Dulce De Leche Cookies

I've been wanting to write this recipe for two weeks now, but I've been dealing with a crazy life situation that has me totally occupied and honestly I didn't want to write when I'm not in the happy state of mind. But then I thought, who would I be if I'm not honest with you? You are my friend and of course you would understand...You know how it is to be sad, to miss your loved ones, to live in two countries, to go through health issues. So, I decided to be honest and just admit that it has been a rough couple weeks, but "this shall too pass", right? I just hope that I and everyone involved come out of this experience stronger and healthier. Maybe one day I would be brave enough to share the details ;) , but until then, lets just get back to our recipe and baking.

If you're a reader of my blog, you know that I have wonderful friends from all around the world, but one of my best friends is from Mexico and this recipe comes to you from her kitchen. Dulce de leche is a Spanish phrase literally means "candy of milk" or "sweet of milk" and it's made by slowly heating sweetened milk.

In this recipe, I used the ready-made dulce de leche which you can find in the baking aisle of grocery stores.  The dough comes together in no time and because the dough is made with rice flour, the cookies are so tender and crunchy...you'll love it :) 

Keypoints:

You can make this dough using both the food processor or the mixer with the paddle attachment, but I found it easier with the food processor.

Dulce De Leche Cookies

Servings:  30-40 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 270g butter, cold and diced in small pieces
  • 105g powdered sugar
  • 240g all purpose flour or pastry flour, chilled
  • 60g rice flour 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dulce de leche  as needed
  • powdered sugar as needed

Process: 

  1. Place the butter, sugar, flours, vanilla and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the dough just comes together. 
  2. Remove from the machine. Gather the dough together into a smooth ball and place in the plastic bag and chill the dough about one hour. 
  3. In the meantime, have two trays covered with parchment paper and your tools ready. 
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch (3 millimeters). Cut out the dough with either a 2-inch round cutter or a Wilton cutter that has an insert. Place on paper-lined baking trays.
  5. Bake at 350°F/175°C until the cookies are light golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Cool the cookies completely. 
  6. Using a piping bag fitted with a plain tip and fill the center of the cookies with dulce de leche. To garnish, lightly sift powdered sugar over the top.

 

These cookies are so tender, crunchy, and delicious with a scent of cinnamon. They pair perfect with your afternoon tea.