I’ve had a bit of a sweet tooth late at night – craving a little treat has become a nightly affair. Since Eric is the baker in the family I decided to give him a little challenge in the kitchen, making my favorite cookies – Milanos. Quite honestly, I could eat an entire bag in one sitting and the homemade version are even better.
Enjoy these scrumptious cookies.
Homemade Milano Cookies
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
– 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.
Recipe and photo from hey, that tastes good