Monday, July 27, 2009

Daring Bakers July Challenge - 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.

This month participants were given the option of making one or two types of cookies. I only made the Milans and not the marshmallow ones.

I don't do a lot of piped cookies so I was happy to give these a try. The batter was easy to put together but there was a lot of it so I was piping for a long time. I also found the the instructions to pipe 1-inch lengths a little crazy. The cookies were very tiny so I ended up completing the rest by piping about 4-inch lengths and putting two side by side so they'd be a little wider. This worked and eventually I finished.

Overall, I think the cookies tasted okay. They were crispy at the edges and chewy in the middle. Piping the batter was unpredictable - some cookies spread into wacky shapes. The ganache was perfect as ganache usually is. Even though they weren't my favourite, they all got eaten. What did help redeem them was pairing them with luscious Breyers Banana Cream Pie ice cream. I had added some coconut extract to the cookies so they were 'tropical' which went perfectly with the banana, vanilla, and graham cracker flavours.

To see how the other Daring Bakers fared with their cookies, check out the Daring Kitchen. Thanks to Harbinger for providing the ice cream.

9 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great looking cookies! Very well done!

Cheers,

Rosa

Anh said...

Your cookies look great. Sorry to hear that they are not to your liking (actually a lot of daring bakers said that as well).

katskitchen said...

I made the marshmallow cookies and was going to try the milan in the future, but a bit hesitant to use this recipe with some reviews I've been reading. The cookies still look wonderful though! I wonder what August has in store for us!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

The cookies look great! Sorry you didn't like them that much!

Bill Medifast said...

This challenge is astounding. I love Milan cookies. I can't wait to see the winner and how they picked to take this challenge on.

creampuff said...

Lovin' that ice cream, Jen!

Jenny said...

Pretty, and sounds like a good pairing.

Owyn from Medifast Coupons said...

Daring Bakers challenges seem like a lot of fun. This cookie type looks so good, yet I've never tried them. Something I'll have to do in the future.

Sublim design och Blossom kitchen said...

lovely blogg you have:)the cooikies looks great!
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