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Orange Blossom Milan Cookies

milanoI have missed baking in my own kitchen while  away for six weeks visiting the UK & France so I was pleased to get back into the swing of things this week and just in time for the Daring Bakers challenge for July. Unfortunately I missed the last one so I was determined to do this even though i had only been back in the country 5 days. I decided not to do both recipes and only the Milan cookies since I had another dessert to make this weekend too. 

The Milan cookies were really easy to make, thanks Nicole, and they tasted delicious. i took them into work for the girls since they had been deprived the past few weeks of my baking. I have added orange blossom to mine instead of lemon essence.

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 Cookies
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network website

Prep Time: 20 min
Inactive Prep Time: 0 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 0 min
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 orange blossom water
• 1 1/2 cups (187.5grams/ 6.61 oz) all purpose flour
• Cookie filling, recipe follows

Cookie filling:
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
• 1 orange, zested

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.

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15 Comments Post a comment
  1. Your cookies look so beautiful. I really need to work on my uniformity, wonderful job on the challenge!!

    July 27, 2009
  2. Great Job your cookies looks amazing just perfect !

    July 27, 2009
  3. Looks totally gorgeous! I love your photo…so cute! :-D

    July 27, 2009
  4. That’s such a beautiful photo. Like the idea of orange blossom instead of lemon, sounds delicious.

    July 27, 2009
  5. Your milanos look gorgeous!

    July 27, 2009
  6. What a lovely and gorgeous picture love that ribbon and the cookies are so even and all the same size. Great effort and I hope the trip went well. Cheers from Audax in Australia

    July 27, 2009
  7. Oops..I had two windows open and accidentally wrote YOU the post for the other entry! Yikes, what a dork I am..LOL That said, your Milans are stunning!! I love that you made them round..as it gives you more cookie!

    July 27, 2009
  8. Gorgeous presentation!

    July 27, 2009
  9. I think your Milanos look perfect and that picture is beautiful.

    July 27, 2009
  10. These look delicious! And the presentation is gorgeous! Great job!

    July 27, 2009
  11. Y #

    Yum. That photo is so elegant!

    July 28, 2009
  12. Yum!! Your cookies look amazing =D. Beautiful job – I love your photo!

    July 28, 2009
  13. isa #

    Awesome!
    They look delicious!
    Love the idea of orange blossom and lovely picture!

    July 31, 2009
  14. culinography #

    Beautifully done!!

    August 1, 2009
  15. Gorgeous picture, lovely recipe =)

    August 1, 2009

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