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Alfajores

(Shortbread and Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies)

CATEGORY: Dessert
 
These cookies are popular throughout South America.  We think it's time North America discovers them.
alfajores
SERVINGS: 36 cookies
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons rum
1 teaspoon lemon zest, freshly grated
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup grated coconut
1 cup dulce de leche...Click here to make your own

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl beat softened butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks (one at a time), allowing each yolk to incorporate into butter/sugar mixture before adding the next. Add vanilla extract, and lemon zest; mix well and set aside. In a separate bowl stir flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together.  Add flour mixture to sugar/butter mixture with a spoon, making a crumbly dough. When the dough starts to hold together press it into a ball. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Lightly flour surface and roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness. Cut with a 2" round cookie cutter. Continue pressing the dough together, rolling it out, and cutting until you have used all the dough. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven until set but not browned, approx. 12 to 15 minutes. Using spatula; remove cookies immediately to cool on a wire rack.

Spread the underside of a cooled cookie with a teaspoon of dulce de leche, then top with another cookie (creating a sandwich).  When the caramel oozes out the sides roll the sides in the shredded coconut.