Christmas cookies (Milans)
Comment: Traditionnal of Christmas, the Milan cookies or Milans were part of many Christmas' of my childhood.
They are an ideal gift during thye holidays, and are also appreciated by all children. The quantities indicated Here are for ~60 cookies. It is recommended to work the dough cold (just leaving the fridge) because it is easier to work with. As for beating the butter, then the dough, it is strongly recommended to use a robot, because by hand, if it is possible, it is very hard and tiring. Use the K, and do not attempt to make 2 batches at the same time, it won't very well fit in the bowl.
250 g of softened butter
250+ g sugar
450 g flour
1/2 sachet of vanilla sugar
1 good lemon zest
1 pinch of salt
Milan cookie cutters
1 egg yolk and a little milk or water to golden the cookies.
Beat the butter to a cream.
Add salt, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla sugar, mix well.
Add the eggs and whisk until the mass whitens a little and is homogeneous.
Add the flour by gradually sifting it until a homogeneous and smooth paste is obtained.
Package in food film, in the form of a large sausage, and leave to rest in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 200C (400F).
On a floured surface, roll the dough to 4 mm thickness (in 3 batches) and cut out shapes with the cookie cutters.
Place on parchment paper.
Add a little milk to the egg yolk, mix well, and brush the cookies.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 200C (400F).