Daring Bakers craft some cookies

July 27th, 2009 · Lisa · gluten-free, raw, Recipes, sugar-free, Sweet · Comments

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.

If you click on the Food Network link above, you will find Gale’s recipe for Milan cookies. July was a bit of a chaotic month for me, so I decided to stick to trying only one of the cookie recipes.

Obviously, this is not the recipe that I used in my attempt at a Milan cookie.
Instead, I decided to invent a raw version of the Milan cookie that will still harken back to days in which I enjoyed the orange-laced flavour of the Pepperidge Farm favourite. The result was quite tasty but much less beautiful then the results created in other Daring Bakers’ kitchens. I always love seeing the images that pop-up across the internets on this special posting day (the 27th of each month is official result-posting day).
If you’re interested in trying a raw Milan cookies, here is my recipe:

Makes about 24 cookies (or 12 Milan cookies with chocolate filling)
1 cup of cashews (soaked for 4 hours)
1/4 cup of agave syrup
1/2 cup orange juice (I made mine in my blender using a whole orange so it was very thick)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
pinch of sea salt
1/2 TBSP of vanilla extract

Blend the ingredients in your food processor until everything is well combined and pretty smooth. Spoon about a TBSP worth of batter onto teflex sheets in your dehydrator. I tried to shape mine into ovals-but don’t spend too much time fussing with the cookies. Dehydrate the cookies at 115 for 10-12 hours (flipping them and removing the teflex sheets about half-way through). They should be dry but still chewy.

I combined coconut oil and cacao powder until I achieved the desired consistency.

I was fairly happy with the result although I would have liked a stronger orange flavour and would probably add a tsp of lemon or orange extract next time.

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  1. Posted July 28, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Oh they look wonderful and I love the addition of orange!

  2. Posted July 28, 2009 at 11:42 am

    OoOO those sound lovely! The orange/chocolate combo is always so nice. Some zest might be a good addition?

  3. Posted July 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you Ash and Nanette,

    They actually taste a lot better then they look.

    Yes, Ash, I'm definitely adding more orange flavour next time.

  4. Posted July 29, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Great remake of the classic!

  5. Posted July 30, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Wow, raw milano cookies… Too cool!

  6. Posted August 5, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I'm glad you enjoyed my raw version of this challenge. I have already created a raw version of the August challenge-I can't wait to post it on the 27th!

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