Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nutella Ganache Milano Cookie KNOCKOFFS

Vanilla Dough Milano


Chocolate Dough Milano
 Milano Cookies are one of my favorites, you can adapt any flavoring or filling them however the  original filling is the chocolate ganache  that made these cookies so famous. Since I can never get enough Nutella, these had to have Nutella in them this time. It helps to have a heavy duty mixer and a cookie press for shaping, but you can use a metal plain tip for squeezing out the dough, or if you have to use a zip lock bag snip on the slant on one end....see more info below.
1/2 cup unsalted butter plus 4 tablespoons, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
6 egg whites
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons almond extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Nutella (1 jar)

Cookie ganache filling:
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookie dough
In a heavy duty mixer, cream the butter and the sugar.
Add the egg whites gradually and then mix in the vanilla and almond extracts.
Add the flour and mix until just well blended.
 I have a battery operated  cookie press to shape these cookies, however you can use a plastic zip lock bag, snip on the slant 1/4 inch or by using a small (1/4-inch) round  metal tip and pastry bag, pipe 1-inch sections of batter onto a parchment-lined  cookie sheet pan, spacing them 2 inches apart as they spread. I added a little flour to indent the sides to look hour glass shaped and make sure them are leveled by pushing down to flatten.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until light golden in color and set. DO NOT OVERBAKE they should not be brown. Let cool on the pan.
While waiting for the cookies to cool, in a small saucepan warm the cream.
Pour hot cream over chocolate in a bowl, whisk to melt chocolate, add vanilla and mix well. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
Spread a thin amount of  Nutella and then the  chocolate ganache 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.

Chocolate Milanos can be made by substituting  3/4 c. of dark chocolate cocoa powder for half of the flour in recipe and omit the  2 tablespoons of almond extract. Also pipe using a ziplock bag snipped on one end fill with chocolate ganache and pipe all along the edges for a finished look.

For Raspberry Milano fill cookies with seedless Raspberry jam. For mint add 1/2 teaspoon of mint to the ganache melted chocolate instead of vanilla. You can also melt white chocolate adding 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract for lemon filling...., I also like to make a Spiced cream cheese filling and add allspice and cinnamon for a nice fall tasting buttery cookie , get inventive these cookies are so versatile!


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29 comments:

Ruth said...

I only truly discovered Nutella when I was living in Italy. Their love of nutella is incredible and I think your recipe would definetely go down very well indeed.

Belinda @zomppa said...

I know why I like you. !) You love Nutella. 2) You love Milano. 3) You outbake the "originals!"

Lea Ann said...

Beautiful cookies! I've never tried nutella. Gotta remember to pick some up one of these days.

valerioscialla said...

Hi Claudia fantastic recipe!! Do You have Nutella in U.S.? Incredible It's all over the world.
Ganache cream is also fantastic for this cookie but i prefer Nutella. Good job. Bye

Greg said...

I often show my wife recipes that I think she will like. With Milanos being her favorite cookie and Nutella a favorite treat, I may keep this a secret and just make her a batch.

Claudia said...

Somewhere inside you is a fat lady trying to get out of your skinny body. A jar of Nutella - I'm in. Like Milano cookies - but love yours.

The Mom Chef said...

Oh now, these look delicious. I'm a recent convert to Nutella and I don't like chocolate so this might just work for me. Thanks for the recipe.

Drick said...

wonderful knock-off. I think these sound better than the real thing ... they sure look perfect...

ARLENE said...

These look amazing and I'm sure the Nutella filling is better than the plain old chocolate ganache. I want to try them right now, but I'm going to restrain myself. But Christmas baking starts soon....

Magic of Spice said...

Wow, these are fantastic...Nutella is such a delight, and so are these gorgeous cookies :)
Very impressive Claudia :)

Spicie Foodie said...

OMG Claudia! I love Milano cookies and they are non-existent here. Thank you so much for posting this. I can't wait to try them,

Foodessa said...

I've never made Milanos before...however...I sure am very well acquainted with the Nutella jar ;o)

Thanks for sharing one of your favourites.

Ciao for now,
Claudia

Jamie said...

Amazing. These were my favorite Pepperidge Farm Cookies growing up. Yours look wonderful and I bet they taste better than the originals.

Aggie said...

wow, these look fantastic! you are such a talented baker! I love Nutella...grew up on it. I have a huge weakness for it!!

Suzanne said...

looks delish, can't go wrong with nutella!

Elisabeth said...

I love the original Milano cookies...with Nutella, it's over the top! Thanks for sharing!

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Emily Malloy said...

Uh-mazing.

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Claudia,

These are great! My favorite is the Mint Milano! Going to have to give these a spin!

Bon appetit!
CCR
=:~)

Reeni said...

What heavenly cookies! These used to be me and my Mom's favorites! Love it.

Angie's Recipes said...

Milano is my favourite too! Chocolate version sounds wonderful too.

Joanne said...

Still never tried Nutella. I've got to pick some up and make awesome holiday treats with it. I'm sure they'll be unique.

Those milano's are terrific! Perfect "knockoff"!

Cake Duchess said...

I love Nutella and this is a cookie I will have to try. These look amazing! Great job:)Hope you are having a wonderful week so far;)

dining room tables said...

These are beautiful cookies! This is something that I would love to try. Thanks a lot for sharing.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Haven't had a Milano in ages! Thanks for reminding me :) Yours look fantastic!!

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Sorry I'm going in reverse order from my reader... but could you please include some of these cookies along with my Nutella Ferrera Rocher Hot Chocolate? Thank you! :)

alison said...

beautiful cookies,love nutella!

Kathy Gori said...

I almost afraid to show these to Alan I know I'm going to be baking them soon. Just beautiful!

Diana's Cocina said...

Knockoffs? This is the real deal~Nutella heaven!

Grapefruit said...

Oh my. I feel like I need to make these very very soon. I love milanos & the nutella would just take it over the top! Thanks for the inspiration!