Butter Cookies with Dulce de Leche Filling
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
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)
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Butter Cookies Recipe
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!
For the Dough:
- 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.
- Add the vanilla extract and incorporate into the mixture.
- Add the corn starch little by little, mixing well every time you add some more.
- Add the flour in two parts, mixing in between.Finish mixing the dough with your hands until you get an homogenous and smooth dough.
- 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:
- Once the hour has elapsed, remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut it into two equal pieces. Preheat oven to 150ºC (300ºF).
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat procedure with the other half of the dough.
- Place the cookies in a non-stick baking tray and cook at 150ºC (300ºF) for about 15 minutes (until slightly golden).
- 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".
- 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.
Dulce de Leche Recipes
© 2011 Claudia Tello
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