Or maybe with some vanilla ice cream.

My friend Amy & I made these together and we had so much fun! This recipe was very easy so we were able to take our time baking and spend some quality time talking. I left her with quite a few cookies to share with her daughter and husband then I put together a cute box full of these and brought them for my mom to enjoy at work. A nice Friday afternoon pick me up, right?

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. I didn't have time to make the marshmallow cookies but I will definitely try those sometime!

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
Makes: about 3 dozen cookies

Note: These cookies spread quite a lot so make sure to space them about 2" apart

• 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.


Kenna - said...

I love your candy striped backgrounds! Your cookies look gorgeous!

Lisa said...

Gorgeous Milans and them stacked and tied with the red ribbon ahainst the red striped background. Horheous job all aroun..and they look delish!

Sophie said...

Waw,..these filled cookies look sublime! Just like in a real patisserie! I love your packages too!

Great job, April! I bet it was fun making them!!

Tres Jolie Studios said...

Your cookies look great, especially when they are all boxed up with the pretty paper. Great job with the challenge

Anonymous said...

Your milanos look stunning. Love the red ribbon and background. Nicely done!

Mary LeMonnier said...

Mint Milanos are my favorite storebought cookies (well, tied with Madelines)!! I can't WAIT to try this recipe! Thanks!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Your photos are so beautiful - I love the contrast of the red against the cookies. So cute!

Cal Orey, Author-Intuitive said...

I love these cookies and the recipe but did you leave out olive oil? You can bake with worries. I am the author of the forthcoming book The Healing Powers of Chocolate--all the recipes use olive oil.It can and does works. Still, beautiful display.

Jill @ Jillicious Discoveries said...

I love how you packaged your milans--so cute with the ribbon. They look so even with the perfect amount of filling. :)

Lauren said...

Yum!! All of your cookies look amazing =D. Beautiful job on this challenge - I love your photos!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What pretty Milan Cookies! Great job!



Meeta K. Wolff said...

great looking milanos april! and love the presentation! great going!

jillian said...

They look so nice packed up in the box!

Anonymous said...

Everyday I want to be you a little more.

Case in point.

lisa (dandysugar) said...

Your milanos look perfect and sweetly packaged!Great job!

peasepudding said...

They look beautiful in the boxes and with red ribbon!

Fahrenheit 350° said...

Did you give them away with that gorgeous packaging? I couldn't part with... these look fantastic!

KALVA said...

yep im a bog fan of mialnos... love your cookies

isa said...

They are absolutely delicate and beautiful! Awesome photos - love how you stacked them!

Anonymous said...

Whoever was on the receiving end of that box of cookies was a lucky, lucky person! Beautifully done!!


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