Butter Cookies with Dulce de Leche Filling

These sandwich butter cookies with dulce de leche are delicious and pretty, ideal for gift cookies or gift desserts.
These sandwich butter cookies with dulce de leche are delicious and pretty, ideal for gift cookies or gift desserts. | Source

Sandwich Butter Cookies Alfajor Style

I recently made these double butter cookies filled with a creamy premade "Dulce de Leche", which is a spread made from caramelized sugar and milk. They were an absolute hit with my family and friends.

I was quite surprised by the result and, after witnessing the high popularity and enthusiasm for the cookies, I decided to write this hub and share the recipe with you.

It was actually the first time I made cookies -so that kind of guarantees anyone's success; they are quite easy to make and they are absolutely worth it.

One of my top 10 favorite sweet treats of all times is the Argentinian "Alfajor", and I actually made these cookies with those delicious desserts in mind; nevertheless, I am starting to believe my version actually topped even the best Alfajor, especially given the fact that I don't live in Argentina and I rarely get the chance to eat the real thing.

The butter cookies recipe here described is a recipe in and of itself. They can be eaten just as regular individual butter cookies –maybe sprinkled with some icing sugar or decorated with chocolate strips- or, they can be filled with whichever spread you like (chocolate, marmalade, toffee, caramel, you name it) and made double.

Recommended Dulce de Leche

La Lechera Dulce De Leche, 13.4-Ounce Container (Pack of 6)
La Lechera Dulce De Leche, 13.4-Ounce Container (Pack of 6)

This is the brand of Dulce de Leche I used to fill the Sandwich Butter Cookies. Microwave it for 20 seconds before use; that makes it easier to spread.

 

What is Dulce de Leche?

Dulce de Leche is a popular sweet in Latin America, prepared by slowly simmering milk and sugar, stirring constantly, until most of the liquid evaporates and the sediment caramelizes into a brown thick spread. Other ingredients may be added to achieve different and special tastes in each particular dulce de leche or milk candy.

Other names for Dulce de Leche (allthough each one tastes slightly different)

  • Manjar (Ecuador, Panama)
  • Arequipe (Colombia)
  • Cajeta (Mexico)
  • Doce de leite (Brazil)
  • Confiture de Lait (France)

Ideal Gift Cookies

If you would like the butter cookies for a gift, try recycling a box you have at home from some former gift or bought item, and wrap it up in bright colored paper.
If you would like the butter cookies for a gift, try recycling a box you have at home from some former gift or bought item, and wrap it up in bright colored paper. | Source

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Butter Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

100g (3.5oz) Icing sugar
250g (8.8oz) Flour
280g (9.9oz) Butter
200g (7oz) Corn starch
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 can or pot Dulce de Leche

Plus icing sugar for decoration

Makes about 26 units of 7cm (2.7in) diameter. You can make more units by making them smaller but I guarantee one won't be enough!

Procedure

For the Dough:

  1. In a bowl, place the butter –which has previously been sitting for a while outside the refrigerator so that it is nice and soft- with the icing sugar, and mix until completely blended.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and incorporate into the mixture.
  3. Add the corn starch little by little, mixing well every time you add some more.
  4. Add the flour in two parts, mixing in between.Finish mixing the dough with your hands until you get an homogenous and smooth dough.
  5. Cover the dough ball in plastic wrap and let stand in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

NOTE: If you are not making the cookies strait away, you can let the dough in the refrigerator for a couple of days and take it out a few hours before you are going to make the cookies (that way the dough softens a little for you to work with it easily).

For the Cookies:

  1. Once the hour has elapsed, remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut it into two equal pieces. Preheat oven to 150ºC (300ºF).
  2. Sprinkle the counter with flour and with the help of a rolling pin stretch one half of the dough to a 5mm (0.2in) thick sheet.
  3. With a cookie cutter (feel free to choose which ever figure you like) cut as many cookies as you can. Fold the remaining dough and roll out again until you finish all the dough. If it starts to get sticky, sprinkle with a bit more flour; if it gets too sticky to work with, refrigerate once more.
  4. Repeat procedure with the other half of the dough.
  5. Place the cookies in a non-stick baking tray and cook at 150ºC (300ºF) for about 15 minutes (until slightly golden).
  6. Remove cookies from the oven and start filling them while they are still warm. Spread dulce de leche in the bottom side of a cookie and make an "alfajor" or "cookie sandwich".
  7. Sprinkle icing sugar on both sides using a sieve. Let stand for a couple of hours and (a) start enjoying, or (b) wrap for a perfect, mouthwatering gift.

© 2011 Claudia Tello

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Comments on Sandwich Butter Cookies with Dulce de Leche 14 comments

irene winniczuk 5 years ago

THEY ARE SUPERB AND EVERYTHING YOU SAID ABOUT THEM IS TOTALLY TRUE


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Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico Author

Irene, thanks for reading and trying this recipe! I am very glad you liked them as much as I did ;)


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queen cleopatra 5 years ago

I love a slice of dulce de leche cake anytime but I think these cookies are better. Thanks for sharing. :)


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Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico Author

Your welcome queen cleopatra, I hope you get the chance to try them out. If you like dulce de leche you will absolutely love them. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.


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TeacherCaro 4 years ago from Venado Tuerto,Sta Fe, Argentina

Hi, I tried them Delicios. I invite to try my recipe, Oat Cake. It also comes with dulce de leche.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi TeacherCaro, I am very glad you tried the butter cookies with dulce de leche filling and found them enjoyable! Thanks for letting me know and volunteering your feedback. I will certainly take a look at your oat cake hub. Thanks for dropping by and welcome to Hubpages!!


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jojokaya 4 years ago from USA

I love dulce de leche..hmm yummy.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi, that makes us two dulce de leche fans then. These alfajores or sandwich butter cookies definitely wouldn’t be the same without it; all though you could actually fill them with lots of other stuff (chocolate spread, nutella, marmalade, just to name a few, in which case they wouldn’t be called alfajores anymore).


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I'm also a fan of Argentinian alfajores, but with your recipe now I can make my own! We call dulce de leche "manjar" in Peru, as well. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe secrets with us!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi vespawoolf, thanks for joining the club of alfajores fans ;) I made this recipe up with a butter cookies recipe that makes deliciously soft cookies, which melt in your mouth, and making a cookie sandwich with dulce de leche filling, one of my favorite things in the realm of sweet treats. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your interest and comments, I really appreciate them.


Giselle Maine 4 years ago

Mmmm, these cookies sound so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I look forward to making these soon. I am always looking for new recipe ideas for foods I can make for family and friends.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Giselle, I am glad you are tempted by the butter cookies with dulce de leche; I made them inspired in the traditional Argentinean “Alfajor” that is so delicious. I am sure your family and friends will love them, they are quite popular with mine. Hope you enjoy.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Thanks claudia for not only such a wonderful recipe but also letting us know what Dulce de Leche. Love the sweets and hopr to make it soon.


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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico Author

Indian Chef, it is my pleasure to share this butter cookies recipe with you. I find the dulce de leche is just the perfect filling for a sandwich made of these cookies. If you like sweets, I am sure you will be pleased by them. Hope you do try this recipe and please let me know what you thought if you do! Thanks for dropping by.

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