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Giada's Milanesi Cookies

My good friend Giada is from the Italian part of Switzerland, and used to bake these wonderful cookies around Christmas time to share with us all when we lived in Austin. We loved getting them and always looked forward to it; delicately flavoured, yummy cookies, just a wonderful thing to celebrate and share. She very kindly shared the recipe and me and my daughter had a go making them. They are lots of fun and easy to make as family, and putting a little edible glitter on adds an extra sparkle and magic 🙂

Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time : 10 minutes
Makes about 35-40 cookies (depending on the size and shape)

125gr/ 1 ¼ oz gr butter
125gr/ 1 ¼ oz sugar (1 cup)
2 eggs
pinch salt
Zest of ½ lemon
250gr/ 8 ¾ oz flour
1 egg yolk to brush the cookies
15ml/1 tablespoon (or more) of raspberry jam to decorate cookies
Edible sparkly glitter to decorate the cookies

Preheat oven to 200 C (about 400F)

In a large bowl, work the butter until creamy. Add sugar and eggs mix well. Stir in the salt, lemon zest and flour, and knead into a dough. Cover and keep in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Put a little flour on the surface and roll the dough flat. Cut the cookies with different shapes of your choice. If you like, spread a little raspberry jam to some for a different variety.

Place the cookies on a greased tray and brush with the egg yolk. Bake for about 10 minutes, until they turn golden colour. Once cooked, sprinkle with edible glitters and enjoy:)

Afiyet Olsun!

5 Responses to Giada's Milanesi Cookies

  1. tasteofbeirut December 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Lovely cookies I like the simple and shortbread like cookies the best, plus they can be varied with different jams and toppings without changing the taste.

  2. Ozlem's Turkish Table December 20, 2010 at 7:03 am #


    Thank you for the comment, I feel the same, with or without jam, they are delicous, and also packed with memories as it is passed by a friend:) Best, wishes, Ozlem

  3. Ella December 27, 2010 at 5:53 am #

    Thank you for recipes,because it`look very good end easy,I start to do it now.I will post in my blog after I finish.Today earlier I was do it in my way the "Börek" -spinach &cheese; Pie ,and was delicios :o)

  4. Ozlem's Turkish Table December 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Dear Ella, you are most welcome. I saw your versions in your blog and they look so delicious:) I am honored to see that you enjoy the recipes. Happy cooking, happy new year!


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