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DULCE DE LECHE COOKIES

Dulce de Leche and Cinnamon Sandwich Cookies
From Cook”s Country | December/January 2014
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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:
Dulce de leche, a South American caramel made from cooked milk, is rich and creamy—and it’s the star of these deceptively simple sandwich cookies. We lace a simple cookie dough with cinnamon and anise and roll balls of it in more cinnamon and sugar before baking. For the filling we use… read more

MAKES 24 SANDWICH COOKIES

INGREDIENTS

COOKIES
2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground anise
16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (7 ounces) sugar, plus 1/2 cup for rolling
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
FILLING
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground anise
1 1/2 cups dulce de leche
INSTRUCTIONS

1. FOR THE COOKIES: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and anise in bowl.

2. Using stand mixer fitted with paddle, beat butter and 1 cup sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions until just combined, scraping down bowl as needed.

3. Combine cinnamon and remaining ½ cup sugar in shallow dish and set aside. Working with 2 teaspoons dough at a time, roll into 16 balls and space them 2 inches apart on prepared sheet. Bake until edges are firm, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheet for 1 minute, place in cinnamon sugar, and turn to coat evenly. Transfer cookies to wire rack and let cool completely, about 30 minutes. Repeat twice more with remaining dough, letting baking sheet cool between batches.

4. FOR THE FILLING: Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in cinnamon and anise and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Off heat, stir in dulce de leche until incorporated. Spread 1½ teaspoons filling on bottoms (flat sides) of each of 24 cookies. Top with remaining cookies to form sandwiches. (Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.)

KEY INGREDIENT: DULCE DE LECHE
Dulce de leche is a South American caramel made by slowly heating sweetened milk (or sometimes condensed milk, coconut milk, or goat’s milk; if the last, it’s called cajeta). In Latin America, dulce de leche, sometimes translated as “milk jam,” is used in many sweets or simply spread on toast or pancakes. It reached the United States in a big way more than a decade ago when Häagen-Dazs used it for a new ice cream flavor. Look for dulce de leche in the international or baking aisle of your grocery store.

SWEET AND MILKY

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