Alfajores ~ Dulce de Leche Cookies
Slightly adapted from Bake List
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 14 oz. dulce de leche/caramel sauce*
- Optional powdered sugar
*I only found imported, sweetened condensed milk at my grocery store so I bought it, 14 oz. can, & slowly simmered it on the stove, on low, in my small sauce pan. If you do this- do not allow it to boil! The caramel sauce won't get as dark as the pictures from Bake List but tastes just as delicious!!!
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg yolks, egg, and vanilla, beating until combined.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the 2 cups flours, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder. Add to the butter mixture in small increments, beating until blended. Divide the dough in half, pressing each half into a disk, wrap the disks in plastic and the freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap dough on a lightly floured surface. Rolling one disk at a time to 1/8 of an inch thickness. Cut out 2-3 inch diameter rounds*, placing about one inch apart on a buttered baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies just begin to turn golden brown. Let cool completely on a cooling rack.
4. To make sandwiches, spread about 1 tablespoon of the mixed dulce de leche on a cookie, then top with another cookie, twisting to spread the filling. Dust with powdered sugar (never an "optional" for me ;) )
*Lishie tip- If you do not have a biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter this size, improvise! Use a mini glass prep dish or a clean, small food can. Or use another cookie cutter shape- see my heart shape below :)
Thank you, Cousin Kelly! xo
OMGoodness, was Kelly soooo right!!! These are amazing. I mean, if you love dulce de leche anything, make these right now. That good. But I have to warn you- these cookies are extremely sweet. Very. Don't say you haven't been warned ;) And this recipe only yields about 1 dozen & a half cookie sandwiches so few reap the rewards. Well, just make TWO batches then! And finally, two things- you need a rolling pin & have to be careful making the end product- the cookies are fragile. Now gooooooooo bake!!!