Mallow & Milan Cookies - Daring Bakers

>> Sunday, July 26, 2009






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.


Mallows(Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies)
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network website

Prep Time: 10 min
Inactive Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Serves: about 2 dozen cookies

• 3 cups (375grams/13.23oz) all purpose flour
• 1/2 cup (112.5grams/3.97oz) white sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 3/8 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 12 tablespoons (170grams/ 6 oz) unsalted butter
• 3 eggs, whisked together
• Homemade marshmallows, recipe follows
• Chocolate glaze, recipe follows

1. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, blend the dry ingredients.
2. On low speed, add the butter and mix until sandy.
3. Add the eggs and mix until combine.
4. Form the dough into a disk, wrap with clingfilm or parchment and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
5. When ready to bake, grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
7. Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness, on a lightly floured surface. Use a 1 to 1 1/2 inches cookie cutter to cut out small rounds of dough.
8. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool to room temperature.
9. Pipe a “kiss” of marshmallow onto each cookie. Let set at room temperature for 2 hours.
10. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or silicon mat.
11. One at a time, gently drop the marshmallow-topped cookies into the hot chocolate glaze.
12. Lift out with a fork and let excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.
13. Place on the prepared pan and let set at room temperature until the coating is firm, about 1 to 2 hours.

Note: if you don’t want to make your own marshmallows, you can cut a large marshmallow in half and place on the cookie base. Heat in a preheated 350-degree oven to slump the marshmallow slightly, it will expand and brown a little. Let cool, then proceed with the chocolate dipping.



Homemade marshmallows:
• 1/4 cup water
• 1/4 cup light corn syrup
• 3/4 cup (168.76 grams/5.95oz) sugar
• 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
• 2 tablespoons cold water
• 2 egg whites , room temperature
• 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. In a saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup, and sugar, bring to a boil until “soft-ball” stage, or 235 degrees on a candy thermometer.
2. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let dissolve.
3. Remove the syrup from the heat, add the gelatin, and mix.
4. Whip the whites until soft peaks form and pour the syrup into the whites.
5. Add the vanilla and continue whipping until stiff.
6. Transfer to a pastry bag.

Chocolate glaze:
• 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
• 2 ounces cocoa butter or vegetable oil

1. Melt the 2 ingredients together in the top of a double boiler or a bowl set over barely simmering water.


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 vanilla extract
• 2 tablespoons lemon extract
• 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.

37 comments:

♥Deeba @Passionate About Baking♥ July 26, 2009 at 11:31 PM  

WOW...you tried both! Well done on the challenge.The mallows are pretty as a picture & perfect!

Megan@Feasting on Art July 27, 2009 at 2:25 AM  

Both look fantastic! Great job on the challenge. Your milano cookies look so buttery, mine turned out a bit chewy.

shaz July 27, 2009 at 4:10 AM  

Great job on doing both...they look yum! My Milanos were not very successful at all! :)

peasepudding July 27, 2009 at 4:43 AM  

very impressive, you made both recipes! Such perfect shaped mallow cookies.

Lone Acorn July 27, 2009 at 7:38 AM  

Wow !! These cookies look so mouth watering. Chocolate is something which no one can resist.

Les gourmandises d'Isa July 27, 2009 at 8:49 AM  

beeau défi que tu as réalisé là :) c'est superbe !

willowbirdbaking July 27, 2009 at 9:22 AM  

YUMM I want your Mallows! They look delectable!

Jo July 27, 2009 at 9:29 AM  

Great job on completing both challenges. The cookies look absolutely delicious.

Lisa Michelle July 27, 2009 at 9:50 AM  

Your Mallows look lovely! I also love how your Milans have a cakey look/texture to them, which is also delicious ‘and’ unique!

Audax July 27, 2009 at 10:03 AM  

I love how you made the milanos like little cakes and your mallows are superb. Wonderful effort on this challenge. Cheers from Audax

raquel July 27, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

excellent! well done!

isa July 27, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

Your Mallows cookies looks absolutely delicious! They came out very well!
Nicely done!

Lauren July 27, 2009 at 1:24 PM  

Yum!! All of your cookies look amazing =D. I love how your chocolate set - Great job on this challenge!!

Anonymous,  July 27, 2009 at 1:25 PM  

wonderfull !
the best ein li musag how omrim "krembo" be anglit, but lo meshane... mami you are big big kapara.
מי אוהבת אותך יותר ממני?
אחותך הדאבה from the holly land
ואם יש לי שגיאות , מ'כפת לי בכלל.... העיקר שאת מבינה....
איך עושים פה מנוי? תכניסי אותי לעדכונים במייל .
ארי

strawberriesinparis July 27, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

yum yum yum!! Yours look deeeelicious

Lisa July 27, 2009 at 2:23 PM  

I really like the marshmallow on your cookies, I love the swirly top!

Anula July 27, 2009 at 2:54 PM  

Beatuful mallows! Can I have one? ;) Great job! Cheers.

tonic July 27, 2009 at 2:56 PM  

Great job! I'd love to taste them both!

Gal Cohen July 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM  

this was phenominal, i can truly not compair this to anything i have ever eaten be it store bought nor homemade, thanks mom!

KayB July 27, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

The really turned out well! Looks yummy.... :-)

Angie July 27, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

Gorgeous! They look like perfection!

Jenni July 27, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

Your cookies are beautiful!

mandymortimer July 27, 2009 at 7:19 PM  

Your mallow glaze is so beautifully shiny!

Cirri July 27, 2009 at 7:47 PM  

Excelent job! congratullations!

Y July 27, 2009 at 8:12 PM  

Gorgeous! I love how shiny your chocolate coating is.

Jill July 27, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

The chocolate on your mallows is perfectly shiny!! They look so delicious!
Jill
Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. :)

Linda July 27, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

What a perfect, shiny, think, crunchy looking shell you got on your mallows. The chocolate coating was my downfall this time. I've got to work on that more.

tina July 28, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

Your mallows look so delicious and shiny and your cookies look good too!

jillian July 28, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

Nice work- they look great!

Deseree July 28, 2009 at 11:35 AM  

How on earth did you get your mallows so perfectly shaped? They look wonderful! Great job :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums July 28, 2009 at 2:57 PM  

Very well done! your mallows look delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

lisa (dandysugar) July 28, 2009 at 5:42 PM  

Fabulous job on both cookies! Your mallows look so pretty and the milanos look great too!

kellypea July 28, 2009 at 7:30 PM  

Congrats to you for going all out and making both recipes! Call me lazy ; )

Natashya July 28, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

They look great! I wish I had remembered to do some cut-open shots too.

art and lemons July 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

Fabulous job on making both cookies! Your sandy colored mallow grahams covered in fluffy mallow cream and melty dark chocolate look amazing.

bittersweetblog July 29, 2009 at 10:46 PM  

Your mallows look so perfect! Both cookies are just lovely.

Candice July 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM  

They look great, congrats on completing the challenge!

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