Holiday Recipe: Alfajores with Dulce de Leche + $50 Giveaway

Disclosure 1

There is one ingredient that we use throughout the holidays. Milk.

Plain-Milk-e1394555029237

From making homemade cinnamon pancakes and hot cocoa to our traditional Christmas Eve Tres Leches (milks) Cake and homemade alfajores with dulce de leche, milk is part of almost all of our holiday food traditions.

1460978_10151982591022870_213159130_n

Lucas drinking hot cocoa made with milk and topped with whipped cream. His favorite!

Being that every 8oz glass of milk has 8 grams of protein, it’s definitely a very nutritious and wholesome ingredient to add to your holiday cooking. Plus, it tastes pretty darn good too! Even Santa gets milk with his cookies on Christmas Eve!

IMG_8295-e1418103180311

Today, I want to share with you one of our favorite Latino holiday recipes that feature milk – Homemade Dulce de Leche Alfajores.

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 4.00.10 PM

Alfajores are cake like cookies made with corn starch sandwiched between a heaping tablespoon of dulce de leche. They can then be dipped in chocolate, rolled in coconut, or sprinkled with powdered sugar. Dulce de leche, which translates to “milk caramel” is heaven-sent. I can eat it by the spoonfuls for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack lol. It is easy to make and only requires the simplest of ingredients – milk, baking soda, sugar, and vanilla. However, it requires stirring for about 3-4 hours, which sounds crazy of course. Until you taste it. Then, you understand what all the fuss is about. Since stirring for hours is quite a labor of love, I only make it from scratch once per year. Recipe is below – enjoy!

Dulce de Leche Recipe_1

Alfajores Cookies

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions: Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). With the mixer on low, add in the eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until the dough just comes together. Do not over mix! Form dough into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Allow dough to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes – 1 hour. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Make sure to lightly flour the rolling pin and top of dough as well. Using a 2 inch round cutter, cut out cookies and place them on parchment or silpat lined cookie sheets about 1 inch a part. Refrigerate cut out cookies for about 15 minutes and then bake in 350 degree pre-heated over for 7-10 minutes. The edges of the cookies should be slightly golden when done. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool before assembling with dulce de leche.

IMG_6863

Dulce de Leche

Ingredients:
8 cups of whole milk
2 ½ cups sugar
1.5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in large pot over medium low heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add baking soda. Cook for about 2 hours until the milk is reduced and starts to thicken and turn into a caramel color. During this time, you may need to turn the heat to low to prevent it from boiling over and you will need to stir even 5-10 minutes or so. You will notice that the milk will occasionally foam. Skim the foam off the top as you see it.

Once the color turns to a light caramel color, you will need to continue cooking for another 1-2 hours. At this point, you should have the heat on low and stir almost continually to ensure that the dulce de leche doesn’t burn or stick. It should reach a medium to dark caramel color and have a thick and creamy consistency (it will thicken more as it cools). Sometimes, I stop at a lighter caramel color because I’m tired of stirring. That’s ok too – it’s still delicious!

Assembling the Alfajores: Spread a heaping tablespoon of dulce de leche onto one cookie. Don’t skimp on the dulce de leche! Top with another cookie. Optional: Dip half the alfajores in melted chocolate, roll sides with unsweetened coconut flakes or sprinkle powdered sugar on tops.

IMG_6907

 

As we head into the 2016, many of us will be making resolutions that include better health and nutrition. Milk can help us with those goals! Packed with 9 essential nutrients in each glass, milk is a delicious, easy and affordable way to give your kids and family the protein plus other nutrients they need.

For additional milk recipes and information, make sure to visit FuertesConLeche.com. While you are these, check out Somos Fuertes ambassador, Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s recipe videos like the one below!

$50 MILK MONEY GIVEAWAY
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MilkPEP and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Comments

  1. Mmmm..this looks delicious!!