July 27, 2009

Daring Bakers Copycat Cookies

As an avid reader, I am always wary of film adaptations of my favorite books. Here you are with a strong attachment to a story and a vivid picture in your minds eye of what the character look and sound like and then the movie comes out and completely destroys the world you've created. If this has never happened to you consider yourself lucky- oh and avoid Under The Tuscan Sun at all costs. So when I saw that this month's Daring Bakers Challenge I was filled with a familiar mixture of excitement and dread. Would I really be able to create a Mallow and a Milan Cookie to rival those mass market versions of my childhood?
Well, yes and no. Copying my favorite cookies was fun. Figuring out how to get that special hourglass shape, piping dollops of marshmallow fluff and swirling them in chocolate, I tried to channel my inner Keebler Elf.

When the floured dust settled my cookies did look the part but how would they taste? I was disappointed in the Milan Cookies. They were too tuile-like in texture and lacked the buttery dense crumb of the Pepperidge Farm brand but the Mallows rocked my world. The texture and taste of the cookie was spot on and I thought the chocolate coating was perfect.

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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.

4 comments:

pinkstripes said...

I will have to try the mallows. I actually never had the store-version either. Both of your cookies look great.

doughmesstic said...

You aren't the first review I have read to be disappointed with the Milanos...kind of glad I skipped them. But the Mallows - they look so good! I ended up with WAY more than the recipe said - did you?

Natashya said...

They look great! Congrats for doing both too, quite an undertaking.

Engineer Baker said...

Dang, I knew I should have just made the mallows. The milanos were just eh, but everyone's raving about the mallow cookies! Yours look wonderful!