Friday was also the birthday of my dear friend Jelle, Jelle was an exchange student back in my home university la católica! I met him like 4 years ago?
Jelle does not only love Dulce de leche, but he also loves Alfajores, which are kind of shortbread cookies with dulce de leche, and because it was his birthday, and he is coming to Leiden tomorrow, I just thought of cooking my birthday present for him, and then also leave you a very very easy recipe which requires almost no time, nor ingredients.
All you need is:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of corn starch (maizena)
6 spoons of powder sugar (it can always be a little bit more)
a tiny little bit of vanilla essence
1 cup of butter ( i know its a lot of butter, but if you are going to do it, do it right. and you are going to put tons of dulce de leche there as well.. so who cares..)
about 1/3 of a dulce de leche can (see previous post on how to make it)
some shredded coconut (in holland its always near the thai stuff, in chile is always near the b-day stuff.. weird how supermarkets in different parts of the world organize things so different.. )
and that's it, no eggs, or milk, or whatever, that's it!
Step 1: Mix all first 6 ingredients until you get a dough you feel you can work with, wrap it in plastic foil, and take it to the fridge for about 20-25 minutes
|I know it does not look very yummy, but it's just to show you|
more less how the dough should look like
Step 2: Bring the dough out of the fridge, Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface (writting cooking stuff in english is way harder i have to say...) roll it between 2 sheets of baking paper until they are about 0.4mm thick.
Step 3: cut them in little circles
Step 4: pre heat the oven (my oven does not have any temperature measure.. but it was only 11 euros, so I guess I do not get to complain, but a medium temperature will be fine), leave them there for 15 minutes, take a look at them once in a while, just to check they are not burning ;) (I did burn the last 6 circles.... you are not going to see pictures of that.. )
|So far, so good?|
Step 5: wait for them to cool down, and then spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the dulce de leche on the flat side of a cookie and sandwich with the flat side of another cookie. place the cookies on a platter, I like to put some shredded coconut on the sides, just roll them sideways on a platter with shredded cococut, because of the dulce de leche that comes out from the sides a little bit, it will stick ;)
And they are ready! I hope my friend is happy tomorrow with his bday gift and that you guys get to taste a little something from Latin America (although I am pretty sure Spain must have sth similar)