Italian Cookies

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by redjeepbear, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. redjeepbear

    redjeepbear

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    I am going crazy looking for a basic Italian butter cookie recipe that is piped. Just like the ones in a NY bakery which is cake light and sometimes filled or dipped in chocolate. If anyone can share a recipe like this I would so appreciate it. Thank you
     
  2. prettycake

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    Did you mean the Italian Rainbow Cookies AKA Venetians  ?  These I made last Christmas.  This has Almond Paste in it.. VERY good..

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  3. redjeepbear

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    No that isn't the one. These are piped and bake pretty soft. Filled, dipped and sprinkled, lol.

    Thanks so much for responding.
     
  4. siduri

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    I know them well, they're in every pastry shop here, and in every italian bakery in the states.  But i always hated them so I never looked for a recipe for them! 

    here';s a recipe in grams from an italian website, translated.  But you';ll have to find the equivalences of each ingredient which is by weight in grams and find what it is in cups, so flour will be different from butter, etc.  I can't vouch for the website, but at least the procedure is described correctly, which is usually not the case for italian recipes, so it might be good. 

    here's the link with a picture, and the translation is below

    http://it.paperblog.com/spritz-alla-vaniglia-633723/

    190 gm butter at room temp

    225 gm flour (cake flour is most similar to italian flour)

    75 gms powdered sugar

    1 stick of vanilla

    1 egg white

    a pinch of salt

    Preheat oven to 160 Centigrade (look online for Fahrenheit)

    Beat the butter and sugar, scrape the seeds of the vanilla into it (they don't have vanilla extract here, so you could use that instead), and add the salt.  Add the egg white and beat it in, and then add the sifted flour, mixing quickly. 

    Put the mixture into a pastry bag or a spritz cookie syringe and squeeze out small cookies.

    bake max 10 minutes. 

    see if this works. 

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  5. chefedb

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    Sounds like a Pepperidge farm Milano Type cookie.  Or a form of Cats Tongue cookie. Both are piped
     
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  6. siduri

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    I believe the milano cookies are a little crisper - these are extremely crumbly, they just easily crumble and mush up in the mouth, though they;re not really "melt in your mouth" types.  Not cat's tongue either, which may be piped but have less structure.  These are actually a type of spritz cookie, that keeps the star-point ridges when cooked, they don;t melt down flat.  Take a look at the picture in the link. 

    You can sandwich jam between them, or melted chocolate, or dip them in chocolate (usually half way), or put crumbled hazelnut or non pareils on top before baking, and other things.  As I say, i dislike them so my view of them is not positive at all.  But i know lots of people love them. 
     
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    I have been looking for a "faux"  Milano cookies recipe,  but the ones I have tried does not even come close to Pepperidge..

    I am also looking for a Milano cookie recipe like Pepperidge and not short bread cookies..  thank you for sharing you recipe..
     
  8. pjswim

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    Hello redjeepbear~

    I too am researching for that EXACT SAME RECIPE. I have been on here talking to most of the same ppl that you have. Also trying those recipes as ppl are posting them, & SO many others, None of them are what I personally am looking for. I'm such a scootch. We have two Italian Bakeries close by that make these exquisite cookies. And yet they taste like a butter cookie, light & NOT dense like a spritz cookie. And I believe you & I are looking for that same cookie. My husband's family are Italian, & I want to follow with tradition. I make all flavors of Biscotti, Pizzelles, Spritzes, Canolli's. But I can't master this one simple cookie with sprinkles on or even filled with jam/chocolate, & the dipped ones. I have tried "Tess's sand cookies, Crumb Boss Italian Cookies, and so many others, but not this one little cookie. I'm chuckling right now with frustration. My problem is I keep going & going trying for perfection. And maybe it will never happen. NOW that there are two of us, we may to put our heads together & solve this dilemma. ( i hope). Well I'll keep researching & keep you posted.