Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Milan Cookies

What a busy time of year this is - soccer, chorus concerts, baseball, and birthdays. (This is why my blog posts have been few and short!) Last week though, the girlfriends managed to get together for a coffee date/playdate. These cookies were a huge hit. I was looking for a recipe to use up some egg whites I had left over and I found Gale Gand's Milan Cookies. You can check out the recipe here. Gale uses citrus flavors in her recipe, but I'm a big fan of Pepperidge Farm's Mint Milanos, so I substituted vanilla in the cookies and peppermint extract in the chocolate filling. Scrumptious!

Milan Cookies
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand
Serves: about 3 dozen cookies
·12 tablespoons butter, softened
·2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
·7/8 cup egg whites (from about 6 eggs)
·2 tablespoons vanilla extract
·2 tablespoons lemon extract
·1 1/2 cups flour
·Cookie filling, recipe follows
Cookie filling:
·1/2 cup heavy cream
·8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
·1 orange, zested
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, pipe 1-inch sections 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 or until light golden brown around the edges. 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 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.


  1. I"m so glad we all got this recipe now! I'm still dreaming about this cookie!

  2. They were really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. What??!! I didn't even know anyone except Pepperidge Farm was allowed to make these!!! are truly talented and a complete inspiration to me!!!!



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