Homemade Milano Cookies

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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 really enjoyed this months challenge. I unfortunately didn’t have time to do both cookies that were revealed for the challenge, so I decided just to settle on the Milan Cookies. Although the other cookies looked equally delicious. I have never been a big fan of Milano cookies so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about these.

I was pleasantly surprised because I found them to be really delicious. I loved the orange in the chocolate, which I found odd because I never used to be a big fan of the chocolate orange combination. Which is classic I know, but just was never my “thing.” I was also worried about the large amounts of extract in the recipe but it turned out just fine. The biggest compliment I got about this cookie was my other half stating “you know what I like about this cookie over the one’s you buy in the store…these taste like a real cookies and the ones from the package taste like flavorless cardboard.” Oh man…I really love this man of mine. Enjoy!!!

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Homemade Milano Cookies

Yield: About 3 dozen

Ingredients:

For Cookies:
12 tablespoons butter - softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
7 - 8 cups egg whites - about six eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon extract
1 1/2 cup flour

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

Source: Gale Gand Food Network

Directions:

For Cookies:
Cream the butter with a paddle attachment then mix in the sugar. Add the egg whites gradually and then mix in the vanilla and lemon extracts. Add the flour and mix until just incorporated. 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. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Let cool on the pan.

For Cookie Filling:
In a small saucepan over medium flame, scald cream. Pour hot cream over chocolate in a bowl. Whisk to melt chocolate, add zest and blend well. Set aside to cool (the mixture will thicken as it cools). 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. Repeat with the remainder of the cookies.

15 Responses to “Homemade Milano Cookies”

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    Blond Duck — July 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I am totally impressed, as I always am. Ben loves milan cookies!

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    Julie — July 28, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I’m not big on orange and chocolate either, usually, but I liked these as well! Yours look yummy!

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    burpexcuzme — July 28, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Oh dear. I would love to have several in my mouth right now, melting slowly into deliciousness…

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    Reeni — July 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    These turned out great!! My Mom used to eat these all the time when I was a kid – I remember sneaking a few. I’m with your boyfriend on this one. Home-made has to be 100 x better!

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    Donna — July 29, 2009 at 6:24 am

    My children love milanos. They are quite pricey in the supermarket, I should try these!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 29, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Your milanos turned out beautifully – glad you liked the recipe! I’m still contemplating what to make for the BSI – so many ideas, so little time 🙂

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    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — July 29, 2009 at 10:02 am

    These milanos look wonderful! Great job!

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    Nicole — July 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I get the feeling I would like these much better than their storebought counterparts… Hopefully I can get to them soon since I only did the other cookie in the challenge. Yours look delicious!

    And do try the pad thai at home. It’s totally worth the work!

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    April — July 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    These look wonderful, can I tell you how good your last recipe looks too, I have to try it, I am a sucker for sweets..

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    Blond Duck — July 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Yea, I wanted to take the penguin home. My new joke is to flap my arms wildly at Ben to express my love.

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    Nazarina A — July 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I have seen many around the blogosphere but yours is especially refreshing with the subtle hints of the citrus!

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    Barbara — July 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I like how you dipped a corner in chocolate! Sounds like your other half knows how to sweet talk the cook!

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    Molly Jean — July 31, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    These look fantastic. I used to pick up milans at the store every once in awhile but I haven’t in years. I think I will just try your recipe instead 🙂

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    foodlibrarian — August 2, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Oh!! These look so good! I’m so used to picking them up in the store…never thought I could make them myself! Yours look sooo tasty!

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    nora@ffr — August 6, 2009 at 5:23 am

    this is just beyond impressive!!

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