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(o) cookies have always been a staple at my house. Growing up, we always had one of those bags, with the five cookies in each paper cup, sitting in our pantry. Since I associate them with my family, it’s no wonder that the moment I saw this Daring Baker’s challenge I knew I had to make them for them. And since the 4th of July was coming up… well, that was a perfectly fine excuse for me.
These cookies… they’re addictive. Consider yourself forewarned. I must have eaten 20 of the cookies just by themselves, snitching one from the baking sheet every time I walked past – before I even made the filling. Oh man. They’re good. Thin, crispy, with a citrusy sweetness that won’t let you eat just one. These were definitely a success in my book.
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 2 1/2 c powdered sugar
- 6 egg whites
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp lemon extract
- 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c heavy cream
- 8 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
- the zest of 1 orange
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Cream the butter and the sugar.
- Add the egg whites gradually and then mix in the vanilla and lemon extracts.
- Add the flour and mix until just well mixed.
- With a small (1/4-inch) plain pastry tip, pipe 1-inch sections of batter onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, spacing them 2 inches apart as they spread. (And they WILL spread.)
- Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Let cool on the pan.
- While waiting for the cookies to cool, in a small saucepan over medium flame, scald the cream.
- Pour the hot cream over the 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.