The first recipe I tried was Not Quite Nigella's Milan Cookie.
I reduced the amount of sugar and it was still quite sweet. So here's my slightly tweaked version, from Not Quite Nigella.
Makes 3 dozen cookies
Scale of difficulty ★★
12 tablespoons (170g/ 6oz) softened unsalted butter
1.5 cup caster sugar
7/8 cup egg whites (about 6-7 eggs, depends on the size)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon zest
0.5 teaspoon lemon juice
1) Cream together the sugar and butter until it is light and fluffy
2) Add egg whites gradually (one at a time) and mix in the vanilla, lemon juice and zest
3) Add (sieved) flour and mix till completely combined
How the batter should look. Nice and pale :)
4) Put the batter in a piping bag and use a small (1/4 inch) tip, pipe the batter onto baking paper and make sure there is plenty of space in between, because they will melt into puddles and spread like crazy.
lol please excuse me in my PJs
See??? Batter melted into puddles!!!
5) Bake in a preheated 160C/ 350 F oven for approximately 10 minutes until the cookies are nice and golden brown around the edges.
6) Place cookies on cooling rack and enjoy :)
Ta da!! Finished product!!
How did it taste?
These cookies look exactly like my beloved butter cookies from my childhood. However the texture and the taste are completely different. To be honest the cookies are quite nice,they have a nice buttery flavour and the lemon goes great with it, the egg white flavour is quite prominent as well. The texture is crisp but I find it a bit on the crunchy rather than the crumbly side. It was nice, and the guys at work liked it, however it is not what I'm looking for. So I guess the quest continues!
To people who actually read my blog and especially those who took the time to leave a comment, THANK YOU! Do you have a favorite butter cookie recipe that you'd like to share?