Friday, March 06, 2009

Double decadent: double chocolate dulce de leche cookies

I’ve been a bit of a delinquent blogger. I’ve been felled by a particularly nasty winter cold that has kept me out of the kitchen and mostly in bed (or moping around at best!). I am finally feeling better and have been dreaming about a host of new recipes to try. These chocolate dulce de leche cookies have been on the forefront of my mind (doesn’t a cold always like something sweet?). I tried them a few different ways and I think I’ve found the way I like them best. They are inspired by alfajores, a traditional Latin American cookie.

Thanks so much for all of your comments on older posts over the past few weeks. I’ve enjoyed reading them and will try my best to respond.

Double chocolate dulce de leche cookies
(makes about 20 sandwich cookies)

Dulce de leche
1 can sweetened condensed milk

¼ cup caster sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
4 tbs chilled unsalted butter, chopped
1/8 cup high quality cocoa powder (I love Valhrona)
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 tbs espresso powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup plus 2 tbs milk
Melted high-quality chocolate such as Valhrona, for coating the outside

To make the dulce de leche, place the unopened can of sweetened condensed milk on a perforated insert inside a large pot (such as a cake cooling rack or a pasta or steamer insert) and cover with water. Bring to a simmer, and simmer over medium high heat, for 2 hours, turning the can twice during cooking. Make sure the can is always covered by water. Remove can from water and let cool before opening. Be careful when opening it, as the contents will squirt out. If contents are not thick enough, continue to boil until desired consistence is reached (making sure water does not get into can).

For the cookies, combine ingredients until a ball forms. Shape into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness and cut circles out of dough using a 2-3 inch cookie cutter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Set cooling rack over a lined half sheet pan. Spoon melted chocolate over cookies. Spread chocolate out to an even, thin layer over tops and sides using the back of a spoon (can use the spoon to make a design in the chocolate). Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.

Spread about 1 teaspoon of duce de leche onto cookies. Sandwich.


Melanie said...

Oh my goodness, those cookies look and sound amazing. What's not to love about dulce de leche and chocolate together!

Sorry you've been sick and glad you are feeling on the up and up.

Anonymous said...

ooh la la!

Anonymous said...

I've been wondering where you were. I always enjoy your posts and the cookies look like a great way to segway from feeling down and sick.

Anonymous said...

Oh I'd love to try these cookies, they look perfect for a cup of coffee.

Glad you're back.

Unknown said...

I so want to make the biscuits, perhaps I can make a gluten-free version with it...mmmm...

Anonymous said...

Those look amazing! Dulce de leche is one of my favorite desserts! And when you combine it with chocolates . . . .

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

i said this to you before on flickr but this photo is perfection!

Anonymous said...

Oo, double decadent indeed. These look beautiful.

Brilynn said...

Those look like 3 kinds of awesome!

Anonymous said...

Bet this made you feel better fast...and your family, too. Yum. sz

Heidi Leon Monges said...

these cookies look a lot like argentinian alfajores, or at least make think of them, and I love alfajores. I guess I will need to try your cookies!.

Max mickle said...

thiose Dulce de leche chocolate cookies look great .. crisp, rich in flavor and taste.I am sure it will taste as good as the picture. I am going to bake a batch of these melt in the chocolate cookies. Kids love them too. these make good edible Christmas decoration as well.

Sabra said...

They are indeed alfajores-inspired. What do you mean by Christmas decoration - on the tree? The dulce de leche is far too oozy - perhaps if you really cook the dulce de leche until it's very thick - but even then, don't know! But it's a nice idea.

Stephany Benbow said...

Wow, these look like perfect middle of the night, or "it's that time of the month and I need chocolate" kind of snacks. I love dulce de leche, it's just such a perfect creamy delight

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