Nutella Milano Cookies

01/08/2012 by Lara • 3 Comments Pin It

Recipe: Gale Gand's Milan Cookies
Total time: 1.5 hours
Ease: easy
Unusual ingredients: Nutella

I had a craving for a simple but beautiful cookie and scoured my favorites on Pinterest for inspiration. I came across this really straightforward recipe for homemade Milan cookies but didn’t have a few of the ingredients (namely lemon extract and heavy cream).

I decided to substitute the lemon extract with orange extract and skip over making my own filling entirely and instead use one of my favorite flavors of all time, Nutella. The result tastes like the most delicious fortune cookie you’ve ever had with filling!

The main tip I have is to make sure your powdered sugar and butter have completely dissolved into one another. I had a few lumps of powdered sugar left in the batter and, though tasty, they make the cookies look a little lumpy. Be patient as you’re piping them onto your parchment and make sure they’re spaced at least two inches apart!


12 tablespoons butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
7/8 cup egg whites (from about 6 eggs)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange extract
1 1/2 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter with a paddle attachment then mix in the sugar.
  3. Add the egg whites gradually and then mix in the extracts.
  4. Add the flour and mix until just incorporated.
  5. With a small (1/4-inch) plain tip, pipe 1-inch sections of batter onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, spacing them 2 inches apart as they spread.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Let cool on the pan.
  7. Spread a thin amount of the Nutella onto the flat side of a cookie and press the flat side of a second cookie on top.
  8. Repeat with the remainder of the cookies.

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  1. Kim G says:

    Love this idea! And will be making them again! However, for me, I just felt that 2 Tablespoons of the orange extract was too much flavor. All we could taste was the orange and it took away from the rest of the cookie. I think, if you are going to use the orange, maybe just 1 or 2 teaspoons instead. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. syifani says:

    Hi, I intend to try out your recipe this afternoon but please enlighten me : How do you create a very thin, round disk like that if you use the 1/4 inch plain tip? So do I swirl upwards like an ice cream in a cone? Sorry but I have no idea how you made your cookies shaped like that.. Please help!

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