Prep 30 mins
Cook 4 hrs 30 mins
According to the story, there's a Peruvian bakery in New York where, on Wednesday mornings the line forms very early for these cookies. And, they cost a buck each. I believe it. They're incredible when they're fresh. Got it off the net from someone who's Chilean friend gave her the same authentic recipe. You can make your own caramel recipe but it won't taste the same.
- 1 1⁄2 cups unsalted butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄3 cup ground almonds
- 3 cups flour
- 2 (14 ounce) cans(2 cans) sweetened condensed milk
- Cream butter with confectioners' and granulated sugar until fluffy.
- Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Wrap and chill 30 minutes.
- If chilled longer let it warm up until it can be rolled.
- Or, whack it with a rolling pin until it cooperates.
- Roll dough out to 1/4" thickness, cut in 2 1/2" circles and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes.
- Cool cookie sheets between batches.
- Cool cookies on wire rack.
- Carefully (they're fragile cookies) spread some caramel on one cookie and top with another cookie.
- Dust tops with confectioners' sugar and enjoy immediately having a crisp cookie-the way they were meant to be eaten.
- They will turn soft after setting.
- Alternatively the cookies can be filled with the rewarmed caramel as needed.
- Caramel: Pour both cans of condensed milk in the top of a double boiler over simmering water and simmer on very low heat 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Eventually the milk will thicken and brown.
- Cool well and it will thicken further.
- Refrigerate until needed.
- Makes enough for 4-5 dozen cookies.
you can cook the condensed milk and take label off the can in the can and fill a sauce pan with water to cover for a couple hours or less boil the water .And in the end it is alot less cleanup and my husband family is all Peruvian and that is the way they do it...when done let cool a bit then open can carefully brown gooey yummm
My son made these for a Spanish class assignment. The only change was to use store bought Dulce de leche (found at Cost Plus World Market). He got an A+ and didn't bring home any leftovers! :)
These are actually called Alfajores. The cookies are the perfect "pie crust" texture they are supposed to be. I did not need to cool the baking sheet completely, nor did I chill the dough. I cooled the cookies on a flat surface because they seemed a bit too fragile for a wire rack right out of the oven. Also, I used store bought dulce de leche (Nestle) which worked fine and saved tons of time.