Monday, July 27, 2009

Tea Time Treats with Mallows and Milan Cookies

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.

Nicole has mentioned that we could attempt either one or both cookie challenges. I found it pretty intriguing that the first cookie had an element of making your own marshmallows. Not that I am keen at all about marshmallows! I find it too sweet and the texture all too mushy! However trying to attempt something new and this being one, really had me going. I decided to do both cookies as the recipes were pretty simple to follow. I also did some research on how to make marshmallows as well as watching some videos on the entire process. The twist about the marshmallows used in the Mallows cookies was that they didn't require the 12-hour setting period. The marshmallow batter (if you can call it that) was piped immediately onto the cookies instead. I decided to go about making a small batch of strawberry marshmallows to pair off with the cookies.

Would you believe if I told you that I did both challenges over a Saturday? Well I did and I am glad that I had as it left my Sunday free to do other things. I started off with the Milan Cookies first as it was the easier of the two. And like Nicole's instructions, the cookie batter did spread quite a bit. As a result it was difficult getting consistently shaped cookies. Instead of lemon extract, I used orange blossom water and a bit of orange zest to the batter. For the filing, I made lavender bitter chocolate ganache instead of the original posted recipe. As I tasted the first batch that came out of the oven, the taste and texture reminded me very much of another previous Daring Baker's challenge, tuilles.

For the Mallows Cookie, I made strawberry marshamallows and these were piped onto the finished cooled cookie. I also added some mixed spice powder to the cookie batter. I didn't think much of the cookies on it's own when I had a quick taste. In fact I thought it was quite plain and paled in comparison with the Milan Cookies. But once the marshmallow and chocolate ganache were incorporated into the entire assembly, the Mallows tasted fantastic. I must say that the combination of all three worked perfectly. Thanks Nicole for such an interesting challenge this month!

Mallows(Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies)
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network website
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
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 width sections of batter onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, spacing them 2 inches apart as they spread.

5) Bake in a preheated 350F 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.


ARUNA said...

wow everything looks so fantastic n tempting!!!

Ramya Kiran said...

lovely mallows and milan cookies Jo. Would love to join you for tea:)

vibi said...

Those cookies, especially the Mallows are too cute! The colours and decorations are sublime... like little jewells in a garden! Bravo!

Anh said...

You have an array of colorful treats there! Love it.

Barbara Bakes said...

Wow! Such a beautiful presentation! Great job!

Lisa Michelle said...

Your Mallows are simply stunning with those beautiful decorations..and perfectly formed too! Love the photos, especially the one showing that lovely strawberry marshmallow! Oh, and your Milans are pretty darn perfect too! Great idea to
add lavender and oramge blossom water. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Julie said...

Jo, I just came over from your comment on my blog and I'm blown away! I love your beautiful Mallows!! You made a great choice of cute toppings for them. Both cookies are gorgeous.

The Little Teochew said...

Beautifully done. Wow, I'm speechless.

Zita said...

Aww... very pretty mallows you got there.. I wish I can get my hands on some lavender :)

sweetakery said...

Oh wow! cute looking mallows (which I must said my nieces and nephews would love to have!) and gorgeous looking milans! Thanks...yes they sure did enjoy..more by grabbing the mallows! Thanks for stopping by! =)

Junglefrog said...

They both came out wonderful Jo. For a person who doesn't like marshmallows you've done a terrific job! Looks amazing.

isabelle said...

They both looks and sounds delicious and extremely tempting!
Beautiful decorations!

Anula said...

Your Milano cookies look yummy! I love the decoration on your mallows! I bet they were delicious! cheers :)

Sara said...

Gorgeous! I love the different colors :)

Aparna said...

Both your cookies have turned out very well, but I do think the mallows look quite pretty.

Angie said...

Everything looks great! I love the pink marshmallows! Well done!

DJM said...

Your decorated mallows are too cute! And I'm completely jealous of your perfect milanos...

BitterSweet said...

What cheerful, colorful little cookies! Great work! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What cute Mallows and beautiful Milan Cookies! You've really outdone yourself here!



hexe said...

Your cookies look like art - much too pretty to eat!

Pontch said...

I love your cute decoration on the the Mallows and the Milan cookies looks so neat and delicious.
Great job!

Kat said...

Your cookies look wonderful!

Namratha said...

Both your cookies turned out great. Love that you colored the marshmallow and they mallows are nicely decorated.

Heather said...

Exquisite mallow cookies and delicate Romanos. Wonderful work!

Eat4Fun said...

Wow! Beautiful decorations on your mallows! Wonderful creativity!

Linda said...

I'm really impressed, first, that you did both recipes on the same day! And secondly, how beautiful they all came out. I love, love your Mallows, with the pretty candy confetti and all. That really dresses them up.

bake in paris said...

Beautiful creation! Totally in love with those decorative colorful mallows!


alisaz said...

Way to go doing both types of cookies, they look delicious!! Hey, are you able to find all of the ingredients in Singapore? There are quite a few missing in TW and I have to experiment a bunch..

Gab* said...

Love your presentation! Great job!

Cakelaw said...

Beautiful job Jo. I love the sound of the lavendar chocolate ganache - it sounds very elegant.

Olga said...

Hard to pick a favorite amongst the flower photos, the marshmallow and milano cookies :)

Valérie said...

I csn't believe you did all this in a day! Both your cookies look fantastic, and I love the cute decorations on the mallows!

♥Deeba @Passionate About Baking♥ said...

STUNNING...well done indeed. I couldn't believe you left it until Saturday, & then managed to make both. Brilliantly done. I made just the Mallows, & fell in love with them!

Ruth said...

Everything looks amazing. Your milan cookies make my mouth water

Ashley said...

Jo, your photos are amazing! Now, I wish I would have tried the mallows. Your strawberry marshmallows are so pretty!

tina said...

Your mallows are so pretty! I love the way you presented them and your milan cookies also look so perfect!

Ingrid said...

I like how you decorated your pretty! Great job, Jo!

pigpigscorner said...

wow, you did a really good job! Beautifully decorated.

Natashya said...

They all look perfect! I love how you decorated the mallows.

Amy I. said...

Your cookies look just lovely! And how great that you're not usually big on marshmallows but you enjoyed these! Great work :)

nikki said...

Stunning mallows and milans! The lavender chocolate ganache sounds amazing!

Nithya Praveen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog....u hv a great one too.The Mallows and Milan cookies look wonderful.....great clicks too.

Little Miss Cupcake said...

Wow! So impressed that you were able to complete both challenges. Your Milanos look authentic and I love how you decorated the Mallows! Awesome job!

shaz said...

Great job - they are such good looking cookies! Well done!

Anda said...

The decorated mallows are so very cute. Great job!

Jo said...

Hi all, thanks for dropping by and I loved reading each of your comments. I must say that everyone did a great job for this challenge.

Hi alisaz, yes pleased to say I was able to get all the ingredients here in Singapore.

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