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If there is one cookbook I would suggest buying right now, it would be Martha Stewart’s Cookies. Granted, I know it’s not brand new – it’s been out for several months already – and I have already seen so many people write about it, so I know most people have it, but it is really a great book. I can’t help but want to make cookies when I go through the pages of this book. And all of the pictures make it even better! I love seeing all of the cookies and brownies that have been made from this book, and along with the others that I’ve already posted about, I’m adding one more.

This recipe has been one of my favorites. But I knew it would be because they contain dulce de leche! This recipe is probably not ideal for a family of 2, since you are only supposed to fill the cookies within 30 minutes of eating them. But we made it work, as we usually do, but just keeping the cookies and the dulce de leche separate, and filling the cookies as we ate them. They were everything I expected them to be – a dense, almost crumbly cookies filled with sweet, satiny dulce de leche. And one of these days I’m going to buy some regular sanding sugar instead of having to use the colored kind I have all of the time!!

I’ve talked about the different ways to make dulce de leche before, but this recipe uses my favorite method. It does take some time, but is easy to do on a day when you will be home for awhile. All it takes is a stir or two every 15 minutes. But the best part about this method is that you can see what is happening and you can control how dark you want your dulce de leche to be.

I have bookmarked many versions of this cookie, and want to try them all, but I do know this one is delicious!!

Alfajores de Dulce de Leche
from Martha Stewart Cookies

Makes 3 1/2 dozen

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup water
sanding sugar, for sprinkling
dulce de leche (recipe follows), chilled

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour and confectioners’ sugar. Add to a food processor, along with the butter and pulse until it resembles coarse meal, about 20 seconds. With the food processor running, pour the water in a slow stream and process just until dough comes together, about 20 seconds. Form the dough into two flattened disks, wrap well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350F. On a well floured work surface, roll out one disk into a 1/4 inch thickness. Using a 1 3/4 inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds from the dough and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the other disk of dough. Gather up the scraps from both batches, reroll and cut. Sprinkle half of the rounds with sanding sugar. Bake until golden brown, about 15 mintues, rotating the sheets halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

About 30 minutes before serving, spread 1 teaspoon of the cold dulce de leche on the bottom of the unsugared cookies. Place a sugared cookie on top to make sandwiches. Serve immediately.

Unfilled cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.

Dulce de Leche

makes 1 3/4 cups

2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk

Empty the milk into the top of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until the milk is thick and amber in color, about 5 hours. Remove from heat, and beat with a wooden spoon to smooth out. Transfer to a clean bowl, and refrigerate several hours, up to 3 days.

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49 Responses to Alfajores de Dulce de Leche

  1. kat says:

    Oh that does sound fantastic! We'd have to do the same thing as you & keep the center separate from the cookies. Matt's used to that as I sometimes save him leftover frosting to put on graham crackers or cookies.

  2. Jenny May says:

    I wish I had the amount of time you find to cook
    and to blog about the cooking.
    I am just getting together my meal plans and
    I have been using your blog Deb for assistance
    for some new things.
    Excited to try some of them out.
    (Oh by the way.. a few wedding photos are up!)

  3. Brianne says:

    I feel so much better about my dulce de leche experience now! I searched high and low for premade dulce de leche(in all the places I’d previously bought it) but couldn’t find any. Hey, a girl’s gotta have snickery squares no matter what it takes sometimes.

    So I set up my double boiler and dumped in my condensed milk, expecting it to take a couple hours. Five hours later I ended up with a delicious product, but dang was the wait interminable. Had I known from the beginning it would take five hours I wouldn’t have been so freaked out, but I was really worried I’d done something wrong after many hours of not much progress. Thank you!

  4. Maria says:

    I checked out Martha’s book from the library awhile ago, but never had time to make any of the recipes. I better get it again! Your cookies are so cute! I have never made dulce de leche, but I want to try it!!

  5. mimi says:

    these look so delish, look at that leche! i’ve been wanting to get this book and well, now that my birthday is coming up i think i will treat myself! 🙂

  6. Aimée says:

    I want that cookbook!!! Second best,of course, is you posting more of these great recipes from the book. Thanks!

  7. Sylvie says:

    Mmmmhhhh, those look so good. I’ll have a look if I can get that book here in the UK or splash out on ordering it from Barnes and Noble and having it shipped.

  8. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I have been thinking of alfajores for quite a while now – these are so adorable! And they look so, so delicious.

  9. Dawn says:

    I love anything with caramel. Wonderful photos BTW.

  10. PheMom says:

    I got the book at Costco a few months ago and although I have made a few things from it this is the recipe I have most wanted to make. Yours look soooo good!

  11. Emily says:

    Your cookies look so pretty! I am the lone man out who has yet to buy Martha’s cookie cookbook! I will have to check it out! I have always been content with my Mrs. Fields one . . . time to venture out!

  12. glamah16 says:

    Yummm. I see your sweet tooth returning.

  13. Erin says:

    These look yummy! I really need to get this cookbook since I’ve seen so many people rave about it. It’s always nice to know of another way to enjoy dulce de leche!

  14. kellypea says:

    These sound so good — they’re pretty popular right now. What a cool way to make dulce de leche. A bit more calming than cooking the milk IN the can, right? 😉

  15. Poonam says:

    Dulce de Leche is my favorite!

  16. Chocolateshavings says:

    I love dulce de leche, so these look heavenly to me!


  17. culinography says:

    Oh. My.
    Must have cookies!
    These look positively delicious!!

  18. Megan says:

    Those look decadent. I’ve made the Dulce de Leche like that but now I want to do it again and spread it between these cookies. Bookmarked for sure!

  19. Sophie says:

    I’ve never had these cookies before, I like that they’re sandwiches…it’s like getting two desserts in one :)…and the filling sounds heavenly.

  20. Emiline says:

    I’m going to have to invest in this cookbook. I love baking cookies!
    These look delicious.

  21. Mary Ann says:

    Those look marvelous! I want to try one and I am set on getting this book as soon as possible!

  22. Deb says:

    Oh I must agree. They look so yummy. I haven’t heard of dulce de leche before we probably call it something else here.

  23. noble pig says:

    I have this page dog-eared in my book and wow they really look great! Yummy!

  24. eldivenlerim says:

    your cookies look very yummy, pretty:) thanks for sharing

  25. Grace says:

    something about the words “dulce de leche” triggers my saliva glands… 🙂

  26. carmen says:

    yum! these look lovely – i have been meaning to try alfajores for awhile now!

  27. April says:

    These cookies look wonderful!

  28. Ashley says:

    MMMmmmmmmmmm. Seriously? My mouth is watering just looking at the picture! I really need to get my oven prepared for all the baking I’m planning on doing come the cooler months.. Yummy!!

  29. cindy* says:

    these look so good. i have the same problem–small household too many baked goods.

  30. Patsyk says:

    I love that cookbook! I’ve got that recipe marked to try, so it’s nice to see that it was yummy!

  31. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmmm delicious. I’ve only tried these cookies when they were prepackaged. And I agree that the Martha Stewart cookie recipes are awesome! I love the photos and most of the ones I’ve made have turned out so yummy. Though I haven’t and won’t buy the cookie book because I have a couple of her Christmas cookie magazine specials (which is where most of those cookies came from).

  32. Maria says:

    These look absolutely incredibe and I love dulce de leche!

    I have Martha’s Cookie book and I also highly recommend it, a must buy book!


  33. Dragon says:

    I have this book on my christmas list. I’ve never seen these cookies before. They look amazing. YUM!

  34. Kristen says:

    I have been thinking about getting that cookbook for a little while now. Your cookies may have pushed me over the edge! They look amazing.

  35. Elle says:

    What a great cookie! I love dulce de leche, but have never made it…this makes it look pretty easy.

  36. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    So glad you tried these out…they look soooo delicious!

  37. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    So glad you tried these out…they look soooo delicious!

  38. Vera says:

    Dulce de Leche always guarantee success.

  39. Meeta says:

    wow – these sound like a dream come true! deborah i love the idea of keeping both separate – i would be simply dipping the cookies in the ddl!

  40. hot garlic says:

    Oh yum! The dough sounds kinda shortbread-ish, which is my fave! No wonder this book is a keeper!

  41. Brilynn says:

    I love this book, it’s really great and I can always find something I want to make from it!

  42. Hillary says:

    The alfajores look great! Dulce de leche flavor is definitely my favorite. I tried some in Argentina! Glad you like the book.

  43. Rosie says:

    I have Martha’s book and this recipe called out to me too! Perfect looking cookies with the yummy appeal mmmmmm

    Rosie x

  44. Mrs. L says:

    I need these. Now. Seriously.

  45. Kevin says:

    Those cookies look good. I have been wanting to try dulce de leche for a while now.

  46. nicole says:

    These cookies sound and look so good. Can’t wait to try them sometime.

  47. Leonor says:

    I’m living in Spain… I love “dulce de leche”… and I love “alfajores”!

    Yours look gorgeous!

  48. kamailesfood says:

    I’ve had a similar recipe bookmarked for a really long time. Thanks for reminding me about it! 🙂 Yours look delicious. Mmm…dulce de leche.

  49. Anonymous says:

    If you have a pressure cooker you can make the dulce de leche much quicker – in just 1 – 1 1/2 hours! Place the unopened cans (be sure to choose cans with no dents/nicks) fully submerged in water in a pressure cooker, and cook for 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Enjoy!

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