July 27, 2009

Milan Cookies - Daring Bakers

Yesterday afternoon, I realized that it is soon end of July and I haven't prepared this month's challenge yet, so I rushed to the kitchen and got started. I decided to go for the Milan Cookies, because I am not a fan marshmallows. 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

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:
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
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.


Anna said...

You choose only onerecipe thismonth - the same as me, althoug I made the opossite - Mallows ( and I was late with the challenge too ;) ). Your Milano cookies look great and your photos are lovely! Cheers.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look very pretty and delicious! Well done!



Hilary said...

Very pretty cookies. I chose opposite to you!

Barbara Bakes said...

I made the Milans yesterday too! Love your perfect shaped cookies!

Manggy said...

They looks just as flawless as the ones out of the pack, excellent job!

Libby said...

What lovely little rounds! Looks like you nailed the challenge. Libby

Kenna - said...

Your photos look great! I love the basket weave mat beneath. Lovely!

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