I too am a big fan of Gale Gand, even though I don’t eat much of what she makes anymore. I am still able to take a lot of her recipes & veganize them though. I have actually never had a Milano Cookie before, I know, very sad. I also do not like marshmallows of any kind, I know, very strange. Although this months challenge got me interested. Even though I don’t like eating marshmallows, I really wanted to make some. Not sure why, but I couldn’t wait to get started! You can see the original recipes & everyone elses results here: http://www.thedaringkitchen.com
I started off with Isa’s version of Milanos, printed with my changes. I wanted to make them lower in fat & a little healthier.
Makes 16 cookies
1/3 cup rice milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Scant ¼ tsp orange extract
2 cups flour
2 TBSP cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
In a large mixing bowl, use a strong fork to mix together milk, sugar, applesauce, vanilla and orange extract.
Add half of the flour, along with the cornstarch, baking powder and salt; mix well. Add the remaining flour and mix until you have a soft dough.
Fill a pastry bag, or zip-top baggie with the dough & pipe onto your cookie sheets so that it is 1 ½” long. Wet your hands a bit with cold water, it will keep your hands from sticking to the dough. You will need to do this after every couple of cookies. Flatten with the palms of your hand to create an oval that is 2“ long and 1“ across, then straighten the edges out with your fingers. You are going for the milano cookie shape, don’t be too perfect with it though, let it have some character. Continue shaping the cookies until you have 16 cookies placed about 1“ apart (they don’t spread much.) per tray.
Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until tops are firm and edges are ever so slightly browned. Remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes. Use a thin, flexible spatula to transfer to a cooling rack. Meanwhile, bake your next batch and melt your chocolate.
Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes, then take a cookie and dip the bottom into the chocolate. Then take another cookie and dip it, and place the dipped sides together to form a sandwich. Don’t press them hard or else the chocolate will smoosh out. Place them on a tray & put in the fridge to set for at least an hour. Continue with the remaining cookies until you have 16 sandwiches. Have a wet rag at the ready to wipe your fingers between putting the cookies together, to avoid chocolate fingerprints on the cookies. Bring to room temperature before serving. I filled half with the melted chocolate & half with my leftover almond-ella.
We only had to make one of the cookies, but who can resist Milano type cookies & I really wanted to make some Marshmallows, so I made both.
For the Marshmallow recipe, I used David Soleil’s recipe that you can find here: http://veganmarshmallows.blogspot.com/2009/04/vegan-marshmallow-recipe.html I followed it exactly (except using Lyle’s Golden Syrup & Barley Malt Syrup in place of the corn syrup), so I won’t reprint it here.
I also used silicone molds to shape the marshmallows.
I made the regular vanilla flavored marshmallows for all. On some, I used chili powder to dust with & some I used cinnamon. On 2 of the big ones, I coated with coconut flakes & 2 of them I mixed in some peppermint, soy cream cheese frosting. The peppermint is yummy!
For the Mallows, I used leftover chocolate shortbread that I had made for pie & made a quick chocolate ganache to pour over the top, yum!
Verdict: Milanos – YUM! I did under cook them a bit, I should’ve left them in for another 2 minutes, but they were still really good, just a little chewy. I also made them too thick, which didn’t help with the chewiness. They sure tasted good though, & I will be making these again.
Mallows – YUM! I had so much fun making the marshmallows. The texture was a little different, but they tasted like marshmallows. This was good though, because the main thing I don’t like about marshmallows is their texture. Once you put them into a cookie & cover with chocolate, well, who could resist!