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DIY: Homemade Mint Chocolate Milano Cookies

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these delicious cookies! 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp kosher salt 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened 1 1/3 cups sugar 2 whole eggs 1 egg white 2 tsp vanilla extract 8 oz dark chocolate (I prefer Valrhona), chopped 1 1/2 tbsp organic peppermint extract Preheat oven to 325° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Combine flour and salt together and set aside. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in whole eggs and egg white, then vanilla, and continue to beat on high until light and fluffy. Lower speed and gradually beat in flour mixture until just incorporated. Transfer batter to a ziploc bag with a 1-inch hole snipped in one corner. Pipe batter into 2-inch long strips. Bake for 13–15 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks. Allow cookies to cool completely. Arrange cookie halves in pairs of similar shape and size. Melt chocolate in a double boiler until smooth, …

Lemon Madeleines

I’m not going to lie to you – this recipe will use most of your kitchen equipment and is a bit time consuming (it’s a French recipe)… but the result is totally worth it. These madeleines are a combination of browned butter, honey, lemon zest and almond meal, which make an incredibly rich cake that’s soft on the inside, crisp on the outside. I usually grind 1 1/2 cups of almonds to make other variations of this delicious recipe. Check back for Chocolate and Honey madeleine recipes. It’s very important to chill the batter in the tins for at least one hour – this will result in the characteristic little “bump” on top of the cookies. butter and flour for the tins 13 tbsp unsalted butter 1 2/3 cups confectioners sugar 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp all-purpose flour 1/2 cup finely ground unblanched almonds 6 large egg whites 1 tbsp honey grated zest of 2 lemons 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice With a brush, evenly coat madeleine molds with butter, making sure to get …