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Daring Baker Challenge: Milan Cookies

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’m so excited to be participating in this month’s Daring Baker challenge! Since this is my first time, I decided to only tackle one of the recipes rather than both. I’ve always been a fan of the Milano cookies made by Pepperidge Farm, although I don’t buy them often because they’re a bit pricey. These cookies, however, are nothing like those – but in a very good way. These are a little more chewy, and they’re bursting with citrus flavor from the lemon extract in the cookie batter and the orange zest in the ganache.


Cookie filling:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a mixer, cream the butter with the sugar.

Add in the egg whites gradually, and then mix in the lemon and vanilla extracts.

Now, add in the flour.

With a 1/4″ tip, pipe 1″ portions of the batter spread 2″ apart onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. I actually used a spoon to do this, although some of the cookies did come out a bit larger.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges become light golden brown. Let them cool on the pan for a few minutes before removing them. In the meantime, measure out the chocolate you need and get the zest from the orange.

In a small saucepan, heat the cream. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, and then stir in the orange zest. Set aside to cool.

While the cookies are still warm, spread the bottom of one cookie with the chocolate filling.

Then, using another cookie, make a sandwich. Repeat with the rest of the cookies.

Posted by on July 27, 2009.

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Categories: desserts & sweets

11 Responses

  1. Those look delicious! I love Milano cookies too haha!

    by Amy on Jul 27, 2009 at 10:15 am

  2. Wow. My breath is taken away. Those are absolutely gorgeous. These are definitely going on my must-try list!

    by Teanna on Jul 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

  3. Amy – Thanks! 🙂

    Teanna – Thank you! And yes, you should definitely try them! 😉

    by Tracy on Jul 27, 2009 at 2:27 pm

  4. Your cookies look beautiful! Welcome to the Daring Bakers… It is a lot of fun – this was only my 2nd challenge.

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on Jul 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm

  5. Thank you! I definitely had a lot of fun – I can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

    by Tracy on Jul 27, 2009 at 8:55 pm

  6. They look DELICIOUS!!!

    by Bridget {Bake at 350} on Jul 28, 2009 at 11:38 am

  7. Thanks Bridget! 🙂

    by Tracy on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  8. I wish I had joined the DB! These look soo good! It seems like I must try them!

    by Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm

  9. these look delicious! Great photos! I really like your blog 🙂

    by snooky doodle on Jul 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

  10. all i have to say is ohmygoodness those look AMAZING!!! your blog always makes me drool! i will definitely have to try to make these!!!

    by Katie on Jul 29, 2009 at 6:51 pm

  11. Yummy! 🙂 Turned out great! Thank you!!!

    by Vitaliya on Oct 6, 2011 at 1:40 am

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