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Alfajores Dulce de Leche - Kin's Cookie Collab
We’re in the final stretch of the Holiday season! Today I’ve joined Kin Community’s 2nd annual Christmas cookie collaboration and for my part, I’m going to be making an Alfajores with Dulce de Leche. It’s basically a shortbread sandwich cookie that I’ll roll in toasted coconut pieces. Be sure to check out the other channels and recipes on this playlist, there’s one cookie recipe a day leading up until Christmas! Yum! So let’s get started. To start I’m going to work on my dough.
Alfajores Dulce De Leche Recipe:
In a bowl, i’ll add
1 cup of all purpose flour,
¾ cup of cornstarch,
1 tsp of baking powder,
¼ tsp of kosher salt,
and then I’ll just mix it well and set it aside.
Now for the wet ingredients. In my mixer’s bowl, i’ll combine
1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter at room temperature,
½ cup powdered sugar,
and I’ll just mix it on medium speed until it’s light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. I’ll scrape the bowl down, and then I’ll add in
2 egg yolks and
1 tsp of vanilla extract,
and then I’ll mix it again. Now, I’ll incorporate my dry ingredients and just continue beating it on low speed just until the dough comes into a ball. And that’s it for the dough!
I’ll pour it out onto a sheet of plastic wrap, flatten it down into a disc, and then I’ll place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes for it to firm up.
Once the dough is firm I’ll preheat my oven to 350 degrees F. I’ll lightly flour my working surface and then I’ll place the dough on top and roll it out. I’ll roll it out to about ¼ inch thick and then cut it into circles using my cookie cutter. I’m using a cookie cutter that's about 1 ½ inches in diameter since I don’t want the cookies to too big, but you really can use anything that you want: candy canes, gingerbread, it’s the holidays!
With the leftover dough I’ll just re-roll it out, cut it again until it’s all gone. No waste.
I’ll carefully put the dough circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then I’ll bake it for 12-14 minutes or until they’re golden brown. In the meantime, be sure to follow my Instagram @honeysucklecatering and my snapchat at honeysucklebee to follow my cooking adventures! Once the cookies are done, I’ll take it out and let them cool completely.
Now onto the dulce de leche filling. I have a can of dulce de leche that I’ll empty into a small bowl. A trick to make this extra yummy is to add some orange zest. This will add in another dimension of flavor that’s totally unexpected. I’ll take some of my toasted coconut chips and I’ll chop it up very finely and put into another bowl.
Finally we can put it all together! Once the cookies are completely cooled I’ll just take a dollop of the dulce de leche on one cookie, then sandwich it together with another cookie. I’ll squeeze the dulce de leche out just a little bit, then roll the cookie into my toasted coconut chips. And voila! A Dulce de Leche Alfajor. These cookies are like a shortbread - tender yet crumbly but oh so delicious. That extra touch of the orange zest really comes through and I love that crunch from the coconut chips.
Happy Holidays and I hope you enjoyed this cookie collaboration! Be sure to check other channels like Weelicious and One Hungry Mama. Also check out Kin’s home page for the full playlist of cookie collaboration. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you guys next time. Byeeeeeee!