To kick things off on this chill Wednesday, let’s start with some fun event news! This Saturday I’ll be at Eat Boutique in Boston hosting a wreath-making workshop and eating pop tarts and signing books. Please come! The wreath-making workshop is $30 and you’ll walk away with a wreath to hang on your door!
These cookies were the thing that my mom had to hide from me after she she her weekly grocery shopping. She’d always buy a bag or two and by the next day they were usually GONE. All that was left were those little crinkle-y white liners they came in.
I’ve been wanting to make them for a long time but all the recipes I read online required piping cookie dough batter onto a baking sheet and I dunno…if I have to do a piping tip it’s always such a hard sell for me.
It’s like one more thing for me to mess up AND when I think of cookies, I don’t usually associate them with piping tips. SO, I always avoided them.
But then I started to think about them in this super analytical way and I realized they’re sort of just like shortbread cookies but softer. And what makes a shortbread cookie softer? Powdered sugar! If you want a crispier one, for use all white granulated sugar.
I ended up going to store and buying a bag because, you know, research. And was surprised that they do have a bit of crisp to them. Here in this recipe, you’ll find half powdered sugar and half white granulated.
I didn’t want to buy an oval cookie cutter because when would I use it besides with these, so I ended up just pushing the sides of a circular one to shape it sorta like an oval. And then, I just pushed it back to a circle; problem solved!
And since I loved the minty ones the best, I made these minty too. Nothing a lil’ peppermint extract can’t fix.
Homemade Mint Milano Cookies
- 1/2 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 ounces dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- To make the cookies: To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, add the butter, sugar, powdered sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract and beat once more until combined. In two batches, add the flour, being sure each addition is combined before adding the next one. Divide the dough in half, transfer it to two sheets of plastic wrap (it’ll be quite soft!), shape into a disc and transfer to the fridge. Allow to chill for about 1 hour. Ideally it should be at least 3 hours.
- Turn the oven up to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Remove the first disc of dough from the fridge. Allow to come to room temperature for about 10 minutes. Liberally flour a rolling pin and work surface. Roll out the cookie dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Stamp out the cookies with a cookie cutter of your choice (I used a round cookie cutter that I shaped into an oval to replicate the traditional milano cookie shape). Transfer the cookies to the baking sheet, spacing them about 1-inch apart (these spread slightly). Re-roll the scraps to get a few more cookies. Repeat with the second disc of dough.
- Bake the cookies, one baking sheet at a time, for about 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly golden brown around the edges. Cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining cookies.
- To make the chocolate: Add the chocolate and heavy cream to a very dry stainless steel or glass bowl. Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water and set it over medium heat. Nestle the bowl with the chocolate atop the saucepan and melt the chocolate slowly, about 3 minutes. If you own a microwave, you can simply add the glass bowl with the chocolate and heavy cream to the microwave for about 30 seconds until melted. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the peppermint extract.
- Flip over half of the cookies (these will be the cookie bottoms). Drop about a teaspoon of melted chocolate onto each of the cookies bottoms and spread it out just a bit. Top with the “tops” of the cookies and sandwich the two together. Repeat until you’ve worked your way through all of the cookies.