Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwiches (Alfajor)

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
16 to 18 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and softened
  • 1 1/2 cups dulce de leche, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt and butter. Pulse until dough comes together into a ball. If the dough is too sticky add a little more flour so that you can shape the soft dough into a ball. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.

Sprinkle some flour onto your work surface and roll the dough 1/8-inch thick. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter cut out the cookies and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bring the dough scraps together and gently press into a ball. Flour your work surface, re-roll 1/8-inch thick and cut out more rounds.

Bake the cookies until they are golden and firm, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely, about 25 minutes.

Place the dulce de leche in a small bowl and stir in the cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the dulce de leche on the flat side of a cookie and sandwich with the flat side of another cookie. Place the cookies on a platter, dust them with powdered sugar, and serve.


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    Amazing! I've made these for my Latino friends and they raved about them wanting the recipe. I've tried several versions, but this one seems to be the ultimate best!!!!!!
    Easy and delicious!
    These are delicious!!Never had them before but I hae always loved a good shortbread cookie and the dulce de leche goes so nicely with it.
     
    When I made the dough I first refrigerated it for the 30 minutes as the recipe said but I found it too soft and sticky to work with. I refrigerated over night and had much better results although a few hours would probably be fine. As per some of the previous reviews I did notadd the spices to the dulce de leche. I will make these again!
    This recipe is amazing! I'm Peruvian and this is how grandmom made it. Don't add the spices to the Dulce de Leche, and to get the authentic Latin American flavor, boil your condensed milk inside their cans in a big pot for two hours. You will get delicious Dulce de Leche.
    These cookies are amazing. They taste straight out of a bakery in Argentina. I used martha stewart flower cookie cutters and they looked very pretty. They're a tiny bit labor intensive to cut out each cookie but totally worth it. SO good.
    This recipe was wonderful!!!. Instead of a round shape I used a heart shape to celebrate our anniversary.
     
    Also, the dulce de leche I used for my cookies came from Ingrid Hoffmann's recipe... Trufas Brigadeiro... OMG so delicious!!!
    I grew in peru, and this is one of our most typical pastries, we have different ways of doing it but the girl that said that there was no clove or nutmeg involved was right, some of the best ones have a cornstarch combine with the flour that makes them really melt in your mouth, like this dessert we have dozens of unbeliavable delicious recipes that the world still not know about them.
    Its simple, leave out the spices. I grew up eating this, and i cannot remember my mother adding these spices to them. My hubby, who typically doesn't like sweets, enjoys this cookie tremendously (without the dulce the leche). Speaking of which, if you cant find premade dulce de leche...just boil a can of condensed milk for 2 hours, then let cool. yum!
    THAKNS FOR THAT DELICIOS DULCE DE LECHE COOKIE SANDWICHES
     
    I LOVE IT . THEY SHOULD SHOW YOUR TV SHOW MORE OFTEN ALL YOUR RECEOIES ARE SO EASY TO MAKE ....THANKS FOR THAT
    we call these cookies, alfajores de manteca (butter cookies) in argentina.
     

     
    you don't need to incorporate the spices in the recipe.
     

     
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    I read reviews first so thenused 1 1/2 sticks butter,used just a sprinkle of the spices. I tasted just a hint of the spices. It was awesome. Thank you
    I made those cookies for my girlfriends and they loved it! I expected them to be more like the Havana style from Argentina but they are still delicious. The original alfajor does have cinnamon and the spices but i chose not to add them since the sandwiches are cookie like rather than cake like. They are very flaky, lightly sweet and go great w/ just the dulce de leche! It was a hit!
    I made these yesterday for a friend of mines better half who's Cuban. He grew up on Dulce! He eats it straight from the can! He LOVED the cookies!!! They were a huge hit! Unfortunately I couldn't find a can of Dulce in my town so his mom told me to boil a can of sweetened condensed milk for 1 1/2 hours - you just immerse the can and boil- and guess what! It turns into Dulce de Leche!
    i had this cookie years ago in peru and i was so excited to make them. unfortunately they came out very greasy and brittle. they broke apart when i picked them up and the texture was sandy.I thought it was going to be more of a short bread consistency.
    She says dulce de leche is "Really Caramel," She's not even from Argentina, what does she know? These are the dictionary definitions for Caramel, and Dulce de Leche: CARAMEL, is a mixture produced when sugar has been cooked until it melts to become a thick clear liquid ranging in color from gold to brown. DULCE DE LECHE, is a milk-based syrup, prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk.
    I messed up and put the spices in the dough. They turned out real good. Dulce de leche with all those spices would ruin it in my opinion.
    This recipe calls for way too much butter. The cookies came out very greasy. I love dulce de leche but adding the nutmeg, cinn and cloves were a bit too much.
     
    I grew up eating these cookies, and I don't remember them tasting like this :(
     
    Next time I will cut the butter in half and leave out the spices.
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