i Monaci/ Chocolate filled cookies

I Monaci means "The monks", these are christmas special cookies from Italy, which basically chocolate cookie dough filled with almond filling and later when baked, dunked into chocolate icing.  I could not find many recipes for this cookie except this one here, after a friend suggested this recipe. She did not tell me about using egg whites for the filling, hence I replaced it with cornflour slurry which worked very well for me 


These cookies are slightly soft on the outside , which I believe is due to the lack of excessive fats. My little one enjoyed it despite the chocolate which he is not a great fan of in biscuits








Ingredients
for the outer dough
2 cups All purpose flour
1 tspn baking powder
1 pinch baking soda
3 tspn fine castor sugar
1 tspn Oil/ butter
1 lemon's zest
1/4 cup water (as required)
for the filling
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup powdered sugar 
1 tbsp cornflour slurry / 1 egg white
1 tbsp cocoa powder
for the icing 
2 tbsp cocoa powder 
2 tbsp icing powder
1 tspn lemon juice 
1 tspn milk

Method
1) Mix the icing ingredients and set it aside 
2) Mix the filling ingredients and set it aside 
3) For the dough, mix all the ingredients and gradually add the water to make a soft chapati like dough
4) Let it rest for 10 min
5) Pre heat oven at 180 c for 5 min
6) Roll out the chocolate dough about 1/4 inch in thickeness
7) Put the filling at 1.5 inch distance , about 1/2 tspn per block
8) Fold over the other side of the dough to cover the filling and seal it - more like ravioli pasta
9) Bake this for 15 min or until the cookies are well done
10) Let it cool down completely.
11) Apply the icing on top and serve







6 comments:

Sowmya :) said...

These cookies look yummy with all that chcoclate ....wish it was possible to grab them off the screen. Love the name of the cookies :)

Harini-Jaya R said...

I can see why the kids would love these. Very interesting cookies.

Srivalli said...

Wow Pradnya, that's one interesting cookie for this letter..sounds so delish and my kids will love it for sure!

vaishali sabnani said...


I am not a great fan of cookies , but love zest and chocolate in any bake . These would definitely be a great hit .

Priya Suresh said...

Chocolate in anything goes directly to my kid's favourite dish. How fantastic these cookies looks, well done Pradnya.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said...

wow chocolate filled cookies? who would say no to these? great pick for I

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