These homemade Milano cookies are even more delicious than the store-bought variety!
I’ve always loved Milano cookies, but the peppermint variety is my absolute favorite.
So, when I went to work on this recipe, I was eager to recreate the mint version – and guess what? They’re so easy to make.
I love creating copycat recipes. There’s something special about taking a store-bought item and creating a homemade version. It’s a fun challenge every time to see if I can make it just as good, or even better.
These cookies are perfect for any party, after-school snack, or really anytime you’re craving a delicious nostalgic snack!
How to Make Homemade Milano Cookies
What are Milano Cookies?
Sold commonly in grocery stores across the US, Milano cookies are deliciously buttery oval-shaped cookies, sandwiched together with a layer of chocolate. Based on Italian-style cookies, the cookie itself is a little crisp and somewhat shortbread-like in texture. They are available in a wide variety of flavors, such as Peppermint Chocolate, Orange Chocolate, Raspberry Chocolate, and Milk Chocolate. The same cookies are known as Monaco Cookies in Canada.
No Leavening Agent?
Much like shortbread and other similar cookies, these Milano cookies don’t contain baking powder or baking soda. Their only leavening comes from creaming the butter and sugar together. Learn more about creaming butter and sugar here. It’s important to avoid your butter getting too warm – about 67°F is perfect. Use an instant-read thermometer for accuracy – but if you don’t have one, see the image below to learn how to tell when your butter is the perfect temperature for creaming.
How to Pipe Milano Cookies
- As you pipe, press into the dough slightly so it doesn’t mound too much.
- Stop squeezing the dough before you pull away.
- Don’t worry about any lumps or bumps, they’ll smooth out when baking.
- If you want to make sure the cookies are uniform, you can draw a guide on your parchment paper using a ruler and a pencil. Draw 3-inch lines spaced an inch or two apart, and flip the parchment over so the pencil lines don’t get on the cookies. Eyeballing it totally works too!
Milano Cookie Recipe Tools
For these Homemade Milano Cookies, there are a few small and inexpensive tools that make them much easier:
Milano Cookie Flavor Variations
- I opted for peppermint extract, but feel free to experiment with other extracts to make other flavor variations.
- I haven’t tested anything but peppermint, but orange or raspberry would also be delicious – just keep in mind that other extracts may vary in strength, so start with less and add a little more as needed, to taste.
- Feel free to omit the mint layer if you prefer the plain chocolate variety!
- You can also use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate if you prefer.
How to Store Milano Cookies
Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Can You Freeze Milano Cookies?
Yes, but I recommend just freezing the baked, cooled cookies before adding the chocolate. Place in an airtight container or a freezer bag for up to a month. Thaw for a few hours and allow to come to room temperature before adding the chocolate and assembling.
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stick (113 grams) unsalted butter,
at cool room temperature
(133 grams) granulated sugar
at cool room temperature
(159 grams) all-purpose flour
(113 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
Mint Layer (optional)
(94 grams) powdered sugar
pure peppermint extract
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixture, beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl. Add the vanilla and egg and beat to combine. With mixer on low, gradually add the flour and salt and beat until just combined.
Transfer dough to a quart-size zip-top bag; with scissors, snip a 3/4-inch hole in one corner (or use a pastry bag with a plain tip). Pipe about 24 logs, about 3-inches long, spacing 1/2 inch apart, onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. For best results, chill until firm, 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Bake until cookies are light golden at the edges, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.
Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth.
If desired, in a separate bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, peppermint extract, and 3 to 4 teaspoons of water.
With a small offset spatula, spread the melted chocolate on the flat side of half the cookies and mint glaze on the other half (if using). Sandwich cookie halves together.
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container up to 5 days.
I've included the ingredients and steps to make Mint Chocolate Milanos, if you desire.
Feel free to experiment with other extracts, such as orange or raspberry, to make other flavor variations - just keep in mind that other extracts may vary in strength, so start with less and add a little more to taste as needed.
Skip the glaze if you'd prefer plain chocolate filling.
This post was originally published in 2016 and updated with weight measurements, additional recipe tips, and a step-by-step video.