Caramel

Chocolate Alfajores With Dulce de Leche

October  1, 2018
Photo by Rocky Luten
Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: A Plate of Mystical Dulce de Leche Cookies to Remember Home. —The Editors

  • Prep time 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves a crowd
Ingredients
  • 200 grams softened butter
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 pinch orange zest
  • 400 grams all-purpose flour
  • 100 grams corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 15 grams cocoa powder
  • 1 can dulce de leche (or make your own by putting an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in a pot of boiling water for at least 30 minutes, taking it out, and letting it cool before opening it)
  • 400 grams chocolate, to melt
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Cream the softened butter and sugar with electric mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla, honey, molasses and orange zest.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa). Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients just until mixed. Do not overwork nor knead.
  3. On a floured surface, shape the dough into a rectangular disc. Cover in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.
  4. Roll the dough out until it’s 1/4-inch thick. Cut out cookies with a circular cutter (you can make them bite-size or use a 3-inch cutter). Place them on a baking tray and chill in the fridge for 2 more hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the cookies for 5 to 7 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  6. Once cooled, spread or pipe some dulce de leche on each cookie and create sandwiches (make sure the flat bottoms become the outer sides of the sandwich cookies).
  7. Place back in the fridge to chill while you prepare your chocolate: Melt and temper your chocolate over a double boiler (or in the microwave). Dip the chipped cookies into the chocolate completely and set aside on a wire rack to set.

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