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Alfajores – Cajeta Shortbread Cookies

Posted in Dessert with tags , , , , on March 26, 2011 by Cooking For Mark

May I present you with the most irresistible crumbly buttery cookie filled with gooey cajeta (dulce de leche).  Pair with a cup of coffee for a mid-afternoon snack.  Ahh, perfection!

Ingredients:

  • 3 sticks (1.5 cups) unsalted good-quality butter, softened (since I am very impatient, I placed my cold butter in a mixing bowl, cut it up in small chunks, and placed it in the oven at 180 degrees for about 5 minutes.  Just don’t let it melt– you want it soft.)
  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp real vanilla extract
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Cajeta or dulce de leche

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix butter and sugar until creamy with a whisk. Add vanilla.
  3. In second bowl, mix flour and salt.
  4. Add butter mixture to flour.  Mix together with your hand (or with a fancy mixture if you have one)
  5. Roll into a log and cover with plastic wrap/parchment paper. Place in freezer for 30 mins.
  6. Cut log in thin circles. Place in cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 11-15 minutes, depending on thickness.  Cookies should barely be brown on the outside, white in the middle.
  8. Let cookies cook completely.  Place a teaspoon of cajeta in middle and top with another cookie.  Dust with powdered sugar.
  9. Try not to drool during the process.
  10. Enjoy!