Christmas, Cookies, Winter

Milanais cookies

December 19, 2013

 Milanais cookies

It’s cold and windy, the cats running around an apartment like crazy. I try to find a reason just to turn the oven on. I baked so many cookies this year that I think cookies are not an option.  The reason why I actually have this dilemma is because today is a beginning of my holidays as my company close down for Christmas. As usual I overpromise myself to do so many things, clean, read books, catch up with blogs and magazines, plan our trip to Philippines in February (yay!), try new recipes, try to get into exercising routine, etc. I usually do a tiny bit of it, but all the wise articles say, it is good to be bored sometimes, it’s actually good for our mind. So let it be, so far I exercised, feed the cats, made a nice breakfast, and drank coffee and ate a cookie. That’s good enough, isn’t it.

So these cookies are basic, buttery cookies with a hint of citrusy flavour. They are simple, but still delicious. Even though the name suggests Italian origin, they are popular in Switzerland. It’s one of many recipes I saw on Bea’s blog and decided I need to try. I almost wanted to cry when I noticed that I don’t have a simple heart shaped cookie cutter. I have enough of cookie cutters, but I always pick the simplest ones – stars, christmas trees or hearts. I’ve already fixed my mistake and bought a simple heart cookie cutter. Luckily the milanais look lovely anyway.

Milanais cookies

Milanais cookies

Milanais cookies

Recipe from Bea w kuchni

  • 250g butter, room temperature
  • 225g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • zest from 1 orange
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 500g flour
  • Icing
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
Beat the butter until light and fluffy.
Add sugar and salt and beat it a little more.
Add eggs one at a time and mix until fully incorporate before adding the next egg.
Add zest from orange and lemon and flour and mix until well incorporated.
Cover the dough with cling foil and chill it in a fridge for at least 2 hours.
On the floured surface roll the dough to 0.7-cm thickness.
Cut the cookies with a cutter and place them on parchment lined baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet into the fridge for 15 minutes (the cookies will hold their shape thanks to this).
Bake at 200ºC/180ºC fan for around 10 minutes or until they just start to get some colour on the very edges.
Icing
Place the icing sugar in a bowl and add one tablespoon of lemon juice. Stir until smooth. Add more juice until you get the right consistency.
Spread the icing on the top of cooled cookies.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Joanna December 20, 2013 at 02:10

    Your cookies, look so elegant. For past few days I have been eating pounds of cookies and chocolate however I could be still tempted by your delicious cookies. I love lemon, so maybe it’s good that they are not within my reach:) You are traveling to Philippines! that must be so, so excited. In mean time Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Dina December 20, 2013 at 16:48

    they sound great!

    • Reply Magda December 21, 2013 at 21:00

      Thank you Dina :)

  • Reply Bea December 24, 2013 at 16:49

    Magdo, sa przesliczne! Zjawiskowe wrecz :)

    • Reply Magda December 25, 2013 at 17:08

      Dziękuję Beo, ale wierz mi Twoje wg mnie są piękniejsze :)

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