Monday, January 7, 2013

Alfajores with Dulce de Leche

I am back,  yes I just decided to take a little holiday break from blogging.  It was a very busy holiday season but I am all refreshed and ready to start the new year.

During the holidays I spend 2 ½ weeks relaxing, this is what I was looking at most of the time, relaxing in the sun.

It was the first time my little 10 month old went swimming and she loved it.  It was so much fun playing on the beach with her.

Then I spent the other 2 weeks at home celebrating the holidays with family and friends.  It was great to spend first Christmas with little Ella.

But now it is back to business, and it is time for Secret Recipe Club.  This recipe is part of the monthly Secret Recipe Club “assignment!” Every month you get a name of a blog and you need to choose ANY recipe from that blog and then blog about that recipe by a date. It’s a secret because the blog owner does not know you are doing this until the reveal date. My secret blog this month was An Opera Singer in the Kitchen, which is written by Noelle. Noelle has a great food blog, where she writes about life and recipes.  She is also expecting baby #2 next month.  Very exciting.  There are so many delicious recipe on her blog but i decided to do something simple and delicious.

Alfajores are soft, delicate cookies from South America.  They are made with cornstarch, which gives the dough a smooth, satiny texture that makes it great to work with, and produces a tender, crumbly cookie. Filling is Dulce de Leche and you can decide how much time you want to spend on it, you can make your own or just can some store bought.  Or you can even just use some nutella or biscotti spread if you want to do something different.

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Alfajores with Dulce de Leche

Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Filling:
Store bought dulce de leche or here is a recipe for making your own
Other easier options are just to use nutella or biscotti
Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

Cream the butter and sugar together for a minute or two, until they look light and fluffy.

In the meantime, sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and set it aside.

Add in the egg and egg yolk one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add vanilla extract and mix briefly. Add in flour mixture and mix just until the dough starts to come together.

Working quickly, turn out the dough and use a little heat from your hands to make it a solid ball. Pullout a large plastic wrap and flatten the dough on top to make a disk. Double wrap it and refrigerate for 1 hour, until firm, or freezer for 20 minutes if you are trying to make it quick.

Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper or use a silicone mat. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Rotate the dough between rolls to make sure it’s not sticking to the surface.

Using a 2 inch fluted or round cutter, cut out cookies and carefully transfer them onto sheets, placing them about 1 inch apart.

Chill sheets again for about 15-20 minutes, until the dough is very firm. Then bake cookies for 8-10 minutes in 350 degree oven, until tops of the cookies have just firmed and bottoms are starting to color slightly.

Cool the sheets on wire racks before assembling the sandwiches.

Drop, pipe or spread a teaspoon of dulce de leche into the center of each cookie, then top with another.

Sift powdered sugar over the assembled sandwiches.

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21 Responses to “Alfajores with Dulce de Leche”

  1. 1

    Cookaholic Wife — January 7, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Wow, they look incredible!

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    Noelle (@singerinkitchen) — January 7, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    SO glad you made these! Sounds like you had a wonderful relax time. I just posted for the first time in almost 3 weeks! It was a good time off. Hope you enjoyed the cookies! :-)

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    melissa@IWasBornToCook — January 7, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Dulce de leche is one of my favorite ingredients. These look amazing!

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — January 7, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    I was literally going to email you today to see how things were! These look seriously delicious, and I’m glad you were able to take a break to be with family :)

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    Alex — January 7, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    They look great. Lucky me, I have a dulce de leche jar in the kitchen! :P

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    Katarina — January 7, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    Happy New Year! The cookies look delicious!

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    Laura Dembowski — January 7, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    I have always wanted to try alfajores as well as homemade dulce de leche. Your cookies look amazing!

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    Kate | Food Babbles — January 7, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    I adore dulce de leche so these cookies sound like they’re right up my alley!! The perfect carrying device for that smooth, creamy, caramel goodness. Lovely!

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    Lisa~~ — January 7, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Your 2.5 weeks looked just like my 2 weeks the beginning of December but I didn’t have such delicious looking cookies, boo hoo. I’m saving this recipe as they look wonderful.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Creamy Mints.

    Lisa~~

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    Sweet as Sugar Cookies — January 7, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    I remember eating alfajores when I was in Brazil and I was totally addicted to them. Wish I had a batch of yours.

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    Katrina — January 8, 2013 @ 5:43 am

    Alfajores have always been on my list of things to make. They look great! Perfect post. And your holiday vacation looks great!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — January 8, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    Wow, those look absolutely delectable!

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    Nicole — January 8, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    These look beautiful and so delicious. I absolutely love dulce de leche!
    Yum!

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    Lisa — January 9, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Those are some of the best looking Alfajores I have ever seen! I have to stop looking at your gorgeous photos since I might drool! That said..I hope you enjoyed the journaling of my first love. It was supposed to be 3 parts at most..then it grew 20 something heads. Yikes! lol

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    Erin @ Making Memories — January 9, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    Oh these are absolutely delicious looking! They sound like they would quickly become a favorite of mine! Thanks!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 9, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    Relaxing in the sun by the water sounds wonderful. I could use some of that!

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    Isabelle @ Crumb — January 10, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    I haven’t had alfajores in years and years, but your lovely pictures totally take me right back to those days. I could eat a whole plate full of those cookies in a single sitting back then!
    Now I’m a responsible grownup, so I’d have to limit myself to half a plate. ;) Must remember these for the next time I have an excuse to bake cookies.

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    Margaret — January 12, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    I LOVE a cookie that is versatile. Filling them with Nutella would be great, but dulce de leche…

    They looks so delicate and delicious.

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    carolinaheartstrings — January 15, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    Wow do those look delicious. Your pictures are always so wonderful.

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    Splendid Willow — January 23, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    I am slowly easing myself into blog land… (:

    Those cookies look incredible! Any left?

    Hugs to you.

    Mon

    P.S Nice photography too!

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    Daniela — January 27, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Those alfajores look so inviting!
    Love the pictures too,very pretty.

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