Homemade Mint Milano Cookies

by jenna on March 7, 2011

Remember a couple weeks ago when I made those fudge striped shortbread cookies? Well, it just so happens that they also make delicious homemade milano cookies! You know, the classic chocolate sandwich cookies from Pepperidge Farm?

And not just any milano cookies…mint chocolate milano cookies, which are my very favorite.

You’ll never believe how easy it is to make these classic treats!

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner, actually. And now that I made them, I’m coming to realize these cookies are way more milano-like than fudge-striped shortbread-like, anyway! Oops.

A crumbly shortbread base with cool, creamy mint chocolate. They make me think of the homemade mint oreos I made last December…let’s be honest, mint chocolate rules!

I made these for dessert on Friday night. It was my first night actually cooking in my new house and for dinner, we had Jessica’s caramelized chicken, mushrooms and grilled herb bread. I highly recommend this dish as it caused Adam to profess his love, give me flowers and then twirl me in front of the fireplace.

These cookies were just the icing on the cake.

And yes, my new house has brick walls! How totally cool is that?! It makes me think I’m living in some old bakery or something, which naturally, I adore.

But back to the cookies: You can freeze the dough for up to three months, which makes mint milano cookie cravings a super quick fix.

Mint Milano Cookies

makes about 24 sandwich cookies

Print this recipe!


one recipe fudge-striped shortbread dough

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 tsp peppermint extract


Bake shortbread cookies according to recipe directions. Let cool completely.

Melt chocolate in a glass dish in the microwave during 30 second intervals, stirring well after each. When chocolate is smooth, add mint extract and mix well.

Slather melted chocolate on one cookie and then sandwich another cookie on top. Repeat until all cookies are sandwiched together. Let cool for a few minutes until chocolate hardens. Store in a sealed tupperware container.


45 minutes

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Camille March 7, 2011 at 5:21 am

Too cute and so simple!


jenna laughs March 7, 2011 at 5:23 am

Congrats on the new place! That is so exciting. I moved 11 times while I was in college – new apartments every year, a summer internship in Atlanta, back home for every summer…. crazy. It’s nice to finally be settled! And these cookies look great! I love love love milano cookies.


Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) March 7, 2011 at 5:24 am

Wow, you know the keys to my heart. This is my all-time favorite cookie. Only I can never afford them. This solves that problem!


megan @ blackberries for jam March 7, 2011 at 5:28 am

Yay! When you posted your fudge-striped cookies, I was thinking they would be sooooo delicious as Milanos, which are near and dear to my heart. Thanks for adapting them!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 7, 2011 at 5:31 am

I’ve never actually tried the mint milano’s (only the regular ones)…. might have to just bake them instead!


Ilana March 7, 2011 at 5:32 am

Are. You. Serious.

I can’t tell you how many times you’ve posted a recipe and I, unable to stop thinking about it, run out to the store to get everything I need. This is another one.


Ilana March 7, 2011 at 5:41 am

Except this time I don’t need to run out. Milanos for breakfast?


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 7, 2011 at 5:33 am

These sound amazing!! I missed the mint oreos last December so I’m off to check those out now! :)


The Blue-Eyed Bakers March 7, 2011 at 5:35 am

Oh no, we are in so much trouble. We loooooove Milanos…like we get through those little sleeves of cookies in no time at all. And now we can make these at home!? Trouble. Delicious delicious trouble.


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 7, 2011 at 5:36 am

Oh my gosh these look TOO good. I don’t know how you stay so thin with all these baked goods in the house!!


Jessica @ How Sweet March 7, 2011 at 5:37 am

I can eat one package of milanos in like 3 minutes. Must make.


cait March 7, 2011 at 5:38 am

ahhhh ohmygosh i love milano cookies and now with MINT added?! my FAV combo! love this girl!


Katrina March 7, 2011 at 5:40 am

These cookies look so perfect! Yum!


rebecca lustig March 7, 2011 at 6:01 am

my mom LOVES mint milano cookies. I should definitely try these!!


Lesley Lifting Life March 7, 2011 at 6:25 am

The older I get the more I love the mint + chocolate combo … these look delicious!


Christie {Nourishing Eats} March 7, 2011 at 6:30 am

Yum, yum, yum. That is about all I have to say about that.


Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 7, 2011 at 6:30 am

Milanos were my FAVE growing up. They aways make me think of my grandma :)


brandi March 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

I love milano cookies – they’ve always been my favorite Pepperidge Farm cookie, but the mint takes them over the edge!

And I LOVE brick indoors – it gives such a cozy feeling :)


Amanda March 7, 2011 at 6:36 am

These look amazing!! :)


grace b March 7, 2011 at 6:52 am

It would be awesome to see a tour of your new house! :) Those cookies look delish.


Evan Thomas March 7, 2011 at 6:52 am

Umm, hell to the yes.


LIz @ Tip Top Shape March 7, 2011 at 6:58 am

The new house looks great! Love these cookies!! Growing up, I was literally obsessed with Milano cookies!


notyet100 March 7, 2011 at 7:14 am



Natalia - a side of simple March 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

I always adore it when you take classic memory-lane cookies that I used to beg for and try to sneak in the grocery cart and revamp them. You’re kinda my idol :)


Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 7, 2011 at 7:22 am

I hope we get to see a tour of your new place Jenna! From the small mentions you’ve made, it sounds absolutely adorable!


sonia March 7, 2011 at 7:25 am

Great milano cookies, they have come out so perfect ! i will surely try this recipe.


Jesse March 7, 2011 at 7:33 am

i love mint milanos, these look like the perfect little dessert after a heavy dinner.
p.s. if you’re a mint and chocolate fan try my thin mints!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

Oh I love Milano cookies but I bet these homemade ones will be even more delightful! :)


Maria March 7, 2011 at 7:37 am

I’ve never had the store bought version and now I don’t want to. I just want to make your recipe and eat them all day long!


Chicago Cuisine Critique March 7, 2011 at 7:45 am

Wow! These look incredible.


Kristen @ Change of Pace March 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

I could probably just eat the little shortbread cookies… Looks amazing as always!


Liz @ IHeartVegetables March 7, 2011 at 7:51 am

I’m actually not a huge mint fan, but I bet I could leave the mint out and still have amazingly delicious cookies!


jenna March 7, 2011 at 7:55 am

you could!


amy walters, aDESIGNdock March 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

Oooh these look so choco-delish. I am quite the fan of mint-chocolate so I pretty much think I’m in love right now.


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 7, 2011 at 8:18 am

No way, brick walls! That’s awesome, I love exposed brick.

These cookies look even better than the store bought kind. I bet they taste better too. My hubs love mint chocolate.


Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food March 7, 2011 at 8:25 am

I love all things mint! Can’t wait to try these!


Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat March 7, 2011 at 8:31 am

Mint Milanos are my favorite too! Delish!


Moni'sMeals March 7, 2011 at 8:50 am

yes please! wow, look at the warm chocolate on those suckers. mmmmmmmm.


Michelle | gold-hearted girl March 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

I just made some like these! Except with peanut butter in the middle instead of chocolate.


Sana March 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

Food is the way to a man’s heart and mine!


Danielle @ InDeesKitchen March 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

YUM! I starred this and will be making eventually for sure!!


katie March 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

These look so good! Mint Milano cookies were a favorite of mine growing up!!!


Megan March 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

You’ve shared so many aspects of your life, I think it would be fun if you did this too!!


R Chandra March 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

your photos are always such a brightspot in my internet perusing. food is one of my favourite subjects to photograph and you master it so beautifully!

the cookies look scrumptious. :)


Jen March 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Jenna, everything you make always looks like perfection! These cookies included. I just started a new blog, and I mentioned your spinach feta turkey burgers in my very first post! I made them the other night for my mom and stepdad, and we all loved them. I took the last patty home to my boyfriend and he loved it too. Your blog is one of my favorites!


Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

In middle school I would eat boxes of mint milanos! Homemade look so much better!


Kelly March 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Oh my gosh…Milano cookies are the best. I remember growing up my brother and I would beg for these!! We thought these were so fancy and we used to call them “mom’s cookies” because we got oreos and she would buy these for herself. haha! Of course she shared but we always knew to ask for the mom cookies!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Pepperidge Farm anything is just good stuff and the fact that you recreated it at home…nice.work.

They look awesome!

And you having brick walls in your new house? It’s just gonna make your pictures even more interesting and awesome to look at. I’m jealz :)


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

You’re so right! I made the fudge striped cookies a little while ago and they really are more like Milanos! I actually had issues with storing them and they stuck together, so they were even like Milanos the first time around with the cookies being stuck together with chocolate! Now I won’t have that issue!


Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

yum I LOVE mint milanos and I can’t find them here in New Zealand! i must try :)


Kim @ Wallet Friendly Wellness March 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Oh my gosh, in love with this. I used to eat a whole package of mint milanos in one sitting in college. They were my fave!


Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks March 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Oh no you didn’t.

Mint milanos are my favorite store bought cookie of all times.

Someone should make these for me (I am not much of a baker..), so I can eat them all immediately. I will be fat, but oh so happy.


Dee D. March 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

wow, those looks so delicious and cute! :) I love milano cookies! I might try these out :)


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef March 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

oh yummmm


Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) March 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Considering this was my best friend in college and I’s therapy cookie, I love everything about these! Milanos cured broken hearts, grad school denials, and the fact it was all over.


Errign March 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Brick indoors is one of my faves.

And seriously, these cookies look like the best thing ever.


Nicole March 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm

The milanos look incredible, however my eyes must be deceiving me. When I look at my top sites it looks like you have a chocolate cupcake posted and I can see the chocolate swirled frosting, but when I click it displays this! Please tell me this isn’t a mirage and I’m not going crazy subconsciously imagining your page has chocolate cupcakes.


Jessica March 8, 2011 at 1:08 am

So excited to try these out – I love mint and chocolate, and have a soft spot for those Milanos! The brick walls look great and looks like the new kitchen has great lighting for pictures – congrats on getting through the move!


Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner March 8, 2011 at 4:43 am

Congrats on the new place!! These look awesome… and you’re right mint chocolate DOES rule!!


Aimee Shugarman March 8, 2011 at 7:52 am

I just made shortbread cookies yesterday and put nutella in the middle. Yum.


jenna March 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

nice! Nutella goes with everything :)


Erica Julson March 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

mmm these look delish! great idea!


Aimee from AL August 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

Just made these. DELICIOUS! My husband went nuts. Thanks so much!


Lindsay December 19, 2011 at 5:57 am

I just made these yesterday afternoon. A fabulous Christmas cookie! Everyone loved the peppermint flavor :-)


Courtney May 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Hi, Jenna! I just made these today and they were SO good!! Thank you for such an easy and great recipe. I posted about it on my blog, gave you credit, and linked back. In case you are curious: http://cookingmisadventures.com/2012/05/02/mint-milanos-copycat/ :)


Meg April 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe!


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