Milan cookies I had never even heard of, so to get know them better I googled around a bit. This is what our dear friend Wikipedia knew:
Milan cookies are a trademarked dessert of an american cookie manufacturer. They are of the sandwich form, with a thin, rich layer of chocolate as filling. The baked halves are reminiscent of oval vanilla wafers and are notable for their texture, which is promoted as being crumbly yet smooth.
I ended up making different sized cookies in different shapes. The small round ones I filled with dark chocolate flavoured with orange zest. The largest oval ones I filled with one of my favourite chocolates ever, the Daim chocolate of the swedish brand Marabou. Then I also had some midsized (and misshaped) ones filled with white chocolate.
Oh so yummy!
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 vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon extract
1 1/2 cups (187.5grams/ 6.61 oz) all purpose flour
Cookie filling, recipe follows
1/2 cup heavy cream (1,2 dl)
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (225g)
1 orange, zested
- In a mixer with paddle attachment 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 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.
- While waiting for the cookies to cool, 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.
Jälkimmäinen osa heinäkuun DB-haastetta, Milano-keksit. Ihana ohje, kannattaa kokeilla. Rapeanpehmeän keksikuoren välissä suklaatäyte oman maun mukaan.