~ "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." ~ "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" ~ "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." ~ "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."~

Friday, August 14, 2009

Milan Cookies... by Gale Gand

Milan Cookies... by Gale Gand I had to try this recipe! It was part of a Daring Baker's Challenge that was hosted a couple of weeks ago. Many photos appeared all over the Internet. I came across them on Tastespotting. I finally made them...you see, we absolutely love the Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies. So, I was curious to see if this recipe would even come close to what we know and love. Oh, they look lovely and all...they could even pass for Milanos at a glance, but they were not what I hoped they would be. They were a bit on the chewy side...not very crispy. The longer they stayed out, the softer they became. So, I quickly put them in the freezer. They freeze very well and taste pretty good. But I wouldn't call them milanos...let's just say they are great little sandwich cookies. Oh well, I loved the challenge though...and believe me they will all be eaten! I have to admit, ....they are lovely little cookies. They would be perfect for tea. Would I make them again?...probably:).
Update: I served these to quite a few guests recently, and they absolutely loved them!....Hmm...Some said they were actually better than the store bought version:). I think I will make these again and again:)...I would love to make a few versions of the chocolate filling(cappucino,mint,raspberry...)

Cookie Ingredients: adapted from Gale Gand(Food Network)

12 tablespoons butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
7/8 cup egg whites (from about 6 eggs)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract ( I only used 1 TBS)
2 tablespoons lemon extract (I only used 2 tsps)
1 1/2 cups flour

Cookie filling:
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used chocolate chips)
1 orange, zested
1 tsp orange extract (optional, I added this)
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 ....I used a plastic bag and cut off the tip (about 1/2 inch).
Pipe 1-inch sections(I thought they would be too small so I made them close to 2 inches) 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( this was too much...I noticed mine took about 6-8 minutes) or until light golden brown around the edges. Keep an eye on them! Let cool on the pan.

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, extract 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( or place gently) the flat side of a second cookie on top. I used a plastic bag to hold the filling and cut of a small hole at the tip of the bag. I then squeezed some filling on the cookie. This minimizes the mess of spreading it on the cookie. It is much cleaner.
Repeat with the remainder of the cookies.


Sailaja Damodaran said...

didn't know it can be made at home....amazing

Ellie said...

Yes, they are pretty neat!

megi said...

Ellie, I tried leaving a comment here today but I think there was a problem, so, I am not sure if you can see it or not, anyway, I basically was telling you how impressed I was, both with this recipe and the entire site. We absolutely loved every single recipe we have tried so far. I have a long list of recipes to try from the blog. :)

Oh and I was also telling you I joined the Daring Bakers a few days ago. It's a lot of fun to try new things. :)

Ellie said...

Megi, Aww...so very sweet of you! I really am glad you are enjoying the recipes...It really means very much especially when I know how talented you are!
I look at your blog and recipes and am amazed myself with your incredible talent. You bring the healthy recipes up a notch, that's for sure!
I think you will have a ton of fun trying out new recipes with the DaringBakers:)...and I'll keep checking to see what you are up to:).
Thanks again, Megi for your sweet words...really appreciate it!