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Milano cookies on a piece of brown parchment paper.

Homemade Milano Cookies

Angelina Papanikolaou
If you are a fan of Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies, you’ve come to the right place! Learn how to make the classic cookie sandwiches right in your own kitchen.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 203 kcal

Equipment

  • Hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Baking sheet
  • Piping bag with round tip
  • Small saucepan
  • Small offset spatula

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk room temperature

Ganache

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces chocolate chopped (semisweet, bittersweet, or dark)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Cut 2 pieces of parchment paper and using a ruler draw 12-2 ½ inch lines spaced about 3 inches apart. Place the papers written side down onto the baking sheets and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
    1 ½ cups flour, 1 tbsp cornstarch, ¾ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter, powdered sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
    ½ cup butter, ½ cup powdered sugar, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Mix in the dry ingredients until there are no more dry spots. Finally, beat in the milk.
    1 tbsp milk
  • Transfer the batter to a large piping bag fitted with a ½ inch round tip. Pipe the batter onto the lined baking sheets using the guides you marked earlier.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter.

Ganache

  • To make the ganache, place chopped chocolate in a medium size bowl. Heat heavy cream in a saucepan until it begins to simmer (do not let it boil!). Pour over chocolate and let sit 2-3 minutes. Gently stir until combined and chocolate has completely melted. Allow to cool and thicken until spreadable consistency.

Assemble

  • To assemble the cookies, spread the ganache onto the flat side of one cookie and sandwich with the flat side of another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies.

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Notes

  • Room temperature ingredients: Make sure that the butter, egg, and milk are at room temperature before beginning. 
  • Accuracy: For the best and most accurate results, use a kitchen scale to measure out the flour and sugars.
  • Uniform cookies: Use a ruler and pencil to draw 12-2 ½-inch lines spaced equal distances apart on a piece of parchment paper. Then, flip the paper over and place it onto the baking sheet (written side facing down) and use the lines as a guide.
  • Pair the cookies: Before assembling the cookies, I like to match the cookies together in pairs that are about the same width and length. This will make assembling the cookies a lot quicker.
  • Assembling the cookies: A small offset spatula is the best way to spread the ganache onto the cookies. Alternatively, you can use a butter knife.
  • Storage: Store the cookies in covered at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for 5 days.
  • Freezing: You can freeze the vanilla wafers in a freezer safe container. When you are ready to eat, remove the cookies from the freezer, prepare the ganache, and assemble. You can also freeze the assembled cookies in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
  • Make in advance: You can prepare and bake the vanilla wafers up to 2 days in advance. When you are ready to serve, make the ganache, and assemble the cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 164mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 269IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
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