Cookies and Snacks/ Holiday Treats

Dulce de Leche Butter Cookies

Dulce de Leche Butter Cookies by 2sistersrecipes.com

Dulce de Leche Butter Cookies filled with Dulce de Leche Creme.  Soft buttery cookie also known as Alfajores, is a delicious short bread cookie, lightly baked until firm and golden, then sandwiched together with a home-made dulce de leche caramel cream filling.  A cookie that practically melts in your mouth, is pure heaven!

Dulce de Leche Butter Cookies are called Alfajores in Argentina, and are part of the Argentina culture where people enjoy gathering at bars and eating treats, such as these cookies which are served mostly in the afternoon with some coffee.

 

 

 

These dulce de leche butter cookies actually won a bake-off cookie swap contest a few years ago at Liz’s office holiday party.  Liz loved it so much she asked her co-worker for the recipe, because we just had to make it and share it with you. I am so glad she did!

Dulce de leche butter cookies are extremely light with a delicate soft buttery texture.  And, when you add the luscious sweet caramel filling to it, makes them even more outstanding!

 

What is Dulce de Leche?

Dulce de leche is a sweet caramel-like sauce.  It is commonly used in Latin American countries as a spread on bread, or a sweetener in their coffee.  Here it is used as a filling in these alfajores cookies.  You can use dulce de leche as a filling for cakes as well, or drizzle some over ice cream.

It’s made with a combination of whole milk and sugar and it is cooked on stove top; a little time consuming, but worth it.

 

 

Dulce de Leche Butter Cookies by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

Your family and friends will LOVE these cookies!

Best cookies are the ones that melt-in- your-mouth instantly!  This is that cookie! And ones that everyone will rave about!

We make these Dulce de Leche Butter Cookies every year around the holidays.  It is one of our favorite cookies and we hope it will be yours too!

ENJOY!!

 

Ingredients for Dulce de Leche Butter Cookies:

DULCE DE LECHE:

  • 4 cups (1 quart) (1 liter) whole milk

  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

SHORTBREAD COOKIES:

  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 cup (2 sticks)  (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) confections (powdered or icing) sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Directions for Dulce de Leche Cream:

Put the milk, sugar, corn syrup, baking soda and salt in a heavy-duty 8 quart (8 liter) saucepan or Dutch oven.  Place over medium-high heat and bring just to a boil.

Watch carefully, and as soon as the milk begins to foam up, stir with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon, reduce heat until the milk is just at a low rolling boil.

Continue to cook the mil, stirring the bottom and sides of the saucepan frequently, until the mixture becomes very thick and sticky and caramel colored (this will take about 40-60 minutes.)  It is important to frequently stir the milk so it does NOT burn.

 

The COOK’S NOTE:   There are several stages the milk goes through during the cooking process.  When the milk first comes to a boil, there is a lot of foam.  Eventually the foam subsides and after about 15 minutes, the milk turns a light beige color.  As it continues to cook, the milk thickens and gets darker in color.  Once the Dulce de Leche has been reduced to about 1 1/4 cups (300ml) remove from heat and strain.  Stir in the vanilla extract.  Let cool before covering and storing.  The Dulce de Leche can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.

Directions for Butter Shortbread Cookies:

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour with the salt.  In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer,) beat the butter until smooth and creamy.  Add the sugar and beat until smooth.  Beat in the vanilla extract.  Gently beat in the flour mixture just until incorporated.  Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour or until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (117 degrees C) with the rack in the middle of the oven.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch (.6 cm) thick.  Using a lightly floured 2 inch (5 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out rounds.

Place on the baking sheets and place in the fridge for about 15 minutes.  (This will firm the cookies so they maintain their shape when baked.)

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until cookies are brown around the edges.  Cool on a wire rack.  Shortbread cookies will keep in an airtight container for about a week.

 

 

Take two shortbread cookies and sandwich them together with a heaping teaspoon of Dulce de Leche cream.  Sprinkle with confectioners sugar on top.  Can be covered and stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Yields: about 24 cookies

Also, try a few different fillings as well. Try filling some short bread cookies with Nutella or with melted dark chocolate, called chocolate Alfajores!

Just open a jar of Nutella and gently spoon a thin layer of Nutella onto one side of cookie and close with another cookie.

 

You may enjoy a few more Christmas Cookie recipes, try these:

                                                Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

                                              Snow Ball Christmas Cookies

 

Butter Cookies filled with "Dulce de Leche" Creme
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Serves: 24 cookies
 
Soft buttery Christmas cookie also known as Alfajores, is a delicious short bread cookie, lightly baked until firm and golden, then sandwiched together with a home-made dulce de leche caramel cream filling. A cookie that practically melts in your mouth, is pure heaven!
Ingredients
DULCHE de LECHE Creme:
  • 4 cups (1 quart) (1 liter) whole milk
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
SHORTBREAD COOKIES:
  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup (60 grams) confections (powdered or icing) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Instructions
Directions for Dulce de Leche:
  1. Put the milk, sugar, corn syrup, baking soda and salt in a heavy-duty 8 quart (8 liter) saucepan or Dutch oven. Place over medium-high heat and bring just to a boil.
  2. Watch carefully, and as soon as the milk begins to foam up, stir with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon, reduce heat until the milk is just at a low rolling boil.
  3. Continue to cook the mil, stirring the bottom and sides of the saucepan frequently, until the mixture becomes very thick and sticky and caramel colored (this will take about 40-60 minutes.) It is important to frequently stir the milk so it does NOT burn.
DIRECTIONS for SHORTBREADS:
  1. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour with the salt. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer,) beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract. Gently beat in the flour mixture just until incorporated. Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (117 degrees C) with the rack in the middle of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about ¼ inch (.6 cm) thick. Using a lightly floured 2 inch (5 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out rounds.
  4. Place on the baking sheets and place in the fridge for about 15 minutes. (This will firm the cookies so they maintain their shape when baked.)
  5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until cookies are brown around the edges. Cool on a wire rack. Shortbread cookies will keep in an airtight container for about a week.
  6. Take two shortbread cookies and sandwich them together with a heaping teaspoon of Dulce de Leche. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar on top. Can be covered and stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Notes
There are several stages the milk goes through during the cooking process. When the milk first comes to a boil, there is a lot of foam. Eventually the foam subsides and after about 15 minutes, the milk turns a light beige color. As it continues to cook, the milk thickens and gets darker in color. Once the Dulce de Leche has been reduced to about 1¼ cups (300ml) remove from heat and strain. Stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool before covering and storing. The Dulce de Leche can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.

Dulce de Leche Butter Cookies by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Merry Christmas to you all! Congratulations on the new addition and on the move and here's to a fantastic 2013! Keep in touch 🙂

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    December 14, 2013 at 1:43 am

    These cookies sound fabulous. I love shortbread and dulce de leche! Put the two together and it must be like an explosion in the mouth!

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    Joanne
    December 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

    You can't go wrong with anything dulce de leche-stuffed!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    December 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Very nicely done, Ladies!! These cookies look incredible – great post!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    December 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I'm crazy about any kind of shortbread style cookie and the filling sounds so delicious. I'd love to try these next Christmas!

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