Dulce de leche alfajores cookies

A Christmas treat!

I spent most of the day baking today with help from my sous baker, Lemise. I usually bring my normal apple pie for Christmas, but I wanted to try something different this year, so I made cookies. But not just any cookies, dulce de leche alfajores! I drool over them every time we eat at this Peruvian restaurant, so I wanted to give them a whirl. The recipe was simple, but we ran into a few problems. Let me tell you, I will never ever use a recipe from pinterest ever again! every time I have, my meal failed. Once we fixed the problems, it was pretty easy. So follow these instructions, not the pinterest crap.

What you’ll need-

Cookies-

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted chilled butter (8oz.)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • another cup of powdered sugar to sprinkle over cookies
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Dulce de leche-

1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk or can of la lechera.

Instructions:

Sift together powdered sugar, salt and flour in a mixing bowl and set aside.

With an electric mixer, blend together butter until light and fluffy. Add the flour a little at a time on low speed, then add vanilla.

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Form the dough into a ball and wrap the dough in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 mins.

To make dulce de leche, take wrapper off of can of condenced milk and place it in a sauce pan filled with water. The water should cover the can. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer and cook for 3 hours. Keep adding water if the water evaporates and gets low. Remove the can and let cool to room temp. Open when ready and stir with a spoon.

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Note: if you would like to skip this step, you can pick up a can of dulce de leche at your local grocery store. taste just as good. It’s called La Lechera Dulce de Leche.

Take out your dough and roll out onto non stick parchment paper. I put parchment paper also on top so it wouldn’t stick to the roller. Roll out to be about a half inch thick and cut out your cookies. Make sure the cookies are pretty thick.

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Bake on 350 for about 10-12 mins. Check them at 10 mins. You want them to be barely brown on the edges. I can’t lie, I burnt a few. Don’t be like me.

Once you are done, it’s time to build your cookies.

Glob a lot of dulce de leche on one cookie and sandwich it with another cookie. It was trial and error to find the best way to powder sugar the cookies and we found that sifting sugar over each side was the only way. So powder them up and you’re done!

**Note- make sure to sift your dry ingredients and use chilled butter. Dough will become gooey and hard to work with. trust me, that was my first batch!

The cookies make good gifts or a yummy treat for your fam and friends for Christmas. Maybe even put them in a cute package for your neighbors???

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I want to give a big thanks to Lemise for spending the whole day baking with me and my not so happy 2 year old! Love you girl!

Thank you all for stopping by! Let me know how your cookies turned out.

Merry Christmas!!

J

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